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Saint Petersburg, June 20, 2018 (News Wires0 - Russia’s delight in their home FIFA World Cup continued after a hotly-contested clash with Egypt burst into life in the second half.

After a frenetic opening period, lacking the chances the energy and endeavour warranted, Egypt captain Ahmed Fathi handed Russia a gift by deflecting into his own net – already the fifth own-goal at Russia 2018.

Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba then repeated their opening-match heroics by netting twice in three minutes to extinguish almost all of Egypt’s remaining hope.

Mohamed Salah struck from the penalty spot, but the Pharaohs must rely on Saudi Arabia doing them a favour to keep their slender chance of progression alive.

After a very even and intense opening, the tide turned with those goals straight after the break. Although the first was bad luck for the Egypt captain, after that there was nothing fortunate about Russia’s three-goal lead.

Two great moves sealed the victory: a beautiful run and a pass from Mario Fernandes to help Cheryshev score his third of the tournament, before some great technique from Dzyuba in the box capped off the night. Salah may have jangled some nerves, but the victory was deserved.?

It was a justified win for Russia and ultimately Egypt suffered a deserved defeat, having not produced what was necessary. Most of the players didn’t perform as expected and the goals came from some naive defensive mistakes.

Most importantly, the Egyptian team lacked the offensive courage needed. The performance did not reflect the importance of the game and leaves their second round hopes hanging by a thread.

“The game was 94 minutes, and we had 10 to 15 very bad minutes, and that was the reason we lost,” said Egypt’s Argentine manager, Héctor C?per.

“What would have happened if he (Salah) had been in top form in both matches?” C?per asked after Egypt’s loss on Tuesday. “That is very hard to say.”

He paused, gathered his thoughts, then added: “I always say, behind a brilliant player, or two brilliant players, there has to be a team.”

C?per, Salah and Egypt are now left with dreams of what might have been. With two losses in two games here, they have virtually no chance of advancing to the knockout round. All that remains, most likely, is a final group-stage match against Saudi Arabia on Monday.

CAIRO, June 19, 2018 (MENA) - House of Representatives Secretary General Ahmed Saadeddin Tuesday denied reports on some news websites that a number of Egypt's Parliament members visited Russia to attend World Cup matches at the expense of the Parliament.

A statement released by Saadeddin denied such reports, saying a number of MPs traveled to Russia at their own expenses and the House has nothing to do with it.

The House's statutes do not approve this at all, he said, calling on everyone to verify news before publishing any stories.

KAZAN, Russia, June 19, 2018 (News Wires) - World Cup hosts Russia faces an Egypt side buoyed by the likely return of star man Mohamed Salah on Tuesday knowing a win will all but guarantee a place in the last 16.

Liverpool wizard Salah missed his team's defeat to Uruguay last Friday as he struggles to recover from the shoulder injury sustained during last month's UEFA Champions League Final.

Salah's shoulder has continued to cause him problems in Russia, and last weekend he needed the help of three team-mates to put a shirt on during a training session.

However the 26-year-old is desperate to start in what is a must-win game on Tuesday for the Pharoahs, who are playing in the World Cup for the first time since 1990.

Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov was bullish ahead of the match in Saint Petersburg that his team can rein in the explosive striker.

"We know how to play against him," he said. "We are ready to stop Salah and we will."

Russia got the 2018 World Cup off to the perfect start Thursday with a 5-0 thrashing of Saudi Arabia.

Salah, already a national hero after his 94th-minute penalty clinched a 2-1 win over Congo to send Egypt to their first World Cup since 1990, has been declared 100 percent fit by the team doctor.


MOSCOW, June 19, 2018 (News Wires) - The Saudi Arabian Football Federation said that its national soccer team landed safely in the Russian city of Rostov after what it described as a minor technical fault in one of the engines.

Videos shared on social media appeared to show an aircraft that posters identified as the Saudi team's plane with its wing on fire while it was in the air.

"All the Saudi national team players are safe, after a technical failure in one of the airplane engines that has just landed," the federation said a statement on Twitter late Monday.

MOSCOW, June 19, 2018 (MENA) - Egyptian and Liverpool player Mohamed Salah sent a message to Egyptian fans, saying he is ready for Egypt's second group match against Russia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Salah uploaded a video on his instagram account, saying: "You might think the pressure of all these people on me to score would form a load that could destroy any player," adding that he does not see it this way, stressing those people are the source of his strength and creativity and are not a load on him.

He said when he goes down the field they are with him and this makes him 100 million times stronger.

Egypt was defeated 1-0 by Uruguay in its first match of group A of the world cup, while Saudi Arabia lost 5-0 to host Russia.

Salah is expected to play the match between Egypt and Russia on Tuesday.


SAINT PETERSBURG, June 19, 2018 (MENA) - The Egyptian national football team carried out Monday night their last training session at Krestovsky Stadium, where they will play against Russia at 20:00 CLT Tuesday.

The training session lasted for an hour with the participation of all the 23 players, including Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah.

Today's matches all times CLT:
2:00pm Colombia vs Japan
5:00pm Poland vs Senegal
8:00pm Egypt vs Russia

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