Emad Meteab scored five minutes into stoppage time to earn Egypt a 2-0 victory over Algeria on Saturday 14 November and a 2010 FIFA World Cup™ lifeline.
The result left the fierce North African rivals level on points and goal difference at the top of Group C so they will meet again next Wednesday in Sudan to decide which country goes to South Africa.
Reigning African champions Egypt could not have wished for a better start, with Amr Zaki giving them a second-minute lead before a sell-out 75,000 crowd in Cairo.
But the Pharaohs failed to build on their early fortune and Algeria missed several good chances to equalise in a clash between two of the fiercest African football rivals.
Meteab replaced Zaki after 65 minutes and, when all seemed lost, he rose highest to head the ball into the far corner of the net past Algerian goalkeeper Lounes Gaouaoui.