Mohamed Elneny’s assist helped Egypt qualify for their first World Cup since 1990.
Egypt required a win over Congo to ensure qualification for the World Cup in Russia this summer. Elneny started in his usual midfield berth in what was a tense game in front of 80,000 people at the Borg El Arab stadium, reports Football.London.
It was around the hour mark that the midfielder’s deflected long-range pass found Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah in the Congo penalty area. The winger then broke the deadlock.
Congo then equalised in the 87th minute, before Egypt were rewarded a penalty in the fourth minute of injury time. Salah stepped up and thumped the penalty into the top corner, sending his country into delirium.
Despite being Africa’s most successful nation, Egypt hadn’t qualified for a World Cup since 1990. It means Arsenal will have yet another representative at Russia 2018.
Elneny will now return to Arsenal with a handy morale and confidence boost ahead of a busy period of fixtures. Having had more first team involvement recently, his services will be required again as Arsenal continue their Carabao Cup and Europa League campaigns.
Arsenal resume their Premier League season with a trip to Watford on Saturday.