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World Cup 2018: Mohamed Salah scores but Egypt lose to Saudi Arabia

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Highlights: Saudi Arabia 2-1 Egypt

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Mohamed Salah scored his second goal of the World Cup but Egypt ended their campaign pointless with defeat by Saudi Arabia at Volgograd Arena.

The Liverpool forward gave Egypt the lead with a brilliant lob over keeper Yasser Al-Mosailem in the 22nd minute.

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

However, he could not stop Salman Al Faraj's spot-kick and was beaten again by Salem Al Dawsari with seconds left.

El Hadary makes history, saves pen... but ends up on losing side

It was an opening half of record achievements and firsts.

Egypt keeper El Hadary became the oldest player to feature in a World Cup match and the team scored their first World Cup goal from open play since 1934, while the Saudis scored their first of the tournament.

However, the focus was on El Hadary, who at 45 years and 161 days beat the record of Colombia keeper Faryd Mondragon (43 and three days at Brazil 2014) to become the oldest player to take to the field. He began his international career in 1996.

Essam El Hadary (right)
Egypt keeper Essam El Hadary made a fantastic save to deny Fahad Al Muwallad

He had little to do in the first half until the 41st minute when Saudi Arabia, who were 1-0 down, were awarded a penalty for Ahmed Fathy's handball.

Al Muwallad took the spot-kick, but his firm strike was brilliantly pushed onto the bar by the veteran.

However, the euphoria was extinguished in first-half stoppage time when Saudi Arabia were awarded a second penalty after a VAR review confirmed Ali Gabr pulled down Al Muwallad in the area.

Al Faraj took over the spot-kick duties and fired his effort to the right of El Hadary in the sixth minute of first-half stoppage time.

The 45-year-old remained vigilant throughout and made exceptional stops from Hussain Al-Mogahwi and Mohannad Aseri headers.

However, just when it seemed like his heroics had earned his side their first point of the tournament, Al Dawsari fired in an angled shot for Saudi Arabia's first World Cup win since 1994.

How did Salah perform?

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Salah opens scoring for Egypt with smart finish

It was a tale of two halves for the Liverpool player.

In the first period, he looked dangerous and worked well in tandem with right-sided midfielder Trezeguet.

His goal was 'classic Salah' - collecting a long, raking pass with one touch before lifting the ball over the advancing Saudi Arabia goalkeeper.

The 26-year-old should have doubled his tally when he found himself one-on-one with Al-Mosailem, but instead inexplicably dinked his finish wide of the left-hand post.

Salah was less effective in attack after the break, and was forced to defend as Egypt came under pressure from their opponents.

A pre-tournament injury and controversy over his meeting with the Chechnya leader meant it was not the ideal build-up to his first World Cup, nor the finish he would have wanted. But having scored two goals, Salah leaves his mark on football's biggest stage.

Man of the match - Essam El Hadary (Egypt)

Essam El Hadary
A fantastic penalty save and two good reaction saves from second-half headers - he might have ended up on the losing side but both he and his country will remember his World Cup debut for years to come

Saudi Arabia coach Juan Antonio Pizzi: "Up until the Salah goal we didn't leave any gaps or make mistakes.

"After those efforts we kept possession during the first and second half. They only had two chances. We kept them in check.

"Today we kept control of the pace and possession. This was a deserved win.

"Regarding my future, the association will have to decide what to do."

Al Faraj also makes history - the stats

  • Saudi Arabia ended a run of 12 World Cup matches without winning (D2 L10), recording their first victory since June 1994 when they won 1-0 against Belgium.
  • This was Egypt's seventh match at the World Cup without winning (D2 L5) - only Honduras have played more times at the World Cup without recording a win (9).
  • El Hadary became the second goalkeeper at the 2018 World Cup to save a penalty on his tournament debut after Iceland's Hannes Thor Halldorsson, who did so against Argentina.
  • This match was the first time Egypt have ever led in a World Cup match, in what was their seventh match in the competition.
  • Al Faraj's penalty goal for Saudi Arabia, scored after 50 minutes and 36 seconds, was the latest goal scored in the first half of a World Cup game since 1966.

