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Russia Beat Egypt To Close In On World Cup Last 16

Russia Beat Egypt To Close In On World Cup Last 16

Egypt's World Cup hopes were left in tatters after a disastrous spell at the start of the second half in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to hosts Russian Federation, though Salah scored a consolation penalty.

The North Africans came into their second group game, on the back of a 1-0 loss to Uruguay and were hoping to record points on the table, especially with the return of talisman Mohammed Salah.

A frightful own goal from Ahmed Fathi, the fifth in the tournament and third from an African side, opened a goal harvest in second half of a nail-biting encounter after a barren first.

Russian Federation kept up their free-scoring ways to move to the brink of a second round place with the win on Tuesday and the team's place in the knockout stages will be secured on Wednesday if Uruguay avoid defeat against Saudi Arabia in the next Group A game.

Salah has rushed back to fitness but still missed the first game of the tournament after suffering a dislocated shoulder in the Champions League final.

Egypt earned themselves a penalty 20 minutes from time after Salah was hacked down, with the Liverpool striker picking himself up before smashing the ball into the net to reduce the deficit.

Egypt face Saudi Arabia, by far the weakest team in the competition, on June 25 and will hope to have Mo Salah fully fit by then.




Salah, who may or may not see his first action of this World Cup in about 90 minutes or so, has found an unlikely supporter in the man who managed him (albeit briefly) at Chelsea.

Meanwhile, Russia manager Stanislav Cherchesov dismissed suggestions that his side would target Salah should he play in the crucial tie tonight. "I don't think it was lack of concentration".

A win or draw for Uruguay and the top two would meet to determine which team finishes in first place.

Cheryshev is one of only two players in Russia's squad who play for foreign clubs - the other is third-choice goalkeeper Vladimir Gabulov - and for a long time, it seemed like national-team coaches overlooked him.

After consulting his video assistant, referee Enrique Caceres upgraded the free-kick into a penalty and Salah made no mistake. He plays as a team player and that for me is extremely important nowadays.

"When we talk about 100 per cent, we have to look at the medical side", Cuper said.


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