Jubilation in Egypt after first World Cup berth in 28 years

Soccer Football- 2018 World Cup Qualifications – Africa- Egypt vs Uganda- Alexandria Egypt

Soccer Football- 2018 World Cup Qualifications – Africa- Egypt vs Uganda- Alexandria Egypt

The celebrations were not just contained to the Mediterranean port however.

The Egypt national football team have emerged as the second African country to qualify for the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup. In Cairo, an army helicopter dropped hundreds of Egyptian flags on thousands of fans gathered at the city's iconic Tahrir square.

Arnold Bouka Moutou was the scorer for Congo late in the game.

A win or draw for Ghana's Black Stars in Kampala, with maximum points for Egypt in Alexandria means that Cuper's side will guarantee their place to next summer's finals in Russian Federation with a game to spare.

Nigeria became the first African country to qualify for the World Cup after defeating Zambia on Saturday.

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A scoreless first half raised the nerves in Alexandria but Salah's first of the night put one Egyptian foot in Russian Federation.

But Congo threatened to turn party-poopers as substitute Moutou, a France-based defender, beat 44-year-old goalkeeper Essam El Hadary from inside the box.

The desperation to qualify ahead of the game was so great that Egypt's Argentinian coach Hector Cuper admitted he was taking medication for high blood pressure.

However, the Pharaohs were awarded a penalty in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

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