The international break is not usually the most thrilling aspect of football, but that doesn't mean the entire period doesn't contain at least some excitement.
To be fair, during this October edition, a lot has been on the line, with a number of countries fighting for their place at the 2018 World Cup.
All the groups will be concluded come Wednesday morning and European teams will then have to take part in a gruelling play-off round in November.
However, the real drama was over in Africa, where Egypt took on Congo for a spot at the international showpiece.
The hosts simply had to win and they had not made a World Cup since 1990.
They have been one of the dominant forces in the African Cup of Nations, but have failed to sparkle at international football's biggest stage.
SALAH THE MAIN MAN
The Egyptian side is blessed with a fair few decent players but their talisman is, of course, Liverpool star Mohamed Salah.
The flying winger is genuinely close to the world-class bracket and would probably make it into a lot of top international sides.
Naturally, in a game of such importance, the Egyptian nation turned to their main man and boy, did he deliver.
Salah scored the opening goal of the game and then, in the dying minutes, he scored a dramatic penalty to seal a 2-1 victory and a spot in Russia.
Very cooly taken. However, one of the main talking points surrounding Salah was his reaction to Congo's equaliser.
The visitors scored late on and it appeared as if the goal had taken everything out of the Liverpool man.
Little did he know, a few moments later he would be up off the turf and delivering a historical moment for his country.
Now, he can return to Jurgen Klopp's side with a clean bill of health and hope to get the Reds back on track for the season.
The former Roma man has started brilliantly at his new club but it still hasn't helped them achieve positive results in recent weeks.
Manchester United await the Pharaoh on Saturday afternoon.
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