Egyptians spilled onto the streets of Cairo, Alexandria and other major cities after the Pharaohs defeated Ghana in their second Group E match of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
Egypt defeated Ghana 2-0 in the match at Alexandria’s Borg El-Arab stadium. The stadium’s 86,000 seats were are filled with jubilant Egyptian fans hoping to see their country qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1990.
The two goals were scored by AS Roma’s Mohamed Salah and Al-Ahly’s Abdallah El-Said. Both goals, one from a penalty, were scored in the final minutes of the two halves.
As the final whistle blew, cementing Egypt’s victory, Egyptians wildly celebrated, with social media videos showing many on the streets waving flags and chanting in support of Egypt.
Egypt, led by coach Hector Cuper, is now leading Group E with six points. Uganda is in second place with four points, while Ghana and Congo are in third and fourth, respectively.
Despite having not lost any home World Cup qualifier game since 2004, the match against Ghana had been highly anticipated given the Pharaohs’ painful defeat against Ghana in 2013.
Egypt is now set to face Uganda in home and away matches in 2017.