Egypt 'keeper is oldest World Cup player

Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary preparing to face a penalty from Fahad Al Muwallad in the 41st minute of their game yesterday against Saudi Arabia. He eventually saved the spot kick, while making World Cup history when he started the inconsequential
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Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary preparing to face a penalty from Fahad Al Muwallad in the 41st minute of their game yesterday against Saudi Arabia. He eventually saved the spot kick, while making World Cup history when he started the inconsequential Group A game, becoming the oldest player to play a game at the Finals at the age of 45 years, five months and three days. The previous record was held by Colombian custodian Faryd Mondragon, who was 43 years and three days old at the 2014 World Cup. Hadary could not stop Salman Al Faraj's VAR-awarded spot kick four minutes later as Saudi Arabia won 2-1. Mohamad Salah had given Egypt the lead in the 22nd minute but Salem Al Dawsari scored a late winner for the Asian side.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 26, 2018, with the headline 'Egypt 'keeper is oldest World Cup player'. Print Edition | Subscribe