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Manchester City have finally agreed a deal with Napoli for Jorginho worth an initial £43.1 million after weeks of protracted negotiations with the Italian club. The Premier League champions are hopeful of completing the transfer in the coming days and it is thought the fee could rise up to £48.3 million with add ons. Napoli had been holding out for around £50 million for the Brazil-born Italy midfielder but City were reluctant to go that high, despite Pep Guardiola’s eagerness to sign the 26-year-old. City switched their attention to Jorginho after backing out of a move for Brazil midfielder Fred, who has agreed to join Manchester United, and Guardiola is confident he will provide quality competition for Fernandinho in the defensive midfield role following the departure of Yaya Toure. Napoli are already on the verge of signing Fabian Ruiz from Real Betis after meeting the £26.4 million release clause in the Spain Under-21 midfielder’s contract. Ruiz flew into Naples yesterday (Wednesday) ahead of a medical and has agreed a five-year deal. City are also signing highly rated 17-year-old midfielder, Adria Bernabe, from Barcelona.
Manchester City agree Jorginho deal with Napoli for initial £43.1m
Manchester City have finally agreed a deal with Napoli for Jorginho worth an initial £43.1 million after weeks of protracted negotiations with the Italian club. The Premier League champions are hopeful of completing the transfer in the coming days and it is thought the fee could rise up to £48.3 million with add ons. Napoli had been holding out for around £50 million for the Brazil-born Italy midfielder but City were reluctant to go that high, despite Pep Guardiola’s eagerness to sign the 26-year-old. City switched their attention to Jorginho after backing out of a move for Brazil midfielder Fred, who has agreed to join Manchester United, and Guardiola is confident he will provide quality competition for Fernandinho in the defensive midfield role following the departure of Yaya Toure. Napoli are already on the verge of signing Fabian Ruiz from Real Betis after meeting the £26.4 million release clause in the Spain Under-21 midfielder’s contract. Ruiz flew into Naples yesterday (Wednesday) ahead of a medical and has agreed a five-year deal. City are also signing highly rated 17-year-old midfielder, Adria Bernabe, from Barcelona.
A concussion row erupted at a second successive World Cup on Wednesday after a player returned to action five days after being in hospital. Morocco made a mockery of Fifa protocol on head injuries by picking Watford winger Nordin Amrabat against Portugal in defiance of guidelines that concussed players should not return for six days. The 31-year-old, taken off in his country’s loss to Iran after a 72nd-minute clash of heads with Vahid Amiri on Friday, even began the game in protective headgear which he soon discarded, drawing condemnation from the world players’ union, FifPro, and brain-injury experts. The chairman of Fifa’s medical committee, Michel D’Hooghe, announced he would seek an explanation from Morocco’s team doctor about the decision to allow Amrabat to play. But the controversy also raised serious questions about whether the governing body’s protocol – debuting in Russia four years after a string of concussion incidents in Brazil – was fit for purpose and needed to become a rule with concrete sanctions. Amrabat, who spent one night in hospital after Friday’s game, revealed he had defied doctor’s orders by playing yesterday. “I am my own doctor,” he declared before admitting he hoped he had not done himself any “long-term” damage. He also disclosed he was suffering from memory loss in what was an alarming echo of comments made by Christoph Kramer after the Germany midfielder collapsed during the last World Cup final. Amrabat said: “From the first minute, ’til I wake up in the hospital. I think five, six hours, gone. Totally gone. When you think about it, it is a little bit scary.” World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage Manager Herve Renard defended his decision to pick the player, saying: “He’s a warrior; he wanted to play. It’s because his spirit is amazing and I was lucky to have a player like this. “I’m not a doctor. Medical reports are read by competent people. I’m not competent in medical matters. They take their own responsibilities and so does the player, and I think he’s shown that he’s done an exceptional and outstanding match.” Team doctor Abderrazak Hifti confirmed this week that Amrabat had shown “clear symptoms of cerebral concussion” against Iran in an interview to counter criticism medics had responded by spraying him with water and slapping him around the face. That was after D’Hooghe wrote to the Moroccan Football Federation to express his “shock” that the correct guidelines had not been followed. The former Fifa executive committee member said on Wednesday: “I will now ask for an explanation from the Moroccan team doctor about what has happened so that he played again today. “Fifa has no authority over this – we produce the guidelines but it is the team doctors who make the decision.” How to predict a World Cup winner FifPro’s head of communications, Andrew Orsatti, posted on Twitter: “Here we go again. Four years on from debacle of the last #WorldCup, where several players didn’t receive adequate care, football has not made sufficient progress in #concussion management. Repeated calls to implement world-class standards all overlooked.” Dr Willie Stewart, the man heading a Football Association and Professional Footballers’ Association study into the long-term impact of head trauma in the game, posted: “Surely this can’t be happening, but if it is presumably @FIFAWorldCup @FIFAcom have means to sanction actions that threaten player welfare.” The chief executive of brain-injury association Headway, Peter McCabe, said: “On the face of it, this appears to be a scant disregard for Fifa’s concussion protocols. The decision to allow this player to take to the field not only put his short and long-term health and career at risk but it also set an appalling example for the millions of fans and players around the world. Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players “Fifa must act – and act decisively – in order to send a clear message that breaches of this vital safety protocol will not be tolerated. It would also be very helpful to understand why the player was wearing a protective head cap. “It is important that people are not given the false impression that they can play a role in reducing the chances of sustaining a concussion.” Fifa last week ruled out “concussion bins” being introduced to football after The Daily Telegraph exclusively revealed that Premier League doctors were pushing for teams to be allowed to make temporary substitutions for up to 10 minutes while players who take a blow to the head are assessed by medics. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Concussion row breaks out at World Cup as Morocco field Nordin Amrabat five days after head injury
A concussion row erupted at a second successive World Cup on Wednesday after a player returned to action five days after being in hospital. Morocco made a mockery of Fifa protocol on head injuries by picking Watford winger Nordin Amrabat against Portugal in defiance of guidelines that concussed players should not return for six days. The 31-year-old, taken off in his country’s loss to Iran after a 72nd-minute clash of heads with Vahid Amiri on Friday, even began the game in protective headgear which he soon discarded, drawing condemnation from the world players’ union, FifPro, and brain-injury experts. The chairman of Fifa’s medical committee, Michel D’Hooghe, announced he would seek an explanation from Morocco’s team doctor about the decision to allow Amrabat to play. But the controversy also raised serious questions about whether the governing body’s protocol – debuting in Russia four years after a string of concussion incidents in Brazil – was fit for purpose and needed to become a rule with concrete sanctions. Amrabat, who spent one night in hospital after Friday’s game, revealed he had defied doctor’s orders by playing yesterday. “I am my own doctor,” he declared before admitting he hoped he had not done himself any “long-term” damage. He also disclosed he was suffering from memory loss in what was an alarming echo of comments made by Christoph Kramer after the Germany midfielder collapsed during the last World Cup final. Amrabat said: “From the first minute, ’til I wake up in the hospital. I think five, six hours, gone. Totally gone. When you think about it, it is a little bit scary.” World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage Manager Herve Renard defended his decision to pick the player, saying: “He’s a warrior; he wanted to play. It’s because his spirit is amazing and I was lucky to have a player like this. “I’m not a doctor. Medical reports are read by competent people. I’m not competent in medical matters. They take their own responsibilities and so does the player, and I think he’s shown that he’s done an exceptional and outstanding match.” Team doctor Abderrazak Hifti confirmed this week that Amrabat had shown “clear symptoms of cerebral concussion” against Iran in an interview to counter criticism medics had responded by spraying him with water and slapping him around the face. That was after D’Hooghe wrote to the Moroccan Football Federation to express his “shock” that the correct guidelines had not been followed. The former Fifa executive committee member said on Wednesday: “I will now ask for an explanation from the Moroccan team doctor about what has happened so that he played again today. “Fifa has no authority over this – we produce the guidelines but it is the team doctors who make the decision.” How to predict a World Cup winner FifPro’s head of communications, Andrew Orsatti, posted on Twitter: “Here we go again. Four years on from debacle of the last #WorldCup, where several players didn’t receive adequate care, football has not made sufficient progress in #concussion management. Repeated calls to implement world-class standards all overlooked.” Dr Willie Stewart, the man heading a Football Association and Professional Footballers’ Association study into the long-term impact of head trauma in the game, posted: “Surely this can’t be happening, but if it is presumably @FIFAWorldCup @FIFAcom have means to sanction actions that threaten player welfare.” The chief executive of brain-injury association Headway, Peter McCabe, said: “On the face of it, this appears to be a scant disregard for Fifa’s concussion protocols. The decision to allow this player to take to the field not only put his short and long-term health and career at risk but it also set an appalling example for the millions of fans and players around the world. Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players “Fifa must act – and act decisively – in order to send a clear message that breaches of this vital safety protocol will not be tolerated. It would also be very helpful to understand why the player was wearing a protective head cap. “It is important that people are not given the false impression that they can play a role in reducing the chances of sustaining a concussion.” Fifa last week ruled out “concussion bins” being introduced to football after The Daily Telegraph exclusively revealed that Premier League doctors were pushing for teams to be allowed to make temporary substitutions for up to 10 minutes while players who take a blow to the head are assessed by medics. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
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West Ham United are increasingly confident of signing Lazio winger Felipe Anderson for a club-record fee which could be as high as £35 million. Talks have progressed between West Ham and Anderson’s representatives with one source close to the deal saying there is now a “big chance” that it will be completed. It comes after West Ham announced their third signing after appointing Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager with the confirmation that goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has been acquired from relegated Swansea City for £7m on a three-year contract. Having signed the 33 year-old, who is at the World Cup with Poland, West Ham are also continuing to hold talks for another Swansea player, Alfie Mawson. West Ham had been searching for a replacement for Joe Hart following the end of his loan spell from Premier League champions Manchester City and targeted Fabianski, who is Swansea’s current player of the year. "Lukasz is an experienced and established Premier League goalkeeper, with great quality that he has shown at both domestic and international level," said West Ham’s new director of football Mario Husillos. "He fits perfectly the mould of the modern goalkeeper, with excellent agility, presence and distribution, and will bring strong competition to the position." Lukasz Fabianski has signed for West Ham Credit: getty images West Ham also have Adrian who played much of last season after Hart was dropped. In a sign of their ambition - and wanting to get deals done quickly - West Ham have also completed the signing of defender Issa Diop from Toulouse for £22m on a five-year deal. The 21 year-old is a France Under-21 international and was club captain at his hometown club. West Ham have also brought in Ryan Fredericks from newly-promoted Fulham, on a four-year contract, after he became a free agent. Issa Diop has his West Ham medical Credit: getty images However, it will be the signing of Anderson which will excite the West Ham fans. The 25-year-old right-winger scored four goals and provided seven assists in 21 appearances in Serie A last season and also scored three times in the Italian club’s Europa League campaign. Anderson has been capped by Brazil and was signed from the Brazilian club Santos by Lazio for £6.75m in 2015 and has been scouted by a number of leading clubs, including those in the Premier League.
