Egypt's history-making keeper El Hadary apologises to nation

Egypt attacker Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah's goal against Russia was not enough to keep Egypt's qualification hopes alive

Egypt, though, went ahead with their first effort on goal as Mohamed Salah edged ahead of the defence to control brilliantly before lobbing goalkeeper Yasser Al Mosailem following a pinpoint pass by Abdallah El Said.

Although he saved one penalty, he couldn't stop Saudi Arabia from winning 2-1 in a game between two teams that had already been eliminated.

In a post-match interview, Salah, who scored Egypt's only two goals at the World Cup, thanked fans who traveled for the team and supported them in their three matches.

Minutes earlier, Egyptian keeper Essam El-Hadary had marked his record-breaking appearance as the oldest player at a World Cup at 45 years of age with a spectacular save from another penalty, diving to his right and sticking out his left hand to turn Fahad Al-Muwallad's strike on to the bar and away.

Unfortunately, just minutes before the half-time whistle, Saudi Arabia were awarded a second spot-kick.

El Hadaray did not finish victorious, however, as Salman Alfaraj - with another penalty - levelled Mohamed Salah's opener and Salem Aldawsari struck an injury-time victor.

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

Saudi Arabia finished Group A in third place with three points, while Egypt was last after losing all three games.

Brilliant as the save was, El-Hadary wasn't able to duplicate it a few moments later when Salman Alfaraj got a second penalty shot in stoppage time.

El Hadary overtook Faryd Mondragon as the oldest person to play at the World Cup.

They had lost 1-0 to Uruguay and 3-1 to hosts Russian Federation in their first two fixtures. It was the Asians who prevailed through to record their first ever victory in a World Cup since 1994.

Both sides came into the clash with nothing but pride to play for as Russian Federation and Uruguay had already qualified from the group for the knockout stage.

El Hadary also made a series of good saves in the second half to deny Saudi Arabia, notably in the 69th minute when he tipped a header from Hussain Almoqahwi over the bar.

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