Line-ups

Saudi Arabia

  • 21Al-Mosailem
  • 6Al-Burayk
  • 3Os Hawsawi
  • 23M Hawsawi
  • 13Al Shahrani
  • 14Otayf
  • 9BahebriSubstituted forAbu Radeah Aseriat 65'minutes
  • 16Al-Mogahwi
  • 7Al Faraj
  • 18Al Dawsari
  • 19Al Muwallad Al-HarbiSubstituted forAl Shehriat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Al-Mayoof
  • 2Al-Harbi
  • 8Al Shehri
  • 10Al Sahlawi
  • 11Al-Khaibri
  • 12Kanno
  • 15Al Khaibari
  • 20Abu Radeah Aseri
  • 22Al Owais

Egypt

  • 1El Hadary
  • 7FathyBooked at 86mins
  • 2GabrBooked at 45mins
  • 6Hegazi
  • 13Shafy
  • 17Elneny
  • 8Hamed
  • 19El SaidSubstituted forWardaat 45+7'minutes
  • 10Salah
  • 21TrézéguetSubstituted forKahrabaat 81'minutes
  • 9MohsenSubstituted forSobhiat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3El Mohamady
  • 5Morsy
  • 11Kahraba
  • 12Ashraf
  • 14Sobhi
  • 15Hamdi
  • 16Ekramy
  • 18Shikabala
  • 20Samir
  • 22Warda
  • 23El-Shenawy
Referee:
Wilmar Roldán
Attendance:
36,823

Match Stats

Home TeamSaudi ArabiaAway TeamEgypt
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home23
Away7
Shots on Target
Home8
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home7
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Saudi Arabia 2, Egypt 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Saudi Arabia 2, Egypt 1.

Goal!

Goal! Saudi Arabia 2, Egypt 1. Salem Al Dawsari (Saudi Arabia) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Abdullah Otayf.

Attempt blocked. Abdullah Otayf (Saudi Arabia) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Hussain Al-Mogahwi.

Osama Hawsawi (Saudi Arabia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kahraba (Egypt).

Hussain Al-Mogahwi (Saudi Arabia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tarek Hamed (Egypt).

Attempt missed. Hussain Al-Mogahwi (Saudi Arabia) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Yasir Al Shahrani following a set piece situation.

Booking

Ahmed Fathy (Egypt) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Yasir Al Shahrani (Saudi Arabia) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ahmed Fathy (Egypt).

Offside, Egypt. Kahraba tries a through ball, but Mohamed Salah is caught offside.

Hussain Al-Mogahwi (Saudi Arabia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tarek Hamed (Egypt).

Offside, Egypt. Ramadan Sobhi tries a through ball, but Mohamed Salah is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Salem Al Dawsari (Saudi Arabia) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Salman Al Faraj.

Substitution

Substitution, Egypt. Kahraba replaces Trézéguet.

Attempt blocked. Mohammed Al-Burayk (Saudi Arabia) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Saudi Arabia. Yahya Al Shehri replaces Fahad Al Muwallad.

Abdullah Otayf (Saudi Arabia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ahmed Fathy (Egypt).

Corner, Egypt. Conceded by Mohammed Al-Burayk.

Corner, Egypt. Conceded by Yasir Al Shahrani.

Attempt blocked. Amr Warda (Egypt) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Salman Al Faraj (Saudi Arabia) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner from a direct free kick.

Salem Al Dawsari (Saudi Arabia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ahmed Fathy (Egypt).

Mohammed Al-Burayk (Saudi Arabia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ramadan Sobhi (Egypt).

Attempt missed. Mohamed Elneny (Egypt) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Trézéguet.

Foul by Hussain Al-Mogahwi (Saudi Arabia).

Tarek Hamed (Egypt) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Mohannad Aseri (Saudi Arabia) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Salman Al Faraj with a cross.

Corner, Saudi Arabia. Conceded by Essam El Hadary.

Attempt saved. Hussain Al-Mogahwi (Saudi Arabia) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Salman Al Faraj.

Foul by Fahad Al Muwallad (Saudi Arabia).

Mohamed Shafy (Egypt) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Fahad Al Muwallad (Saudi Arabia).

Ali Gabr (Egypt) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Uruguay33005059
2Russia32018446
3Saudi Arabia310227-53
4Egypt300326-40

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain31206515
2Portugal31205415
3Iran31112204
4Morocco301224-21

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France22003126
2Denmark21102114
3Australia201123-11
4Peru200202-20

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia22005056
2Nigeria21012203
3Iceland201113-21
4Argentina201114-31

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brazil21103124
2Switzerland21103214
3Serbia21012203
4Costa Rica200203-30

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Mexico22003126
2Germany21012203
3Sweden21012203
4South Korea200213-20

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England22008266
2Belgium22008266
3Tunisia200237-40
4Panama200219-80

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Japan21104314
2Senegal21104314
3Colombia21014223
4Poland200215-40
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