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Saudi Arabia vs Egypt
2018 FIFA World Cup
|Volgograd Arena, Russia|
A last-gasp goal from Salem Al-Dawsari has allowed Saudi Arabia to finish their time at the 2018 World Cup on a high, knocking off Egypt.
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Match 34 of the FIFA World Cup sees Saudi Arabia and Egypt search for their first victory of the tournament at Volgograd Arena. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 12am (AEST).
While both Saudi Arabia and Egypt have been knocked out of this year’s World Cup, they will still want to end their campaign in positive fashion.
The Saudis may have lost 1-0 to Uruguay last time out, but they still showed improvement in the defeat, having conceded five goals the game prior against Russia. Juan Antonio Pizzi’s team may face an additional challenge against Egypt, with defenders Ali Al-Bulaihi, Omar Hawsawi and Mansoor Al-Harbi all in doubt for Tuesday morning’s game.
Saudi Arabia will be desperate to put a ball in the net against Egpyt, otherwise, they will join 11 other nations who have failed to score in the history of the World Cup.
Meanwhile, victory will mean even more for Egypt given that they are yet to record a win in the previous two editions of the tournament they have played in. As a result, they will be hoping to give their fans something to cheer about having lost to Uruguay and Russia so far.
In a welcome boost for the Pharaohs, Mohamed Salah is set to start against Saudi Arabia. The striker scored their only goal in last week’s 3-1 loss to Russia. Salah may be nursing a shoulder injury, yet he still poses a significant threat in attack.
History may also be made on Wednesday morning if Egypt opt to play 45-year-old goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary. If he is selected, he will be the oldest player to make an appearance in World Cup history.
Neither side’s defence has been all that impressive so far in the World Cup. Ultimately, Salah’s Egypt looks the better chance of scoring and they will be motivated to prove themselves on the world stage. It should be enough to see them claim their first ever World Cup win.