World Cup result: Russia 3-1 Egypt; hosts virtually through to last 16, Salah nets penalty

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Russia vs Egypt: Live World Cup score, goals and updates

Russia virtually booked their place in the last 16 after brushing aside Egypt at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg.

The visitors were buoyed by the return of talisman Mohamed Salah but failed to create anything of note in a dreary first half.

Russia went ahead inside two minutes of the resumption as Egypt defender Ahmed Fathy turned the ball into his own net.

Denis Cheryshev doubled the hosts’ advantage and took his tournament tally to three goals when slotting beyond El Shenawy with Artem Dzyuba killing the game just two minutes later.

Mohamed Salah scored from the penalty spot but it was too little too late for Egypt, who are on the brink of exiting the competition.

RUSSIA 3-1 EGYPT – FATHY (46), CHERYSHEV (58), DZYUBA (60), SALAH (73)

Russia XI: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Gazinskiy, Zobnin, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba.

Egypt XI: Elshenaway, Fathy, Abdelshafy, Gabr, Hegazi, Elneny, Hamed, Salah, Elsaid, Treziguet, Mohsen.

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RUSSIA 3-1 EGYPT

FT: Despite a total lack of optimism, Russia are heading to the last 16 having scored eight goals in their opening two games. Unbelievable really.

The Russian supporters are going crazy inside the stadium. Perhaps they know this is the best start of any host nation in the history of the World Cup.

Mohamed Salah clearly wasn’t fit and played within himself for large portions, but he knew that he had to try.

92: Terrific game-management from Russia. They are slowing things down with niggling fouls and keeping it in the corners. I think we’re done here.

90: Nearly. Very nearly. It’s some nice build-up play from Egypt with the ball eventually fining its way to Treziguet to drag wide. Four minutes of added time remaining.

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Russia vs Egypt: Live World Cup score, goals and updates

89: Oh Mo! The Egyptian superstar nips in ahead of Kuzyaev but spoons it over.

86: Kahraba replaces Mohsen for Egypt, Kudryashov is on for Zhirkov for Russia. Time ticking away for Egypt and there’s no sign of revival.

84: Aleksandr Golovin squanders a chance to kill this once and for all. Roman Zobnin breaks free and squares it, but the free-kick hero dithers and Hegazi flattens him. Standard.

83: Egypt are throwing the kitchen sink now. They’ve got seven minutes plus stoppage time to keep their World Cup dreams alive. No clear-cut chances yet as Russia hunker down.

80: Dzyuba goes off to a standing-ovation with Smolov replacing him for the closing stages.

77: Second penalty appeal! I think BBC commentator got a little bit excited there with Kutepov and Mohsen involved in a spot of tug-of-war. No penalty.

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Russia vs Egypt: Live World Cup score, goals and updates

RUSSIA 3-1 EGYPT

75: Mohamed Salah is the third different player to score for Egypt at the World Cup, after Abdelrahman Fawzi (1934) and Magdy Abed El Ghani (1990). That is also the 10th penalty of the tournament. Crazy.

RUSSIA 3-1 EGYPT – SALAH (PEN)

73: Hope? Mohamed Salah tucks away the penalty to reduce the deficit to two goals. It’s going to take a miracle to scrape a draw from here, but if anyone’s capable of making it happen…

PENALTY TO EGYPT

72: Mohamed Salah is brought down inside the box. But the referee awards a free-kick. It’s going to VAR… penalty is awarded. Oh the drama!

67: Come on then, who got Russia in the sweepstake and has started to feel a little bit more confident? I got Saudi Arabia…

64: Chance for Egypt to restore some pride as Mohamed Salah tees up Treziguet just outside the penalty area, but he’s sliced it wide.

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Russia vs Egypt: Live World Cup score, goals and updates

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Russia vs Egypt: Live World Cup score, goals and updates

RUSSIA 3-0 EGYPT – DZYUBA

61: Game, set and match. They can’t score five again, can they?

The home fans can barely believe it as Artem Dzyuba calmly slots in number three from a simple knock-down.

Russia have scored two more goals in this World Cup (8) than they had in their previous two World Cup tournaments combined (6 across 2002 and 2014).

RUSSIA 2-0 EGYPT – CHERYSHEV

58: And there’s the second to send the hoist nation into ecstasy and Mohamed Salah on the early flight back to Merseyside.

Denis Cheryshev scores his third of the tournament and draws level with Cristiano Ronaldo.

