World Cup 2018 Russia rolls to another win spoiling Mohamed Salahs Egypt return

Mohamed Salahs penalty failed to save Egypt as World Cup host Russia all but secured progression from Group A with a comprehensive 3-1 win in St. Petersburg Tuesday.

Uncertain goalkeeping from El-Shenawy almost cost Egypt soon after, but he recovered in time to take in Golovins looped header.

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Salah scored from the spot in his World Cup debut, but Egypt is on the verge of an early exit following a 3-1 defeat to Russia.

Any Egypt momentum was punctured two minutes into the second half, though.

Yet it was to no avail for Egypt, as the hosts made it two wins from two to close in on a place in the next round.

El-Shenawys poor punch put Egypt under pressure, and Zobnins first-time follow-up spun in off the unfortunate Fathy, with VAR confirming that Dzyuba had not fouled his opponent.

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World Cup 2018 Russia rolls to another win spoiling Mohamed Salahs Egypt return

Russia took full advantage of the moment of good fortune, Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba netting in the space of three minutes to put Russia in complete control.

Zhirkov could do nothing to prevent Salahs next effort, however, as the forward spun clear of the experienced defender and sent a wicked strike inches wide of the target.

Egypt weathered the storm, though, and Trezeguet very nearly took advantage of the extra space created by Salahs presence when he curled just wide from the edge of the box.

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Cheryshev went close to taking his tally for the tournament to three moments later, but El-Shenawy ensured the wingers strike did not dip in under the crossbar.

3 – Mohamed Salah is the third different player to score for Egypt at theWorldCup, after Abdelrahman Fawzi (1934) and Magdy Abed El Ghani (1990). Trio.

Making his first appearance since going off injured in the Champions League final on May 26, Salah was often on the periphery at the Krestovsky Stadium, but still managed to mark his World Cup debut with a consolation on 73 minutes.

The Liverpool star duly converted from the spot but it could not be enough to kick-start a comeback, and while Russias place in the last 16 will be confirmed should Uruguay beat Saudi Arabia, Egypt looks set to fall out at the first hurdle.

However, the damage had already been done in a 15-minute blitz from Russia early in the second half, Ahmed Fathys own goal opening the floodgates.

Salahs moment looked set to arrive in the 34th minute, but Yuri Zhirkov ensured he was in the right place to prevent the winger connecting with Mohamed Shafys deflected cross.

Fernandes soon proved his quality at the other end too, driving into the box before supplying a neat cutback for Cheryshev to tuck home Russias second.

Despite his struggles, Salah was rewarded for his resilience when he was fouled by Roman Zobnin VAR overturning the referees initial decision to award a free kick on the edge of the penalty area.

Salah was presented with a glorious chance to restore parity with 56 minutes gone, only to hesitate, allowing Mario Fernandes to intervene.

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Dzyuba got in on the act with a fantastic turn and finish to send the crowd into raptures, though Zobnins clumsy pull-back at least enabled Salah to get himself a World Cup goal soon after.

Russia wasted no time in carrying on where it left off against Saudi Arabia, with Sergei Ignashevich heading at Mohamed El-Shenawy before Aleksandr Golovin fired wide.

19 – Mohamed Salah has had fewer touches than any other Egyptian outfield player in the first half against Russia. /beR9WklLng

World Cup 2018: Russia rolls to another win, spoiling Mohamed Salahs Egypt return

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