Moscow: Russia’s incredible World Cup form has continued on home soil with a 3-1 win over Egypt; a result that puts Mohamed Salah’s Pharaohs on the brink of first-round elimination.
Russia’s win over Egypt means the host nation can advance to the second round of the tournament if Uruguay beats Saudi Arabia in Group A action on Wednesday. Even if the South Americans don’t win, Russia looks well placed to move on to the knockout round.
Star striker Mohamed Salah was in the starting lineup after sitting out Egypt’s opening game with a shoulder injury.
Egyptian captain Ahmed Fathi’s own goal in the 47th minute gifted the lead to the Russians. Denis Cheryshev doubled the hosts’ advantage in the 59th minute, scoring his third goal of the tournament.