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19 Jun 2018 - 23:30 IST - Saint Petersburg Stadium

Group Stage - Group A

3 - 1

Assuming that Uruguay are able to beat Saudi Arabia in their match tomorrow, the South American and European teams will be the two advancing from this group. Thank you for tuning in to our live coverage, and we hope to see you tomorrow for another round of World Cup 2018 action!


On the other side of the coin, Egypt will be crushed, and will surely be asking if they should have risked bringing in Salah during their game against Uruguay. While they were able to take a couple attacks to Russia, the host side looking more-or-less in control during the entire match, and Mo Salah had a tough time finding his feet in his first game back from injury.


Another comprehensive victory for the Russians, and six points from their first two games will all but assure they pass to the knockout rounds of this tournament, the first time ever since the breakup of the Soviet Union.


The Russians have all but assured their passage into the next round!


Russia slowing down the play now, waiting for the ref to blow the final whistle.


The officials have added 4 mintues to the end of this match


The ball comes to Salah but he's closed down immediately and the ball bounces around in the box before finding Warda, who drags his shot wide of the near post.


Russia playing with confidence know, as a couple of quick passes from Samedov and Golovin lead to an opportunity in the box, but the ball is slid away in the last moment.


Fedor Kudriashov (on). Yury Zhirkov (off). (Russia)


Yuri Zhirkov comes off for Kudriashov


Egypt have been applying pressure well but with the number of men they're pushing into the attack, they're leaving themselves open to Russian counters.


Fedor Smolov (Russia)


Smolov gets a yellow card for pulling back Sobhy as he tried to start a counterattack.


Mohsen makes way for Kahraba as Egypt make their last change.


Mahmoud Kahraba (on). Marwan Mohsen (off). (Egypt)


Fedor Smolov (on). Artem Dzyuba (off). (Russia)


Smolov will come in for Dzyuba


Samedov whips in the free kick from the right side of the pitch, and Ignashevich is there to head towards the goal - El Shenawy catches easily.


Cheryshev comes off for Kuziaev


Daler Kuziaev (on). Denis Cheryshev (off). (Russia)


VAR coming in to help make the right decision once again in this tournament, and we'll see if the Egyptians can take this goal as a spark to push them on their way to some more.


Salah steps up and slots the penalty! 3-1!


Penalty Kick - Goal - Mohamed Salah (Egypt)


Zobnin holds on to Salah as he's making on to the box, and the Liverpool man goes down. Originally whistled outside of the box, VAR reviews the play and the call is changed to be inside of the box. Penalty for Egypt!


A Russian turnover leads to a 3v2 opportunity for the Egyptians, but Salah isn't able to control the pass that's played to him and the ball goes back to the Russians. Salah has definitely not looked 100% in this match, and it's been a tough first game back since his injury.


Ramadan Sobhy (on). Mahmoud Trezeguet (off). (Egypt)


Trezeguet makes way for Sobhy


Egypt know now that it will take an incredible effort to get anything at all from this match, and you can see it in the face of some of the players.


Egypt trying to stop this from become worse and resort to their first change of the match, taking out Elneny and replacing him with Amr Warda


Amr Warda (on). Mohamed Elneny (off). (Egypt)


The long ball played in from the free kick inside the Russia half goes all the way to Dzyuba in the Egyptian box. The big man makes a gargantuan effort to hold off the Egyptian defenders and bring the ball down on his chest, before taking a deft touch around a second Russian defender and passing the ball calmly into the back of the net, beating El Shenawy at his near post.


Artem Dzyuba. Assist by Ilya Kutepov (Russia)






Because of the numbers that the Egyptians have been forced to push forward, the Russians are finding more joy on the counter-attack than they did in the first half. Samedov is once again able to swing in a ball towards Dzyuba, but Hegazi is able to clear the danger.


Denis Cheryshev. Assist by Mario Fernandes (Russia)


Mahmoud Trezeguet (Egypt)


The ball falls to Salah after a flick on from Mohsen, the forward takes one touch too many and his shot is blocked from close range.


Egypt are now attacking frantically, as Salah has dropped into the middle to try to be more involved in play.


After the ball is punched away by El Shenawy, Zobnin received the ball and tries to hit a volley first time. His effort isn't excellent, but Fathi goes for the block and ends up putting the ball into the back of his own net! The fifth Own Goal of this tournament!


Ahmed Fathi (Russia)




The second half is underway!


The teams are coming back onto the pitch now, and neither side has opted for a change.


Egypt will have to push the issue in this second half - perhaps they'll try to increase Salah's influence on the game, as the Russians did a good job of limiting his touches in the first half.


