Moscow: What a result for Russia, who have scored eight goals in two matches and they will certainly find themselves in the knockout stages of the World Cup. Ahmed Fathy opened Russia’s account with an unlucky own goal and Cheryshev along with Dzyuba sealed the win as Russia ripped Egypt 3-1. Egypt found a consolation goal as Mohamed Salah scored his first ever goal at a World Cup but he could not stop the heartbreaking result for Egypt.
Here are the updates from the match:
RUSSIA 3-1 EGYPT!
90+3 minute: Tired Egyptians legs are fighting hard but the odds and score is against them.
Egypt lacked creativity up-front and the scoreline reflects that!
4 minutes of Stoppage time!
88 minute: The Russian supporters are delighted as the cheers are starting to erupt the Saint Petersburg Stadium.
If Uruguay beat Saudi Arabia in their Group A match tomorrow, Eygpt will be knocked out. Hosts Russia will see themselves through to the knockout stages.
83 minute: Golovin tries to create space up front, but none of the Russian show any interest to support his attack. The Russians are happy to hold their positions.
82 minute: The Egyptians are up and attacking but they are running out of time.
10 minutes to go !
79 minute: Substitution for Russia! Smolov replaces Dzyuba.
78 minute: Mohsen goes down in the Russian box, Referee calls play-on! That looked like a penalty.
74 minute: Free-kick to Egypt. What a game this is turning out to be! Russia concedes their first goal in this World Cup. The penalty has just given a little hope to the Egyptians.
72 minute: GOAL!! Salah scores his first ever goal in the world cup and Egypt's first after 1990. Russia 3-1 Egypt!
71 minute: Salah goes down in the Russian penalty box. The Referee calls for VAR. PENALTY!!
67 minute: Egypt are down. The Russians are ripping the Africans apart and look in the mood to score more. Egypt need something dramatic if they a fancy a point.
Russia's eight goals in two games are more than the goals they scored in their previous two World cups combined (6).
Russia 3-0 Egypt!
62 minute: GOAL!!! Artem Dzyuba curls the ball into the Egyptian net. Scores his second goal of the tournament. Russia have already scored eight goals in two games.
59 minute: GOAL!!! Cheryshev scores the second goal of the match with a well placed shot off a brilliant pass from Fernandes from the right. This is his third goal in two games.
57 minute: Yellow card!! Trezeguet gets booked for a foul in the midfield. The Egyptian certainly look frustrated.
54 minute: Salah nearly scored there, but his shot was brilliantly blocked by the Russian defender. Egypt press hard but the Russian wall is intact.
53 minute: Corner for Russia. The Egyptians are having a hard time as they have struggled to connect the dots in the midfield. They have to double up their supplies to Salah.
Six own goals were scored in the 1998 World cup, with the way the things are going in this World cup that record does seem to be in danger.
Russia 1-0 Egypt!!
47 minute: GOAL!! Egypt's Fathy gives Russia the lead with an own-goal. That is the 5th own goal of the tournament. Clumsy defending by the Egyptian.
Second-half is underway!
Egypt 0-0 Russia
42 minute: Corner for Russia. The ball lands on no man's land. Egypt survive.
41 minute: Mohamed Salah twists, turns but shoots the ball wide. Brilliant effort from the Egyptian.
38 minute: Egypt are pushing hard on the counter but need to improve on the finishing up-front.
36 minute: Spirited run by Russia's Cheryshev on the left but it goes in vain as there is no Russian in the box to support him.
34 minute: Eygpt's Mohsen tries to head the ball but fails to find direction.
33 minute: Corner for Egypt. The ball goes for a goal-kick. Eygpt finally pressing up-front.
Interestingly, Egypt was the first African team to play in the World cup when it qualified in 1934. They qualified next in 1990, after 56 years. They have not a match at a World cup. Can Salah create history at the Saint Petersburg Stadium?
