Mohammed Salah helps Egypt seal Russian Federation spot

His stoppage time penalty sparked wild scenes after the match

Nigeria became the first African qualifiers with a 1-0 win over Zambia thanks to a goal from another EPL player, Alex Iwobi of Arsenal.

Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has rewarded members of the Egyptian football national team with the sum of $85,000 for qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

Egyptian world-known striker Mohamed Salah, now playing for Liverpool, was the man of the match as he scored Egypt's two goals in the 63rd and 93rd minutes of the match.

"I'm proud of all the players but especially of Mo Salah who was fearless enough to take the crucial penalty", the president said.

The president announced the reward on Monday as he met the Argentine coach Hector Cuper and the players.

But when Mahmoud Hassan was brought down in the box with just seconds left in the match, Salah stepped up with the weight of a nation on his shoulders and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to clinch their place in Russian Federation.

He said after the game, "I can't really express how I feel, I don't quite talk so much but I'm really proud", "Today we realized a long-awaited dream".

Egypt has won seven Africa Cup of Nations titles but has only qualified for the World Cup twice, first in 1934 and then 1990. "God almighty will make us victorious, go, hooligans!" was one of the football chants of Al Ahly's supporters that spurred on people during the uprising. It all happened because of everyone's support, " the former Al Ahly winger concluded.

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