The Latest: El Hadary to set record, Salah to play for Egypt

The Latest: El Hadary to set record, Salah to play for Egypt
The Associated Press

SAMARA, Russia (AP) — The Latest on the World Cup (all times local):

4:05 p.m.

Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El Hadary is to become the oldest player to take the field in a World Cup match.

The 45-year-old El Hadary was handed the honor for Egypt’s last group match against Saudi Arabia. Both teams have already been eliminated after losing to both Russia and Uruguay in Group A.

Mohamed Salah is also included in the starting lineup by coach Hector Cuper as the Liverpool forward continues his recovery from a shoulder injury. There had been speculation ahead of the match that Salah would be rested.


3:45 p.m.

Peru may have more of the fans in the stadium when it faces Australia in Sochi.

There likely won’t be a bigger family contingent than the one accompanying Australia goalkeeper Mat Ryan, who has 27 members of his family in Russia following the Socceroos during the World Cup.

Ryan, who plays for Brighton in the English Premier League, offered to pay the bill for whoever in his family wanted to come to Russia. He said half immediately said yes. And the range of ages is vast, from his grandfather in his early 70s to a cousin who is 3 years old.

Ryan says “They’ve been there along for the journey since I was born. They’ve witnessed every sacrifice and everything I’ve had to go through. Fortunately the life I lead now allows me to give back to them a little bit.”

Ryan says being able to share the experience with “is something I’m going to remember for the rest of my life.”

Australia must beat Peru and rely on France beating Denmark to have a chance of advancing to the round of 16.


3:15 p.m.

The Peru squad is coming to terms with an injury scare for forward Jefferson Farfan on the practice field that has overshadowed the buildup to their last Word Cup group game against Australia.

Farfan dropped unconscious and stayed motionless following a hard collision with a teammate during a practice session on the weekend

He was rushed to a hospital with head trauma and later cleared of serious injury, but will remain under medical observation at least for another day.

The practice session had to be cut short while team staff treated Farfan, and coach Ricardo Gareca says “it was a scare.”

Gareca says “We have to recognize and be grateful for the immediate reaction from our medical staff and for the preparedness of Russia.”

Peru forward Pablo Guerrero says “It was a delicate situation during those moments. Thank God that he is fine.”

Farfan stayed in a Moscow hospital while the rest of the team traveled to Sochi for the game.

Peru, in its first World Cup appearance in 36 years, was eliminated after consecutive 1-0 losses in its first two games to Denmark and France.


1 p.m.

A Russian court official says a Brazilian World Cup fan has been arrested in St. Petersburg as part of an extradition request from Brazil.

Daria Lebedeva, a spokeswoman for the St. Petersburg city court, said Monday that Rodrigo Vicenti Dinardi was placed under arrest for two months. Brazil is seeking Dinardi’s extradition on charges of armed robbery.

St. Petersburg city police declined to comment, but the news website said Dinardi was detained by Interpol on Friday after Brazil’s victory over Costa Rica.

Lebedeva says Dinardi maintains his innocence and believes there has been a mix-up.


12:22 p.m.

With Russia set to play Uruguay in a heat wave, authorities in Samara say they’ll be distributing free drinking water at the stadium.

The local government is warning temperatures could hit 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) at the Samara Arena around the time of the game Monday.

Some fans must walk nearly a mile (1.6 kilometers) to the stadium after arriving on public transportation, and medical staff with water will be deployed along the route and by the stadium entrances.

Both Russia and Uruguay have qualified for the knockout stages before the game, which will determine who finishes first in Group A.

If there’s a draw, host nation Russia would claim top spot due to a superior goal difference.


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