Mohamed Salah ends his disappointing World Cup campaign for Egypt with a stunner in 2-1 defeat to Saudi Arabia as Pharaohs bow out without a single win.
2018 World Cup
15′ CHANCE! Al Dawsari’s shot wide out
22′ GOAL! Saudi Arabia 0-1 Egypt (Salah)
Goal! Saudi Arabia 0, Egypt 1.
Mohamed Salah (Egypt) left footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Abdallah El Said.
41′ Penalty Missed! (Fahad Al Muwallad)
El Hadary – the oldest-ever player at a World Cup – comes up with a great save, tipping the strike onto the bar and back out with a firm hand!
51′ Penalty Goal! Saudi Arabia 1-1 Egypt (Salman Al Faraj)
GOAL! SAUDI ARABIA EQUALISE!
Al Faraj makes it 1-1, sending the keeper the wrong way and slotting into the back of the net as El Hadary can’t come up with a second stunning penalty save.
69′ CHANCE! Al Mogahwi’s header saved
95′ GOAL! Saudi Arabia 2-1 Egypt (Salem Al Dawsari)
Salem Al Dawsari scored with the last kick of the game as Saudi Arabia ended their World Cup campaign with a consolation 2-1 win over Egypt in Group A.
Al Dawsari’s goal means that Saudi Arabia finish third in the pool on three points, while Egypt return home without a point to show for their efforts.
Essam El Hadary had earlier looked like claiming the spotlight after becoming the oldest player to ever play in the World Cup at the age of 45 years and 161 days and saving a first-half penalty from Fahad Al Muwallad.
No sooner had the veteran goalkeeper finished celebrating and he was facing another spot-kick, this time given after the lightest of shirt tugs by Ali Gabr on Al Muwallad.
Referee Wilmar Roldan was encouraged to review the decision by VAR, but the Colombian stood by his initial call giving Salam Al Faraj the chance – after a three-minute delay – to drill past El Hadary and pull his side level deep into first-half stoppage time.
Mohamed Salah – whose international future has been the subject of intense speculation this week – had earlier opened the scoring for Egypt with a fine finish, but Hector Cuper’s men finished empty handed thanks to Al Dawsari’s last-gasp effort.
Saudi Arabia XI: Osama Hawsawi, Yasser Al-Mosailem, Salman Al Faraj, Hussain Al-Mogahwi, Yasir Al Shahrani, Hattan Bahebri, Salem Al Dawsari, Fahad Al Muwallad, Abdullah Otayf, Motaz Hawsawi, Mohammed Al-Burayk
Subs: Abdullah Al-Mayoof, Mansour Al-Harbi, Abdulmalek Al-Khaibri, Mohammed Al Sahlawi, Yahya Al Shehri, Mohannad Aseri, Mohammed Al Owais, Mohammed Kanno, Abdullah Alkhaibari
Egypt XI: Ahmed Fathy, Essam El Hadary, Abdallah El Said, Mohamed Shafy, Tarek Hamed, Ahmed Hegazi, Ali Gabr, Mohamed Salah, Marwan Mohsen, Mohamed Elneny, Trézéguet
Subs: Sherif Ekramy, Ahmed El Mohamady, Shikabala, Mohamed El-Shenawy, Sam Morsy, Ayman Ashraf, Saad Samir, Kahraba, Mahmoud Hamdi El Wensh, Ramadan Sobhi, Amr Warda