Egypt keeper El Hadary to become World Cup's oldest player
- Author: Stacy Allen Jun 26, 2018,
Jun 26, 2018, 4:45
He soon underlined his importance on the pitch though, calmly lifting the ball over advancing goalkeeper Yasser Al Mosailem in the 22nd minute after latching on to a raking pass forward.
Salman-al-Faraj restored parity for Saudi Arabia dispatching a penalty in the stoppage time of the first half after Ahmed Hegazi was cautioned for tugging the shirt of Fahad Al-Muwallad.
Salem al-Dawsari then snatched the win five minutes into added time at the end of the game.
Cuper's defensive start gave the Saudi Arabians the confidence to dominate the first half, enjoying 65 per cent of the game's possession.
Mohamed Salah - whose worldwide future has been the subject of intense speculation this week - had earlier opened the scoring for Egypt with a fine finish, but Hector Cuper's men finished empty handed thanks to Al Dawsari's last-gasp effort.
It was a fantastic save from El Hadary, who at the age of 45, makes his finals debut in Volgograd.
But after a VAR-induced review that took nearly five minutes to complete, Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan chose to stick with his original decision.
Although he saved one penalty, he couldn't stop Saudi Arabia from winning 2-1 in a game between two teams that had already been eliminated.
The 25-year-old, who also scored with a penalty in the previous match against Russian Federation, then missed a golden chance which could have helped them end the competition on a high.
Russian Federation vs Uruguay match will be played on June 25, Monday, Volgograd Arena and it will start from 7:30 pm India time.
El Hadary overtook Faryd Mondragon as the oldest person to play at the World Cup.
Saudi Arabia and Egypt signed off their 2018 FIFA World Cup™ participation with an absorbing spectacle at Volgograd Arena that was only settled in the final minute. 2-0 at the time of writing and Uruguay look very much on course to win Group A.
Saudi Arabia had earlier gone 11 matches without recording a win at a World Cup.