Salem al-Dawsari snatches win for Saudi Arabia against Egypt

Saudi Arabia defeat Egypt 2-1 in their third Group A clash to secure their first World Cup victory at the Volgograd Arena since the 1994.

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

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.

Unfortunately, Saudi Arabia was awarded another penalty kick later in the half and was able to convert, tying up the match.

Egypt come bottom with zero points and a goal difference of -4.

In the other group match, Uruguay beat Russian Federation 3-0 to finish first.

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

In their first game against Uruguay, Egypt lacked the injured Salah's quality on the ball and his lack of match fitness showed against Russian Federation despite the goal.

Egypt, though, went ahead with their first effort on goal as Mohamed Salah edged ahead of the defence to control brilliantly before lobbing goalkeeper Yasser Al Mosailem following a pinpoint pass by Abdallah El Said.

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

"It would not only be my achievement but also an achievement for Egypt".

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.

Up until then Saudi Arabia had been on top, but had failed to test El Hadary.

Saudi Arabia winger Salem Al-Dawsari scored a last-gasp victor as Mohamed Salah's Egypt suffered a 2-1 loss in their Group A dead rubber in Volgograd on Monday.

Between the 1982 and 2014 World Cup tournaments, there were no instances of a team taking two first-half penalties - there have been two in as many days at the 2018 World Cup (England v Panama on June 24, Saudi Arabia v Egypt today).

After the restart, the intensity of the game dropped but Hattan Bahebri nearly put Saudi Arabia into the lead with a volley from an acute angle but his strike going just over the bar.

This time, Salman Al-Faraj made no mistake, sending the 45-year-old the wrong way.


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