Saudi Arabia and Egypt have solely delight to play for as they take to the 2018 World Cup stage for the ultimate time.
Both sides have been eradicated from knockout-stage competition after losses to host Russia and Uruguay, however they will each be trying to at the very least take some factors with them again dwelling.
Saudi Arabia enters the match in Volgograd having but to score within the competitors after a 5-Zero loss to Russia and a 1-Zero setback vs. Uruguay. Egypt, in the meantime, has scored as soon as, in a Three-1 loss to Uruguay on a aim from Mohamed Salah. The Liverpool star made headlines Sunday when CNN reported he’s mulling international retirement after his involvement with Chechen chief Ramzan Kadyrov, and he’ll absolutely look to change the narrative surrounding him throughout Monday’s match. Also within the lineup is 45-year-old goalkeeper Essam Al Hadary, who turns into the oldest participant to ever play in a World Cup.
Saudi Arabia tried to take a look at Al Hadary early, with Hussain Al Mogahwi trying a speculative probability from distance within the third minute, nevertheless it hooked effectively huge of the aim.
Saudi Arabia regarded just like the extra fluid of the 2 within the assault, incomes an eighth-minute nook kick off a clean build-up, however Egypt cleared to security, preserving it Zero-Zero in a match that performed with the tempo of a pleasant at the beginning.
Saudi Arabia continued to push by means of Salem Al Dawsari, who accomplished a run from his personal half to the sting of the Egypt field earlier than uncorking a right-footed blast that flew over Al Hadary’s crossbar.
Salah scored on Egypt’s first actual alternative within the 21st minute. Saudi Arabia turned the ball over within the midfield, with the ball performed excessive to Salah. He took it down in between two defenders after which lobbed the goalkeeper from 18 yards, giving Egypt the 1-Zero lead.
Salah ought to have had a second moments later, as he bought in behind the protection, onside, on a breakaway and had solely the goalkeeper to beat. He opted for an additional chip, as an alternative of simply going low and choosing out a nook, pushing his unmarked probability huge of the body.
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Here are the lineups for each groups:
Here are the rosters for each side:
Goalkeepers: Mohammed Al-Owais (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Mosailem (Al Ahli), Abdullah Al-Mayouf (Al Hilal)
Defenders: Mansoor Al-Harbi (Al Ahli), Yasser Al-Shahrani (Al Hilal) Mohammed Al-Breik (Al HIlal), Motaz Hawsawi (Al Ahli), Osama Hawsawi (Al Hilal), Omar Hawsawi (Al Nassr), Ali Al-Bulaihi (Al Hilal)
Midfielders: Abdullah Al-Khaibari (Al Shabab), Abdulmalek Al-Khaibri (Al Hilal), Abdullah Otayf (Al Hilal), Taiseer Al-Jassim (Al Ahli), Houssain Al-Mogahwi (Al Ahli), Salman Al-Faraj (Al Hilal), Mohamed Kanno (Al Hilal), Hattan Bahebri (Al Shabab), Salem Al-Dawsari (Al Hilal), Yahya Al-Shehri (Al Nassr)
Forwards: Fahad Al-Muwallad (Al Ittihad), Mohammad Al-Sahlawi (Al Nassr), Muhannad Assiri (Al Ahli)
Manager: Juan Antonio Pizzi
Goalkeepers: Essam El Hadary (Al Taawoun), Mohamed El-Shennawy (Al Ahly), Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly)
Defenders: Ahmed Fathi (Al Ahly), Saad Samir (Al Ahly), Ayman Ashraf (Al Ahly), Mahmoud Hamdy (Zamalek), Mohamed Abdel-Shafy (Al Fateh), Ahmed Hegazi (West Brom), Ali Gabr (Zamalek), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa), Omar Gaber (Los Angeles FC)
Midfielders: Tarek Hamed, (Zamalek), Shikabala (Zamalek), Abdallah Said (Al Ahli), Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Mahmoud Kahraba (Al Ittihad), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City), Mahmoud Hassan (Kasimpasa), Amr Warda (Atromitos Athens)
Forwards: Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Manager: Hector Cuper