Salah becomes third Egyptian in history to reach Champions League last 8
Mohamed Salah has etched his name into the history books once more, becoming the third Egyptian in history to reach the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.
Salah qualified to the last eight after Liverpool managed to hold FC Porto to a comfortable 0-0 draw at Anfield, meaning their 5-0 win at Estádio do Dragão a fortnight ago was enough to see them off and move on to the next round.
Following that win, Salah became the third Egyptian in history to qualify to that round, beating top Egyptians that have played in Europe such as Ahmed Hassan, Ahmed Hossam ‘Mido’ and Mohamed Zidan.
The only two other players to achieve the same feat are Hany Ramzy and Samir Kamouna who reached the UEFA Champions League last eight in their only campaign in the competition in the 1998/99 season with Kaizerslautern.
The competition was a bit different back then as only 24 teams qualified to the group stages. The winner of each group made it directly to the quarter-finals plus the best two runners up, bringing the total to eight teams. Kaiserslautern had qualified top of their group which included heavy weights such as Benfica, PSV Eindhoven & HJK Helsinki.
The Germans managed to collect 13 points from six games after four wins, one draw and one loss. Hany Ramzy featured in all but one match in the group stages, a home win against PSV Eindhoven. Kamouna the same as Ramzy, missing out on one game, the opener win against Benfica at home.
Both Egyptians went on to the next round to face then-finalists FC Bayern Munich. They managed to play the away leg, which they lost 2-0, however both players did not get any minutes in the home leg as Ramzy was serving an indirect suspension, meanwhile Kamouna was demoted to the bench in the match that ended 4-0 for the Bavarians.
It is worth mentioning that another player came close on several occasions, Mohamed Elneny failed to qualify to the quarter-finals after losing the last 16 double headers three times, once with Basel where they were ousted by FC Porto and the other two times came with Arsenal. His goal against FC Barcelona in 2016 was not enough as the Gunners exited the competition. Meanwhile the club was given a footballing lesson last season after they were beaten 10-2 on aggregate by Bayern Munich.