West Ham confident of signing Lazio winger Felipe Anderson for club-record £35m fee
West Ham United are increasingly confident of signing Lazio winger Felipe Anderson for a club-record fee which could be as high as £35 million. Talks have progressed between West Ham and Anderson’s representatives with one source close to the deal saying there is now a “big chance” that it will be completed. It comes after West Ham announced their third signing after appointing Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager with the confirmation that goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has been acquired from relegated Swansea City for £7m on a three-year contract. Having signed the 33 year-old, who is at the World Cup with Poland, West Ham are also continuing to hold talks for another Swansea player, Alfie Mawson. West Ham had been searching for a replacement for Joe Hart following the end of his loan spell from Premier League champions Manchester City and targeted Fabianski, who is Swansea’s current player of the year. "Lukasz is an experienced and established Premier League goalkeeper, with great quality that he has shown at both domestic and international level," said West Ham’s new director of football Mario Husillos. "He fits perfectly the mould of the modern goalkeeper, with excellent agility, presence and distribution, and will bring strong competition to the position." Lukasz Fabianski has signed for West Ham Credit: getty images West Ham also have Adrian who played much of last season after Hart was dropped. In a sign of their ambition - and wanting to get deals done quickly - West Ham have also completed the signing of defender Issa Diop from Toulouse for £22m on a five-year deal. The 21 year-old is a France Under-21 international and was club captain at his hometown club. West Ham have also brought in Ryan Fredericks from newly-promoted Fulham, on a four-year contract, after he became a free agent. Issa Diop has his West Ham medical Credit: getty images However, it will be the signing of Anderson which will excite the West Ham fans. The 25-year-old right-winger scored four goals and provided seven assists in 21 appearances in Serie A last season and also scored three times in the Italian club’s Europa League campaign. Anderson has been capped by Brazil and was signed from the Brazilian club Santos by Lazio for £6.75m in 2015 and has been scouted by a number of leading clubs, including those in the Premier League.
West Ham United are increasingly confident of signing Lazio winger Felipe Anderson for a club-record fee which could be as high as £35 million. Talks have progressed between West Ham and Anderson’s representatives with one source close to the deal saying there is now a “big chance” that it will be completed. It comes after West Ham announced their third signing after appointing Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager with the confirmation that goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has been acquired from relegated Swansea City for £7m on a three-year contract. Having signed the 33 year-old, who is at the World Cup with Poland, West Ham are also continuing to hold talks for another Swansea player, Alfie Mawson. West Ham had been searching for a replacement for Joe Hart following the end of his loan spell from Premier League champions Manchester City and targeted Fabianski, who is Swansea’s current player of the year. "Lukasz is an experienced and established Premier League goalkeeper, with great quality that he has shown at both domestic and international level," said West Ham’s new director of football Mario Husillos. "He fits perfectly the mould of the modern goalkeeper, with excellent agility, presence and distribution, and will bring strong competition to the position." Lukasz Fabianski has signed for West Ham Credit: getty images West Ham also have Adrian who played much of last season after Hart was dropped. In a sign of their ambition - and wanting to get deals done quickly - West Ham have also completed the signing of defender Issa Diop from Toulouse for £22m on a five-year deal. The 21 year-old is a France Under-21 international and was club captain at his hometown club. West Ham have also brought in Ryan Fredericks from newly-promoted Fulham, on a four-year contract, after he became a free agent. Issa Diop has his West Ham medical Credit: getty images However, it will be the signing of Anderson which will excite the West Ham fans. The 25-year-old right-winger scored four goals and provided seven assists in 21 appearances in Serie A last season and also scored three times in the Italian club’s Europa League campaign. Anderson has been capped by Brazil and was signed from the Brazilian club Santos by Lazio for £6.75m in 2015 and has been scouted by a number of leading clubs, including those in the Premier League.
West Ham confident of signing Lazio winger Felipe Anderson for club-record £35m fee
West Ham United are increasingly confident of signing Lazio winger Felipe Anderson for a club-record fee which could be as high as £35 million. Talks have progressed between West Ham and Anderson’s representatives with one source close to the deal saying there is now a “big chance” that it will be completed. It comes after West Ham announced their third signing after appointing Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager with the confirmation that goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has been acquired from relegated Swansea City for £7m on a three-year contract. Having signed the 33 year-old, who is at the World Cup with Poland, West Ham are also continuing to hold talks for another Swansea player, Alfie Mawson. West Ham had been searching for a replacement for Joe Hart following the end of his loan spell from Premier League champions Manchester City and targeted Fabianski, who is Swansea’s current player of the year. "Lukasz is an experienced and established Premier League goalkeeper, with great quality that he has shown at both domestic and international level," said West Ham’s new director of football Mario Husillos. "He fits perfectly the mould of the modern goalkeeper, with excellent agility, presence and distribution, and will bring strong competition to the position." Lukasz Fabianski has signed for West Ham Credit: getty images West Ham also have Adrian who played much of last season after Hart was dropped. In a sign of their ambition - and wanting to get deals done quickly - West Ham have also completed the signing of defender Issa Diop from Toulouse for £22m on a five-year deal. The 21 year-old is a France Under-21 international and was club captain at his hometown club. West Ham have also brought in Ryan Fredericks from newly-promoted Fulham, on a four-year contract, after he became a free agent. Issa Diop has his West Ham medical Credit: getty images However, it will be the signing of Anderson which will excite the West Ham fans. The 25-year-old right-winger scored four goals and provided seven assists in 21 appearances in Serie A last season and also scored three times in the Italian club’s Europa League campaign. Anderson has been capped by Brazil and was signed from the Brazilian club Santos by Lazio for £6.75m in 2015 and has been scouted by a number of leading clubs, including those in the Premier League.
West Ham United are increasingly confident of signing Lazio winger Felipe Anderson for a club-record fee which could be as high as £35 million. Talks have progressed between West Ham and Anderson’s representatives with one source close to the deal saying there is now a “big chance” that it will be completed. It comes after West Ham announced their third signing after appointing Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager with the confirmation that goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has been acquired from relegated Swansea City for £7m on a three-year contract. Having signed the 33 year-old, who is at the World Cup with Poland, West Ham are also continuing to hold talks for another Swansea player, Alfie Mawson. West Ham had been searching for a replacement for Joe Hart following the end of his loan spell from Premier League champions Manchester City and targeted Fabianski, who is Swansea’s current player of the year. "Lukasz is an experienced and established Premier League goalkeeper, with great quality that he has shown at both domestic and international level," said West Ham’s new director of football Mario Husillos. "He fits perfectly the mould of the modern goalkeeper, with excellent agility, presence and distribution, and will bring strong competition to the position." Lukasz Fabianski has signed for West Ham Credit: getty images West Ham also have Adrian who played much of last season after Hart was dropped. In a sign of their ambition - and wanting to get deals done quickly - West Ham have also completed the signing of defender Issa Diop from Toulouse for £22m on a five-year deal. The 21 year-old is a France Under-21 international and was club captain at his hometown club. West Ham have also brought in Ryan Fredericks from newly-promoted Fulham, on a four-year contract, after he became a free agent. Issa Diop has his West Ham medical Credit: getty images However, it will be the signing of Anderson which will excite the West Ham fans. The 25-year-old right-winger scored four goals and provided seven assists in 21 appearances in Serie A last season and also scored three times in the Italian club’s Europa League campaign. Anderson has been capped by Brazil and was signed from the Brazilian club Santos by Lazio for £6.75m in 2015 and has been scouted by a number of leading clubs, including those in the Premier League.
West Ham confident of signing Lazio winger Felipe Anderson for club-record £35m fee
West Ham United are increasingly confident of signing Lazio winger Felipe Anderson for a club-record fee which could be as high as £35 million. Talks have progressed between West Ham and Anderson’s representatives with one source close to the deal saying there is now a “big chance” that it will be completed. It comes after West Ham announced their third signing after appointing Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager with the confirmation that goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has been acquired from relegated Swansea City for £7m on a three-year contract. Having signed the 33 year-old, who is at the World Cup with Poland, West Ham are also continuing to hold talks for another Swansea player, Alfie Mawson. West Ham had been searching for a replacement for Joe Hart following the end of his loan spell from Premier League champions Manchester City and targeted Fabianski, who is Swansea’s current player of the year. "Lukasz is an experienced and established Premier League goalkeeper, with great quality that he has shown at both domestic and international level," said West Ham’s new director of football Mario Husillos. "He fits perfectly the mould of the modern goalkeeper, with excellent agility, presence and distribution, and will bring strong competition to the position." Lukasz Fabianski has signed for West Ham Credit: getty images West Ham also have Adrian who played much of last season after Hart was dropped. In a sign of their ambition - and wanting to get deals done quickly - West Ham have also completed the signing of defender Issa Diop from Toulouse for £22m on a five-year deal. The 21 year-old is a France Under-21 international and was club captain at his hometown club. West Ham have also brought in Ryan Fredericks from newly-promoted Fulham, on a four-year contract, after he became a free agent. Issa Diop has his West Ham medical Credit: getty images However, it will be the signing of Anderson which will excite the West Ham fans. The 25-year-old right-winger scored four goals and provided seven assists in 21 appearances in Serie A last season and also scored three times in the Italian club’s Europa League campaign. Anderson has been capped by Brazil and was signed from the Brazilian club Santos by Lazio for £6.75m in 2015 and has been scouted by a number of leading clubs, including those in the Premier League.
