Clinical Russia tops Egypt to (pretty much) reach knockout rounds

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Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and can not afford another slip up.

While Russia already have three points to their name in Group A, Egypt will be looking to get their first points on the board. But the challenge is far from over as they take on an Egypt side that could well see Mohamed Salah back after injury.

World Cup hosts Russian Federation eased past Egypt 3-1 on Tuesday to virtually seal their place in the last 16, while despite the return of star player Mohamed Salah the Africans face near-certain elimination.

Russia's place in the round of 16 will be sealed if Uruguay wins or draws against the Saudis.

Another game at the World Cup and another own goal.

While there was another penalty appeal waved away, Egypt struggled to create another chance as the match finished 3-1.

If Egypt are to get a positive result, they will have to stop midfielder Golovin from getting the ball in space.

"We know Egypt's weakness and tactically speaking he was more fitting for the goal as a target man", Cherchesov said.

Yet it was to no avail for Egypt, as the hosts made it two wins from two to close in on a place in the next round.

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"Whether I should stay or not does not depend on me and we still have another match".

"It is hard to say this but in the World Cup you have to wait until the very last minute, although it's true that our chances are minimal".

From a broken play, Roman Zobnin scuffed his shot in the direction of Russian Federation target man Artem Dzyuba, being marked by Fathi whose off-balance clearance attempt hit his knee and rolled past helpless Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy and into the net. Fathi's attempted clearance for the first goal was sloppy, as was Ali Gabr's attempt at closing down Dzyuba for the third goal.

The result means that Russian Federation are through to the round of 16, while Egypt are reliant on a Saudi Arabia win tomorrow against Uruguay in order to have a chance of progressing.

"We have a mission and we will accomplish the mission", Russia's coach Stanislav Cherchesov had vowed on Monday. He made a number of neat passes, but his 19 touches in the first half was the fewest made by any Egyptian outfield player.

"We needed the win in order to solve our goals", Cherchesov said.

He has scored over 50 goals in the last three Russian Premier League seasons, and he will likely need to add to his global tally if his side are to retain hopes of progressing beyond the group.

Just as all seemed loss for Salah and the rest of the Egyptians the Premier League's top scorer last season was brought down outside the area for a free kick but a check with VAR proved the incident continued inside the area and it was a penalty.

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