Egypt, for the first time since 1990, is heading back to the World Cup. And it clinched qualification on Sunday in the most dramatic of fashions.
Celebrations had been quelled when the Pharaohs conceded an 87th-minute equalizer to the Republic of Congo. But Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah secured a win, and a World Cup berth, with a penalty deep into stoppage time.
Cue the pandemonium:
— @3almiHD (@mah5060) October 8, 2017
Salah’s goal kicked of a night of bedlam and partying across the country. Here was the scene in Cairo:
— Ali Abdel-Rahman (@Ali98) October 8, 2017
But some of the best reactions came in the immediate aftermath of the winner. Multiple videos and pictures show handicapped fans eschewing wheelchairs and jumping for joy … or performing gymnastics on crutches:
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
When Salah sent Egypt to the WC after 28 years, a handicapped fan jumped off his wheelchair to celebrate on one leg!pic.twitter.com/7xq4Tg2Wgq
— Waleed Abu Nada (@waleedabunada) October 9, 2017
The single best reaction, though, might have come from this old man watching on TV in his pajamas:
So my dads soccer team won and this was the result…. pic.twitter.com/3zdHmf0E5P
— صوفيا (@sdeezy_) October 8, 2017
Here are some more videos and pictures that capture the country’s jubilation:
— Farid Y. Farid (@FaridYFarid) October 8, 2017
— Black Baratheon (@Shimz_Afc) October 8, 2017
Cairo , Egypt – 8 October 2017 : Egyptians Celebrating World Cup Qualification In Tahrir Square in Cairo
Photo | Mohamed El Raai pic.twitter.com/scBws3kCLe
— Mohamed El Raai (@mohammedelra3y) October 8, 2017