World Cup

FT: Saudi Arabia 2 vs 1 Egypt

SAUDI ARABIA 2-1 EGYPT

It’s all over in Volgograd. Saudi Arabia have secured their first World Cup win in 24 years thanks to Al Dawsari’s late strike. It means they finish third in group A, while Egypt finish bottom and winless after a disappointing campaign.

GOAL! SAUDI ARABIA 2-1 EGYPT

Saudi Arabia have one it at the death.Al Burayk’s cross isflicked into the path of Al Dawsari, who drills the ball past El Hadary and into the bottom corner.

SAUDI ARABIA 1-1 EGYPT

90: There will be FOUR minutes of added time…

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87: Still no chances of note as this one drifts towards a draw.

SAUDI ARABIA 1-1 EGYPT

84: After a dramatic first-half this game has fizzled out dramatically.

81: YELLOW! Fathy drags Al Shahrani to the ground and picks up a caution.

SAUDI ARABIA 1-1 EGYPT

84: OFFSIDE! The flag is up for offside against Salah. It’s a tight call but the Liverpool forward just failed to time his run.

SAUDI ARABIA 1-1 EGYPT

81: SUB! Treziguet is replaced by Kahraba.

SAUDI ARABIA 1-1 EGYPT

80: SUB! Al Fawallad is replaced by Al Shehri.

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79: Al Faraj whips in a cross to the far post where Elneny is there to head clear for Egypt.

SAUDI ARABIA 1-1 EGYPT

77: CLOSE! Salah drives at the heart of the Saudi Arabia defence. The ball eventually ricochets to Sobhi, whose shot is deflected wide of the target.

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75: FREE-KICK! A chance for Al Feraj to test El Hadary but the Saudi Arabia midfielder fires over from 30 yards.

SAUDI ARABIA 1-1 EGYPT

72: The crowd are losing interest in this one. The Mexican Wave has started at the Volgograd Arena.

SAUDI ARABIA 1-1 EGYPT

71: SHOT! Salah’s dummy puts Elneny in space on the edge of the Saudi Arabia penalty area. The Arsenal midfielder gets a shot away but it’s always rising and the ball sails high over the crossbar.

SAUDI ARABIA 1-1 EGYPT

69: SAVE! Al Mogahwi meets Al Faraj’s cross, heading it goalwards. El Hadary pulls off an acrobatic header to keep the scores level.

SAUDI ARABIA 1-1 EGYPT

66: SUB! A change now for Saudi Arabia as Bahbri is replaced by Aseri.

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64: SUB! A change for Egypt as Mohsen is replaced by Sobhy.

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63: Salah looks to latch onto a loose ball but Al Mosailem races of his line to gather ahead of the Liverpool forward.

SAUDI ARABIA 1-1 EGYPT

61: Excellent football as Al Dawsari and Al Faraj combine in the penalty area. Gabr does well to track back and get a crucial foot to the ball before a shot can come in.

SAUDI ARABIA 1-1 EGYPT

59: Al Shahrani plays another testing cross in from the left but Hegazi deals with it, striding out of defence with the ball.

SAUDI ARABIA 1-1 EGYPT

57: WIDE! Trezeguet rises highest in the area to head powerfully a foot wide of the post.

SAUDI ARABIA 1-1 EGYPT

56: FREE-KICK! Salah whips the ball into the box from the right flank but he cannot beat the first man.

SAUDI ARABIA 1-1 EGYPT

54: CHANCE! Hegazi stretches to get a foot to the ball and it drops to Babhir inside the Egypt penalty area. he takes the shot on first time, volleying the ball over the crossbar.

SAUDI ARABIA 1-1 EGYPT

52: Al Fuwallad twists and turns in the penalty area before getting a shot away. It’s a weak effort which is easily cut out by Gabr.

SAUDI ARABIA 1-1 EGYPT

50: Saudi Arabia are dominating the ball in the early stages of the second-half.

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48: The ball is drilled into the Egypt penalty area but Warda, who replaced El Said right at the end of the first-half, clears the danger.

SAUDI ARABIA 1-1 EGYPT

46: We are back underway…

SAUDI ARABIA 1-1 EGYPT

Egypt kick-off but that’s the final action of an eventful first-half. It’s all level at the break!

