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World Cup 2018: Saudi Arabia، Egypt Play For Pride in Group A Dead Rubber

Sunday 24/June/2018 - 07:24 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Hassanein Tayea
No-one expected Egypt، Morocco or Saudi Arabia to win the FIFA World Cup 2018 but for all three to crash out on the same day was a disaster for Arab football.


Saudi Arabia will play for pride when they face Egypt، another eliminated team، in their final Group A clash at Volgograd Arena on Monday.


Saudi Arabia have played two matches in the tournament so far – against Russia and Uruguay and suffered defeats on both occasions.

Saudi Arabia has conceded six goals in their previous two matches and failed to score a single one.


On the other hand، Egypt has lost their previous two encounters but managed to add one goal to their tally in the mega event.


Saudi Arabia was thumped 5-0 by Russia and then lost 1-0 to an unconvincing Uruguay.

Saudi's Argentinian coach Juan Antonio Pizzi was asked by journalists why the team had failed to make Saudi Arabian fans "proud" of their team.

Turki al-Sheikh، the Saudi Arabian sports authority chief، lashed out at the players after the Russia debacle in a Twitter video، claiming the performance was a personal insult.

"We've done everything we could for the national team players،" he thundered، before adding: "They've blackened my face."

Egypt's tournament has been a fairytale turned horror story with the injury saga of their key player Mohamed Salah.

Liverpool's top scorer last season missed the defeat to Uruguay with a shoulder injury suffered in last month's Champions League final.

Egypt crashed out of the World Cup after losing to Russia 3-1 on Tuesday، with Salah returning to action for the first time in three weeks following a shoulder injury but unable to save his team.

Likely Saudi Arabia XI: Al-Mosailem، Al-Berik، Hawsawi، Al-Bulaihi، Al-Shahrani، Otayf، Al-Faraj، Al-Shehri، Kanno، Al-Dawsari، Al-Muwallad.

Likely Egypt XI: El-Hadary، Fathy، Gabr، Hegazi، Abdel Shafy، Elneny، Hamed، Salah، Said، Trezeguet، Kahraba.

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