Hassan Shehata: Salah shouldn’t have started against Russia
The Pharaohs are on verge of elimination from the World Cup after a 3-1 defeat to hosts Russia left them with zero points from two games.
Egypt are currently third in their group and if Saudi Arabia managed to beat Uruguay on Wednesday, the north African side will still have a slim chance of qualifying for the round of 16.
Mohamed Salah made his World Cup debut, starting against Russia and scoring Egypt’s only goal of the game through a penalty.
“How do you start Mohamed Salah when you want to win?” Shehata told DMC Sports.
“Salah’s training over the past period was like a recuperation. He is not fit and Cuper should have kept him on the bench.
“Salah should have been used in the last 30 minutes of the game to exploit Russia’s rush and desire to win.
“Delaying Mohamed Salah’s participation was a trick that could have been done by the technical staff,” Shehata added.
Salah’s goal against Russia is Egypt’s fourth one in their World Cup history after Abdulrahman Fawzi’s brace against Hungary in 1934 and Magdi Abdelghani’s penalty against the Netherlands in 1990.
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