LIVE: Russia vs Egypt – 2018 World Cup
The hosts are eyeing the three points to earn a place in the second round of the World Cup, while the Pharaohs will search for their first ever win in the tournament.
The game will be officiated by Paraguayan referee Enrique Cáceres, who is set to take charge of his first game at the World Cup. Cáceres will be assisted by countrymen Eduardo Cardozo and Juan Zorrilla, while Turkish referee Cüneyt Çakır will be the fourth official.
Egypt coach Hector Cuper has announced his side’s squad, with Mohamed Salah returning to international action, having missed the Pharaohs’ last five games, including the Uruguay defeat.
Meanwhile, Mohamed El-Shennawy has kept his place in the starting lineup after a MOTM performance against Uruguay, and Tarek Hamed will also start despite picking up an injury in Egypt’s World Cup opener.
On the other hand, Russia will be without Alan Dzagoev after the 28-year-old was injured against Saudi Arabia and will miss his side’s games against Egypt and Uruguay.
Egypt XI: El Shennawy; Fathi, Gabr, Hegazy, Abdelshafy; Elneny, Hamed, Salah, El-Said, Trezeguet; Mohsen.
Russia XI: Akinfeev; Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov; Gazinskiy, Zobnin; Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev; Dzyuba.
Full Time: Russia 3-1 Egypt.
77′: Warda’s dangerous cross into the box is dealt with by Akinfeev.
73′: GOAL! Egypt have pulled one back as Salah was pulled down in the box and after consultation with VAR a penalty is awarded, which Salah finishes himself emphatically. Russia 3-1 Egypt.
68: Trezeguet nearly pulls one back for Egypt but he drags his shot just wide.
62′: GOAL! Dzyuba adds another after beating both Hegazi and Gabr before beating El Shennawy at his near post. Russia 3-0 Egypt.
59′: GOAL! Cheryshev makes it 2-0 after some exceptional wing play from Mario Fernandes who beat his man out wide before cutting the ball into the box and finding the former Real Madrid player who has a simple task to finish. Russia 2-0 Egypt.
56′: CLOSE! The ball ricochets to Salah in the box but he can’t adjust his feet quickly enough and while he wins a corner, it eventually comes to nothing.
55′: Russia have a series of corners but the pressure is eventually cleared by Egypt.
47′: GOAL! Russia break the deadlock after Fathi attempts to clear a mishit shot and inadvertently turns the ball into his own net. Russia 1-0 Egypt.
45′: The second half begins. Russia 0-0 Egypt.
Half Time: Russia 0-0 Egypt.
42′: CLOSE! Mohsen dummies a pass and it finds its way to Salah however he can’t wrap his foot around the ball enough to find the back of the net.
39′: A quick counter leads in Elneny floating in a cross from a fairly central position to Mohsen however he does not get enough on his header.
34′: Abdel Shafy’s cross with the outside of his foot is flicked on by Mohsen however it is cut out by Zhirkov before it finds Salah at the far post.
28′: Russia create an attack through Golovin but the defence deals with his cross.
20′: Russia 0-0 Egypt.
16′: SO CLOSE!! Trezeguet’s curling effort misses the net by inches.
13′: Egypt nearly opened the scoreline through Marwan Mohsen, but the forward’s header goes inches from the right post.
10′: Still no goals. Russia 0-0 Egypt.
6′: First chance for Russia but Golovin’s shot goes wide.
5′: Russia 0-0 Egypt.
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