Spirited Saudi Arabia overcome Salah strike for World Cup win

Egypt attacker Mohamed Salah

At Volgograd Arena, Saudi Arabia ended their poor record at the World Cup by recording a 2-1 win over Egypt.

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.

Saudi Arabia should have been level five minutes before the break when Ahmed Fathy was penalised for handball just inside the box, even though the ball was sacked at him from close range.

Salem Al-Dawsari sealed the win for Saudi Arabia in added time of the second half.

Egypt will crash out of the World Cup regardless of their result against Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabi kicked off the tournament with a match to forget as they were thrashed 5-0 by Russian Federation in the opening game.

He smashed the age record set by Colombia goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon, who was aged 43 years and three days when he played against Japan in Brazil in 2014.

Reports of Salah quitting worldwide football dominated the build-up to this dead rubber in Group A but he briefly set the speculation to one side by opening the scoring with his second goal of the competition.


"This title is for entire Egypt and not El-Hadary exclusively".

The 26-year-old heightened Saudi's gaolkeeper Yasser Al Mosailem to gift his side the lead as they hope to claim their first victory of the tournament.

Saudi Arabia fielded Yasser Al-Mosailem as the goalkeeper, meaning that the kingdom's three keepers will each have played one game in Russian Federation.

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.

But while the likes of Morocco and Peru have been unlucky in front of goal, Saudi Arabia have lacked attacking inspiration altogether.

El-Hadary pulled off a stunning stop, making him the oldest goalkeeper to save a penalty at the tournament.

Salah is also clearly not fully fit, but managed to score two goals in his two appearances, one from the penalty spot.

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