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
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The Serie A club have confirmed that their 22-year-old midfielder will leave for the Premier League once the World Cup has finished
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The experienced Poland international has moved to London Stadium following Swansea's relegation from the Premier League
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Panama are nothing if not physical, although it should probably be pointed out that the worst tackle in their 3-0 defeat to Belgium was actually made by Kevin De Bruyne two minutes from time, for which the Manchester City midfielder was booked. Roberto Martinez, the Belgium coach, was distinctly unhappy afterwards with the treatment Eden Hazard got and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois talked about a need for referees to clamp down on the “cheap and unnecessary tackles” he felt Panama administered. The Panama defenders, Roman Torres and Michael Murillo, both received yellow cards for strong challenges on Hazard. But was this really that different from what the Chelsea forward gets in the Premier League most weeks? Most of the bookings Panama racked up - five inside an hour, the most by a team in a single game at a World Cup since Holland hacked lumps out of Spain in the 2010 final - were a consequence of clumsiness and difficulties dealing with the speed of their opponents than anything more sinister. Belgium only committed one tackle fewer than Panama’s 18. “I don’t know what people are complaining about,” Roman Torres, the Panama centre-half, said. “Football is like that - you always have to impose yourself, you have to mark out your territory.” World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more A lot of huff and puff... but a lack of mobility The spine of Panama’s team is ageing. Goalkeeper Jaime Penedo is 36, captain Torres 32, midfield sentry Gabriel Gomez 34 and, up front, Blas Perez is the oldest of the lot at 37. There was certainly a chronic lack of pace and mobility in the Panama ranks against Belgium but they strive to make up for that with a strong work ethic and upbeat attitude. The surprise in the first half, before Belgium’s superior quality told in the second, was the difficulty Martinez’s men had creating a numerical advantage in midfield, which led to a lot of long balls being pumped from defence and Hazard having to go it alone at times. If England can create overloads, Panama will be in trouble. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game No shortage of confidence but a lack of ideas going forward Panama may be one of the weakest teams in the tournament but their pride at reaching a first World Cup shines through and there is no shortage of confidence that they can beat or at least frustrate England. There is a clear belief in their ranks that Belgium would provide their stiffest test in Group G so England are likely to encounter opponents determined to cause an upset. Gareth Southgate’s side must show that confidence is misplaced. “For me, Belgium are a more difficult opponent than England,” midfielder Jose Luis Rodriguez said. That belief was echoed by the Panama president, who is in regular conversation with the squad and coach Hernan Gomez. “We feel the hard game was today’s,” Juan Carlos Varela said of the Belgium match as he looked ahead to England. Jose Luis Rodriguez (left) says Belgium are better than England Credit: afp That is all very well but Panama would have to show a lot more wit and imagination once they cross their own half-way line than they managed against Belgium. The one time they did get in behind Belgium, Courtois was off his line quick to deny Murillo. It was not as if Panama ventured forward enough to pose a threat from set pieces either. They had three corners in total against Belgium and no direct or indirect free-kicks near goal. A susceptibility on the counter-attack Whoever Southgate decides to pick, it is imperative England’s attack is flush with pace. Whether it is Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford or Jamie Vardy supplementing Harry Kane, or perhaps two of them, Panama are susceptible to pace on the break and England should have plenty of joy if they can get in behind their opponents. For a team that defend in numbers, Panama still left a lot of space for Belgium to exploit. They also tired visibly in the final half an hour so, if things are not going to plan for Southgate, as they were not for Martinez for a good while, the likelihood is space will eventually start to open up. Belgium’s third goal on the counter had begun with De Bruyne intercepting deep in Belgium territory but Panama were unable to deal with the speed with which Belgium then went through the gears. Eden Hazard breaks through the Panama defence Credit: getty images A robust centre-half pairing Torres plays his football with the Seattle Sounders in the MLS and Fidel Escobar also plies his trade in the US with New York Red Bulls. Neither are going to challenge the best central-defensive pairings at this tournament but they impressed in the first half against Belgium especially and coped well, at that stage, with what Romelu Lukaku had to offer. Torres made a crucial clearance from a dangerous De Bruyne cross and Escobar cut a fairly composed figure for a 23 year-old playing on the biggest stage of his life. Kane should still fancy his chances, though. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
What England can expect from Panama... one or two bruises for a start
Panama are nothing if not physical, although it should probably be pointed out that the worst tackle in their 3-0 defeat to Belgium was actually made by Kevin De Bruyne two minutes from time, for which the Manchester City midfielder was booked. Roberto Martinez, the Belgium coach, was distinctly unhappy afterwards with the treatment Eden Hazard got and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois talked about a need for referees to clamp down on the “cheap and unnecessary tackles” he felt Panama administered. The Panama defenders, Roman Torres and Michael Murillo, both received yellow cards for strong challenges on Hazard. But was this really that different from what the Chelsea forward gets in the Premier League most weeks? Most of the bookings Panama racked up - five inside an hour, the most by a team in a single game at a World Cup since Holland hacked lumps out of Spain in the 2010 final - were a consequence of clumsiness and difficulties dealing with the speed of their opponents than anything more sinister. Belgium only committed one tackle fewer than Panama’s 18. “I don’t know what people are complaining about,” Roman Torres, the Panama centre-half, said. “Football is like that - you always have to impose yourself, you have to mark out your territory.” World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more A lot of huff and puff... but a lack of mobility The spine of Panama’s team is ageing. Goalkeeper Jaime Penedo is 36, captain Torres 32, midfield sentry Gabriel Gomez 34 and, up front, Blas Perez is the oldest of the lot at 37. There was certainly a chronic lack of pace and mobility in the Panama ranks against Belgium but they strive to make up for that with a strong work ethic and upbeat attitude. The surprise in the first half, before Belgium’s superior quality told in the second, was the difficulty Martinez’s men had creating a numerical advantage in midfield, which led to a lot of long balls being pumped from defence and Hazard having to go it alone at times. If England can create overloads, Panama will be in trouble. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game No shortage of confidence but a lack of ideas going forward Panama may be one of the weakest teams in the tournament but their pride at reaching a first World Cup shines through and there is no shortage of confidence that they can beat or at least frustrate England. There is a clear belief in their ranks that Belgium would provide their stiffest test in Group G so England are likely to encounter opponents determined to cause an upset. Gareth Southgate’s side must show that confidence is misplaced. “For me, Belgium are a more difficult opponent than England,” midfielder Jose Luis Rodriguez said. That belief was echoed by the Panama president, who is in regular conversation with the squad and coach Hernan Gomez. “We feel the hard game was today’s,” Juan Carlos Varela said of the Belgium match as he looked ahead to England. Jose Luis Rodriguez (left) says Belgium are better than England Credit: afp That is all very well but Panama would have to show a lot more wit and imagination once they cross their own half-way line than they managed against Belgium. The one time they did get in behind Belgium, Courtois was off his line quick to deny Murillo. It was not as if Panama ventured forward enough to pose a threat from set pieces either. They had three corners in total against Belgium and no direct or indirect free-kicks near goal. A susceptibility on the counter-attack Whoever Southgate decides to pick, it is imperative England’s attack is flush with pace. Whether it is Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford or Jamie Vardy supplementing Harry Kane, or perhaps two of them, Panama are susceptible to pace on the break and England should have plenty of joy if they can get in behind their opponents. For a team that defend in numbers, Panama still left a lot of space for Belgium to exploit. They also tired visibly in the final half an hour so, if things are not going to plan for Southgate, as they were not for Martinez for a good while, the likelihood is space will eventually start to open up. Belgium’s third goal on the counter had begun with De Bruyne intercepting deep in Belgium territory but Panama were unable to deal with the speed with which Belgium then went through the gears. Eden Hazard breaks through the Panama defence Credit: getty images A robust centre-half pairing Torres plays his football with the Seattle Sounders in the MLS and Fidel Escobar also plies his trade in the US with New York Red Bulls. Neither are going to challenge the best central-defensive pairings at this tournament but they impressed in the first half against Belgium especially and coped well, at that stage, with what Romelu Lukaku had to offer. Torres made a crucial clearance from a dangerous De Bruyne cross and Escobar cut a fairly composed figure for a 23 year-old playing on the biggest stage of his life. Kane should still fancy his chances, though. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Panama are nothing if not physical, although it should probably be pointed out that the worst tackle in their 3-0 defeat to Belgium was actually made by Kevin De Bruyne two minutes from time, for which the Manchester City midfielder was booked. Roberto Martinez, the Belgium coach, was distinctly unhappy afterwards with the treatment Eden Hazard got and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois talked about a need for referees to clamp down on the “cheap and unnecessary tackles” he felt Panama administered. The Panama defenders, Roman Torres and Michael Murillo, both received yellow cards for strong challenges on Hazard. But was this really that different from what the Chelsea forward gets in the Premier League most weeks? Most of the bookings Panama racked up - five inside an hour, the most by a team in a single game at a World Cup since Holland hacked lumps out of Spain in the 2010 final - were a consequence of clumsiness and difficulties dealing with the speed of their opponents than anything more sinister. Belgium only committed one tackle fewer than Panama’s 18. “I don’t know what people are complaining about,” Roman Torres, the Panama centre-half, said. “Football is like that - you always have to impose yourself, you have to mark out your territory.” World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more A lot of huff and puff... but a lack of mobility The spine of Panama’s team is ageing. Goalkeeper Jaime Penedo is 36, captain Torres 32, midfield sentry Gabriel Gomez 34 and, up front, Blas Perez is the oldest of the lot at 37. There was certainly a chronic lack of pace and mobility in the Panama ranks against Belgium but they strive to make up for that with a strong work ethic and upbeat attitude. The surprise in the first half, before Belgium’s superior quality told in the second, was the difficulty Martinez’s men had creating a numerical advantage in midfield, which led to a lot of long balls being pumped from defence and Hazard having to go it alone at times. If England can create overloads, Panama will be in trouble. