Saudi Arabia vs. Egypt

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Saudi Arabia pulled off a last-gasp 2-1 win over Egypt as the two sides departed from Russian Federation on Monday, with the Saudis notching their first World Cup victory since 1994 and adding to the misery of Egypt's prolific striker Mohamed Salah.

Egypt is set to exit this World Cup after the conclusion of the group stage, but at least the team's goalkeeper, Essam El-Hadary, got to set a record for his appearances at this summer's tournament.

The 45-year-old goalkeeper flew to his right to make a spectacular stop in the 39th minute from Fahad Al-Muwallad's spot-kick, awarded for handball, at the Volgograd Arena.

Yet, in what proved to be a true World Cup fairy tale, Egypt's 45-year-old reserve goalkeeper Essam El Hadary - making his tournament debut at long last - guessed correctly to push Fahad Al-Muwallad's penalty onto the bar and out.

It was Salah's second goal at the World Cup, and Egypt's first in open play at the World Cup since 1934.

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.

Mohamed El-Shenawy started Egypt's previous two matches.

Yasser Al-Mosailem started in goal for Saudi Arabia, meaning all three of the squad's goalkeepers will have played one game in Russian Federation.


36% of Saudi Arabia's goals at the World Cup have been scored from the penalty spot (4 of 11).

Al Dawsari's goal means that Saudi Arabia finish third in the pool on three points, while Egypt return home without a point to show for their efforts.

Cavani sealed the win with a tap in from close range for his first World Cup goal.

Egypt suffered losses in its first two matches with Mohamed El-Shenawy in net.

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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