Egypt goalie sets World Cup record, saves penalty

Dean Simpson
June 26, 2018

It was a bitter disappointment for the Egyptian side, however, with Liverpool striker Salah unable to prevent three consecutive defeats for his country.

Egypt's appearance in this summer's World Cup was their first at a finals since 1990, when El-Hadary was still just a promising goalkeeper.

With the final kick of the game, Saudi Arabia snatched the winning goal, with Salem firing a low effort past El-Hadary from six-yards out. The match between Group A's two already-eliminated sides had everything: fight, emotion, goals, broken records and a dramatic twist at the end.


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.

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.

Having lost both of their opening two clashes, Saudi Arabia and Egypt's World Cup journey ended on Monday.


He was made to pay for the wasted opportunity deep into first-half stoppage time when Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan awarded Saudi Arabia a penalty and Salman Al-Faraj converted from the spot.

Almuwallad had earlier missed a chance to equalize when El Hadary saved his penalty.

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. A minute later, he parried away a goal-bound header from Muhannad Asiri.


The win, settled by midfielder Salem Al-Dawsari's angled strike in the 95th minute, meant Saudi Arabia finished third in Group A, scoring their only goals in Russian Federation and putting behind them an opening day 5-0 thrashing by the hosts. It was the Asians who prevailed through to record their first ever victory in a World Cup since 1994.

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