Saudi Arabia bow out with a win over Egypt
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Jun 26, 2018,
Jun 26, 2018, 1:47
He also saved a first-half penalty from Fahad Al-Muwallad.
However, the Saudis were level just moments later when they were awarded a second spot-kick, after Ali Gabrin was adjudged to have pushed Al Muwallad in the box.
Saudi Arabia pressed for a victor in the second half but the game appeared to be heading for a 1-1 draw - which would have meant Egypt finished third in the group - until Abdullah Otayf teed up Al-Dawsari to angle his shot past El-Hadary.
Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary, who is 45, took the field for his team's final group match to set the record.
Egypt have never won a game at the World Cup but they could still be in line for a maiden victory at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd if they can defeat Saudi Arabia.
Both Egypt and Saudi Arabia lost their first two games and will be hoping to pocket an elusive win in Volgograd to avoid finishing bottom of the group.
Meanwhile, Uruguay and Russian Federation are the two teams that progressed from Group A after the south American finished top of the table with nine points, as the hosts ended up second with six points.
Liverpool star Salah, who has been hampered by injury throughout the campaign, opened the scoring for the Egyptians with a delightful lob in the 22nd minute.
Even with the use of VAR and having the opportunity to view the incident himself, the referee stuck with his original decision and Salman Al-Faraj made no mistake as he swept the ball into the left-hand corner.
Up until then Saudi Arabia had been on top, but had failed to test El Hadary.
It was a unusual decision and did not go unnoticed by World Cup fans.
Egypt's Mohamed Salah during training on June 24, 2018.
Saudi Arabia played their best match of the tournament, showing quality football virtually throughout the entire 90 minutes.
Mohamed El-Shenawy started Egypt's previous two matches.
Always available for the ball, the 28-year-old dictated the game for Pizzi's side with his penetrative passing and accurate crossing.