Date :Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 | Time : 04:14 |ID: 64628 | Print

World Cup 2018: Salah returns but Russia beat Egypt 3-1

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SHAFAQNA – Egypt lost on Tuesday to the Russians and so Arab teams in the World Cup are left with zero points from five games.

Egypt lost to World Cup hosts Russia on Tuesday, minimising the The Pharaohs’ chances of reaching the knockout stages.

The Russians kept up their free-scoring ways to move to the brink of a second round place with a 3-1 win at the Saint Petersburg Stadium on Tuesday.

Egyptian talisman Mohamed Salah, playing for the first time since injuring his shoulder in last month’s Champions League final, scored Egypt’s first World Cup goal in 28 years from a 73rd minute penalty awarded after a review by the video assistant referee, Middle East Eye reported.

Salah’s goal cut the deficit to 3-1, but it wasn’t enough to spark an Egyptian comeback.

Russia’s place in the knockout stages will be secured on Wednesday if Uruguay avoid defeat against Saudi Arabia in the next Group A game.

Egypt’s Ahmed Fathi put the ball into his own net two minutes after halftime. While it was the fifth own goal of the tournament so far. The record amount for a tournament is six in 1998.

It was followed by two goals in a three-minute spell from Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba around the hour mark as Russia took their tournament goal tally to eight in two games.

Egypt still have a slender chance of proceeding to the next round if Saudi Arabia beat Uruguay on Wednesday. They then would have to beat the Saudis and hope that Uruguay lose to Russia in the final round. Even then, they would need a higher goal differential than Saudi Arabia and Uruguay to qualify as second in the group.

With Egypt’s loss, Arab teams are left with zero points from five games. Saudi Arabia lost its opening game to Russia 5-0. Tunisia lost 2-1 to England on Wednesday after an injury time header from Harry Kane. Morocco was beaten by Iran from a late own goal, and Egypt lost its opener 1-0 to Uruguay, also by a late header.


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