Essam El-Hadary breaks World Cup record for oldest player

Essam El-Hadary breaks World Cup record for oldest player

Essam El-Hadary breaks World Cup record for oldest player

After a breakout season with Liverpool in which he shattered the Premier League goal-scoring record for a single season, Salah has arguably become the most high-profile Muslim athlete in the world.

Salah also scored in Egypt's 3-1 loss to Russian Federation in his first game back after injuring his left shoulder while playing for Liverpool in the Champions League final.

Egypt's final World Cup game is against Saudi Arabia on Monday.

"I thank Egyptian fans for our support during the World Cup", Salah told beIN Sports after the game, addining " I know it is hard for them but it was also hard for us".

Answering criticism that he was using Salah to raise his own image last week, Kadyrov said, "I didn't invite Muhammad Salah or the Egyptian team".

Mohamed Salah scores Egpyt's goal against Saudia Arabia at Volgograd Arena on June 25, 2018.

However, El-Hadari could do nothing about Salman Al Faraj's spot-kick on the stroke of halftime and was then beaten a second time, when Salem Al Dawsari scored deep into injury time to give the Saudis a first World Cup win since 1994.

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The Egyptian FA later on Sunday tried to play down the reports, insisting Salah was still happy, saying: "Reports that Salah wants to leave are completely wrong".

Salah's 22nd-minute goal was a typical effort that his fans have grown accustomed to.

The match in Volgograd came one day after Salah apparently told Egyptian team officials and teammates that he may retire from global play in protest against being used as a political symbol while the World Cup squad was based in Grozny, the capital of the mostly Muslim region of Chechnya.

The 26-year-old controlled a long ball over the top with one touch of his left boot at pace and did not break stride before lobbing a deft finish with the same foot over the onrushing goalkeeper Yasser Al-Mosailem.

Human rights groups criticized Salah earlier this month for a photo-op with Chechnya's strongman leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, who is accused of human rights violations and rules over the region with an iron fist.

The Egyptian soccer federation maintains that Salah has not complained.

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