Egypt qualifies to World Cup 2018 in Russian Federation, thanks to Salah

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The national team faces Congo on Sunday after losing 1-0 and winning 1-0 against Uganda Cranes at Namboole and Alexandria respectively.

After a scoreless opening 45 minutes, Liverpool's Mohamed Salah opened the scoring for the home side in the 63rd minute.

But Bouka Moutou restored parity for the visitors with just three minutes to end the game silencing the 80,000 fans in the stadium.

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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.

Cuper says the challenge to qualify for Russian Federation 2018 FIFA World Cup ahead of him is so stressful, coupled with pressure from nation to deliver. With other pool sides Uganda and Ghana meeting 24 hours earlier in Kampala, it could be a decisive day for The Pharaohs, whose last FIFA World Cup appearance dates back to 1990 in Italia.

The win put Egypt in a pole position to reach the World Cup, bringing the dream closer.

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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.

Game is due to be played on 6 November.

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