Mo Salah scores but Russian Federation thumps Egypt

Mo Salah scores but Russian Federation thumps Egypt

Three points on Russia's 3-1 win vs. Egypt in Group A at the World Cup on Tuesday.

After a somewhat lacklustre first half performance, Russian Federation came out of the half time break flying as they broke the deadlock just two minutes in when a mishit shot found its way into the box and was turned into the net by Ahmed Fathi's attempted clearance.

True to form Salah slotted home the spot kick for his first World Cup goal after 73 minutes but it was to be just a consolation as the hosts continued their dominance.

In the end, however, the response was unable to conjure any sort of comeback for the Egyptians, as Stanislav Cherchesov's charges eased to an emphatic win that now leaves the hosts on the verge of reaching the knockout stages. No African side has played as many World Cup games without a win.

It wasn't quite such a good start for Egypt, who were without talisman Mohamed Salah as they fell to a late defeat at the hands of Uruguay.

Now the Soccerbot has digested the film, crunched the numbers, and broken down every single player on Russian Federation and Egypt.

The first half on Tuesday night was a pretty boring affair with Egypt unable to get Mo Salah involved, with the Liverpool forward playing his first game since he went off injured in the Champions League final.

Disbelief lingered in the air as Russia's football team scored its first then second and final goal against Egypt.

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"Every player battled today in every area of the pitch".

"We know Egypt's weakness and tactically speaking he was more fitting for the objective as a target man", Cherchesov said.

The Villarreal midfielder is likely to start against the Egyptian's and will be charged with scoring more goals on the break to ensure that Russian Federation books their place in the knockout stages for the first time since 1986.

The nature of Russia's growing lead in the second half stirred something in Salah, an anger and frustration you could feel in his elevated play, but Cuper's team needed that from the first whistle. "In a World Cup you have to wait till the very last minute although our chances are minute", he added.

As for Egypt, a first win at a World Cup at the seventh attempt is the aim when it plays Saudi Arabia in Volgograd on the same day.

Any Egypt momentum was punctured two minutes into the second half, though.

On show here was not the Salah that had tormented Roma and Manchester City, or scored 32 goals in the Premier League and 10 to power Liverpool to the Champions League final.

The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system proved its worth to give Egypt a glimmer of hope when referee Enrique Caceres had initially awarded a foul outside the box rather than a penalty when Salah was pulled by Zhirkov.