Things got even worse for Egypt as they were beaten by Arab rivals Saudi Arabia in their final group game picking up no points in the process.
Prior to the game, Egypt were boosted by the return to the starting XI of captain and 45-year-old goalkeeper Essam El Hadary, who became the oldest player to play in a World Cup game.
The pharaohs took the lead against the run of play in the 22nd minute when Abdallah Said played a long ball down the middle over the two Saudi Arabian defenders, which Salah managed to latch on to and lob over the goalkeeper, Yasser Almosailem.
Just three minutes later Salah had the opportunity to double Egypt’s lead after beating the high lined offside trap. He was one-on-one with the keeper but managed to unbelievably chip wide.
Two minutes before halftime Saudi Arabia won a penalty after a low cross hit the trailing arm of Ahmed Fathi. The penalty seemed harsh as his arm was behind him and he had no awareness of the ball. Essam El Hadary, who has been a penalty-saving specialist over his long career, made the headlines yet again with an excellent save to parry the ball onto the bar and save the penalty.