Mohamed Salah scores but Egypt beaten in final World Cup game

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Saudi Arabia vs. Egypt - Football Match Preview - June 25, 2018
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26 June, 2018

The 45-year-old goalkeeper became the oldest player to participate in the FIFA World Cup on the Monday 25 June 2018 Group A match between Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

El Hadary was 45 years and 161 days old when he took to the field as the two already-eliminated teams in Group A played only for pride.

And El Hadary enjoyed a moment to savour when he saved a penalty from Al-Muwallad with 41 minutes played.

The Middle East nation were handed another chance from the spot after a foul by Ali Gaber, and this time they made no mistake as Salman Al faraj converted easily on the stroke of halftime.

Egypt's sole goal at the World Cup this summer has come from the likeliest of sources, Mohamed Salah.

Egypt's defender Ahmed Hegazi (R) rushes to congratulate Egypt's goalkeeper Essam El Hadary (L) after saving a penalty during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group A football match between Saudi Arabia and Egypt at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd on June 25, 2018.

"Obviously every player wants to set a record", El-Hadary said before the match and the sick save.

Mohamed Salah scored his second goal for the nation during the first half after there was doubts he would even start the final Group A clash.

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It was Egypt who broke the deadlock on 21 minutes as Salah latched onto a long ball before lobbing the on-rushing Yasser Al Mosailem to nestle the ball in the back of the net.

But after a VAR-induced review that took nearly five minutes to complete, Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan chose to stick with his original decision.

Five minutes before the break, Saudi Arabia were awarded a penalty for a hand-ball in the box.

With two games played, Saudi Arabia are one of just four teams still without a goal at this World Cup, joined by Morocco, Peru and Costa Rica.

Salem Aldawsari scored the victor for the Saudis with nearly the last kick of the match, volleying past El Hadary from a tight angle inside the Egypt penalty area.

But while the likes of Morocco and Peru have been unlucky in front of goal, Saudi Arabia have lacked attacking inspiration altogether.

The Egyptian FA confirmed Salah's inclusion in the line-up minutes after a tweet was published with a list omitting the star striker's name.

Despite scoring from the penalty spot, Salah looked like he was still feeling the effects of his injured shoulder in that game.


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