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game No shortage of confidence but a lack of ideas going forward Panama may be one of the weakest teams in the tournament but their pride at reaching a first World Cup shines through and there is no shortage of confidence that they can beat or at least frustrate England. There is a clear belief in their ranks that Belgium would provide their stiffest test in Group G so England are likely to encounter opponents determined to cause an upset. Gareth Southgate’s side must show that confidence is misplaced. “For me, Belgium are a more difficult opponent than England,” midfielder Jose Luis Rodriguez said. That belief was echoed by the Panama president, who is in regular conversation with the squad and coach Hernan Gomez. “We feel the hard game was today’s,” Juan Carlos Varela said of the Belgium match as he looked ahead to England. Jose Luis Rodriguez (left) says Belgium are better than England Credit: afp That is all very well but Panama would have to show a lot more wit and imagination once they cross their own half-way line than they managed against Belgium. The one time they did get in behind Belgium, Courtois was off his line quick to deny Murillo. It was not as if Panama ventured forward enough to pose a threat from set pieces either. They had three corners in total against Belgium and no direct or indirect free-kicks near goal. A susceptibility on the counter-attack Whoever Southgate decides to pick, it is imperative England’s attack is flush with pace. Whether it is Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford or Jamie Vardy supplementing Harry Kane, or perhaps two of them, Panama are susceptible to pace on the break and England should have plenty of joy if they can get in behind their opponents. For a team that defend in numbers, Panama still left a lot of space for Belgium to exploit. They also tired visibly in the final half an hour so, if things are not going to plan for Southgate, as they were not for Martinez for a good while, the likelihood is space will eventually start to open up. Belgium’s third goal on the counter had begun with De Bruyne intercepting deep in Belgium territory but Panama were unable to deal with the speed with which Belgium then went through the gears. Eden Hazard breaks through the Panama defence Credit: getty images A robust centre-half pairing Torres plays his football with the Seattle Sounders in the MLS and Fidel Escobar also plies his trade in the US with New York Red Bulls. Neither are going to challenge the best central-defensive pairings at this tournament but they impressed in the first half against Belgium especially and coped well, at that stage, with what Romelu Lukaku had to offer. Torres made a crucial clearance from a dangerous De Bruyne cross and Escobar cut a fairly composed figure for a 23 year-old playing on the biggest stage of his life. Kane should still fancy his chances, though. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
What England can expect from Panama... one or two bruises for a start
Panama are nothing if not physical, although it should probably be pointed out that the worst tackle in their 3-0 defeat to Belgium was actually made by Kevin De Bruyne two minutes from time, for which the Manchester City midfielder was booked. Roberto Martinez, the Belgium coach, was distinctly unhappy afterwards with the treatment Eden Hazard got and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois talked about a need for referees to clamp down on the “cheap and unnecessary tackles” he felt Panama administered. The Panama defenders, Roman Torres and Michael Murillo, both received yellow cards for strong challenges on Hazard. But was this really that different from what the Chelsea forward gets in the Premier League most weeks? Most of the bookings Panama racked up - five inside an hour, the most by a team in a single game at a World Cup since Holland hacked lumps out of Spain in the 2010 final - were a consequence of clumsiness and difficulties dealing with the speed of their opponents than anything more sinister. Belgium only committed one tackle fewer than Panama’s 18. “I don’t know what people are complaining about,” Roman Torres, the Panama centre-half, said. “Football is like that - you always have to impose yourself, you have to mark out your territory.” World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more A lot of huff and puff... but a lack of mobility The spine of Panama’s team is ageing. Goalkeeper Jaime Penedo is 36, captain Torres 32, midfield sentry Gabriel Gomez 34 and, up front, Blas Perez is the oldest of the lot at 37. There was certainly a chronic lack of pace and mobility in the Panama ranks against Belgium but they strive to make up for that with a strong work ethic and upbeat attitude. The surprise in the first half, before Belgium’s superior quality told in the second, was the difficulty Martinez’s men had creating a numerical advantage in midfield, which led to a lot of long balls being pumped from defence and Hazard having to go it alone at times. If England can create overloads, Panama will be in trouble. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game No shortage of confidence but a lack of ideas going forward Panama may be one of the weakest teams in the tournament but their pride at reaching a first World Cup shines through and there is no shortage of confidence that they can beat or at least frustrate England. There is a clear belief in their ranks that Belgium would provide their stiffest test in Group G so England are likely to encounter opponents determined to cause an upset. Gareth Southgate’s side must show that confidence is misplaced. “For me, Belgium are a more difficult opponent than England,” midfielder Jose Luis Rodriguez said. That belief was echoed by the Panama president, who is in regular conversation with the squad and coach Hernan Gomez. “We feel the hard game was today’s,” Juan Carlos Varela said of the Belgium match as he looked ahead to England. Jose Luis Rodriguez (left) says Belgium are better than England Credit: afp That is all very well but Panama would have to show a lot more wit and imagination once they cross their own half-way line than they managed against Belgium. The one time they did get in behind Belgium, Courtois was off his line quick to deny Murillo. It was not as if Panama ventured forward enough to pose a threat from set pieces either. They had three corners in total against Belgium and no direct or indirect free-kicks near goal. A susceptibility on the counter-attack Whoever Southgate decides to pick, it is imperative England’s attack is flush with pace. Whether it is Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford or Jamie Vardy supplementing Harry Kane, or perhaps two of them, Panama are susceptible to pace on the break and England should have plenty of joy if they can get in behind their opponents. For a team that defend in numbers, Panama still left a lot of space for Belgium to exploit. They also tired visibly in the final half an hour so, if things are not going to plan for Southgate, as they were not for Martinez for a good while, the likelihood is space will eventually start to open up. Belgium’s third goal on the counter had begun with De Bruyne intercepting deep in Belgium territory but Panama were unable to deal with the speed with which Belgium then went through the gears. Eden Hazard breaks through the Panama defence Credit: getty images A robust centre-half pairing Torres plays his football with the Seattle Sounders in the MLS and Fidel Escobar also plies his trade in the US with New York Red Bulls. Neither are going to challenge the best central-defensive pairings at this tournament but they impressed in the first half against Belgium especially and coped well, at that stage, with what Romelu Lukaku had to offer. Torres made a crucial clearance from a dangerous De Bruyne cross and Escobar cut a fairly composed figure for a 23 year-old playing on the biggest stage of his life. Kane should still fancy his chances, though. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Panama are nothing if not physical, although it should probably be pointed out that the worst tackle in their 3-0 defeat to Belgium was actually made by Kevin De Bruyne two minutes from time, for which the Manchester City midfielder was booked. Roberto Martinez, the Belgium coach, was distinctly unhappy afterwards with the treatment Eden Hazard got and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois talked about a need for referees to clamp down on the “cheap and unnecessary tackles” he felt Panama administered. The Panama defenders, Roman Torres and Michael Murillo, both received yellow cards for strong challenges on Hazard. But was this really that different from what the Chelsea forward gets in the Premier League most weeks? Most of the bookings Panama racked up - five inside an hour, the most by a team in a single game at a World Cup since Holland hacked lumps out of Spain in the 2010 final - were a consequence of clumsiness and difficulties dealing with the speed of their opponents than anything more sinister. Belgium only committed one tackle fewer than Panama’s 18. “I don’t know what people are complaining about,” Roman Torres, the Panama centre-half, said. “Football is like that - you always have to impose yourself, you have to mark out your territory.” World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more A lot of huff and puff... but a lack of mobility The spine of Panama’s team is ageing. Goalkeeper Jaime Penedo is 36, captain Torres 32, midfield sentry Gabriel Gomez 34 and, up front, Blas Perez is the oldest of the lot at 37. There was certainly a chronic lack of pace and mobility in the Panama ranks against Belgium but they strive to make up for that with a strong work ethic and upbeat attitude. The surprise in the first half, before Belgium’s superior quality told in the second, was the difficulty Martinez’s men had creating a numerical advantage in midfield, which led to a lot of long balls being pumped from defence and Hazard having to go it alone at times. If England can create overloads, Panama will be in trouble. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game No shortage of confidence but a lack of ideas going forward Panama may be one of the weakest teams in the tournament but their pride at reaching a first World Cup shines through and there is no shortage of confidence that they can beat or at least frustrate England. There is a clear belief in their ranks that Belgium would provide their stiffest test in Group G so England are likely to encounter opponents determined to cause an upset. Gareth Southgate’s side must show that confidence is misplaced. “For me, Belgium are a more difficult opponent than England,” midfielder Jose Luis Rodriguez said. That belief was echoed by the Panama president, who is in regular conversation with the squad and coach Hernan Gomez. “We feel the hard game was today’s,” Juan Carlos Varela said of the Belgium match as he looked ahead to England. Jose Luis Rodriguez (left) says Belgium are better than England Credit: afp That is all very well but Panama would have to show a lot more wit and imagination once they cross their own half-way line than they managed against Belgium. The one time they did get in behind Belgium, Courtois was off his line quick to deny Murillo. It was not as if Panama ventured forward enough to pose a threat from set pieces either. They had three corners in total against Belgium and no direct or indirect free-kicks near goal. A susceptibility on the counter-attack Whoever Southgate decides to pick, it is imperative England’s attack is flush with pace. Whether it is Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford or Jamie Vardy supplementing Harry Kane, or perhaps two of them, Panama are susceptible to pace on the break and England should have plenty of joy if they can get in behind their opponents. For a team that defend in numbers, Panama still left a lot of space for Belgium to exploit. They also tired visibly in the final half an hour so, if things are not going to plan for Southgate, as they were not for Martinez for a good while, the likelihood is space will eventually start to open up. Belgium’s third goal on the counter had begun with De Bruyne intercepting deep in Belgium territory but Panama were unable to deal with the speed with which Belgium then went through the gears. Eden Hazard breaks through the Panama defence Credit: getty images A robust centre-half pairing Torres plays his football with the Seattle Sounders in the MLS and Fidel Escobar also plies his trade in the US with New York Red Bulls. Neither are going to challenge the best central-defensive pairings at this tournament but they impressed in the first half against Belgium especially and coped well, at that stage, with what Romelu Lukaku had to offer. Torres made a crucial clearance from a dangerous De Bruyne cross and Escobar cut a fairly composed figure for a 23 year-old playing on the biggest stage of his life. Kane should still fancy his chances, though. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
