Saudis overcome Salah, steal late win over Egypt

Saudi Arabia stole a late 2-1 victory over Egypt on Monday in their Group A finale, as the two teams ended their 2018 World Cup run in the group stage, NBC Sports reports.

Salem Al Sawsari scored in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time to give the Saudis a late winner in the game, as the attacker struck the post in the dying moments before the ball crossed the line.

Egypt took the lead in the 22nd minute, after a great run from Mohamed Salah and lob over the Saudi goalkeeper.

Salah has two goals at the World Cup for Egypt, who were already eliminated heading into Monday’s game.

Saudi Arabia was granted a chance to equalize prior to halftime, however, goalkeeper Essam El Hadary brilliantly stopped Hattan Bahebri’s spot-kick in the 41st minute to preserve the Pharaohs advantage.

El Hadary became the oldest player in World Cup history to appear in a match at age 45.

The Egypt keeper wasn’t as fortunate the second time around though, with Salmon Al Faraj converting a spot-kick in the 51st minute.

Saudi Arabia finishes group match in third place on three points, while Egypt goes winless in its three games.

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