Full-back Fernandes collects Samedov’s sprayed pass and crosses for Cheryshev to place his close-range shot beyond El-Shenawy.

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Russia vs Egypt: Live World Cup score, goals and updates

58: That would normally have been food and drink for Mohamed Salah. He pounces on a loose ball inside the Russia penalty area but can’t adjust his feet quickly enough and his effort his blocked.

55: Samedov sends two-consecutive corners into the six-yard box but Hegazi and Mohsen manages to turn them away. Critical moments for the visitors.

53: That really has knocked the stuffing out of Egypt. They’ve barely had a touch since the breakthrough with Russia now looking to press their advantage home.

50: There have been five own goals at World Cup 2018 – only in 1998 have there been more at a World Cup tournament (6). Whoops.

49: That was pretty cruel on Egypt, but it was a scrappy goal worthy of a match like this. You need a bit of luck at major tournaments and Russia have just received a large dollop.

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Russia vs Egypt: Live World Cup score, goals and updates

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Russia vs Egypt: Live World Cup score, goals and updates

RUSSIA 1-0 EGYPT – FATHY OG

46: Oh you’re joking? That’s quite possibly the most unfortunate own goal I’ve ever seen.

A speculative cross is sent into the area and Elshenaway decides to punch it clear instead of take a simple catch.

Ahmed Fathy attempts to deal with Zobnin’s shot under pressure from Dzyuba but can only turn the ball into his own net.

45: After a lovely few minutes spent re-watching England’s triumph last night, we’re back underway.

You’ll be pleased to hear that Cesc Fabregas said that he was pleased THIS England turned up and felt the referee was barmy not to award Harry Kane a couple of penalties.

I may have paraphrased that slightly. I don’t know if ‘barmy’ exists in the Spanish lexis.

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Russia vs Egypt: Live World Cup score, goals and updates

TWITTER ROUND-UP

Trish: Is Mohamed Salah playing for Egypt by any chance? Haven’t heard his name mentioned once…

Johnny: Mohamed Salah clearly isn’t match fit and he’s struggling to get into this game. You just can’t take him off though – what he can do with a ball, only a few other players are capable of doing.

Paul: Artem Dzyuba is being held during corners exactly the same way Harry Kane was last night.

Great shout, Paul. I was about to mention that but you beat me to it…

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Russia vs Egypt: Live World Cup score, goals and updates

RUSSIA 0-0 EGYPT

HT: Zero seconds of added time in Saint Petersburg, but that’s probably for the best.

It’s not been a classic with both sides firing just one shot on target. It’s even, gritty and hopefully going to liven up in the second half.

44: Great improvisation from Mohamed Salah. He loses control of the ball but that actually makes Zhirkov more confused and the Egyptian star swivels and fires wide.

41: From one Arsenal player to another as Mohamed Elneny sends a wonderful cross over to Mohsen, who doesn’t attack the ball. Waste.

38: I know it’s got nothing to do with tonight’s match but I thought that I would let you know that Bayer Leverkusen have confirmed that Bernd Leno is officially an Arsenal player.

35: The corner comes to nothing with striker Mohsen flicking it wide at the near post.

33: Signs of life from Egypt. Abdel-Shafy looks to loop one over the static Russian defence but Zhirkov gets in narrowly ahead of Salah. It’s a corner.

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Russia vs Egypt: Live World Cup score, goals and updates

RUSSIA 0-0 EGYPT

30: The game is drifting a little bit at the moment. Russia’s pressing game is hurrying Egypt into mistakes but they’ve not been able to capitalise. It’s a bit flat.

27: Russia are exploiting the left flank with Mohamed Salah under orders NOT to track back. Cheryshev wanders into acres of space before Hegazi and goalkeeper Elshenaway get in a muddle. It’s eventually hooked away.

24: Gazinsky’s cross just alludes Dzyuba and Fernandes fails to beat the first man with his cross from the opposite flank.

TWITTER ROUND-UP

Jonny: I really do like this Trezeguet kid. Bags of potential, seriously. Cuper needs to be adventurous in this game and look to his flair players like Mohamed Salah and Trezeguet to express themselves with the ball.

Andy: You’ve had a hard day’s work and you turn in the football only to hear the voice of Jonathan Pearce on the football.

Chris: Love open attacking games like this, both teams realise that, given the last group fixture, the winner is highly likely to go through second behind Uruguay.

