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We must win Saudi Arabia and Egypt games, says Russia’s Samedov

Alexander Samedov

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midfielder said his team need to beat Saudi Arabia and Egypt to secure qualification without having to depend on the result of their final group game against Uruguay.

Hosts Russia will kick off their World Cup campaign against Saudi Arabia on Thursday. They will then face Egypt, who will be playing their first World Cup game in 28 years, on May 19 before playing their final group game against Uruguay six days later.

“No matter what, we have to get out of the group. We must win our first game, then our second and not leave everything to the last minute,” Samedov told FIFA official website.

“I’ve been at three major tournaments before and every time it’s always gone down to the third match for us. Now we have to do everything so it doesn’t come to this,” he added.

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The 33-year-old added that he’s confident of his team’s abilities as they have been working hard and preparing well for the showpiece event which will be held in Russia for the first time.

“We’re not sitting around worrying what will happen if it doesn’t work out for us. We know what we want and where we’re heading,” he added.

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