Half-time: Saudi Arabia 1-1 Egypt A half that was fairly low on quality ends in controversy, with referee Wilmar Perez taking an age to decide whether or not to award the penalty with which Salman Al Faraj cancelled out Mo Salah’s opener. Saudi Arabia had an earlier spot-kick saved, with Esam Elhadary celebrating his new status as the oldest player in World Cup history with an agile dive that belied his 45 years.
SALAH! Who else? He has a second goal in this World Cup. Saudi lost possession cheaply in Egypt’s half and a long ball was immediately launched towards Salah who latches on to it and lifts it over the onrushing goalkeeper.
Salman Al Faraj sends the goalkeeper the wrong way and blasts the ball down the left. That penalty looked a little harsh too – Fahad Al Mulwallad and Ali Gabr both had a hold of each other’s shirts as the Saudi striker went to ground.
Salah and Treziguet are wreaking havoc among the Saudi defence. They just can’t deal with their pace and dynamism. Salah set Treziguet up twice now but both times he curled wide.