Egypt manager Hector Cuper believes Mohamed Salah will play on
Jun 26 2018
It was Egypt's first goal from open play at a World Cup since 1934 and Salah, who converted a penalty against Russian Federation in their second group game, should have doubled the advantage minutes later.
The Liverpool forward gave Egypt the lead with a brilliant lob over keeper Yasser Al-Mosailem in the 22nd minute.
However, Fahad Al-Muwallad superb penalty was saved by Egyptian legend Essam El Hadary in the 41st minute.
As the game seemed to be headed for a draw, Saudi Arabia scored a last-gasp goal to secure their first ever World Cup victory since 1994. However, having failed to take their chances in the first half, the team were unable to find a way through the opponent's tightly packed defence in the second and ended up slipping to defeat.
Both the teams were the first to be eliminated from FIFA World Cup 2018 after failing to collect even a single point from their opening 2 matches against Uruguay and hosts Russian Federation.
An unused substitute in Egypt's opening two games, El Hadary had described the possibility of playing as "not only being my achievement but also an achievement for Egypt".
Saudi Arabia was awarded another penalty late in the first half and El-Hadary went the wrong way.
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.
El-Hadary pulled off a stunning stop, making him the oldest goalkeeper to save a penalty at the tournament.
He smashed the age record set by Colombia goalkeeperFaryd Mondragon, who was aged 43 years and three days when he played against Japan in Brazil in 2014.
Players make their way to the field and it's time for national anthem.
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The oldest person to play in a World Cup match made some spectacular saves Monday.
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. That changed in the 41st minute when the Asian side were awarded a penalty for Ahmed Fathy's handball.