Saudi Arabia strike late to shock Egypt

Last Updated: 25/06/18 5:23pm

Salem Al-Dawsari scored an injury-time winner

Salem Al-Dawsari scored an injury-time winner

Salem Al-Dawsari’s late goal secured Saudi Arabia a first World Cup win in 24 years with a 2-1 victory over Egypt in Volgograd.

In what was a dead-rubber game in Group A, Mohamed Salah, who was not initially named in Egypt’s starting line-up, gave his side the lead in the 22nd minute, scoring his 50th goal in 58 appearances for club and country since July 2017.

Essam El Hadary, who become the oldest player to feature in a World Cup aged 45 years and 16 days, saved Fahad Al Muwallad’s 41st-minute penalty but he could not keep out Salman Al Faraj’s spot-kick deep into first-half injury time as Saudi Arabia drew level.

The game was seemingly heading for a draw when Al-Dawsari struck to spark wild celebrations from Saudi Arabia as they ended their World Cup campaign with victory, while Egypt became the first side since Honduras in 2014 to lose all three group games at a World Cup.

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  • Saudi Arabia ended a run of 12 World Cup matches without winning (D2 L10), recording their first victory since June 1994 when they won 1-0 against Belgium.
  • This was Egypt’s seventh match at the World Cup without winning (D2 L5) – only Honduras have played more times at the World Cup without recording a win (9).
  • Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary, at the age of 45 years and 161 days, is the oldest player in the history of the World Cup, breaking the record set by Colombia’s Faryd Mondragon in 2014 (43y 3d). El Hadary became the second goalkeeper at the 2018 World Cup to save a penalty on his debut, after Iceland’s Hannes Thór Halldórsson, who did so against Argentina.
  • This match was the first time Egypt have ever led in a World Cup match, in what was their seventh match in the competition.
  • Mohamed Salah became the first African player to score in his first two appearances at the World Cup, scoring against Russia on MD2 and Saudi Arabia today.
  • Salman Al Faraj’s penalty goal for Saudi Arabia, scored after 50 minutes and 36 seconds, was the latest goal scored in the first half of a World Cup game since 1966.
  • 36% of Saudi Arabia’s goals at the World Cup have been scored from the penalty spot (4 of 11).
  • Between the 1982 and 2014 World Cup tournaments, there were no instances of a team taking two first-half penalties – there have been two in as many days at the 2018 World Cup (England v Panama on June 24, Saudi Arabia v Egypt today).
  • Saudi Arabia midfielder Abdullah Otayf completed 110 passes in this match, the most by an Asian player in a World Cup match since 1966.

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