Essam Elhadary has set a record as the oldest player at a World Cup game as Egypt suffered a 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia in their last group game at Volgograd Stadium on Monday.
The 45-year-old goalie did not feature in Egypt’s first two group games against Uruguay and Russia which they lost as Hector Cuper decided to start Mohamed El-Shennawy ahead of the veteran in those games.
At the age of 45 years, 161 days, he broke the record of former Colombia keeper Faryd Mondragon who represented his country against Japan in the Brazil 2014 competition at the age of 43 years and 3 days.
Elhadary capped his appearance with a fantastic performance but was unable to keep a clean sheet which could have been another hallmark for him as he could only save one of the two penalties awarded to the Saudi’s in the space of six minutes.
Egypt ended their return to the World Cup after 28 years without a single win.