Saudi Arabia pip Egypt in final Group tie

Tyler Owen
June 26, 2018

An Egyptian commentator died after reportedly suffering a heart attack shortly after his country lost its final World Cup game against Saudi Arabia on Monday.

24 - Exactly 24 years ago, Saudi Arabia achieved their historic maiden victory in the World Cup.

"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.

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

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

He surpasses the record of Colombia keeper Faryd Mondragon, who was 43 years and 3 days old in his final appearance at the 2014 World Cup.

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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.

The Second half saw the Saudi Arabians dominating the all Arab affair.

Saudi Arabia finished third in the group standings, scoring their only goals of the tournament and vastly improving from the 5-0 thrashing by hosts Russian Federation in their opening game.

Essam El Hadary became the oldest player in World Cup history on Monday and marked the occasion with a penalty save.

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.

They had lost 1-0 to Uruguay and 3-1 to hosts Russian Federation in their first two fixtures. Following the later matches in Group B, Uruguay will play Portugal in Sochi on Saturday in the round of 16 while host Russian Federation will face 2010 champions Spain at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Sunday.

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