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 after both teams lost their opening two games, 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, who finished fourth in group A, became the first side since Honduras in 2014 to lose all three group games at a World Cup.
Saudi Arabia: Al Mosailem (7), Al Burayk (7), Os Hawsawi (7), M Hawsawi (8), Al Shahrani (7), Otayf (8), Bahebri (7), Al Mogahwi (7), Al Faraj (8), Al Dawsari (8), Al Muwallad (7).
Subs: Aseri (6), Al Shehriat (6).
Egypt: El Hadary (8), Fathy (6), Gabr (6), Hegazi (6), Shafy (6), Elneny (6), Hamed (6), El Said (6), Salah (6), Trezeguet (6), Mohsen (6).
Subs: Warda (6), Sobhi (6), Kahraba (n/a)
Man of the match: Salman Al Faraj
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