Essam El Hadary from became the oldest player in World Cup history when he lined up for Egypt against Saudi Arabia on Monday. He also became the oldest goalkeeper to save a penalty at 45 years and 161 days old.
El Hadary made his finals debut for Egypt against Saudi Arabia in Volgograd where both teams are only playing for national pride having been eliminated already from the world cup.
The Egypt goalkeeper took the record from Faryd Mondragon, who appeared in goal for Colombia in 2014 world cup three days after his 43rd birthday.
Internet reacts to the sensational 45 year old goalkeeper and his penalty save.
Social media also picked up on some managers still in the world cup who are much younger than the goalie. There are three managers at Russia 2018 – Serbia’s Mladen Krstajic, Aliou Cisse of Senegal and Belgium boss Roberto Martinez – who are younger than the Pharaohs keeper.
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Social media also talk about the the age gab between him and Saudi player whose penalty kick he saved.
Disappointing world cup for Egypt and Mo Salah
The world cup was a very disappointing for Liverpool talisman, Mohamed Salah who started the game for Egypt. There has been earlier reports of him considering quitting the national team over a controversial appearances alongside Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov who has made him a honorary citizen of his country. The Chechen leader was widely criticise for his human rights violation in his country and has been treated as enemy of the West in some quarters but the West are the biggest violator of human rights but they are perfect in hiding their activities.
Egypt was unable to win any game at the world cup this time and this record has been going on for a while. They have never won a world cup match and the search continues even with the African player of the year in their ranks.
Monday match with the Saudis was Egypt’s seventh match at the World Cup without winning , they have Drawn 2 and Lost 5 . Only Honduras have played more times at the World Cup without recording a win (9 times).
Salem Al Dawsari scored with the last kick of the game as Saudi Arabia ended their World Cup campaign with a consolation 2-1 win over Egypt in Group A.
Al Dawsari’s goal means that Saudi Arabia finish third in the pool on three points, while Egypt return home without a point to show for their efforts.