Egypt came into the match against Saudi Arabia playing only for pride, as Russia and Uruguay had already qualified for the Round of 16, and were playing each other for first place in Group A. With controversy surrounding the team and Mohamed Salah, who reportedly is considering retiring from the national team, Egypt looked to get their first win, or at least their first result, in the 2018 World Cup against Saudi Arabia, who were looking for the same.
Sadly for Egypt, who some considered to be a team that could be a surprise in the World Cup in a weak Group A, it was not meant to be. A penalty in first-half stoppage time from Salmen Al-Faraj put Saudi Arabia level after Salah’s strike in the 22nd minute, but Salem Al-Dawsari won the match in added time in the second half to get Saudi Arabia their first win of the tournament, and left Egypt with no points in the group as their campaign came to an end.
For the third straight game, Gaber did not appear in the game, staying on the bench for the entirety of the match and not being used as a sub. Although Hector Cuper did make three changes, he preferred the likes of Amr Warda, Ramadan Sobhi, and Kahraba to enter the match.
Egypt see Uruguay and Russia advance out of their group, while the Egyptians themselves will head home with three losses and six goals against.
Gaber should be back with LAFC in the coming days, and should be available for selection this week or next.
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