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RELIVE: Egypt v Saudi Arabia (World Cup 2018, Group A)

Ahram Online is providing a live coverage of the World Cup game between Egypt and Saudi Arabia in Group A on Monday

Ahram Online , Monday 25 Jun 2018
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Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah and Saudi Arabia's midfielder Salman Al-Faraj (Photo: AFP)
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Full-time: Egypt 1-2 Saudi Arabia 

The ref blows the final whistle!

90+4 GOAL! Saudi Arabia strike at death through Al Dawsari!

90' The ref gives four minutes of stoppage time.

86' Fathi goes into the referee's book following a foul on Al Shahrani.

84' What a chance!! Kahraba misses a one-on-one with the keeper who eventually denies him!

81' Kahraba comes in for Trezeguet for Egypt's last change of the game.

80' Yahia El-Shehri replaces Al Muwallad for Saudi Arabia.

77' A dangerous counter by Egypt eventually sees Warda take a corner after his strike was deflected away by a Saudi defender!

71' Elneny's strike from outside the area seems to have taken a slight deflection off Trezeguet as it goes out for goal-kick!

64' Ramadan Sobhi replaces striker Marwan Mohsen.

60' The Saudis getting more and more dangerous easily penetrating the Egypt block!

57' So close!! Trezeguet sees a header go narrowly wide of the post!!

55' A dangerous strike from the Saudis goes high over!!

50' Cuper still continuing with his deep block...

The second half begins!

The ref blows the half-time whistle!

45+3 Warda replaces El-Said for Egypt's first change of the evening.

45+3 The Saudis score from the spot through Al-Faraj who sent El-Hadary the wrong way!!

45+2 After checking the video, the ref confirms a penalty for the Saudis while booking Ali Gabr for his alleged foul on Al Muwallad inside the area.

45+2 The ref awards the Saudis a penalty!!

41' WHAT A SAVE BY EL-HADARY!! El-Hadary denies Al Muallad's penalty!!

39' Penalty for the Saudis!!

35' Trezeguet misses again!! Egypt's counter attacks are extremely dangerous!!

33' WHAT A CHANCE!! Trezeguet misses a glorious chance after Salah superbly fed him with the ball inside the area!!

28' Egypt wins a free-kick after Marwan had been brought down near the area.

23' WHAT A CHANCE!!! Salah misses a one-on-one chance with the keeper!!!

22' A through-ball from El-Said sees Salah break behind the Saudis' high line before looping the keeper in superb fashion!!

22' GOOOOOAAALLLL!!!! Salah gives Egypt the lead!!!

20' An offside against Salah following a through ball by Abdel-Shafi.

15' So dangerous!! A counter attack by the Saudis sees Al Dawsari strike over the bar!!

11' Egypt playing a 4-4-2 format, with Marwan and Salah leading the attack.

7' The Saudis growing into the game, now winning a corner.

4' A dangerous counter by Egypt led by Salah, whose eventual cross doesn't find a teammate inside the box!

1' The match gets underway!

15:55 The national anthems are currently being played.

15:45 Both teams are in the tunnel right now as they prepare to step onto the pitch.

15:35 Veteran keeper Essam El-Hadary had previously stated that Egypt will playing for nothing but a victory against Saudi Arabia.

15:25 Midfield duo Tarek Hamed and Mohamed Elneny retain their positions in front of Ahmed Hegazi and Ali Gabr. 

15:15 Elsewhere, Egypt manager Cuper decided to continue with his usual formation, with Salah, El-Said and Trezeguet all supporting lone striker Mohsen.

15:00 Egypt's 45-year-old goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary made history by becoming the oldest player to appear at the World Cup after starting against Saudi Arabia in his team's final Group A game in Volgograd on Monday.

14:45 Saudi Arabia starting line-up: Yasser Almosailem; Motaz Hawsawi, Fahad Almuwallad, Salem Aldawsari, Hussain Almoqahwi, Abdullah Otayf, Yasir Alshahrani, Hatan Bahbira, Salman Alfaraj, Mohammed Alburayk, Osama Hawsawi

14:30 Egypt's starting line-up: Essam El-Hadary; Ahmed Fathi, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazi, Mohamed Abdel-Shafi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Mahmoud Trezeguet, Abdallah El-Said, Mohamed Salah, Marwan Mohsen

14:00 The Pharaohs initially looked promising despite an opening 1-0 defeat by Uruguay as they were lauded for a solid defensive display, but had a night to forget in Saint Petersburg when they were outclassed by a physical and clinical Russia side, who ran out 3-1 winners last week.

13:00 Saudi Arabia also suffered two losses, including an embarrassing 5-0 reverse against Russia in the opening World Cup game on 14 June, to exit the tournament 

12:00 A wounded Egypt side, who were buzzing with excitement ahead of their first World Cup appearance in 28 years but came crashing down to earth after a poor campaign, will be playing for pride when they meet Saudi Arabia in Volgograd on Monday.

Venue: Volgograd Arena (Volgograd)

Referee: W. Roldán (Colombia)

Group's ranking:

Egypt (3rd with no points after losing the first two games)

Saudi Arabia (4th with no points after losing two games)

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