IN PICTURES: How Saudis celebrated qualifying for the 2018 World Cup

Saudi Arabia's fans cheer during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Saudi and Japan at King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Stadium in Jeddah on September 5, 2017. (AFP)

These are the pictures that show how Saudis celebrated their national team qualifying for Russia's 2018 World Cup in a match against Japan last night that ended in 1-0.

Saudi Arabia fans cheer as they hold up pictures of Saudi King Salman and Saudi Crown Prince and Minister of Defense Mohammed bin Salman. (AP)

Saudi Arabia fans cheer as they hold up pictures of Saudi King Salman and Saudi Crown Prince and Minister of Defense Mohammed bin Salman. (AP)

Fahad al-Muwalad who came in as a substitute secured the win after scoring a screamer in to the top corner of the Japanese goal in the second half.

Saudi Arabia's fans hold up portraits of Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Saudi and Japan at King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Stadium in Jeddah on September 5, 2017. (AFP)

Saudi Arabia's fans hold up portraits of Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Saudi and Japan at King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Stadium in Jeddah on September 5, 2017. (AFP)

The goal came after intricate passing football allowed midfielder Nawaf al-Abed to slide through a sublime pass putting al-Muwalad in front of goal ahead of the backpeddling Japanese defenders.

Saudi Arabia's fans cheer during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match. (AFP)

Saudi Arabia's fans cheer during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match. (AFP)

A Japanese fan wears Saudi traditional clothes takes a picture. (AP)

A Japanese fan wears Saudi traditional clothes takes a picture. (AP)

Saudi Arabia players celebrates after winning the 2018 World Cup group B qualifying soccer match between Saudi Arabia and Japan in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. (AP)

Saudi Arabia players celebrates after winning the 2018 World Cup group B qualifying soccer match between Saudi Arabia and Japan in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. (AP)

Saudi Arabia's head coach Bert van Marwijk is thrown into the air by his players after winning the 2018 World Cup group B qualifying soccer match between Saudi Arabia and Japan in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. Saudi Arabia won 1-0. (AP)

Saudi Arabia's head coach Bert van Marwijk is thrown into the air by his players after winning the 2018 World Cup group B qualifying soccer match between Saudi Arabia and Japan in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. Saudi Arabia won 1-0. (AP)

Saudi Arabia's fans cheer during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match. (AFP)

Saudi Arabia's fans cheer during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match. (AFP)

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PHOTO GALLERY: Saudi Arabia qualifies for 2018 World Cup

Saudi Arabia’s coach, Dutch Bert van Marwijk, celebrated his side’s first world cup appearance since Germany 2006.

Iran and Japan have already secured places at Russia 2018 as winners of Groups A and B while South Korea secured the second position in Group A.

Saudi Arabia's win made them the first Arab team to qualify for the Russia 2018 World Cup with Syria yet to play Australia in the play off for the fifth Asian seat.

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