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Watching Egypt qualify for the World Cup will make you realise how special the tournament really is

Mohamed Salah scored a 95th minute penalty to secure his country qualification for the World Cup for the first time since 1990

Us English take World Cup qualification for granted.

But elsewhere around the world it can unify a country in pure joy.

Take Egypt for example.

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Mohamed Salah scored a 95th minute penalty against Congo to ensure his country’s qualification for the World Cup for the first time since 1990.

Before we go to the actual match itself, just take a look what the result meant to a middle-aged Egyptian man watching at home…

Only football can draw such genuine emotion out of us.

The most beautiful thing about the whole scenario is that this fan in his living room went through the same experience as Mo Salah on the pitch.

This was the Liverpool winger’s reaction when Congo equalised in the 87th minute…

In that moment it seemed as if Egypt’s dream was under threat and Salah’s reaction would have been mirrored all over the football-mad country.

Now for the special moment.

Under crushing pressure, Salah was tasked with converting a last-gasp penalty.

The 25-year-old successfully sent the keeper the wrong way, sparking biblical scenes inside the packed 85,000-seater stadium.

No matter who you support or what country you’re from, this moment should resonate with all football fans…

This sport of ours really is bloody magnificent at times.

Congrats to Salah and the whole of Egypt, thoroughly deserved.

We’ll see you in Russia next year.


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