GOAL! SAUDI ARABIA 1-1 EGYPT (Al Faraj, 45+6)

No he can’t! Al Faraj steps up and sends the goalkeeper the wrong way to bring Saudi Arabia level on the stroke of half-time!

SAUDI ARABIA 0-1 EGYPT

45+5: The referee has opted to stay with his decision! YELLOW!He’s also given a yellow card to Gabr. Spot kick coming up…

Can Al Hadary be the hero for Egypt again…

SAUDI ARABIA 0-1 EGYPT

45+4: VAR hasn’t come to a decision yet as the referee runs over to check the monitor. Still we wait for a decision…

SAUDI ARABIA 0-1 EGYPT

45+2: PENALTY TO SAUDI ARABIA!

SAUDI ARABIA 0-1 EGYPT

45: There will be THREE minutes of added time…

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45: More problems for Egypt as El Said trots to the sidelines to receive treatment.

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44: Al Hadary is down and receiving treatment. The food news for Egypt is it looks like the goalkeeper is okay to continue.

41: PENALTY SAVED! 45-year-old goalkeeper Al Hadary saves the penalty. Al Muwallad powers the ball towards the goalkeeper’s right but he dives across to tip it onto the crossbar.

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39: PENALTY TO SAUDI ARABIA!

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38: BLOCK! Al Muwallad pulls the ball back for Al Faraj on the penalty spot. The midfielder makes good contact with his shot but Hegazi is in the way for Egypt.

SAUDI ARABIA 0-1 EGYPT

35: WIDE! Another chance for Trezeguet, who curls a shot inches wide of the far post.

SAUDI ARABIA 0-1 EGYPT

33: CHANCE! Egyot break through Trezeguet. he fires  a pass into the feet of Salah, who flicks the ball up and plays a return pass to his team-mate. Trezeguet’s in on goal but his shot flashes past the far post.

SAUDI ARABIA 0-1 EGYPT

32: Another long-range effort from Saudi Arabia as this time Al Burayk fails to hit the target.

SAUDI ARABIA 0-1 EGYPT

30: A sight of goal for Al Shahrani, who smashes the ball over the crossbar from 25 yards.

SAUDI ARABIA 0-1 EGYPT

28: FREE-KICK! El Said whips the ball into the box but it’s too close to the goalkeeper, Al Mosailem, who punches clear.

SAUDI ARABIA 0-1 EGYPT

25: CHANCE! Trezeguet’s pass releases Salah again but this time the Liverpool forward’s scooped effort bounces agonisingly wide of the upright.

GOAL! SAUDI ARABIA 0-1 EGYPT (Salah, 22)

He’s been a peripheral figure in the early stages but Salah has the breakthrough. It’s a simple long ball from El Said which Salah brings down with one touch before lifting it over the top of the onrushing goalkeeper.

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22: A first real taste of the action for 45-year-old El Hadary as he comes off his line to claim the catch.

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20: Abdul Shafy knocks the ball in behind the Saudi Arabia defence for Salah to chase. OFFSIDE! The flag is up though with the Liverpool man failing to time his run.

SAUDI ARABIA 0-0 EGYPT

19: A first real glimpse of Salah who knocks the ball down the right flank before setting off in pursuit. However,he has Hawsawi for company and the centre-back has the pace to beat the Liverpool forward to the ball.

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17: It’s not quite happening for Egypt at the moment. Hegazi steps out of defence before spraying a cross-field pass straight out of play.

SAUDI ARABIA 0-0 EGYPT

15: SHOT! Al Dawsari carries the ball from halfway to the edge of the Egypt penalty area. He shifts the ball onto his right foot but fires the ball high over the crossbar.

SAUDI ARABIA 0-0 EGYPT

12: SHOT! Al Dawsari carries the ball from halfway to the edge of the Egypt penalty area. He shifts the ball onto his right foot but fires the ball high over the crossbar.

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12: Good initial play from Mohsen, who turns nicely on the edge of the Saudi Arabia penalty area. He looks to get a shot away but kicks the ground ahead of the ball and it rolls through for Al Mosailem to gather.

SAUDI ARABIA 0-0 EGYPT

9: CORNER! The out swinging effort is easily headed clear by Hegazi.

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8: It’s been a decent start for Saudi Arabia. They are the team on the front foot at the moment.

