Record man El-Hadary apologises to Egypt’s fans after Saudi Arabia defeat

Ahram Online , Monday 25 Jun 2018,
Essam El-Hadary
Egypt's Essam El-Hadary saves a penalty (Photo: REUTERS)

Egypt’s veteran keeper Essam El-Hadary apologised to the fans for a disappointing 2-1 defeat to fellow Arab country Saudi Arabia on Monday.

The Pharaohs suffered a last gasp 2-1 defeat by Saudi Arabia to end their World Cup campaign with a three defeats in their group.

"I aplogise to all Egyptians for our defeat against Saudi Arabia,” El-Hadary told beIN Sports after the game.

"All the players did their best in the tournament, but this is football. Our defeat were not deserved. We conceded late goals. But it happens.”

The 45-year-old keeper became the oldest player to appear at the World Cup with his participation against Saudi Arabia.

He dedicated his record to Egypt, saying it was a record for his country not a personal one.

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