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

Salah starts for Egypt against Russian Federation

Salah starts for Egypt against Russian Federation

The Egyptians were handed a sucker punch a minute after the restart as captain Ahmed Fathi guided the ball into his own net to put the home nation 1-0 up. It flew off his leg as he slid to intercept it.

"We know how to play against him", the Russian Federation coach said after the team's morning training session. But I think that he would have given us all his quality and his ability.

He was an unused substitute in Egypt's first Group A game - a 1-0 loss to Uruguay last week. Sometimes a mistake can be made, or the wrong step.

But the men in red are now on the cusp of making their first knockout stage of a World Cup in post-Soviet history. Cheryshev came on and 19 minutes later, he scored, dummying past two Saudi defenders. But after the break, it was nearly all Russian Federation at the St. Petersburg Stadium.

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"We needed the win in order to solve our goals", Cherchesov said. "But that's how matches work".

Cheryshev is one of only two players in Russia's squad who play for foreign clubs - the other is third-choice goalkeeper Vladimir Gabulov - and for a long time, it seemed like national-team coaches overlooked him. Egypt superstar Mohammed Salah likely will play as he recovers from a shoulder injury, and Russia's defense isn't as good as Uruguay's. The 23-year-old Mahmoud Hassan proved to be a handful against Uruguay and Russia's Brazil-born right back Mario Fernandes will need all his wits about him to keep him quiet. "We weren't decisive enough".

Egypt are now third in their group and if Saudi Arabia managed to beat Uruguay on Wednesday, the north African side will still have a slim chance of qualifying for the round of 16.

"The national squad is above any individual, including myself", Cuper said. A strong World Cup by Golovin will be necessary to advance out of Group A. It would also open up the pocketbooks of Europe's top clubs looking to secure his services. He plays as a team player and that for me is extremely important nowadays.

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