After its 5-0 victory against Saudi Arabia, Russia has this time outclassed Egypt and Mohamed Salah (3-1). With two wins in as many matches, the host country made a big step towards the round of 16 of its World Cup. Unimaginable a few days ago…
The return to the competition of Mohamed Salah did not shake the Russian flame lit from the World Cup kick-off. In a fiery St Petersburg Stadium, the host country validated its second victory in two matches against Egypt (3-1). Eight goals scored,only one conceded : everything is going well for the team of coach Stanislav Cherchesov with a breath of fresh air from the last 16. To hope to stay alive on day 3, the Pharaohs must count on a Saudi victory over Uruguay on Wednesday.
The Sbornaya never ceases to impress. While waiting to face up to the big piece of Group A, The Uruguay of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, Russia continued its solid record with a resounding success. This time, the victory was built in two stages. First a first half played at an intense rhythm where the Egyptian Defense exposed some signs of weakness without cracking. Then a second when a quarter of an hour was enough to permanently sink the morale of North Africans.
Beyond the individual talent of Aleksandr Golovin or Denis Cheryshev, this successful start to the competition owes much to forward Artem Dzyuba. The forward from the St. Petersburg Zenith has long run or jumped into a vacuum due to the lack of precision of his partners. And on the way back from the dressing rooms, it was by provoking in spite of himself the tackle of one of his regular defenders Ahmed Fathy that he caused in spite of himself the opening of the score (1-0, 47′). Already the 5th goal scored against his camp in this World Cup after 17 matches.
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What a reward for early game where opportunities were rare. In fact, if he had not been successful on a long shot in the first period (19′), Denis Cheryshev did not miss the moment to finish (2-0, 59′) a centre behind Mario Fernandes, the Russian-Brazilian side with a strong climb. In the process, the chain of Dzyuba, who got rid of Ali Gabr before insuring his flat from his foot to the post, ended up pushing the Egyptian misfortunes (3-0, 62′).
Against the Russians, the victory continued to flee the Egyptians (0 out of 6 in the history of their participation in the worlds). Too powerless at first, the team of the Argentinean Hector Cuper took some time to get back from the Russian rafale of goals. The penalty sent under the bar by Mohamed Salah (3-1, 73′) sanctioned the first shot from the Pharaohs. There was no subsequent one. His first entry on a world stage he will probably leave next Monday against Saudi Arabia.