Mohammed Salah ended the tournament trying to salvage Egypt’s pride but he couldn’t save Egypt slipping out of the tournament without a single win. Salah opened the scoring for Egypt but Saudi Arabia scored the second of the two first-half penalties – with record-breaking goalkeeper El Hadary saving the first in style – and sending Egypt home without a win with a late winner in the stoppage time.
In the first 22nd minute, Salah netted what has been his hallmark for the past 12 months. After Salah, Saudi Arabia gave Trezeguet two chances in quick succession before the first-half but both shots went wide.
El Hadary produced a stunning save to deny Al Muwallad, but his celebrations were cut short when a second penalty was awarded for Gabr’s tackle on Al Muwallad’s shirt.
Al Faraj produced the equaliser by netting the ball past the veteran goalkeeper. After the dramatic ending to the first half, the second half saw much more zeal from both the sides.
Trezeguet header went just wide of the goal post, while El Hadary performed well to keep out back to back efforts from Hussain Al- Mogahwi and Mohannad Aseri.
Saudi Arabia’s substitute Kahrba also tried his hand at the ball but it was Al Dawsari who ensured his side’s campaign finish on a high with a right-foot past El Hadary in the closing minutes.
Whatever maybe the result of the game, both the teams strived hard to perform and end journey on a positive note. Both the sides wanted to make up for their disappointing performances in the first two games. And that’s what made the game not a dead rubber but a very interesting one.