Twitter explodes as Mohamed Salah ends Egypt's long wait for World Cup qualification

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Egypt have had their fair share of near-misses and heartbreak when it comes to World Cup qualifying in recent years, so when Congo pegged them back after they’d taken a 1-0 lead, nerves on the pitch and off it would have been frayed.

But Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, who had scored Egypt’s opener, coolly slotted home an injury-time penalty to send fans wild and end his nation’s long wait for a World Cup, with Egypt last appearing in the showpiece event in 1990.

Here’s the best of the reaction on Twitter.

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Sheikh Mohammed congratulates Egypt on World Cup qualification

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, took to Twitter to congratulate Egypt on their 2018 World Cup qualification.

The African nation completed the feat in dramatic fashion as Mohamed Salah converted a stoppage-time penalty to seal a 2-1 win and book his side’s trip to Russia next summer.

The Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates expressed his delight for the Arab nation on the popular social media network.

“Congratulations, Egypt & congratulations to all Arabs,” he tweeted.

“Qualifying to the World Cup. A beautiful Arabian night. You brought happiness to our hearts from the Gulf to the Ocean. Egypt, you are always grand.”

It’s been 27 years since Egypt’s last appearance in a World Cup.

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Liverpool star Mohamed Salah is Egypt's hero as dramatic brace secures World Cup spot

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Mohamed Salah

Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah converted a stoppage-time penalty to give Egypt a dramatic 2-1 win over Congo Brazzaville Sunday and a place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Salah put Egypt ahead during the second half in Alexandria only for Arnold Bouka Moutou to equalise two minutes from the end of regular time.

Victory gave Egypt an uncatchable four-point lead over Uganda in Group E with one round of fixtures remaining.

Uganda were held 0-0 by Ghana in Kampala Saturday.

Egypt last qualified for the World Cup in 1990 with the record seven-time African champions suffering numerous heart-breaking failures since.

The desperation to qualify was so great ahead of the Congo match that Argentina-born Egypt coach Hector Cuper admitted he was taking medication for high blood pressure.

“I am taking hypertension medicine due to the stress I suffer from continuing criticism,” he told reporters without specifying who his critics were.

“Life is full of stress, but the challenge of reaching the World Cup is the toughest stress I have faced.”

Egypt also beat Congo away and Ghana and Uganda at home to accumulate 12 points, with the only loss away to Uganda.

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