Soaring hosts Russian Federation steamroller Egypt despite Salah return

Earlier, Mohamed Salah is in Egypt's starting line-up for their World Cup match against Russian Federation on Tuesday, the African team announced on their official Twitter feed.

Salah, who had a relatively quiet half in his first game since the Champions League final after his shoulder injury, quickly turned and shot but was unable to hit the target. He scored on his World Cup debut to pull one back for Egypt. Salah with his composed strike became only the third Egyptian player to score at the World Cup. And part of the reason is that this was not the Salah that wowed for his club.

Salah was presented with a glorious chance to restore parity with 56 minutes gone, only to hesitate, allowing Mario Fernandes to intervene. He wasn't his usual bustling self and clearly needs time to get into rhythm. Tightly man-marked by former Chelsea man Yuri Zhirkov, Salah was starved of service and Egypt suffered.

"It is not an accident that we have two wins under our belt, we have a group of solidarity", said coach Stanislav Cherchesov.

Two games. Six points.

Their last goal was a penalty scored by Magdy Adbelghani in a 1-1 with the Netherlands in 1990.

The Egyptian Football Association pushed the notion of Salah making a swift and successful recovery from his shoulder injury, having declared him fit for both their matches in Russian Federation.

Dzyuba celebrates Russia's third. As it is, though, their Group A finale against Saudi Arabia on Monday will be little more than a dead rubber.

A three goal blitz in the space of 15 minutes early in the second half put the Russians firmly in command before Egypt's Mohamed Salah, who had a subdued game on his return from injury, struck from a penalty, awarded after a video review.

"We are aware that Egypt doesn't always manage what they need to do because they can not be number one at all times, so sometimes they just need to settle for number two".

Cheryshev fired home to doubled the hosts' lead just before the hour after some neat team play. Both teams set to set up in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

As far as a run to the semifinals goes, a la hosts South Korea in 2002, that remains unlikely, but just making the knockout stage will be deemed a major success.

As for Egypt, they put up a spirited showing against Uruguay, despite losing to a late Jose Gimenez header.

Egyptian fans have added to this tournament off the field. He looked lost, far from the talisman of this team and one of the best players in the world on last season's form.

Hosts Russia were ruthless in their opening game victory, taking their chances against a toothless Saudi Arabia, eventually running out 5-0 winners to the delight of a rowdy home support.

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