(photo credits: Nigeria News)
A low drive to the bottom corner from Salem Al Dawsari in the dying moments of the game proved to be the decisive goal as Saudi Arabia went on to beat Egypt 2-1 registering their first win of the tournament.
Both the teams went into the match having already been knocked out of the tournament. They were each looking for a win to get 3 points and salvage some pride.
Mohammed Salah opened the scoring for the Egyptians in the 22nd minute lobbing the ball over the goalkeeper’s head. Minutes later Salah had another golden opportunity to increase the lead but put the ball wide.
El Hadary then preserved Egypt’s lead, the 45-year-old saving a penalty awarded for handball in the 41st minute. But Saudi Arabia did equalise from the spot shortly afterwards, Salman Al Faraj sending El Hadary the wrong way in added time at the end of the first half.
Salem Al Dawsari then scored in the 5th minute of the added time in the 2nd half to snatch the win for Saudi Arabia.
Thus Group A sees Uruguay top the charts and Russia finish 2nd. Saudi Arabia get a consolation win and finish 3rd in the group. Egypt couldn’t open their account this world cup and will return home having had a disappointing tournament.
Here are the highlights of the match: