Saudi Arabia, Egypt Play For Pride In Group A Dead Rubber

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But Egypt will look to win its first-ever World Cup match, while the Saudis will try to avoid finishing last in Group play for the fourth time in four World Cup trips.

Russian Federation took the lead in this match in the 47th minute when Egyptian defender Ahmed Fathi scored against his own goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawi. The news El-Hadary will start and enter the record books has taken the spotlight away from the "Egyptian King". Magical moment. But the second penalty gives Saudi Arabia hope for the second half.

The victor came just after the allotted four minutes of stoppage time had elapsed, Abdullah Otayf playing a neat pass to Al-Dawsari who brilliant finished first time into the opposite corner.

Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how Russian Federation who are the host of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualified for the round of 16 of the championship after beating the Pharaohs of Egypt 3-1 in their second Group A game.

But while the likes of Morocco and Peru have been unlucky in front of goal, Saudi Arabia have lacked attacking inspiration altogether.

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Saudi Arabia came out the more aggressive of the two sides in the second half and almost took the lead nine minutes in.

Monday's 2018 FIFA World Cup match between Egypt and Saudi Arabia won't have meaningful impact on the Group A standings, but it still should be an entertaining contest.

M: Saudi Arabia coach Juan Antonio Pizzi spoke before the match: "It's very easy with hindsight, after the results that we have had, to come up with situations that you'd like to change".

El Hadary beat the previous age record, held by Colombia keeper Faryd Mondragon, who was 43 years and three days old when he appeared at the World Cup in 2014.

This may be a dead rubber, however, both sides will be keen to get a win.

Egypt, making their first World Cup appearance since 1990, had been tipped to advance into the knockout rounds after looking strong in the qualifiers.

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