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Mohamed Salah ecstatic with goal and ‘deserved’ win at Chelsea
Egyptian starlet Mohamed Salah, who was named the player of the game after steering Basel to a surprising 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge last night, thanked his team-mates for helping him sparkle and says the Swiss champions would have settled for a draw.
Salah’s goal is the first for any Egyptian player in the UEFA Champions League group stage since Mido, who retired in June, scored a header for Marseille against Real Madrid in 2003.
“I want to say congratulations to our team for the victory and for helping me so much,” Salah told UEFA.com.
“I hope we can now go on and win the next game as well. We deserved the win.
“It was a good goal for me and for the team because we played four passes and I scored with a first-time shot.
“We would have been happy with 1-1. Normally you come here and say we need one point and we are delighted with all three.
“[Ashley Cole] is a fantastic player, but I played a good game tonight. It is the second time I have scored against Chelsea and I also scored in our win against Tottenham last season, so I am very happy.”
“I hope we can continue playing like that. Those three points are vital in our Champions League path,” Salah told Al-Jazeera after the match, before turning his thoughts to Egypt’s crucial World Cup qualifying play-off against Ghana.
Salah has scored six goals from six World Cup qualifying games for Egypt and is currently the top scorer in CAF World Cup qualifiers, but he doesn’t want to stop there, he wants to go all the way to Brazil.
“We are eager to realize the fans’ dream of playing at next year’s World Cup,” said Salah.”
The Pharaohs are eyeing their first World Cup appearance since 1990 but they will have to best Ghana in a two-legged play-off in order to reach Brazil 2014, with the first-leg of the decider on 13 October in Kumasi.