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Egypt finish bottom of World Cup group after last-gasp defeat to Saudi Arabia

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’s national team failed to collect a single point at the after suffering their third successive defeat at the hands of .

Following two defeats against Uruguay and Russia, the Pharaohs lost 2-1 to Saudi Arabia in their third group game to finish at the bottom of Group A with zero points.

The Egyptians started the game in their traditional way under Argentine coach Hector Cuper – a defensive set up with a single attacking option, with long balls being sent to Marwan Mohsen and Mohamed Salah behind the Saudi defence.

Cuper’s defensive start gave the Saudi Arabians the confidence to dominate the first half, enjoying 65 per cent of the game’s possession. They, however, failed to cause threat except for Salem El-Dawsari’s long effort that went well over in the 15th minute.

However, it was Mohamed Salah who broke the deadlock for the Egyptians, scoring his second goal in the World Cup. After a brilliant long ball from Abdallah El-Said to Salah behind Saudi’s defence, the Liverpool’s winger lobbed the goalkeeper to put Egypt in front in the 22nd minute.

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Despite being dominated, Egypt’s counter attack looked dangerous especially on both flanks. In the 33rd minute, Trezeguet found space on the left side, before linking with Salah who exchanged the ball with the former. The Kasımpaşa midfielder tried a first-time curling effort but it went over.

Six minutes later, Saudi Arabia were awarded a penalty for a handball against Ahmed Fathi. Fahad El-Muwalled stepped up but a heroic save from Essam El-Hadary kept Egypt’s lead.

However, the 1-0 advantage didn’t last for long, as Saudi Arabia were awarded another penalty after a soft foul from Ali Gabr. The penalty was converted by Salman El-Faraj to bring the results level just before halftime.

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The second half started in the same manner as the Saudis were clearly the better side and continued their domination. Cuper tried to change things but his substitutions were completely helpless as they failed to make the difference for the Pharaohs.

In the 76th minute, Saudi Arabia were on the verge of taking the lead but heroic saves from El-Hadary kept Egypt’s hopes of winning their first ever World Cup game alive.

As the game seemed to be headed for a draw, Saudi Arabia scored a last-gasp goal to secure their first ever World Cup victory since 1994. Salem El-Dawsari exploited a scramble inside Egypt’s penalty before finishing in the bottom corner of the net.

This marked Egypt’s third defeat in a row in the World Cup as the Pharaohs finished at the bottom of Group A with zero points.



  1. Adam Adamu

    June 25, 2018 at 7:38 PM

    Haha stupid Egyptians your team sucks you lost to Saudi Arabia a team that is ranked last in this tournament. Ghana should have qualified at least we would have made more of an impact than you foolish Egyptians who were happy for qualifying well enjoy your flight back home losers

    • ahmed

      June 25, 2018 at 8:32 PM

      We’ll enjoy it and come back home to watch the rest of the competition with the losers who couldn’t even qualify…what are they called already?? Oh yeah, Ghanamen or whatever the hell you call yourselves in the s***hole of a country you have. I’m surprised you even have internet. Probably had to sell your sister and your mother’s c*** to afford writing this message.

      • Ahmed Rady

        June 27, 2018 at 5:19 PM

        I am an Egyptian and we shouldn’t use racial or that type of slur to African brothers. I understand that this person from Ghana’s comments is upsetting, but we should avoid any racial slurs to our African brothers.

    • Pharaohs #1

      June 25, 2018 at 8:47 PM

      Adam you stupid monkey from Ghana. Ypu federation is more corrupt than ours. And the FIFA dissolved your federation already. So even if we didn’t qualify Uganda ir Congo would be in our place. So shut the f*** up!

      • Ahmed Rady

        June 27, 2018 at 5:20 PM

        I am an Egyptian and we shouldn’t use racial or that type of slur to African brothers. I understand that this person from Ghana’s comments is upsetting, but we should avoid any racial slurs to our African brothers. Our anger, as you said, should be directed at our EFA.

  2. ahmed

    June 25, 2018 at 8:27 PM

    Here we go, this is what happens when you go to the WC to make Abu-Hashima and the other millionaires of the country stay at the same hotel, be on the training grounds and have a good party at the expense of the team. When you go to Russia to set up diplomatic meetings, where you embarrass the same player who singlehandedly qualified this team, instead of being focused on the task. When you are offered 3 different cities to set camp in and you choose the furthest of them all to go and have diplomatic encounters with god knows who and the team has to cut the most travel time between the campsite and match day ground out of all the 32 teams. When you are given money by FIFA for WC preparations, but you decide to go to Chechnya because Ramadan Kadyrov spares you all the expenses of camp in exchange of political pictures with Salah and you can pocket the money FIFA gave you for preparation.

    This FA is an absolute joke of an organization. Teams wait on the moment they qualify to a WC to make the most of it and represent their country, but our FA waits on the moment we qualify for WC to embarrass us and put a little money in their pockets.

    Believe me, Cuper and the coaching staff can only be awarded 10% of the blame…no teams would’ve succeeded, no matter who the coach is, in this clusterf*** of an environment our FA created.

    • Ahmad

      June 25, 2018 at 9:46 PM

      Agree with you!

    • Henry AbuO

      June 25, 2018 at 10:40 PM

      Second that

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