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6: Otayf picks up the ball midway into the Egypt half. He spots the run of Al Burayk in behind the defence but the pass is too strong for the full-back. Goal kick to Egypt…

SAUDI ARABIA 0-0 EGYPT

3: SHOT! Al Mogahwi gets the first opportunity of the game, but he drags his shot wide of the far post.

SAUDI ARABIA 0-0 EGYPT

1: KICK-OFF! Egypt get us underway…

TEAM NEWS – REMINDER

Saudi Arabia: Almosailem, Osama, Alburayk, Yasser, Motaz, Salman, Hatan, Otayf, Hussain, Salem, Fahad.

Egypt: Elhadary, Ali Gabr, Hegazy, Fathi, Abdelshafy, Tarek Hamed, Elneny, Abdalla, Treziguet, Marwan, Salah.

SAUDI ARABIA TEAM NEWS

Saudi Arabia field Yasser Al-Mosailem as a goalkeeper, meaning that the kingdom’s three keepers will each have played one game in Russia.

EGYPT TEAM NEWS

Egypt include Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah in their team to start Monday’s Group A game against Saudi Arabia.

Egypt confirmed Salah’s inclusion in the line-up minutes after an earlier tweet was published with a list omitting the star striker’s name. Salah, 26, was later seen warming up in the Volgograd Arena with his team-mates.

His presence had been the subject of speculation following media reports the talismanic player was on the verge of quitting international football after unwittingly becoming a publicity pawn for the Kremlin-backed leader of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov. The Egyptian Football Association denied reports earlier in the day about Salah, who has been recovering from a shoulder injury.

Egypt also gave 45 year-old keeper Essam El-Hadary a chance to become the oldest ever player to appear at a World Cup.

CUPER PONDERS WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN

Egypt boss Hector Cuper reflected on what might have been had Mohamed Salah been fully fit in Russia ahead of his country’s final game against Saudi Arabia.

Liverpool forward Salah, whose goal in qualifying sent Egypt to their first World Cup since 1990, missed the 1-0 loss to Uruguay as he had not recovered from the shoulder injury he sustained in the Champions League final last month. And though he played in the 3-1 defeat to Russia, it was still clearly hindering him as the host nation inflicted another defeat on Egypt.

“There’s no doubt Mo Salah has a huge importance on this team,” Cuper told a pre-match press conference.“He’s always been a very important player for us, just as he has been a very important player for the past year in the Premier League.

“Had he been fully up to speed in the first match it would have been very important for us, yes. But I’ve always said I don’t want to focus too much on a single player. We’re talking about a whole team here; all players are important. Of course, he is a natural-born scorer and he can make the difference in the final third. I don’t know what would have been. That’s like looking into a crystal ball. If he hadn’t been hurt that could certainly have been an advantage for us but he was hurt.”

EGYPT’S DANGERMAN

Mo Salah is the man Saudi Arabia are most mindful of ahead of this afternoon’s fixture, though Saudi Arabia manager Juan Antonio Pizzi will not task any of his players to man-mark Egypt’s chief threat.

“He has huge qualities,” Pizzi admitted in his press conference. “It’s not a coincidence that he has had this wonderful career, especially the last year in the Premier League. Of course we will take precautionary measures, not specifically just to him but in general terms.”

NO GOALS

Saudi Arabia are yet to score a goal at the 2018 World Cup – there have only been 11 previous occasions of teams failing to score at a World Cup finals tournament in 3+ games, with Honduras and Algeria the last teams to do this in 2010.

OPTA STAT

Egypt’s Mohamed Salah scored with his only shot on target in a World Cup match in their defeat against Russia last time out.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

This is the first encounter between Saudi Arabia and Egypt at a tournament since the 1999 Confederations Cup – the Saudis won 5-1 thanks in part to four goals from Marzouk Al-Otaibi and Egypt receiving three red cards.

TEAM NEWS

SAUDI ARABIA TEAM NEWS

Team to face Egypt: Almosailem, Osama, Alburayk, Yasser, Motaz, Salman, Hatan, Otayf, Hussain, Salem, Fahad.

EGYPT TEAM NEWS

Team to face Saudi Arabia: Elhadary, Ali Gabr, Hegazy, Fathi, Abdelshafy, Tarek Hamed, Elneny, Abdalla, Treziguet, Marwan, Salah.

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