Uruguay 2-0 vs Russia; Saudi Arabia nets equaliser

Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah stands next to Egypt's midfielder Mahmoud'Kahraba Abdel Moneim and Egypt's goalkeeper Essam El Hadary during a training session at the Akhmat Arena stadium in Grozny

The 45-year-old goalkeeper became the oldest player to participate in the FIFA World Cup on the Monday 25 June 2018 Group A match between Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Colombia keeper Faryd Mondragon set the record for oldest player in 2014 in Brazil by playing at 43 years and three days, so El-Hadary beat the record by a significant amount.

Salman Al Faraj's penalty goal for Saudi Arabia, scored after 50 minutes and 36 seconds, was the latest goal scored in the first half of a World Cup game since 1966.

No sooner had the veteran goalkeeper finished celebrating and he was facing another spot-kick, this time given after the lightest of shirt tugs by Ali Gabr on Al Muwallad.

At 45 years and 161 days, El-Hadary is making his 153rd appearance for Egypt, and he's the oldest player to ever play in the World Cup.

It was Egypt's first goal from open play at a World Cup since 1934 and Salah, who converted a penalty against Russian Federation in their second group game, should have doubled the advantage minutes later.

In the other group match, Uruguay beat Russian Federation 3-0 to finish first.

And it was first blood to Egypt as Salah recorded his second goal of the tournament.

Mohamed Salah put Egypt ahead after breaking through on to a long ball forward and lobbing the goalkeeper.

Saudi Arabia fielded Yasser Al-Mosailem as the goalkeeper, meaning that the kingdom's three keepers will each have played one game in Russian Federation.

Saudi Arabia tried to test Al Hadary early, with Hussain Al Mogahwi attempting a speculative chance from distance in the third minute, but it hooked well wide of the goal.

The Liverpool forward put Egypt ahead but wasted a golden opportunity to double the lead, giving Saudi Arabia the chance to claw their way back into the game that was settled by a 95th-minute victor by midfielder Salem Al-Dawsari.

As the game entered the final quarter, Housain Al-Mogahwi was given the chance to score his first worldwide goal at the back post but the midfielder's header was tipped over the crossbar by El-Hadary.

Uruguay sealed top spot in World Cup Group A with a 3-0 win over 10-man Russian Federation at the Samara Arena this afternoon.

Salah was named in the starting line-up as expected and thrilled an Egyptian-dominated crowd of 36,823 by opening the scoring in trademark fashion after 22 minutes.

After the restart, the intensity of the game dropped but Hattan Bahebri nearly put Saudi Arabia into the lead with a volley from an acute angle but his strike going just over the bar.

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