Russia on brink of knockout stage after win over Egypt

Jun 20, 2018, 13:28
Russia on brink of knockout stage after win over Egypt

Mohamed Salah is facing an early exit from the World Cup after Egypt lost their second consecutive Group A game on Tuesday night.

Egypt still have a slender chance of proceeding to the next round if Saudi Arabia beat Uruguay on Wednesday.

Mohamed Salah showed signs of discomfort with his injured left shoulder while taking part in Egypt's final training session before the team's World Cup match against Russian Federation.

However, there is a caveat: Mo Salah will be subject to a late fitness test ahead of the game, and should he not pass that, he will not play any part.

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Try as he might, Mohamed Salah couldn't do enough to give Egypt the victory it needed at the World Cup.

Yet from the start, it was clear that Salah was staying out of anything too physical and there was no concerted effort from his Egypt teammates to pick him out each time.

It will be scant consolation for the Egyptian King, however, as his talents are deserving of much more on the global stage.

Hector Cuper's side looked confident given the return of their talisman Salah, but the forward was short of full sharpness and made little impact in what was a tight first half.

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A disgusting 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. "I was told by the medical team that the player was good and the player felt himself he was good to play".

Cheryshev came on and 19 minutes later, he scored, dummying past two Saudi defenders.

"If he was not injured, it is very hard to know what would have happened", Egypt coach Hector Cuper said.

Three goals in a 15-minute span early in the second half did the damage against Egypt, with Ahmed Fathi poking the ball into his own net - the fifth own-goal of the tournament - to put Russian Federation ahead in the 47th minute.

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"Of course we represent our country but I can also guarantee that the whole of Africa is supporting us. It's hard to say this but in a World Cup you have to wait until the very last minute, although it's true that our chances are minimal". That's the way things go at the World Cup.

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