Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Russian Federation coach hopes for more celebrations after Egypt win

Russian Federation coach hopes for more celebrations after Egypt win

A needless punch from goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy led to a horror own goal from Ahmed Fathi in the 47th minute.

Japan made history in the early game, beating 10-man Colombia 2-1 to become the first Asian side to conquer a South American team at a World Cup.

"We know how to do this, and tomorrow you will see it", Cherchesov said when asked about their plan to repel Salah and Egypt.

Up next for Russian Federation is a game against Uruguay, which will likely be for placement in the knockouts. The hosts look set to qualify alongside Uruguay, who will play Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.

They put five goals past Saudi Arabia, with two-goal Denis Cheryshev emerging as an instant star, before limiting Egypt's star forward Mohamed Salah to just one goal from a penalty kick in their second game on Tuesday to stand on the brink of qualification.

"He wasn't in all the preparation with us and that cost him a little bit of his physical ability", Cuper said.

After a four years of waiting and drought, the World Cup 2018 is finally upon us.

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Wonder kid Cherrychev added a second for the host on the night, his personal third in the tournament before Dzyuba ended any Egyptian hope of a revival.

Cuper opted not to use Salah for Egypt's Group A opener and the Egyptian Football Association subsequently released a statement indicating the attacker could have played, at odds with the assessment of the coach.

A goalless first half was played out in an incredible atmosphere at the rocking St Petersburg Stadium. "We held back Salah and deserved to win", he said. "They understand that this is the World Cup".

The return of Salah may have lifted Egypt but Russian Federation had been lifted that much more with their open day 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia.

The Egyptians were colourful and noisy, many of them in Pharaonic costumes, waving or draped in the country's red, white and black flags.

"If he was not injured, it is very hard to know what would have happened", Egypt coach Hector Cuper said. Keeping Egypt three points behind would leave the north Africans needing a goal bonanza of their own against the Saudis, and Salah or no Salah, it is not the kind of challenge they tend to find comfortable.

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