Egypt have a new hero: Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah

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London - Egypt qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup for the third time in its history on Sunday after defeating Congo 2-1 in Alexandria.

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But the Pharaohs were not to be denied, and in time added on Salah got his second from the penalty spot after Beranger Itoua had fouled Trezeget. Unsurprisingly, the Borg el-Arab Stadium is fast becoming another famous site in the city after it proved itself a fortress for Egypt during the qualifying campaign.

It seemed that Egypt's dream was in jeopardy when Arnold Bouka Moutou equalised for Congo with two minutes left in regulation time.

Egypt last qualified for the World Cup in 1990 but will now compete at next summer's showpiece in Russian Federation. With 2 minutes left on the clock and before the referee's whistle, Mohammed scored the second and game-winning goal by a late penalty which ensured Egypt to be in Russian Federation 2018.

Egypt's last appearance in the World Cup was in Italy in 1990.

Egypt, though a powerful force in African soccer, have been missing in World Cup tournaments since 1990.

His brace against Congo means that Liverpool's €42 million summer signing is now the leading scorer in the CAF section of qualifying with five goals.

Hector Cuper's Pharaohs went into their penultimate Group E game knowing a win would secure their World Cup progress after Uganda drew with Ghana the night before in Kampala.

Videos of fans blocking the streets of not just Egypt, but other countries like Saudi Arabia and the UAE, with their celebrations, flooded the internet.