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Salah to Egypt fans: We are sorry, these players are still young

26 June 2018

In the first match of Day 12 of the FIFA World Cup saw Egypt taking on Saudi Arabia in one of the two matches from Group A to start simultaneously. Coming after back to back defeats both the teams were eagerly waiting for a win and it was Saudi Arabia in the end who defeated a much more heavy Egypt side 2-1 after the end of the regulation time.

"I think that in general we kept control of the pace, we kept possession. and I think that we deserved to win", Saudi coach Juan Antonio Pizzi said.

Juan Antonio Pizzi's men found the early rhythm as Hussain Al Moghawi was presented a few yards of open space and made a decision to test Essam El Hadary, but the effort was skewed wide.

Egypt's Essam El Hadary marked becoming the World Cup's oldest player with a brilliant penalty stop, but Saudi Arabia still beat Egypt 2-1.

Earlier, Mohamed Salah found the back of the net in the 22nd minute to hand Egypt an early lead in the game.

Salman Alfaraj got the Saudis level with a penalty kick in first-half stoppage time after Ali Gabr brought down Fahad Almuwallad in the area.

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He had no chance with Aldawsari's last-gasp victor, however.

The shot-stopper was given the nod for the Egyptian's in their dead rubber clash on Monday at the age of 45 years and 161 days old.

Edinson Cavani rounded off a third successive victory for the South Americans, who finish the first phase with a 100% record and are yet to concede a goal.

Ten minutes into the second half, Saudi Arabia almost took the lead as El-Hadary's clearance landed at the feet of Bahbri, who volleyed over the bar from 12-yards out.

Egypt were seeking a first World Cup win at their third tournament appearance but finished bottom of Group A as they lost to Uruguay and Russian Federation, before a 95th minute goal by Salem Al-Dawsari saw Saudi Arabia claim a late win on Monday.

Salah to Egypt fans: We are sorry, these players are still young