(Reuters) - Saudi Arabia play Egypt in a World Cup Group A match in Volgograd on Monday, with both teams already unable to reach the knockout phase.
Where: Volgograd Arena
When: Monday, June 25, 1700 local (1400 GMT/1000 ET)
Referee: To be announced
- Saudi Arabia and Egypt both lost their first two matches in Group A and can only contest third place before they pack their bags and head home.
- Saudi Arabia have conceded six goals so far in Russia and have failed to score in either of their two matches.
- Egypt have appeared in three World Cups - in 1934, 1990 and 2018 - but are yet to win a match in six attempts, losing four times and drawing twice.
- Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah scored 71 percent of the team’s goals during qualification and scored in the 3-1 defeat by Russia, their only one of the World Cup tournament so far.
- Saudi Arabia are appearing at their first World Cup finals since 2006. In four previous appearances, they have only once reached the last 16, in 1994.
- Saudi Arabia were thrashed 5-0 by Russia in their opening game and then lost 1-0 to Uruguay. Egypt lost 1-0 to Uruguay, conceding in the 89th-minute, before being beaten 3-1 by Russia.
- Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary could enter the World Cup record books as the oldest player to compete at the finals, although the 45-year-old was left out of the previous two games.
Previous meetings: The two sides have played six times before which have resulted in four wins for Egypt, one for Saudi Arabia and one draw.
Writing by William Schomberg; Editing by Christian Radnedge