Spirited Saudi Arabia overcome Salah strike for World Cup win


And while both sides had already been eliminated ahead of Monday's game at the Volgograd Arena, the Green Falcons at least avoided the ignominy of finishing the campaign without a point as they overtook Egypt into third place in the group.

Both teams made flawless starts to the World Cup, winning their opening games against Egypt and Saudi Arabia respectively.

"I don't think that's true".

Juan Antonio Pizzi's men found the early rhythm as Hussain Al Moghawi was presented a few yards of open space and made a decision to test Essam El Hadary, but the effort was skewed wide.

However, glory can not be taken away from the Egyptian goalkeeper who made the record of being the oldest player to play in the FIFA World Cup and he had some major highlights while saving an incredible penalty.

Earlier, Mohamed Salah found the back of the net in the 22nd minute to hand Egypt an early lead in the game.

The celebration was cut short shortly after Salman Al-Faraj scored another penalty in the 6th minute of injury time to level things up for the Asians.

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El Hadary was unable to repeat the feat at the end of the half, going the wrong way and having no chance as Alfaraj scored from the spot.

The Second half saw the Saudi Arabians dominating the all Arab affair.

The shot-stopper was given the nod for the Egyptian's in their dead rubber clash on Monday at the age of 45 years and 161 days old. Their first win since 1994 FIFA World Cup.

"There is not much between our three goalkeepers but he was the right person to play today", said Cuper.

Uruguay defeated hosts Russian Federation 3-0 to seal top spot in Group A at the ongoing 2018 FIFA World Cup at the Samara Arena in Samara on Monday. Following the later matches in Group B, Uruguay will play Portugal in Sochi on Saturday in the round of 16 while host Russian Federation will face 2010 champions Spain at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Sunday.

History-making keeper Essam El Hadary has apologised to his nation for Egypt's exit despite saving a penalty in their 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia.