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Egypt Finishes Bottom of the Group in the World Cup, and Social Media Has Much to Say

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Egypt Finishes Bottom of the Group in the World Cup, and Social Media Has Much to Say

Saudi Arabia celebrates win over Egypt in final match in their group at the 2018 World Cup. Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Egypt lost 2-1 against Saudi Arabia on Monday, 25th of June. Although the teams are readily disqualified from the World Cup, as Uruguay and Russia secured the first and second place in their groups, many fans kept a close eye on the match. For one thing, Mohamed Salah was set to play in the starting XI amid rumours of his retirement from the national team, as well as veteran, Essam El Hadary, who made history as the oldest player to participate in the FIFA World Cup.

Football fans were presented with a tough choice: having to switch between channels as an exciting match between Uruguay and Russia was playing in parallel to the hopeless Egypt – KSA match.

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The stakes weren’t high to begin with as the two teams were set to head home regardless of the end result. Saudi Arabian players were determined for a win whereas the Egyptian team was clearly demoralized after a disappointing run in the World Cup, intense criticism online and much controversy arising against the Egyptian Federation of Football.

The match was underwhelming with poor, slow performances from the unmotivated players.

Three main reactions prevailed on social media, all fell under an umbrella of disappointment: the first reaction being utter pride of the Egyptian goalkeeper, Essam El Hadary. The 45-year-old goalie was brilliantly able to save a penalty; inspiring 45-year-olds worldwide to consider trying professional football.

The second theme to reign in the realm of social media was support for Mohamed Salah, who scored Egypt’s fourth ever goal at the World Cup. He opted not to celebrate despite his teammates’ ecstasy, most notably, El Hadary’s who dropped to his knees in delight.

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Thirdly, the audience expressed their dismay of the match referee on social media. He awarded Saudi Arabia two penalties to tie the record for the most awarded at a World Cup. On the second penalty, the Egyptian players protested the referee’s decision. The VAR was consulted, and the penalty was expected to be overturned but Roldan stuck with his decision.

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Finally, behind the stifled laughs, the jokes and the anger, football fans worldwide were only left with disappointment and disbelief. It was saddening for Egypt to end the match with a tie let alone a last-second goal, declaring Saudi Arabia as the winners, and Egypt, the bottom rank in the group.

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