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RUSSIA 2018 : EGYPT ALMOST OUT OF THE WORLD CUP AS RUSSIA BOOKS TICKET FOR KNOCKOUT STAGE

Egypt is now technically the first team to have one foot outside Russia after losing to the home country 3-1 in the first match of the second round of matches in Group A. Russia is therefore the first country to qualify for the knockout stages of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Russia were too strong for the African Faithfuls who were very hopeful as their star attacker, Mohammed Salah came back from his shoulder injury.

Mohammed Salah sat on the bench with a broken heart when his colleagues failed to hold on to a draw against Uruguay in their first game thus loosing 1-0 prior to playing Russia.

The Group A match between Russia and Egypt took place at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg where Salah got his first ever goal in the World Cup but that was not enough to keep his side in the tournament.

There were some good early possession for Egypt, who were looking to get an early foothold in the game. An early half chance came for Russia, but the quick ball into the penalty area went behind striker Dzyuba.

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The game was an end to end action in first half as both sides searched for the opener.

The second half started with a great disappointment as Egypt’s defence broke down when dependable defender and captain Ahmed Fati slotted home an incoming ball from Zobnin into his own net when under pressure from Russia striker Dzyuba.

Russia looked more settled and confident after the goal, with Golovin pulling the strings in midfield.

As the Pharaohs went searching for the equalizer they left spaces in their defensive lines which was exploited by the Russians in their build up to a nice goal.Well worked goal from Russia it was when Fernandes did a great work to pull a ball back from the right by-line to find Cheryshev, who buried a low shot into the back of the net.

Three minutes after , Russia got the seal for the night with a third goal. It’s all falling apart for the Pharaohs! Dzyuba controlled a long ball, bullies his way past a weak challenge and thundered home a shot to put the hosts three goals up for the hosts.

With less than 20 minutes to play, Egypt would look to at least salvage some pride from the game. A VAR review sees a spot kick awarded after Salah tumbles just inside the box.

Salah converted the penalty and the Pharaohs were at least on the board but that was not enough for the North Africans as they lost by 1-3 at the end.

Uruguay will play Saudi Arabia on Wednesday and a win for Uruguay will confirm Egypt’s departure from the World Cup.

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