Saudi Arabia FIFA World Cup

Late winner of Salem Al Dawsari gives Saudi Arabia a victory over Egypt

Salem Al Dawsari scores the late winner as Saudi Arabia finish third in Group A with 2-1 victory over Egypt at Volgograd Arena on Monday.

Mohamed Salah put Egypt 1-0 ahead after collecting a good long pass from El Said and lobbing it over Saudi goalkeeper Yasser Al-Moisalem.

It was Salah’s second goal of the tournament after his penalty against Russia, however, the Liverpool star wasted many opportunities to double the lead for his side.

In the 38th minute, a penalty was awarded to Saudi Arabia when Ahmed Fathy was found to have handballed in the penalty area.

However, Egypt’s 45-year-old goalkeeper Essam El Hadary became his country’s hero with a spectacular effort to save Fahad Al Mulwallad’s penalty kick and deny Saudi Arabia an equaliser. Hadary also broke the records of the oldest player to play in a World Cup saved a penalty.

But Hadary was beaten when the Colombian referee, Wilmar Roldán, awarded Saudi Arabia another penalty in the first-half stoppage time and Salman al-Faraj converted from the spot.

In the second half, Saudi Arabia pressed for a winner but it was not until the last minute of the injury time when Salem Al-Dawsari scored with the last kick of the game to give the Saudis a thrilling 2-1 win.

Al-Dawsari’s precious winner also gave Saudi Arabia first World Cup victory in 24 years.

To wrap the 2018 World Cup campaign, Green Falcons finish third in Group A ahead of Egypt and behind table-toppers Uruguay, who earned a 3-0 win over host Russia on the same day.