What England can expect from Panama... one or two bruises for a start
Panama are nothing if not physical, although it should probably be pointed out that the worst tackle in their 3-0 defeat to Belgium was actually made by Kevin De Bruyne two minutes from time, for which the Manchester City midfielder was booked. Roberto Martinez, the Belgium coach, was distinctly unhappy afterwards with the treatment Eden Hazard got and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois talked about a need for referees to clamp down on the “cheap and unnecessary tackles” he felt Panama administered. The Panama defenders, Roman Torres and Michael Murillo, both received yellow cards for strong challenges on Hazard. But was this really that different from what the Chelsea forward gets in the Premier League most weeks? Most of the bookings Panama racked up - five inside an hour, the most by a team in a single game at a World Cup since Holland hacked lumps out of Spain in the 2010 final - were a consequence of clumsiness and difficulties dealing with the speed of their opponents than anything more sinister. Belgium only committed one tackle fewer than Panama’s 18. “I don’t know what people are complaining about,” Roman Torres, the Panama centre-half, said. “Football is like that - you always have to impose yourself, you have to mark out your territory.” World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more A lot of huff and puff... but a lack of mobility The spine of Panama’s team is ageing. Goalkeeper Jaime Penedo is 36, captain Torres 32, midfield sentry Gabriel Gomez 34 and, up front, Blas Perez is the oldest of the lot at 37. There was certainly a chronic lack of pace and mobility in the Panama ranks against Belgium but they strive to make up for that with a strong work ethic and upbeat attitude. The surprise in the first half, before Belgium’s superior quality told in the second, was the difficulty Martinez’s men had creating a numerical advantage in midfield, which led to a lot of long balls being pumped from defence and Hazard having to go it alone at times. If England can create overloads, Panama will be in trouble. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game No shortage of confidence but a lack of ideas going forward Panama may be one of the weakest teams in the tournament but their pride at reaching a first World Cup shines through and there is no shortage of confidence that they can beat or at least frustrate England. There is a clear belief in their ranks that Belgium would provide their stiffest test in Group G so England are likely to encounter opponents determined to cause an upset. Gareth Southgate’s side must show that confidence is misplaced. “For me, Belgium are a more difficult opponent than England,” midfielder Jose Luis Rodriguez said. That belief was echoed by the Panama president, who is in regular conversation with the squad and coach Hernan Gomez. “We feel the hard game was today’s,” Juan Carlos Varela said of the Belgium match as he looked ahead to England. Jose Luis Rodriguez (left) says Belgium are better than England Credit: afp That is all very well but Panama would have to show a lot more wit and imagination once they cross their own half-way line than they managed against Belgium. The one time they did get in behind Belgium, Courtois was off his line quick to deny Murillo. It was not as if Panama ventured forward enough to pose a threat from set pieces either. They had three corners in total against Belgium and no direct or indirect free-kicks near goal. A susceptibility on the counter-attack Whoever Southgate decides to pick, it is imperative England’s attack is flush with pace. Whether it is Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford or Jamie Vardy supplementing Harry Kane, or perhaps two of them, Panama are susceptible to pace on the break and England should have plenty of joy if they can get in behind their opponents. For a team that defend in numbers, Panama still left a lot of space for Belgium to exploit. They also tired visibly in the final half an hour so, if things are not going to plan for Southgate, as they were not for Martinez for a good while, the likelihood is space will eventually start to open up. Belgium’s third goal on the counter had begun with De Bruyne intercepting deep in Belgium territory but Panama were unable to deal with the speed with which Belgium then went through the gears. Eden Hazard breaks through the Panama defence Credit: getty images A robust centre-half pairing Torres plays his football with the Seattle Sounders in the MLS and Fidel Escobar also plies his trade in the US with New York Red Bulls. Neither are going to challenge the best central-defensive pairings at this tournament but they impressed in the first half against Belgium especially and coped well, at that stage, with what Romelu Lukaku had to offer. Torres made a crucial clearance from a dangerous De Bruyne cross and Escobar cut a fairly composed figure for a 23 year-old playing on the biggest stage of his life. Kane should still fancy his chances, though. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
A round-up of the latest gossip and signings in the Premier League transfer window.
Premier League transfer round-up: Wilshere out, Leno in at Arsenal
A round-up of the latest gossip and signings in the Premier League transfer window.
A round-up of the latest gossip and signings in the Premier League transfer window.
Premier League transfer round-up: Wilshere out, Leno in at Arsenal
A round-up of the latest gossip and signings in the Premier League transfer window.
A round-up of the latest gossip and signings in the Premier League transfer window.
Premier League transfer round-up: Wilshere out, Leno in at Arsenal
A round-up of the latest gossip and signings in the Premier League transfer window.
A round-up of the latest gossip and signings in the Premier League transfer window.
Premier League transfer round-up: Wilshere out, Leno in at Arsenal
A round-up of the latest gossip and signings in the Premier League transfer window.
Der frühere englische Nationalspieler Rio Ferdinand hat Joachim Löw dafür kritisiert, dass er Leroy Sane von Manchester City nicht in den DFB-Kader für die WM in Russland berufen hat. "Der beste Nachwuchsspieler der Premier League ist nicht bei der WM dabei. Das gibt es nicht, das verstehe ich nicht, das macht keinen Sinn", sagte der 39-Jährige der Sport Bild .
DFB-Team: England-Legende kritisiert Löw wegen Sane
Der frühere englische Nationalspieler Rio Ferdinand hat Joachim Löw dafür kritisiert, dass er Leroy Sane von Manchester City nicht in den DFB-Kader für die WM in Russland berufen hat. "Der beste Nachwuchsspieler der Premier League ist nicht bei der WM dabei. Das gibt es nicht, das verstehe ich nicht, das macht keinen Sinn", sagte der 39-Jährige der Sport Bild .
Kalidou Koulibaly, the Senegal and Napoli defender, has effectively confirmed that Maurizio Sarri will be Chelsea manager after delivering a ringing endorsement of his work in Naples. Speaking after Senegal’s 2-1 win against Poland on Tuesday night, Koulibaly stressed that Sarri would need time at Chelsea but is confident that he will ultimately deliver exciting football. “You can expect nice football because he's a very good coach,” said Koulibaly. “It's disappointing that he leaves like this. We have now a big coach and we know we can win something with him. I hope he can win something with Chelsea. “When a person like this comes, he needs time. They have to give him time because he will suit the football of Chelsea. I think Chelsea fans will enjoy the style of football he plays. At Napoli, we enjoyed so much the play and the supporters enjoyed so much too. I think at Chelsea it will be the same.” Chelsea are now close to confirming the appointment of Sarri, who has been Napoli manager for the past three season, and it is also believed that he is keen on the idea of having club favourite Gianfranco Zola with him. Premier League club-by-club review Zola would be a popular appointment with both the fans and a number of members of Chelsea’s first-team squad, and there is likely to be space for him either on the coaching or technical side. The former West Ham striker Diafro Sakho, who is now at Rennes, also predicted that Senegal or another African team were still good enough to win this World Cup. Senegal’s victory was the first by an African country following defeats for Tunisia, Egypt, Nigeria and Morocco. “We need to be together if the African continent is going to win a World Cup,” said Sakho. “It's a very important job for us to keep it this way, to play together. It's time now to give us all in Africa one opportunity to win a World Cup.”
Chelsea fans will enjoy the style of football Maurizio Sarri plays, says Kalidou Koulibaly
Kalidou Koulibaly, the Senegal and Napoli defender, has effectively confirmed that Maurizio Sarri will be Chelsea manager after delivering a ringing endorsement of his work in Naples. Speaking after Senegal’s 2-1 win against Poland on Tuesday night, Koulibaly stressed that Sarri would need time at Chelsea but is confident that he will ultimately deliver exciting football. “You can expect nice football because he's a very good coach,” said Koulibaly. “It's disappointing that he leaves like this. We have now a big coach and we know we can win something with him. I hope he can win something with Chelsea. “When a person like this comes, he needs time. They have to give him time because he will suit the football of Chelsea. I think Chelsea fans will enjoy the style of football he plays. At Napoli, we enjoyed so much the play and the supporters enjoyed so much too. I think at Chelsea it will be the same.” Chelsea are now close to confirming the appointment of Sarri, who has been Napoli manager for the past three season, and it is also believed that he is keen on the idea of having club favourite Gianfranco Zola with him. Premier League club-by-club review Zola would be a popular appointment with both the fans and a number of members of Chelsea’s first-team squad, and there is likely to be space for him either on the coaching or technical side. The former West Ham striker Diafro Sakho, who is now at Rennes, also predicted that Senegal or another African team were still good enough to win this World Cup. Senegal’s victory was the first by an African country following defeats for Tunisia, Egypt, Nigeria and Morocco. “We need to be together if the African continent is going to win a World Cup,” said Sakho. “It's a very important job for us to keep it this way, to play together. It's time now to give us all in Africa one opportunity to win a World Cup.”
