This was not how it was supposed to go. With Mohamed Salah in the best form of his life, and the Egypt’s first appearance in a World Cup in over 30 years right around the corner, hopes were sky high. Then Sergio Ramos happened, and suddenly those high hopes came crashing down for the Egypt fans.
The Pharaohs bombed out of the World Cup, finishing last in their group, despite Mohamed Salah contributing two goals in the two games he was deemed fit to play. Unfortunately, even his best efforts were not enough to carry a struggling Egyptian team out of their group.
Amid all the talks of brewing discontent between Salah and the Egypt FA, the Liverpool man started Egypt’s final, dead rubber match against Saudi Arabia. Both teams had been eliminated by losing their previous two matches, but this was the final game to play for honor.
Things began brightly for Egypt, with Salah chipping the keeper early to open up the scoring and give Egypt the lead. But then it all fell apart, with Saudi Arabia scoring very, very late in both halves. First with a penalty deep into first half stoppage time, and then again at 90+5’ when Al-Dawsari slotted home a dramatic late winner.
Of course, the game didn’t matter for either team, but it was still a disheartening way to end the World Cup for Egypt and also Mohamed Salah. Now all that fans can hope is that their talisman gets out of Russia and back on Merseyside as quickly as possible.
The only good news to come out of these last few weeks seems to be that Salah is, in fact, ready to play after his shoulder injury. With several weeks to rest and recover, we will hopefully see a Salah in the pre-season who is ready to cut up the Premier League again to make up for the way his magical season ended.