While the Russians have had far more attacks than their adversaries, they will actually be the side that goes into the locker rooms happier, as a draw is still not a bad result for them. The Egyptians, however, need a win from this game in order to have any sort of realistic shot of getting into the knockout rounds of this tournament.


The first half ends with no stoppage time, and the two teams will go into the break level. While the hosts have had more attacks in total, the Egyptians have caused the Russian defense some trouble and there's only been one total shot on goal between the two teams.


A quick pass played in from Abdelshafy is dummied by Mohsen to allow Salah to get on the ball. After getting the ball on his left foot, the danger man takes a snap shot with his left foot that goes just wide of the post


Nice play from Egypt as Salah and Mohsen lead the counterattack up the pitch. The ball eventually comes to Elneny, who chips a ball into the box for Mohsen – the forward is whistled offside, however.


Though his distribution has been lacking at times, El Shenawy has been excellent coming out to claim the ball when it is played in high – he knows that crosses to Dzyuba are dangerous, and he's doing a stellar job coming out to grab high balls when he can.


An outside of the foot cross by Abdelshafy is flick on by Mohsen – Mo Salah is on the end of the flick but the Russian defender gets there just before the Liverpool man and is able to clear the ball behind.


Russia know that they can cause the Egyptian defense a lot of headache on crosses into the box, and Golovin tries to whip a ball in to find target-man Dzyuba, but the ball is just past the 6'5” forward.


The game is starting to open up a bit, as both teams have started to commit more players to the attack.


After a Yuri Zhirkov free kick that's cleared by the Egyptians, the ball finds Cheryshev at the top of the box. The Russian danger man fakes once before setting himself and unleashing a deadly effort that sails just over the top of the goal. Another warning shot fired by the Russians.


Another giveaway by Russia this time leads to a quick break from Egypt, led by Trezeguet. Instead of passing, the Egyptian forward opts for the curling right-footed effort which wraps just outside of the post. Better from Egypt!


Egypt finally mounting some attacks, and a cool flick from Said eventually leads to an Egyptian corner kick. The resulting corner is swung in and almost leads to an own-goal, as Fernandes heads just behind.


A long ball played into Fernandes on the right side is eventually laid off to Samedov, who eventually whips a ball into the box for Dzyuba to receive. The forward brings the ball down but his touch is heavy and the ball rolls to El Shenawy.


Samedov stands over a free kick on the left side for the Russians, but his cross is cleared behind by Marwan.


The Egyptians have really not yet found their feet in this match, with most of the traffic being one-way in the direction of El Shenawy's goal.


Another giveaway in defense leads to another Russian counter-attack, but Golovin is once again unable to capitalize on the Egyptian errors.


This time it's Hegazi who gives up the foul, and the Russians attack quickly up the left side. A blocked cross leads to a long-shot, which is deflected behind for a Russian corner.


Dzyuba tries to win the ball from Abdelshafy, but pulls his shirt and play is called back for a foul.


A careless giveaway on a crossfield ball by the Egyptians gifts the Russians the ball in the middle of the pitch, but Golovin is unable to find Dzyuba with his pass into the box.


Egypt start with the ball and we're out of the gates!


The players for both teams are on the pitch now, as the national anthems sound in preparation for the match to kick off.


This game is taking place in Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg, where it is a cloudy 15C (60F). Our main referee today will be the Argentinian Enrique Caceres, with assistants Eduardo Cardozo, Juan Zorrilla, and Cuneyt Cakir.


Russia won their last game with the most convincing score-line of the entire tournament, thrashing Saudi Arabia 5-0. Manager Stanislav Cherchesov and his men will hope that they can carry that momentum into this game, as a win against Egypt would take immense pressure off of them in their last group game against Uruguay.


The big news for this game is obviously the return of Mohamed Salah for Egypt – the Liverpool star player was unable to make his debut in Egypt's first match against Uruguay, where the South American team was able to snatch a late winner. Salah and the Egyptians will hope that his presence will be able to make the difference in this match, using his pace to torment the rather slow Russian back-line.


Here are the line-ups for both teams: Russia: Akinfeev; Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov; Zobnin, Gazinsky; Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev; Dzyuba Egypt: Elshenawy; Fathi, Gabr, Hegazy, Abdelshafy; Hamed, Elneny; Trezeguet, Said, Salah; Mohsen


Hello and welcome to our live coverage and commentary for the World Cup 2018! In today's matchup, we begin the second round of group play as Russia play against Egypt in Group A action.