Egypt has qualified for next year's World Cup in Russia after beating Republic of Congo 2-1 at home on Sunday.
ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (AP) Egypt has qualified for next year's World Cup in Russia after beating Republic of Congo 2-1 at home on Sunday.
Two goals by Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, with the second from a penalty kick in injury time, secured the win before a capacity crowd of 30,000 at a military stadium in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria.
Egypt finished top of Group E in African qualifying with a game to spare.
The country last qualified for the 1990 World Cup in Italy. During this drought the Pharaohs have won four Africa Cup of Nations titles (1998, 2006, 2008 and 2010) but they haven't been able to mirror this success in World Cup qualification.
The squad is one of the most talented in Africa, with the aforementioned Salah as well as Arsenal's Mohamed El Nenny, and coached by Argentina's Hector Cuper, who took Valencia to the Champions League final in 2000 and 2001, losing both to Real Madrid and Bayern Munich respectively.