Mohammed Salah also known as “Egyptian Messi” heroic earns Egypt their first World Cup finals berth since 1990. The Pharaohs end their world cup exile in style. Salah scored a stoppage time penalty in 95th minute to earn 2-1 victory over Congo and helped his team to book a place in FIFA World Cup Russia 2018.
It will be Egypt’s third World Cup finals appearance. Their first appearance came in 1934, and then in 1990 and now 2018. It wasn’t an easy ride for the Pharoahs to book their place in finals after 28 years.
— Didier Drogba (@didierdrogba) October 8, 2017
Salah was the star of the game scoring both goals for Egypt, but Congo did manage to bring temporary disappointment on the face of 85,000 Egyptian fans in 88th minute. Salah gave the lead to Egypt in initial minutes of second-half, but it was cancelled by Arnold Bouka 88th minute equalizer. It takes a stoppage time nerve wrecking penalty moment for Mohammed Salah & Co. to book their place for Russia 2018.
Salah has earned lot of respect for himself since his arrival to Liverpool. He has already scored six goals for Anfield giants and he was Liverpool’s supporters’ player of the month in August. And, national success will be cherry on top for his personal growth.
Africa’s most successful nation has won Africa Cup of Nations title on seven occasions, but they have failed to earn a single victory in World Cup finals. Mohammed Salah may bring inspiration to his side to do well in Russia 2018 showpiece as he did in African qualifiers.
Salah’s club career has also started to earn accolades for him. He has come from the ranks of Swiss giant Basel, and earns his place in Jose Mourinho’s title winning Chelsea side in 2014. It didn’t help him in his career as he was offered for the loan spell to Fiorentina. He stayed with the Italians for a season, before making a move to Roma.
He scored 15 goals in his first season with Roma and earned himself a permanent move to the club. A season later, Jurgen Klopp’s eye catches his talent and he came back for Premier League football. He is flourishing since his arrival at Anfield, whether it’s club football or national duty.
His heroics led Egypt to qualify for FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, and who knows Liverpool may lift their first silverware since 2007.