Egypt goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary made World Cup history Monday, becoming the oldest man ever to play in soccer’s biggest tournament.
At 45 years and 161 days, El-Hadary broke the previous record, held by Colombia’s Faryd Mondragon (43 years and three days) and set at the 2014 World Cup.
In his 153rd career appearance for the national team, El-Hadary made a quick impact, reacting quickly to save a penalty from Saudi Arabia’s Fahad Al-Muwallad in the first half.
However, his afternoon – like Egypt’s campaign – ended in disappointment.
Deep into injury-time at the end of the second half, Salem Al-Dawsari grabbed the winning goal to give the Saudis a 2-1 triumph.
The game had no bearing on the outcome of Group A, as both Egypt and Saudi Arabia had already been eliminated at the expense of Russia and Uruguay.
Egypt finishes the tournament having lost all three matches.
Source: Martin Rodgers