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Saudi Arabia stuns Egypt 2-1 in World Cup farewell

Saudi Arabia stuns Egypt 2-1 in World Cup farewell

Ahmed Fathy was penalised for a handball just inside the box, but the goalkeeper was equal to Al-Muwallad's powerful spot kick and pushed it onto the bar.

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 Essam El Hadary, 45, became the oldest player to feature at a World Cup and saved Fahad Al Muwallad's penalty.

Saudi Arabia and Egypt will try to avoid finishing last in Group A as they bow out of the World Cup on Monday, a disappointing end to the tournament in particular for Egypt and their usually prolific striker Mohamed Salah.

Saudi Arabi kicked off the tournament with a match to forget as they were thrashed 5-0 by Russian Federation in the opening game.

Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary, who is 45, took the field for his team's final group match to set the record.

It was Salah's second goal at the World Cup, and Egypt's first in open play at the World Cup since 1934.

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.

Even with the use of VAR and having the opportunity to view the incident himself, the referee stuck with his original decision and Salman Al-Faraj made no mistake as he swept the ball into the left-hand corner.

As the game entered the final quarter, Housain Al-Mogahwi was given the chance to score his first global goal at the back post but the midfielder's header was tipped over the crossbar by El-Hadary.

Saudi Arabia fielded Yasser Al-Mosailem as the goalkeeper, meaning that the kingdom's three keepers will each have played one game in Russian Federation.

Cavani sealed the win with a tap in from close range for his first World Cup goal.

And there was to be last-gasp heartbreak for Egypt as Salem Al-Dawsari swept in a 94 minute victor for their opponents.

While it was an impressive start by the hosts, it was a poor result for Saudi Arabia, who looked to be the weakest team in the competition.

For Egypt, Mohammed Salah's injury that he received in the Champions League final has severely hampered his performance and has had a negative effect on the team.

Saudi Arabia played their best match of the tournament, showing quality football virtually throughout the entire 90 minutes. He stopped a first-half penalty kick as well.


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