Egypt keeper El Hadary becomes World Cup's oldest player

Egypt's Mohamed Salah

Egypt's Mohamed Salah

Liverpool forward Salah initially appeared to have been left out of his country's starting line-up before a team-sheet mistake was quickly corrected.

Subs: Aseri (6), Al Shehriat (6).

Almuwallad had earlier missed a chance to equalize when El Hadary saved his penalty. He broke clear on goal but, after drawing Al Mosailem, uncharacteristically dinked wide of the right-hand post.

But after a VAR-induced review that took nearly five minutes to complete, Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan chose to stick with his original decision.

Saudi Arabia fielded Yasser Al-Mosailem as the goalkeeper, meaning that the kingdom's three keepers will each have played one game in Russian Federation.

Salem Aldawsari scored with nearly the last kick of the match for the Saudis, shooting from a tight angle inside the Egypt penalty area and poking the ball past El Hadary.

However, he was unable to keep out a second spot-kick for Saudi Arabia in the sixth minute of first-half stoppage-time when Salman Al-Faraj successfully converted.

Just when a draw looked on the cards, Saudi Arabia finally found the breakthrough in the 95th minute when Abdullah Otayf met Mohammed Al-Breik's right-wing cross with a first-time layoff into the path of Al-Dawsari.




El Hadary takes the record from Faryd Mondragon, who appeared in goal for Colombia in 2014 just three days after his 43rd birthday. He became the first player to be sent off for the World Cup hosts since Itumeleng Khune's red card for South Africa in 2010.

Saudi Arabia have conceded six goals in their two games at the World Cup so far.

Up until then Saudi Arabia had been on top, but had failed to test El Hadary.

Saudi Arabia had offered nothing in the way of attacking threat, but were given a chance of an unlikely leveller five minutes before the interval when Fathy was adjudged to have deliberately handled Yasir Al Shahrani's cross inside the area.

The Al-Hilal man was key to Saudi Arabia's victory.

And with both sides likely to push for the third place finish, and pride, Egypt are more well equipped to take the lead in the first half and hold it.

Salah is also clearly not fully fit, but managed to score two goals in his two appearances, one from the penalty spot.

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