Egypt becomes second African country to qualify for the World Cup

Ibrahim Salah

Bradley was appointed as Egypt manager in September 2011, hoping to lead Egypt to their first World Cup appearance since 1990.

Egypt finished top of Group E in African qualifying with a game to spare.

Three more tickets are left to be picked by other African teams.

After a 0-0 first half, Salah eventually calmed the Egyptian fans nerves by breaking the deadlock in the 63rd minute.

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.

But an energised stadium was flattened just minutes from full time when Bouka-Moutou ghosted in at the far post to slam a volley home past Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary. 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.

With the clock ticking down in stoppage time and a victory desperately required, Salah invoked memories of Emad Meteb's famous last-gasp header against Algeria in 2009 when he sent the keeper the wrong way from the spot after substitute Mahmoud Trezeguet was hauled down in the area.

Their latest attempt to do so had seen Argentine coach Cuper forced to take medication for high blood pressure.



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