Even before his formal appointment, Chelsea's new manager has submitted his list of demands, while Pep Guardiola is looking for reinforcements in order to defend their Premier League title. Juventus are trying to keep Barcelona and Real Madrid off their midfield ace Pjanic and Marco Asensio is the most wanted player across Europe. Here are the top transfer rumors and news.
Football transfers: Movers and shakers of the market
Even before his formal appointment, Chelsea's new manager has submitted his list of demands, while Pep Guardiola is looking for reinforcements in order to defend their Premier League title. Juventus are trying to keep Barcelona and Real Madrid off their midfield ace Pjanic and Marco Asensio is the most wanted player across Europe. Here are the top transfer rumors and news.
Premier league legend Tony Cottee warns it is hard for youngsters to get their big break and even when they do it could lead to then getting burned out quickly.
Young players find it harder to secure a first team spot in today's game
Premier league legend Tony Cottee warns it is hard for youngsters to get their big break and even when they do it could lead to then getting burned out quickly.
Premier league legend Tony Cottee warns it is hard for youngsters to get their big break and even when they do it could lead to then getting burned out quickly.
Young players find it harder to secure a first team spot in today's game
Premier league legend Tony Cottee warns it is hard for youngsters to get their big break and even when they do it could lead to then getting burned out quickly.
Premier league legend Tony Cottee warns it is hard for youngsters to get their big break and even when they do it could lead to then getting burned out quickly.
Young players find it harder to secure a first team spot in today's game
Premier league legend Tony Cottee warns it is hard for youngsters to get their big break and even when they do it could lead to then getting burned out quickly.
Soccer Football - Premier League - Swansea City vs Stoke City - Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Britain - May 13, 2018 Swansea City's Lukasz Fabianski applauds their fans after the match as they are relegated from the Premier League Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra/Files
Premier League - Swansea City vs Stoke City
Soccer Football - Premier League - Swansea City vs Stoke City - Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Britain - May 13, 2018 Swansea City's Lukasz Fabianski applauds their fans after the match as they are relegated from the Premier League Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra/Files
FILE PHOTO - Soccer Football - Premier League - Huddersfield Town vs Swansea City - John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield, Britain - March 10, 2018 Swansea City's Lukasz Fabianski REUTERS/Phil Noble
Premier League - Huddersfield Town vs Swansea City
FILE PHOTO - Soccer Football - Premier League - Huddersfield Town vs Swansea City - John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield, Britain - March 10, 2018 Swansea City's Lukasz Fabianski REUTERS/Phil Noble
Tony Cottee says that it is easier today to get a cap for England in today's game on episode 7 of Yahoo's daily World Cup The 32.
The 32: Premier League legend Tony Cottee on why it's easier to get a England cap nowadays
Tony Cottee says that it is easier today to get a cap for England in today's game on episode 7 of Yahoo's daily World Cup The 32.
Tony Cottee says that it is easier today to get a cap for England in today's game on episode 7 of Yahoo's daily World Cup The 32.
The 32 ep7: Premier League legend Tony Cottee on why it's easier to get a England cap nowadays
Tony Cottee says that it is easier today to get a cap for England in today's game on episode 7 of Yahoo's daily World Cup The 32.
Tony Cottee says that it is easier today to get a cap for England in today's game on episode 7 of Yahoo's daily World Cup The 32.
The 32: Premier League legend Tony Cottee on why it's easier to get a England cap nowadays
Tony Cottee says that it is easier today to get a cap for England in today's game on episode 7 of Yahoo's daily World Cup The 32.
Tony Cottee says that it is easier today to get a cap for England in today's game on episode 7 of Yahoo's daily World Cup The 32.
The 32: Premier League legend Tony Cottee on why it's easier to get a England cap nowadays
Tony Cottee says that it is easier today to get a cap for England in today's game on episode 7 of Yahoo's daily World Cup The 32.
The experienced Poland international has moved to London Stadium following Swansea's relegation from the Premier League
West Ham sign Swansea goalkeeper Fabianski for £7m
The experienced Poland international has moved to London Stadium following Swansea's relegation from the Premier League
West Ham United have announced the signing of Poland goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski from Swansea City. Fabianski, 33, joins West Ham on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee following the Welsh club's relegation from the Premier League. "West Ham is a massive club so I'm really happy to be joining at such an exciting time here," said former Arsenal goalkeeper on the West Ham website. "I will do my best on and off the pitch to help the team to achieve the best results possible and can't wait to start this new chapter of my career." His transfer follows the club-record signing of defender Issa Diop from Toulouse for a club-record fee, reported to be £22 million, and full-back Ryan Fredericks from Fulham. Premier League club-by-club review Fabianski, who is currently at the World Cup with Poland, looks set to compete with Spaniard Adrian as new West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini reshapes his squad. West Ham director of football Mario Husillos said: "Lukasz is an experienced and established Premier League goalkeeper, with great quality that he has shown at both domestic and international level. "He fits perfectly the mould of the modern goalkeeper, with excellent agility, presence and distribution, and will bring strong competition to the position."
West Ham sign Poland goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski from Swansea City
West Ham United have announced the signing of Poland goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski from Swansea City. Fabianski, 33, joins West Ham on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee following the Welsh club's relegation from the Premier League. "West Ham is a massive club so I'm really happy to be joining at such an exciting time here," said former Arsenal goalkeeper on the West Ham website. "I will do my best on and off the pitch to help the team to achieve the best results possible and can't wait to start this new chapter of my career." His transfer follows the club-record signing of defender Issa Diop from Toulouse for a club-record fee, reported to be £22 million, and full-back Ryan Fredericks from Fulham. Premier League club-by-club review Fabianski, who is currently at the World Cup with Poland, looks set to compete with Spaniard Adrian as new West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini reshapes his squad. West Ham director of football Mario Husillos said: "Lukasz is an experienced and established Premier League goalkeeper, with great quality that he has shown at both domestic and international level. "He fits perfectly the mould of the modern goalkeeper, with excellent agility, presence and distribution, and will bring strong competition to the position."
The Serie A club have confirmed that their 22-year-old midfielder will leave for the Premier League once the World Cup has finished
Sampdoria chief confirms Torreira's €30m Arsenal transfer
The Serie A club have confirmed that their 22-year-old midfielder will leave for the Premier League once the World Cup has finished
Rio Ferdinand kritisiert Joachim Löw für die Nicht-Nominierung Leroy Sanes. Dem ManCity-Profi prophezeit er eine steile Entwicklung.
Rio Ferdinand: "Leroy Sane wird der beste Spieler der Premier League"
Rio Ferdinand kritisiert Joachim Löw für die Nicht-Nominierung Leroy Sanes. Dem ManCity-Profi prophezeit er eine steile Entwicklung.
Rio Ferdinand kritisiert Joachim Löw für die Nicht-Nominierung Leroy Sanes. Dem ManCity-Profi prophezeit er eine steile Entwicklung.
Rio Ferdinand: "Leroy Sane wird der beste Spieler der Premier League"
Rio Ferdinand kritisiert Joachim Löw für die Nicht-Nominierung Leroy Sanes. Dem ManCity-Profi prophezeit er eine steile Entwicklung.
Nonostante la volontà del Real Madrid di non assecondare le richieste economiche della ​Roma, per Alisson, l'idea di un addio del portiere brasiliano ai giallorossi non è tramontata e non si escludono rilanci da parte delle Merengues, così come inserimenti dalla Premier League. Mercato, #Donnarumma vuole la Roma: disposto anche a ridursi l'ingaggiohttps://t.co/Kde7i4wS2m #ASRoma #Milan #Calciomercato #ForzaRoma @gigiodonna1 @OfficialASRoma @acmilan pic.twitter.com/DTLQqXCBao — Forzaroma.info...
Donnarumma vuole la Roma: Raiola lo vede in giallorosso, Monchi ha altri piani
Nonostante la volontà del Real Madrid di non assecondare le richieste economiche della ​Roma, per Alisson, l'idea di un addio del portiere brasiliano ai giallorossi non è tramontata e non si escludono rilanci da parte delle Merengues, così come inserimenti dalla Premier League. Mercato, #Donnarumma vuole la Roma: disposto anche a ridursi l'ingaggiohttps://t.co/Kde7i4wS2m #ASRoma #Milan #Calciomercato #ForzaRoma @gigiodonna1 @OfficialASRoma @acmilan pic.twitter.com/DTLQqXCBao — Forzaroma.info...
Ilkay Gündogan von Manchester City hat sich zu den anhaltenden Gerüchten über einen möglichen Transfer zum FC Barcelona geäußert. "Jeder kann sehen, dass ich hier sehr glücklich bin", sagte der Mittelfeldspieler gegenüber Arab News: "Aber es hängt auch vom Klub ab, ob sie wollen, dass ich bleibe."
Premier League: Gündogan über möglichen Barca-Wechsel
Ilkay Gündogan von Manchester City hat sich zu den anhaltenden Gerüchten über einen möglichen Transfer zum FC Barcelona geäußert. "Jeder kann sehen, dass ich hier sehr glücklich bin", sagte der Mittelfeldspieler gegenüber Arab News: "Aber es hängt auch vom Klub ab, ob sie wollen, dass ich bleibe."
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere said on Tuesday that he was leaving the Premier League club after 17 years, while the north London side earlier announced that Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno was moving to north London.
