Saudi Arabia bow out with a win over Egypt


Saudi Arabia shocked Egypt with a 2-1 win in both teams' final game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Monday.

Just minutes later, however, a second penalty was given to Saudi Arabia, and this time converted by Salman Al Faraj.

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, just minutes before the half-time whistle, Saudi Arabia were awarded a second spot-kick.

Also in the lineup is 45-year-old goalkeeper Essam Al Hadary, who becomes the oldest player to ever play in a World Cup.

The two teams came into their final group game having already been eliminated from the competition following defeats to Uruguay and hosts Russian Federation.

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.

It was Egypt who broke the deadlock on 21 minutes as Salah latched onto a long ball before lobbing the on-rushing Yasser Al Mosailem to nestle the ball in the back of the net.

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"There is not much between our three goalkeepers but he was the right person to play today", said Cuper.

The victor came just after the allotted four minutes of stoppage time had elapsed, Abdullah Otayf playing a neat pass to Al-Dawsari who brilliant finished first time into the opposite corner.

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

The oldest player in World Cup history saving a penalty.

El-Hadary has been a member of Egypt's national team since 1996 and has made over 150 appearances for the team.

Egyptian Football Association (EFA) president Hany Abo Rida was quoted by local media as saying that Salah would not be leaving the World Cup early despite his team's elimination.

Saudi Arabia midfielder Abdullah Otayf completed 110 passes in this match, the most by an Asian player in a World Cup match since 1966.

Always available for the ball, the 28-year-old dictated the game for Pizzi's side with his penetrative passing and accurate crossing.