World Cup round-up: El-Hadary set record, VAR saves CR7






SAUDI ARABIA V EGYPT
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Essam El-Hadary set a record as the oldest player in World Cup history at 45 years 161 days old
  • Mohamed Salah scored Egypt’s first goal from open play at a World Cup since 1934
  • Saudi Arabia ended a run of 12 World Cup matches without a win
Saudi Arabia recovered from their opening match whitewash to finish third in Group A after defeating Egypt 2-1 in Volgograd.
The Saudis scored after five minutes of stoppage time in both halves after going behind in the first half to an Egyptian strike from Mohamed Salah. Egypt initially held on to their lead thanks to a penalty save by veteran keeper Essam El-Hadary from Fahad Al Mulwallad.
El-Hadary was setting a record as the oldest player in World Cup history at 45 years 161 days old, beating the mark of Colombia goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon who was 43 when he played in 2014.
Saudi Arabia thus ended a run of 12 World Cup matches without winning while Egypt suffered the seventh match at the World Cup without a victory. Only Honduras have played more times, nine, without recording a win.
URUGUAY V RUSSIA
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Fernando Muslera won his 100th cap in the Uruguayan goal
  • He became Uruguay’s all-time leader in appearance at the World Cup (14) overtaking Ladislao Mazurkiewicz
  • Uruguay are the first side to win all three of their group games without conceding a single goal since Argentina in 1998
  • They have also now won three consecutive World Cup games against European opposition for the first time since a run of four straight victories between 1950 and 1954
Uruguay strode confidently into the knockout stage in Russia after beating the host 3-0 in Samara.
Luis Suarez fired the two-time champions in front with a sweetly-struck free-kick just 10 minutes in the game before Denis Cheryshev deflected Diego Laxalt’s effort past goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev 13 minutes later to double the advantage.
Edinson Cavani struck again at the death as Uruguay coasted to a 3-0 win to complete a maximum haul of nine points without conceding a single goal.
They will play the runners-up from Group B in the round of 16 in Sochi while Russia will return to the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
IRAN V PORTUGAL
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Cristiano Ronaldo’s missed penalty meant he remained on four goals, one behind Harry Kane
  • VAR saved the Real Madrid forward from being sent off
Portugal had to settle for progress to the second round of the World Cup via runners-up spot after conceding a stoppage-time penalty and being held 1-1 by Iran in Group B in Saransk.
Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty amid all the excitement as they finished second in the table behind Spain just when they had thought victory and top spot was theirs.
Portugal led Iran through a first-half strike from Ricardo Quaresma. However, Ronaldo saw a spot-kick saved by Ali Beiranvand early in the second half and Portugal paid the penalty when substitute Karim Ansarifard converted a stoppage-time penalty for Iran.
SPAIN V MOROCCO
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Spain extended their unbeaten run to 23 games
  • They have not lost a fixture – competitive or friendly – since defeat by Italy at Euro 2016
Spain are heading for Moscow on Sunday to face hosts Russia in the knockout stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The 2010 champions topped Group B after a remarkable turnaround in the last minutes of their 2-2 draw with Morocco in Kaliningrad.
Spain conceded an early goal to Morocco’s Khalid Boutaib but quickly levelled through Isco. Morocco regained the lead through a header from substitute Youssef En Nesyri.
At that point Spain were only just clinging on to second place in the group but, in the last minute, substitute Thiago Aspas equalised.
Spain won the group on goals scored ahead of Portugal as they extended their unbeaten run to 23 matches.
TODAY’S FIXTURES
Group C
3pm
Australia v Peru
Denmark v France
Group D
7pm
Iceland v Croatia
Nigeria v Argentina