We had few nervous moments after Salah goal, says Russia defender Yuri Zhirkov
Russia defender Yuri Zhirkov has admitted his side got nervous after Mohamed Salah converted from the spot for the Egyptian team.
The hosts defeated the Pharaohs 3-1 in their second game of the group stage at the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday, after scoring three goals in the first 20 minutes of the second half.
Despite Russia’s three-goal lead, the Pharaohs had a chance to make a comeback following a foul on Salah inside the penalty area, which saw the 26-year-old convert from the spot with 17 minutes to go.
“Egypt are a good team, they played fast…There were a few nervous moments after Salah’s goal. It was difficult to contain Salah. He is a world-class player,” Zhirko, 34, told reporters after the game.
Russia now top Group A with six points after victories over Saudi Arabia and Egypt. They kicked off their campaign with a 5-0 win over the Green Falcons on June 14 before claiming another win over the Pharaohs on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Uruguay sit second with three points, while Egypt and Saudi Arabia are at the bottom of the group with zero points.
A victory for Uruguay against Saudi Arabia in their second game on Wednesday would secure their qualification, along with Russia, to the round of 16 of the competition.
The final round of the group stage will see Saudi Arabia face Egypt and Uruguay play against Russia on June 25.
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