Egypt say Salah to play against Saudis in both sides' final game

Egypt say Salah to play against Saudis in both sides' final game

The two players appeared to have hold of each other but, after taking more than three minutes to consult VAR and watch replays of the incident, Roldan stuck with his initial decision, allowing Al Faraj to send El Hadary the wrong way from 18 yards.

That changed in the 41st minute when the Asian side were awarded a penalty for Ahmed Fathy's handball.

Saudi Arabia were awarded a second penalty on the stroke of half-time, although there was a change in the penalty-taking duties as Salman Al Faraj took responsibility and scored.

Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary, 45, is the oldest player ever to appear at a World Cup competition upon appearing in the team to face Saudi Arabia in Volgograd.

For Egypt and Salah it meant a first World Cup campaign in 28 years ended without a single point.

Both sides are without a point at the tournament, with Saudi Arabia having lost 5-0 to Russian Federation and 1-0 to Uruguay, while Egypt also lost 1-0 to Uruguay and 3-1 to Russian Federation.

This is the first time Egypt has qualified for the Cup since 1990, so it's especially thrilling for a player like El-Hadary, who made his professional debut in 1993 and first played for the national team in 1997 against Algeria.

Mohamed Salah put Egypt ahead after breaking through on to a long ball forward and lobbing the goalkeeper.

El-Hadary's achievement is even more incredible when you realise the shot-stopper is older than three managers at this summer's World Cup.

The Liverpool forward put Egypt ahead but wasted a golden opportunity to double the lead, giving Saudi Arabia the chance to claw their way back into the game that was settled by a 95th-minute victor by midfielder Salem Al-Dawsari.

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

That save kept Egypt up 1-0, but he couldn't go 2-2 on penalty kicks.

Salah was named in the starting line-up as expected and thrilled an Egyptian-dominated crowd of 36,823 by opening the scoring in trademark fashion after 22 minutes.

24 - Exactly 24 years ago, Saudi Arabia achieved their historic maiden victory in the World Cup.

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

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