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Euphoria greets Saudi World Cup qualification

From world leaders to Japanese fans, congratulations poured in for the victorious Saudi team.

On a raucous night in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia confirmed automatic qualification to the 2018 World Cup thanks to a 1-0 win over Japan, who had already booked their places in Russia next summer.

Fahad Al Muwallad’s superb 63rd minute strike ensured delirious celebrations at the final whistle, and across the world supporters and well-wishers took to social media to congratulate the Saudi team on returning to the World Cup for the first time since 2006.

Here are some of the best reactions.

Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was one of the first to congratulate the UAE’s neighbours on their historic achievement



The official Twitter account of Saudi champions Al Hilal spoke for the whole country.



There was a message from FIFA…



Middle East football website lauded the team goal that sealed the win.


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Another football account, @footynions, posted a photo of Burj Khalifa lit in the Saudi colours


And the travelling Japanese fans showed fantastic sportsmanship to congratulate their victorious opponents…


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