Saudi Arabia beat Egypt 2-1 in Volgograd as both Nations eliminated

Saudi Arabia beat Egypt 2-1 in Volgograd as both Nations eliminated

Mohamed Salah signed off from Russia with a goal but saw his Egypt team suffer a late defeat as Saudi Arabia snatched a 2-1 win in an entertaining game in Volgograd.


Going into their final Group A encounter the teams knew their World Cup chances were over, having both lost their opening two games.


However, the dead rubber status of the game did not stop the teams from playing out an entertaining encounter punctuated with an incident.


Salah had been the subject of speculation he would quit the World Cup early over apparent unhappiness in the Egypt camp but made light of the claims by racing onto a long ball in the 22nd minute and lobbing past Saudi goalkeeper Yasser Al-Mosailem for his second goal at Russia 2018.


Then came a moment of brilliance from Egypt ‘keeper Essam El Hadary, who at 45 years old was setting the record for the oldest player ever to appear at a World Cup finals.


It was the Saudis’ first World Cup win since 1994, having gone 12 games without a win at the tournament.


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

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