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25th Jun 2018

45-year-old Egyptian goalkeeper produces cracking save to deny Saudi Arabia penalty

Jack O'Toole

The oldest player in World Cup history, Essam El Hadary, made a superb save in the first-half of Egypt’s final group game with Saudi Arabia on Monday.

Egypt have never won a game at the World Cup but they could still be in line for a maiden victory at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd if they can defeat Saudi Arabia.

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah gave Egypt the lead with a brilliant chip over goalkeeper Yasser Al-Mosailem before Saudi Arabia were awarded two penalties in quick succession.

Fahad Al-Muwallad missed the first penalty after El Hadary dived correctly to get a hand on the ball and push the Levante forward’s shot onto the crossbar.

It was a fantastic save from El Hadary, who at the age of 45, makes his finals debut in Volgograd.

However, the Al-Taawoun goalkeeper could not reproduce his heroics minutes later when Ahmed Fathi sent him the wrong way to score Saudi Arabia’s first goal at this year’s World Cup.

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