Russia on brink of next stage after beating Egypt

Ruben Hill
June 20, 2018

He did win the penalty - confirmed by the video assistant referee after Salah was pulled down by Roman Zobnin.

Egypt star Mohamed Salah will reportedly start against the World Cup hosts after missing out on the Pharaoh's first game against Uruguay due to his shoulder issues, but Mido believes he should be kept on the bench.

Saleh helped secure Egypt's place in the World Cup and won the Premier League Golden Boot after his incredible season with Liverpool.

The game plan is simple - get the ball into Salah's feet quickly and let him do what he does best. The service into him wasn't spectacular, either.

We use the term "effectively" because Egypt hasn't been mathematically eliminated from Group A, but it's a near certainty.

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.

"Every company has the right to sponsor stars to travel, but why are they all staying so close to a team that is supposed to be in a state of focus and readiness?" tweeted famous Egyptian sports expert Yasser Ayoub. To be frank, the likelihood of each result happening is in order of difficulty, but also descending order. A win or draw for Uruguay and the top two would meet to determine which team finishes in first place. Unfortunately for Egypt, they most likely won't.

The hosts face the north Africans in St Petersburg on Tuesday and defeat would nearly certainly condemn Egypt to an early exit.

It took 40 minutes for the Premier League's Golden Boot victor to have an attempt on goal as the ball fell kindly on the edge of the area, but even on his favoured left foot his effort curled beyond Igor Akinfeev's far post.

"To play in a World Cup and experience this atmosphere is a dream you hope will never end".

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