Salem al-Dawsari snatches win for Saudi Arabia against Egypt

Jun 26, 2018, 04:45
Salem al-Dawsari snatches win for Saudi Arabia against Egypt

Also in the lineup is 45-year-old goalkeeper Essam Al Hadary, who becomes the oldest player to ever play in a World Cup.

"He really appreciates every opportunity he gets to play for the national team", he said. I am really, really happy with the players, the way they have responded'.

Trezeguet planted a header narrowly wide just before the hour, while El Hadary did well to keep out efforts from Hussain Al-Mogahwi and Mohannad Aseri in quick succession.

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah gave Egypt the lead with a brilliant chip over goalkeeper Yasser Al-Mosailem before Saudi Arabia were awarded two penalties in quick succession.

It was Salah's second goal at the World Cup, and Egypt's first in open play at the World Cup since 1934. He stopped a first-half penalty kick as well.

"I think we played well but the results didn't go our way".

'The association will have to decide what they want to do, it doesn't depend on myself, ' said the Spaniard.

The 25-year-old, who also scored with a penalty in the previous match against Russian Federation, then missed a golden chance which could have helped them end the competition on a high. The veteran goalkeeper dived to his right and flicked his left hand up to push the shot onto the bar before it was cleared.

El Hadary was unable to repeat the feat when Alfaraj lined up against him at the end of the half, going the wrong way and having no chance.

Egypt bounced back and almost scored two minutes later, when Trezeguet did all of the work except the finish, making a smart run and steering a powerful header toward goal, only to put it wide of the far post.

He had no chance with Aldawsari's last-gasp victor, however.

Colombia keeper Faryd Mondragon set the record for oldest player in 2014 in Brazil by playing at 43 years and three days, so El-Hadary beat the record by a significant amount.

And while both sides had already been eliminated ahead of Monday's game at the Volgograd Arena, the Green Falcons at least avoided the ignominy of finishing the campaign without a point as they overtook Egypt into third place in the group.

Liverpool forward Salah's shoulder injury, which he sustained in the Champions League final last, the month made him miss the 1-0 Uruguay match of Egypt and hindered him in the next as the hosts Russian Federation sent Egypt back home packing in a 3-1 defeat.

Both sides came into the clash with nothing but pride to play for as Russian Federation and Uruguay had already qualified from the group for the knockout stage.