Late Saudi strike settles send-off with Egypt

World Cup 2018 Saudi Arabia Egypt Play For Pride In Group A Dead Rubber

The 2-1 defeat means Egypt's first World Cup appearance since 1990 ended with three defeats and the African nation is yet to win its first game at soccer's major tournament, having drawn two and lost five of the seven games it played over three World Cups.

Egypt will crash out of the World Cup regardless of their result against Saudi Arabia.

El Hadary made his Egypt debut in 1996, 10 months before the youngest player in Egypt's World Cup squad, Ramadan Sobhi, was born and has now earned his 159th cap. The match between Group A's two already-eliminated sides had everything: fight, emotion, goals, broken records and a dramatic twist at the end.

Mohamed Salah put Egypt ahead in the 22nd minute with when he deftly controlled a long ball from Abdalla Said that split the Saudi defense and then lobbed goalkeeper Yasser Almosailem.

Saudi Arabia's Salem Aldawsari flips to celebrate scoring his side's winning goal with the final kick of the game against Egypt.

El-Hadary wasn't simply out on the field to set a record.

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However, the Al-Taawoun goalkeeper could not reproduce his heroics minutes later when Ahmed Fathi sent him the wrong way to score Saudi Arabia's first goal at this year's World Cup.

Saudi Arabia finished Group A in third place with three points, while Egypt was last after losing all three games. A minute later, he parried away a goal-bound header from Muhannad Asiri.

After weathering Egypt's dominance in the early stages of the first half, Saudi Arabia visibly grew in confidence, keeping possession for long stretches.

Essam El Hadary became the oldest player in World Cup history on Monday and marked the occasion with a penalty save.

It has been a busy World Cup for both referees and their VAR helpers, who between them have set a new benchmark at the global celebration of football.

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