Mohamed Salah in starting line-up for Egypt v Russian Federation: team

Mohamed Salah in starting line-up for Egypt v Russian Federation: team

Mohamed Salah in starting line-up for Egypt v Russian Federation: team

Certainly, he was not 100 per cent fit, that much had been clear on Monday when Salah jogged around the Saint Petersburg Stadium pitch, testing out his left shoulder with a series of tentative barges but opting out when his team-mates swung their arms in circles. Ahmed Fathy will start at right-back while Mohamed Shafy will start at left-back.

Ahmed Fathi's calamitous own goal (47) broke the deadlock, before Denis Cheryshev (59) and Artem Dzyuba (61) struck twice in two minutes to settle the Group A clash and move Russian Federation onto a maximum six points after two games.

Egypt's Mohamed Salah waves for fans during a World Cup training session at Cairo global stadium on 9 June 2018. "When we don't have him, we feel his absence".

Mohamed Salah won and converted a penalty for a consolation goal on his return from injury but Egypt's first World Cup in 28 years could be over in barely five days following a second straight loss. The forward also single-handedly carried Egypt into the World Cup for the first time since 1990.

"The team is getting ready for Egypt".

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

The hosts started with impressive energy and youngster Aleksandr Golovin offered a warning sign for Egypt, taking up space on the edge of the box to whip a curling effort just wide of Mohamed El-Shenawy's goal. "Our enthusiasm and determination is increasing all the time and we thank all the Egyptian fans for their support". "In the previous match we thought he was fit but we have a final fitness test".

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- Russia's 5-0 win against Saudi Arabia was the second-biggest by a host nation in its opening match at a World Cup tournament, after Italy beating the USA 7-1 in 1934.

The Liverpool star duly converted from the spot but it could not be enough to kick-start a comeback, and while Russia's place in the last 16 will be confirmed should Uruguay beat Saudi Arabia, Egypt look set to fall out at the first hurdle. On the other hand, Egypt's majority of goals were from cross balls, so Russia's weakness plays particularly well in Egypt's favor.

Russian Federation were superb in their opening game against Saudi Arabia this past Friday, when the likes of Aleksandr Golovin and Denis Cheryshev inspired them to a 5-0 win.

Salah scored over 40 goals across all competitions for Liverpool last season.

Egypt is hoping for an improbable win for Saudi Arabia. No African side has played as many World Cup games without a win. The 22-year-old scored once and assisted twice in Russia's opening match, and depending on how far his team goes, he could be an early contender for one of the best young players of the tournament.

Against the Saudis, the hosts were fluent in attack but untested in defence, something Egypt superstar Mohamed Salah will be aware of.

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