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Saudi Arabia Beat Egypt 2-1 in Final Group Game

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Tue, 26 Jun 2018 11:56 GMT

Saudi Arabia ended their World Cup campaign with a consolation 2-1 win over Egypt.

Egypt went ahead in the 22nd minute with an excellent solo piece by Liverpool’s star player Mohamed Salah, who managed to lob the ball past Saudi Arabia’s first choice keeper, Yasser Al-Mossailem.  

Salah’s opener was followed by another similar attempt from the number ten, only for the shot to go wide.  

In the 39th minute, Egypt conceded a penalty which was taken by Saudi Arabia winger Fahad Al Muwallad, but was saved by three-time African Cup of Nations winner Essam El Hadary, who at the age of 45 became the oldest player to feature in the history of the tournament.  

As the first half was coming to an end, the Saudis won a second spot kick, which was converted successfully by Al-Hilal FC midfielder, Salman Al Faraj.  

Egypt emerged stronger in the second half but saw a number of attempts go to waste. The Saudi attack began to look more promising, with various players managing to get their head to the ball, though with no result. 

By the end of the 90 minutes the game was approaching low-energy deadlock, only for Saudi Arabia’s Salim Al Dawsari to score a left-foot winner in the fifth minute of added time to mark his team’s first World Cup win since 1994.  

Egypt finished at the bottom of group A having failed to make proper use of Mohamed Salah, whose injury woes had the better of him at the most critical moments.    


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