Premier League: Jack Wilshere leaves Arsenal after 17 years; Bernd Leno joins club from Bayer Leverkusen
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere said on Tuesday that he was leaving the Premier League club after 17 years, while the north London side earlier announced that Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno was moving to north London.
Hirving Lozano tampil memikat saat Meksiko mengalahkan Jerman 1-0.
Pelatih Meksiko Sebut Hirving Lozano Pantas Bermain di Premier League
Hirving Lozano tampil memikat saat Meksiko mengalahkan Jerman 1-0.
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
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Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
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Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Man Utd, Chelsea & PSG eye Asensio
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The former USMNT head coach says the teen should ignore talk of a Premier League move and instead stay at his current club
Pulisic in right place at Dortmund, says Arena
The former USMNT head coach says the teen should ignore talk of a Premier League move and instead stay at his current club
The profound impact of video technology on the World Cup can be laid bare today following the completion of the opening round of matches. Analysis by The Daily Telegraph has found that Russia 2018 has seen the most penalties per game, the highest percentage of goals scored from set-pieces and the fewest number of offsides per match of any World Cup at this stage of the competition since 1966. There have also been fewer red cards per game after each country’s first fixture than at any World Cup for 32 years. The polarising debate over the introduction of Video Assistant Referees to the game intensified on Tuesday following the non-award of two penalties to Harry Kane in England’s opening win over Tunisia. Fifa confirmed that it would analyse both incidents in a mid-tournament review of VAR at Russia 2018, most likely after the end of the group stages. Brazil were also demanding answers from the governing body on Tuesday over why two key decisions were not overturned during their opening 1-1 draw with Switzerland. The impact of VAR | World Cup 2018 Whatever the rights and wrongs of using technology at the World Cup, there is little doubt that it was delivering on its promise to revolutionise the way elite football was played. The nine penalties awarded in the opening round of games – three of them after an initial non-award was overturned – were on average the most of any World Cup for 52 years. The percentage of goals from set-plays, 55.3 per cent, was also the highest over that period, arguably because VAR should pick up any grappling in the box. The knowledge Big Brother was watching was also likely to be behind there having been only one red card in the 16 matches so far. Many fans cannot understand why Kane wasn't awarded a penalty against Tunisia Credit: Getty images Keith Hackett, the former Fifa referee and Premier League referees chief, told The Daily Telegraph: “I’m not surprised by those statistics. Teams, players and managers have been warned very strongly about their behaviour and there is a bit of fear about VAR. “They will have been told there are 33 cameras a game watching your every move, and the referees have four colleagues in Moscow watching them. Subconsciously, that does have an effect, on a positive note, on discipline. As for penalties, that is the positive side of VAR and the clarity it gives.” Sweden were awarded a penalty against South Korea after a VAR review Credit: Getty images It was not so clear why there were so few offsides – just 2.81 per match – although assistant referees have been instructed to delay flagging for the infringement to avoid disallowing a legitimate goal that VAR can validate. Hackett said: “As far as assistant referees are concerned, there is a degree of confusion. They have been told not to flag on tight offside calls and I have seen a number where I think they are offside but aren’t given. “They haven’t influenced games, but there is a sense of ignoring them unless it is a goal, in which case it will be checked by the VAR. “I am concerned a little that we have stepped the assistant referees away from what we expect them to do, and we have reduced their role dramatically. World Cup whatsapp promo “I think they feel undermined by the fact they are being told a lot of what not to do, rather than what to do. That doesn’t help the process.” There was also confusion among players, with Manchester City’s Kyle Walker – who conceded a soft penalty for England against Tunisia that VAR deemed had not been awarded in error – saying: “We’ve had a briefing, but what’s correct and what’s not? When do you ask for it? You don’t want to crowd the referee and say ‘VAR’, because then it is a yellow card. “I think you just have to let the referees get on with it and let them take the decisions. They have got a hard enough game as it is without putting any more confusion in it.” Until now, Fifa had publicly backed all VAR interventions in the opening 11 games of the World Cup, but it refused to comment on the denial of penalties to England when Kane was twice bundled over. One possible reason for the VAR not overturning the decisions could be that, on the first of them, John Stones appeared simultaneously to push Ellyes Skhir, and, on the second, Kane seemed to have hold of Yassine Meriah’s arm as the pair tangled. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
More penalties and fewer offsides than ever before – welcome to the VAR World Cup
The profound impact of video technology on the World Cup can be laid bare today following the completion of the opening round of matches. Analysis by The Daily Telegraph has found that Russia 2018 has seen the most penalties per game, the highest percentage of goals scored from set-pieces and the fewest number of offsides per match of any World Cup at this stage of the competition since 1966. There have also been fewer red cards per game after each country’s first fixture than at any World Cup for 32 years. The polarising debate over the introduction of Video Assistant Referees to the game intensified on Tuesday following the non-award of two penalties to Harry Kane in England’s opening win over Tunisia. Fifa confirmed that it would analyse both incidents in a mid-tournament review of VAR at Russia 2018, most likely after the end of the group stages. Brazil were also demanding answers from the governing body on Tuesday over why two key decisions were not overturned during their opening 1-1 draw with Switzerland. The impact of VAR | World Cup 2018 Whatever the rights and wrongs of using technology at the World Cup, there is little doubt that it was delivering on its promise to revolutionise the way elite football was played. The nine penalties awarded in the opening round of games – three of them after an initial non-award was overturned – were on average the most of any World Cup for 52 years. The percentage of goals from set-plays, 55.3 per cent, was also the highest over that period, arguably because VAR should pick up any grappling in the box. The knowledge Big Brother was watching was also likely to be behind there having been only one red card in the 16 matches so far. Many fans cannot understand why Kane wasn't awarded a penalty against Tunisia Credit: Getty images Keith Hackett, the former Fifa referee and Premier League referees chief, told The Daily Telegraph: “I’m not surprised by those statistics. Teams, players and managers have been warned very strongly about their behaviour and there is a bit of fear about VAR. “They will have been told there are 33 cameras a game watching your every move, and the referees have four colleagues in Moscow watching them. Subconsciously, that does have an effect, on a positive note, on discipline. As for penalties, that is the positive side of VAR and the clarity it gives.” Sweden were awarded a penalty against South Korea after a VAR review Credit: Getty images It was not so clear why there were so few offsides – just 2.81 per match – although assistant referees have been instructed to delay flagging for the infringement to avoid disallowing a legitimate goal that VAR can validate. Hackett said: “As far as assistant referees are concerned, there is a degree of confusion. They have been told not to flag on tight offside calls and I have seen a number where I think they are offside but aren’t given. “They haven’t influenced games, but there is a sense of ignoring them unless it is a goal, in which case it will be checked by the VAR. “I am concerned a little that we have stepped the assistant referees away from what we expect them to do, and we have reduced their role dramatically. World Cup whatsapp promo “I think they feel undermined by the fact they are being told a lot of what not to do, rather than what to do. That doesn’t help the process.” There was also confusion among players, with Manchester City’s Kyle Walker – who conceded a soft penalty for England against Tunisia that VAR deemed had not been awarded in error – saying: “We’ve had a briefing, but what’s correct and what’s not? When do you ask for it? You don’t want to crowd the referee and say ‘VAR’, because then it is a yellow card. “I think you just have to let the referees get on with it and let them take the decisions. They have got a hard enough game as it is without putting any more confusion in it.” Until now, Fifa had publicly backed all VAR interventions in the opening 11 games of the World Cup, but it refused to comment on the denial of penalties to England when Kane was twice bundled over. One possible reason for the VAR not overturning the decisions could be that, on the first of them, John Stones appeared simultaneously to push Ellyes Skhir, and, on the second, Kane seemed to have hold of Yassine Meriah’s arm as the pair tangled. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
England players have been left confused over how VAR will be used at the World Cup after their opening-game victory over Tunisia. Kyle Walker was penalised for a foul on Fakhereedine Ben Youssef in the penalty area by Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan and the decision was upheld by the Video Assistant Referee. But VAR was not consulted for at least two challenges on Harry Kane in the penalty area, which television replays suggested could have resulted in spot kicks. Fifa officials handed out pre-tournament instructions to all 32 World Cup teams over how VAR would work, together with warnings that grappling at set-pieces would be punished. But Walker has revealed that England players were unsure whether or not to appeal for or against VAR during the Tunisia game because of the threat of being booked. Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men Walker said: “We’ve had a briefing, but what’s correct and what’s not? When do you ask for it? You don’t want to crowd the referee and say ‘VAR’ because then it is a yellow card. “I think you just have to let the referees get on with it and let them take the decisions. They have got a hard enough game as it is without putting any more confusion in it.” In terms of the penalty that was awarded against him, Walker added: “It is one of those things that I am going to have to take on the chin. Would it have been given in the Premier League? Probably not. In the World Cup it is probably a penalty. “It is a learning curve for me. Next time I will probably head it away and ask questions afterwards!” England vs Tunisia Player ratings Asked about the use of VAR, England manager Gareth Southgate said: “I think my observation would be that if it's a penalty at one end, it has to be a penalty at the other. That needs some review, I would say. “We have to abide by it and leave it to the powers that be, but it's clear that if a foul is given against Kyle Walker then it has to be given for Harry being hauled to the ground.” World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Kyle Walker admits England players are confused over when to ask for VAR