27 minute: Mohamed Salah is settling in, he has had the fewest touches so far than the other Egyptians. He looks a bit rusty after being away from the action for three weeks.
24 minute: Egypt's Trezeguet decided to shoot from outside but the ball is blocked. He could have gone for a pass. Russia on the counter.
22 minute: Russia's Golovin looks composed on the left flank, Egypt defenders need to work on their clearance.
18 minute: Russia's Cheryshev clouds the ball far from the Egyptian goal after he attempts a shot from long-range.
17 minute: Russia are unbeaten in their last four matches against African nations, can Egypt change that?
16 minute: Free-kick to Russia on the right flank. Good deep delivery but the Egyptian goalkeeper grabs it comfortably.
14 minute: Corner for Egypt. Russia looked in trouble there but the ball is cleared to safety.
12 minute: Mohamed Salah is cramped for space as gears to take a shot of his left-foot. The Russians seemed to have done their homework on Salah.
11 minute: The Egyptians have not gone past their half for a while now. Russian supporters have electrified this game.
10 minute: Egypt are under pressure as the Russians are in the mood to open the floodgates.
5 minute: Russia are on the attack after Egypt defender gives away the ball. Egypt defenders look shaky.
The highly anticipated Mohamed Salah is back.
Russia XI: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Gazinskiy, Zobnin, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba
Egypt XI: El Shenawy, Fathy, Gabr, Hegazy, Abdelshafy; Elneny, Hamed; Salah, Elsaid, Trezeguet; Mohsen
Egypt, on the other hand, suffered a 0-1 loss to Uruguay in the absence of Salah on Friday. However, Salah has been declared 100 per cent fit by Egypt's team doctor which will be a major relief for the team management.
Russia currently tops Group A charts on goal difference ahead of Uruguay while Egypt are placed third and another defeat for the North African nation will force them for an early exit from the mega event. Egypt are strengthened by Salah's return while Russia will be weakened by the absence of creative midfielder Alan Dzagoev, who suffered injury in the opening game.
Russia full squad:
Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Gabulov (Brugge/BEL), Andrey Lunev (Zenit St Petersburg)
Defenders: Vladimir Granat (Rubin Kazan), Fyodor Kudryashov (Rubin Kazan), Ilya Kutepov (Spartak Moscow), Andrey Semyonov (Akhmat Grozny), Igor Smolnikov (Zenit St Petersburg), Mario Fernandes (CSKA Moscow), Sergei Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow)
Midfielders: Yury Gazinsky (Krasnodar), Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow), Alexander Golovin (CSKA Moscow), Alexander Erokhin (Zenit St Petersburg), Yury Zhirkov (Zenit St Petersburg), Daler Kuzyaev (Zenit St Petersburg), Roman Zobnin (Spartak Moscow, Alexander Samedov (Spartak Moscow), Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal/ESP)
Forwards: Artem Dzyuba (Arsenal Tula), Alexei Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Fyodor Smolov (Krasnodar)
Egypt full squad:
Goalkeepers: Essam El Hadary (Al Taawoun/KSA), Mohamed El Shenawy (Al Ahly), Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly)
Defenders: Ahmed Fathi (Al Ahly), Saad Samir (Al Ahly), Ayman Ashraf (Al Ahly), Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion/ENG), Ali Gabr (West Bromwich Albion/ENG), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa/ENG), Mohamed Abdel-Shafi (Al Fateh/KSA), Omar Gaber (Los Angeles/USA), Mahmoud Hamdy (Zamalek)
Midfielders: Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal/ENG), Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Sam Morsy (Wigan/ENG), Mahmoud Abdel Razek (Al Raed/KSA), Abdallah El Said (Al Ahly), Mahmoud Hassan (Kasimpasa/TUR), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City/ENG), Amr Warda (Atromitos/GRE), Mahmoud Abdel-Moneim (Al Ittihad/KSA)Forwards: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool/ENG), Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly)