Egypt may not have had a successful campaign at this year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia but its goalkeeper, Essam El-Hadary won Egyptians’ hearts after a heroic save in a Pool A game.
Check out his penalty save against Saudi Arabia
Goalkeeper El-Hadary played his first match this FIFA World Cup against Saudi Arabia and at the age of 45 years and 161 days, he’s now the oldest player to play in the football tournament, 158 days older than Colombia’s Faryd Mondragon who played in the last World Cup at Brazil. His penalty save in yesterday’s match created news around the world proving that age is just a number.
Both Saudi Arabia and Egypt are out from the World Cup
Since Uruguay and Russia won more than two matches, the Egypt-Saudi Arabia clash was a dead match with no effect on the qualifiers. Yet, it was a monumental game for Saudi Arabia, who won their first game in the World Cup after 1994 and scored their first goal this World Cup, thanks to Salman Al-Faraj. Saudi Arabia won the match, 2-1.
Mohammed Salah apologized for Egypt’s performance
During the post-match interviews, Egypt’s football superstar Mohammed Salah apologized to his fans and for Egypt’s inexperienced squad. He promised they will return in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Salah said “We want to apologise to all the Egyptian fans who came to support us here in the three matches, I know it is difficult for them, like us. I just want to say that Egypt reached the World Cup after 28 years, some players here do not have the required experience. Thanks to all of them and we will back again in 2022.”