Egypt defender scores calamitous own goal against Russian Federation

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THREE weeks and three days after Sergio Ramos twisted and slammed Egypt's best World Cup hope into the grass, Mohamed Salah returned.

World Cup hosts Russian Federation have one foot in the last 16 after a resounding 3-1 win over Egypt on Tuesday, despite the presence of Mohamed Salah in the Egyptian lineup.

A needless punch from goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy led to a horror own goal from Ahmed Fathi in the 47th minute.

And the Egypt worldwide had to watch on as Uruguay claimed a 1-0 win over his side in their group stage opener. The record amount for a World Cup is six in 1998.

Russia's forward Artem Dzyuba and Russia's forward Artem Dzyuba celebrate the opening goal during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group A football match between Russian Federation and Egypt at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on June 19, 2018.

Egypt have never beaten European opposition at the World Cup but need a win to stay in the tournament.

"We do not use the word "problem" around here", he said. Those two scenarios would also eliminate Egypt, which started with a 1-0 loss to Uruguay. "The only thing I can be sad for is I would have liked to have seen him present at the training ground with the team".

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"We prepare matches not basing ourselves exclusively on how to stop one player such as Salah".

He had little option but to play him, of course, given a second consecutive match missed would likely mean Salah being fitter only for a dead rubber against Saudi Arabia.

Egyptian supporters will be hoping for a positive result from that fitness, as the Pharoahs' attack was blunted and lacked imagination without their key player.

Egypt were caught out early on two successive occasions but were riding their luck as both scenarios saw them go unpunished, with Aleksandr Golovin fumbling the clearest of the chances.

But the men in red are now on the cusp of making their first knockout stage of a World Cup in post-Soviet history.

"We had a good first half then we had 10-15 really bad minutes and that's why we lost", said Cuper, who immediately faced questions over his future.

"When we talk about 100 per cent, we have to look at the medical side", Cuper said.

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