On Sunday, Liverpool’s Mo Salah netted an outrageously last minute penalty to give Egypt a 2-1 win over Congo. It was an incredibly important goal, as it secured Egypt a place in the World Cup for the first time in 28 years.
That’s right, when Egypt step onto the pitch in next year’s competition in Russia, it will be the country’s first stab at football’s biggest prize since Italia ‘90.
Until then, let’s bask in Egypt’s joy. Right after Salah buried the penalty in the 94th minute, his home nation, quite understandably, went absolutely beserk. The ecstasy was documented on Twitter in countless spine-tingling, goosebump-inducing posts, the best of which we’ve posted below.
Football, especially when it unfolds as it did in Alexandria on Sunday, really is great.
27 years!!! Since Egypt has made the World Cup!! What a time to be alive!!! Tahya Masr!!!!!! ?????????????????????? pic.twitter.com/p7ae6HLSMu
— ChampagneJuJu (@JHabashy15) October 8, 2017
Egypt just got through to their first World Cup in 27 years and this was my dads reaction ??
— Enzo (@Eliminastrio) October 8, 2017
Picture of the year?
‘Football gives wings to who doesn’t have legs’.
Yesterday in Egypt after qualifying to World Cup after 28 years pic.twitter.com/hwpYgzDtwg
— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) October 9, 2017
44 year-old Essam El-Hadary is finally going to a World Cup.
— John Bennett (@JohnBennettBBC) October 8, 2017
— Ali Abdel-Rahman (@Ali98) October 8, 2017