RUSSIA 0-0 EGYPT

20: Zhirkov’s free-kick is cleared straight to Cheryshev, who looks to add another to his series of scorchers. His snapshot flies over.

18: Close! Treziguet drives down the left flank before cutting inside and trying a Thierry Henry-esque curl into the far corner.

15: Salah must be seeing my updates. The Egyptian shows his first flashes of brilliance to win a corner, but one of the several Russian giants scramble it clear. Better spell from the visitors.

12: Not seen a great deal from Egypt, and that means Mohamed Salah has been pretty quiet. All the talk was about the Liverpool star ahead of this one, but it’s Aleksandr Golovin who’s turning heads. Samedov clips it over to Dzyuba, who hooks it wide. He actually did pretty well to even reach it.

9: It didn’t take long to get Arsenal transfer target Aleksandr Golovin involved. Fresh from his goal and two assists in the opener against Saudi Arabia, he drags a blistering effort wide.

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Russia vs Egypt: Live World Cup score, goals and updates

RUSSIA 0-0 EGYPT

6: The decision to start giant Artem Dzyuba is a fairly obvious one for Russia this evening. He’s massive and Egypt struggle to defend crosses. Simple.

Russia aren’t throwing numbers forward. They are sitting deep and allowing the visitors plenty of possession. I would imagine that’s to prevent any counter-attacks involving Mr Salah.

3: Two reasons why you should stick with my LIVE updates today. The first is that there are a ridiculous number of Vuvuzela’s in the stadium tonight.

And the second is that Danny Murphy and Jonathan Pearce are together in the commentary box.

1: And we’re off! It’s pretty much all or nothing for Egypt tonight. They need to collect points against the host to stand a chance of progressing.

CORRRRRRR

18:57: Egypt with the loudest national anthem I’ve heard this tournament. There’s also a few thousand wearing Pharaoh costumes on what is a very chilly evening in St Petersburg.

Cancel my previous statement, the Russians just belted out their national anthem. Spine-tingling stuff.

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Russia vs Egypt: Live World Cup score, goals and updates

PRESSURE

18:54: You would be forgiven for thinking that it’s a Mohamed Salah concert rather than a football match involving two teams and 21 other players. The Liverpool star has a ridiculous amount of pressure on his shoulders tonight.

The players are just emerging from the tunnel now. Plenty of noise inside the stadium.

PERMUTATIONS

18:50: The second round brings with it that terrible word again. Permutations. I don’t think I’ve ever used that word in any other scenario.

Egypt and Russia won’t progress or be eliminated tonight. They will have to wait until tomorrow’s clash between Uruguay and Saudi Arabia.

But honestly, a Uruguay draw or win tomorrow would guarantee Egypt’s tournament is over.

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Russia vs Egypt: Live World Cup score, goals and updates

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Russia vs Egypt: Live World Cup score, goals and updates

75% FIT…

18:45: The BBC’s coverage is underway with Alan Shearer and Cesc Fabregas in the studio alongside Gary Lineker.

Shearer is delighted to see Salah return and thinks the Liverpool star is worth risking even if he’s 75 percent fit.

“I’m absolutely delighted to see Mo Salah included with the season he’s had. Even if he was 75% fit it was a gamble they had to take,” Shearer said. “Russia lack pace so that’s probably one of the reasons he’s playing and they’ll look to exploit it.”

He’s not wrong about pace. I think the Russian centre-backs boast a combined age of 378…

PREDICTOR…

18:40: It wouldn’t be a World Cup if there wasn’t a psychic animal doing the rounds.

We’ve seen the psychic sausage dog, Paul the Octopus and now it’s time for Achilles the cat, who was given the options with two bowls of food containing the Russia and Egypt flags.

He tucked into the Russia bowl first, but then helped himself to the Egypt bowl. You make sense of that!

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Russia vs Egypt: Live World Cup score, goals and updates

TWITTER ROUND-UP

Maggie: After the way these past two games have gone today, I’m not placing any bets on this game between Russia and Egypt.

Lewis: This world cup has seen a new low for the standard of refereeing. VAR was supposed to fill gaps in the ability of referee’s, but instead it’s given them an excuse to give up completely.

Rosh: A loss here will put Egypt out of this World Cup. Mohamed Salah’s return is a massive boost, but I think Russia will have enough.

I think that’s a wise decision, Maggie.

RAINY DAY

18:25: It’s been a pretty filthy day in St Petersburg, but the dark clouds are gradually moving away and the run is shining through.

How’s that for a weather update? Watch out, Carol Kirkwood!

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Russia vs Egypt: Live World Cup score, goals and updates

SALAH? NO PROBLEM

18:20: That’s according to confident Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov, who thinks he can do what no Premier League side could achieve last season. Stop Mohamed Salah.

“We know how to play against him. We are ready to stop Salah and we will,” Cherchesov said. “Of course Mo Salah is the strongest one of the team, we understand this, but we are not playing against one player, we have to take into consideration all the players.

“We understand how to do this and you will see this. What can I say? I trust in my team, I believe in my players and I will give you a simple answer to your question: we are ready to do this and we will do this.”

WHO NEEDS SALAH?!

18:15: So it turns out that Mohamed Salah is not Egypt’s most threatening attacker…

I’ll allow that to sink in for a while.

Bookmakers have crunched the numbers and It turns out that Al-Ittihad Club winger Kahraba contributes more expected goals per 90 minutes than the Liverpool forward for his country.

The two Egyptian attackers match for conversion rate, though, scoring 33.3% of their chances, which is more than any of their teammates.

This conversion rate is also higher than any of Russia’s attackers, suggesting the Egyptians will be the more clinical side this evening

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ONE ABSENTEE…

18:05: Don’t worry, I’m not talking about a late injury to Mohamed Salah.

I’m actually referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who won’t be available for tonight’s showdown.

He’s not in the stands because he’s busy in Minsk for talks with Alexander Lukashenko. Quite what these talks are about I don’t know, nor do I wish to find out.

TWITTER ROUND-UP

Jordan: Senegal snatch the first win for an African nation at this World Cup. Here’s hoping that Mohamed Salah and Egypt can back it up and complete the African double for the night.

Tom: Egypt have never beaten European opposition at the World Cup, drawing two and losing two of their four games, however… Mohamed Salah starts.

Lauren: I’m going to call it with how today’s games are going. That Egypt are somehow going to pull the third upset for the day and win against Russia.

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Russia vs Egypt: Live World Cup score, goals and updates

GROUP H…

17:50: It’s all kicking off in Group H.

It looks like one or both of Colombia and Poland will not reach the last 16 having both suffered defeats this afternoon.

Japan beat Colombia, who were down to 10-men after just three minutes, 2-1 thanks to goals from Shinji Kagawa and Yuya Osako.

And Senegal have just done a number on Robert Lewandowski’s Poland.

England or Belgium will play the winner of that group…

THE LINE-UPS

17:45: And here are tonight’s line-ups. We have two changes for Russia with grace hero Cheryshev replacing injured Dzagoev, while Dzyuba is preferred to Smolov in attack.

Oh, did I mention Mohamed Salah starts? I did? Alright then.

Russia XI: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Gazinskiy, Zobnin, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba.

Egypt XI: Elshenaway, Fathy, Abdelshafy, Gabr, Hegazi, Elneny, Hamed, Salah, Elsaid, Treziguet, Mohsen.

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Russia vs Egypt: Live World Cup score, goals and updates

CONGRATULATIONS

17:40: President Vladimir Putin was happy with Russia’s performance during their 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia.

I don’t remember seeing him crack a smile at any point, but I assume he’s pleased because he personally called head coach Stanislav Cherchesov during his post-match press conference, and told him to congratulate the players.

Hate to think what happens if they lose 5-0 tonight…

ROUND TWO…

17:35: I can’t believe that we’ve only just completed the first round of fixtures. Well, Poland vs Senegal is still being played as I type this, but It looks like the African national will collect maximum points. It’s 2-0.

Now begins the second round; the round that will see some nations book their place in the last 16 and others disperse around the globe for an unhappy holiday.

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HAVE YOUR SAY

17:30: If you want to vent your frustrations, or discuss any issues in the world of football (within reason), then get in touch!

You can either comment at the bottom of the page or contact me via Twitter using the hashtag #ExpressSport.

WELCOME

17:25: Hello everyone, welcome to our LIVE coverage of the World Cup.

Has everyone recovered from Harry Kane’s last-gasp heroics yesterday? Me neither.

I wanted to stay calm and play things down but the second it crossed the line I flipped my chair over and punched the air like maniac.

Anyway, we’ll talk more about England’s victory in a little while but Russia vs Egypt is the main event this evening.

And a certain Mohamed Salah has made the starting XI…

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