England players have been left confused over how VAR will be used at the World Cup after their opening-game victory over Tunisia. Kyle Walker was penalised for a foul on Fakhereedine Ben Youssef in the penalty area by Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan and the decision was upheld by the Video Assistant Referee. But VAR was not consulted for at least two challenges on Harry Kane in the penalty area, which television replays suggested could have resulted in spot kicks. Fifa officials handed out pre-tournament instructions to all 32 World Cup teams over how VAR would work, together with warnings that grappling at set-pieces would be punished. But Walker has revealed that England players were unsure whether or not to appeal for or against VAR during the Tunisia game because of the threat of being booked. Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men Walker said: “We’ve had a briefing, but what’s correct and what’s not? When do you ask for it? You don’t want to crowd the referee and say ‘VAR’ because then it is a yellow card. “I think you just have to let the referees get on with it and let them take the decisions. They have got a hard enough game as it is without putting any more confusion in it.” In terms of the penalty that was awarded against him, Walker added: “It is one of those things that I am going to have to take on the chin. Would it have been given in the Premier League? Probably not. In the World Cup it is probably a penalty. “It is a learning curve for me. Next time I will probably head it away and ask questions afterwards!” England vs Tunisia Player ratings Asked about the use of VAR, England manager Gareth Southgate said: “I think my observation would be that if it's a penalty at one end, it has to be a penalty at the other. That needs some review, I would say. “We have to abide by it and leave it to the powers that be, but it's clear that if a foul is given against Kyle Walker then it has to be given for Harry being hauled to the ground.” World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The profound impact of video technology on the World Cup can be laid bare today following the completion of the opening round of matches. Analysis by The Daily Telegraph has found that Russia 2018 has seen the most penalties per game, the highest percentage of goals scored from set-pieces and the fewest number of offsides per match of any World Cup at this stage of the competition since 1966. There have also been fewer red cards per game after each country’s first fixture than at any World Cup for 32 years. The polarising debate over the introduction of Video Assistant Referees to the game intensified on Tuesday following the non-award of two penalties to Harry Kane in England’s opening win over Tunisia. Fifa confirmed that it would analyse both incidents in a mid-tournament review of VAR at Russia 2018, most likely after the end of the group stages. Brazil were also demanding answers from the governing body on Tuesday over why two key decisions were not overturned during their opening 1-1 draw with Switzerland. The impact of VAR | World Cup 2018 Whatever the rights and wrongs of using technology at the World Cup, there is little doubt that it was delivering on its promise to revolutionise the way elite football was played. The nine penalties awarded in the opening round of games – three of them after an initial non-award was overturned – were on average the most of any World Cup for 52 years. The percentage of goals from set-plays, 55.3 per cent, was also the highest over that period, arguably because VAR should pick up any grappling in the box. The knowledge Big Brother was watching was also likely to be behind there having been only one red card in the 16 matches so far. Many fans cannot understand why Kane wasn't awarded a penalty against Tunisia Credit: Getty images Keith Hackett, the former Fifa referee and Premier League referees chief, told The Daily Telegraph: “I’m not surprised by those statistics. Teams, players and managers have been warned very strongly about their behaviour and there is a bit of fear about VAR. “They will have been told there are 33 cameras a game watching your every move, and the referees have four colleagues in Moscow watching them. Subconsciously, that does have an effect, on a positive note, on discipline. As for penalties, that is the positive side of VAR and the clarity it gives.” Sweden were awarded a penalty against South Korea after a VAR review Credit: Getty images It was not so clear why there were so few offsides – just 2.81 per match – although assistant referees have been instructed to delay flagging for the infringement to avoid disallowing a legitimate goal that VAR can validate. Hackett said: “As far as assistant referees are concerned, there is a degree of confusion. They have been told not to flag on tight offside calls and I have seen a number where I think they are offside but aren’t given. “They haven’t influenced games, but there is a sense of ignoring them unless it is a goal, in which case it will be checked by the VAR. “I am concerned a little that we have stepped the assistant referees away from what we expect them to do, and we have reduced their role dramatically. World Cup whatsapp promo “I think they feel undermined by the fact they are being told a lot of what not to do, rather than what to do. That doesn’t help the process.” There was also confusion among players, with Manchester City’s Kyle Walker – who conceded a soft penalty for England against Tunisia that VAR deemed had not been awarded in error – saying: “We’ve had a briefing, but what’s correct and what’s not? When do you ask for it? You don’t want to crowd the referee and say ‘VAR’, because then it is a yellow card. “I think you just have to let the referees get on with it and let them take the decisions. They have got a hard enough game as it is without putting any more confusion in it.” Until now, Fifa had publicly backed all VAR interventions in the opening 11 games of the World Cup, but it refused to comment on the denial of penalties to England when Kane was twice bundled over. One possible reason for the VAR not overturning the decisions could be that, on the first of them, John Stones appeared simultaneously to push Ellyes Skhir, and, on the second, Kane seemed to have hold of Yassine Meriah’s arm as the pair tangled. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
More penalties and fewer offsides than ever before – welcome to the VAR World Cup
The profound impact of video technology on the World Cup can be laid bare today following the completion of the opening round of matches. Analysis by The Daily Telegraph has found that Russia 2018 has seen the most penalties per game, the highest percentage of goals scored from set-pieces and the fewest number of offsides per match of any World Cup at this stage of the competition since 1966. There have also been fewer red cards per game after each country’s first fixture than at any World Cup for 32 years. The polarising debate over the introduction of Video Assistant Referees to the game intensified on Tuesday following the non-award of two penalties to Harry Kane in England’s opening win over Tunisia. Fifa confirmed that it would analyse both incidents in a mid-tournament review of VAR at Russia 2018, most likely after the end of the group stages. Brazil were also demanding answers from the governing body on Tuesday over why two key decisions were not overturned during their opening 1-1 draw with Switzerland. The impact of VAR | World Cup 2018 Whatever the rights and wrongs of using technology at the World Cup, there is little doubt that it was delivering on its promise to revolutionise the way elite football was played. The nine penalties awarded in the opening round of games – three of them after an initial non-award was overturned – were on average the most of any World Cup for 52 years. The percentage of goals from set-plays, 55.3 per cent, was also the highest over that period, arguably because VAR should pick up any grappling in the box. The knowledge Big Brother was watching was also likely to be behind there having been only one red card in the 16 matches so far. Many fans cannot understand why Kane wasn't awarded a penalty against Tunisia Credit: Getty images Keith Hackett, the former Fifa referee and Premier League referees chief, told The Daily Telegraph: “I’m not surprised by those statistics. Teams, players and managers have been warned very strongly about their behaviour and there is a bit of fear about VAR. “They will have been told there are 33 cameras a game watching your every move, and the referees have four colleagues in Moscow watching them. Subconsciously, that does have an effect, on a positive note, on discipline. As for penalties, that is the positive side of VAR and the clarity it gives.” Sweden were awarded a penalty against South Korea after a VAR review Credit: Getty images It was not so clear why there were so few offsides – just 2.81 per match – although assistant referees have been instructed to delay flagging for the infringement to avoid disallowing a legitimate goal that VAR can validate. Hackett said: “As far as assistant referees are concerned, there is a degree of confusion. They have been told not to flag on tight offside calls and I have seen a number where I think they are offside but aren’t given. “They haven’t influenced games, but there is a sense of ignoring them unless it is a goal, in which case it will be checked by the VAR. “I am concerned a little that we have stepped the assistant referees away from what we expect them to do, and we have reduced their role dramatically. World Cup whatsapp promo “I think they feel undermined by the fact they are being told a lot of what not to do, rather than what to do. That doesn’t help the process.” There was also confusion among players, with Manchester City’s Kyle Walker – who conceded a soft penalty for England against Tunisia that VAR deemed had not been awarded in error – saying: “We’ve had a briefing, but what’s correct and what’s not? When do you ask for it? You don’t want to crowd the referee and say ‘VAR’, because then it is a yellow card. “I think you just have to let the referees get on with it and let them take the decisions. They have got a hard enough game as it is without putting any more confusion in it.” Until now, Fifa had publicly backed all VAR interventions in the opening 11 games of the World Cup, but it refused to comment on the denial of penalties to England when Kane was twice bundled over. One possible reason for the VAR not overturning the decisions could be that, on the first of them, John Stones appeared simultaneously to push Ellyes Skhir, and, on the second, Kane seemed to have hold of Yassine Meriah’s arm as the pair tangled. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Gareth Southgate has challenged Harry Kane to prove he is world-class with the England captain driven to be “up there” with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Kane’s two goals, his first at a major tournament, earned England a precious victory in their opening Group G fixture against Tunisia and there was a clear thread running through the post-match analysis of both manager and striker: proving a point. There is no doubting Kane’s motivation to be the best he can possibly be and it is something that Southgate has tapped into, not least by making him captain, but also by not taking the easy option of agreeing that the 24-year-old is already “world-class” in the wake of his match-winning performance. “I'm going to keep challenging him on that because I'm always a little uncertain as to what that title means and what you need to do to really gain it,” Southgate said. “He's focused and he's capable of playing on any stage and scoring goals. He's up there with the very best and I'm delighted individually for him because, those previous tournaments, for different reasons I think, have not quite gone the way he'd hoped. So he's off and running now and for sure he'll want to push people. That gives us great belief whenever we are attacking as well.” Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men Southgate lauded Kane’s self-belief and added: “I think you see it in the top, top players and I think he's shown that over a period of time now in the (Premier) league. The next stage was to do that at a world tournament and that's how you really establish yourself as a leading world player. He's off and running.” Kane is indeed and so are England. There are important issues to deal with before their next game - not least whether to stick with Raheem Sterling, who again struggled in front of goal, England’s wastefulness, whether to replace Ashley Young with Danny Rose and whether the 3-5-2 formation will work against better opposition - but they are already well set to qualify for the last-16 with Panama to face on Sunday before a final group match against Belgium the following Thursday. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Kane’s injury-time winning goal against Tunisia has given England a psychological boost as well as all three points and represents the first occasion they have won their opening fixture at a major tournament since 2006 - at the fifth attempt. The Tottenham Hotspur striker spoke about how important it was to get those goals. “It is what I wanted to do, I said before I was so excited to be at a World Cup and it is about proving a point,” Kane said. “The Euros were disappointing for me, for everyone, it is a challenge to put that right and there is no better way to do it than to win and score a couple of goals.” Time and again Kane spoke of having to “prove” himself, in fact. “To be the best player in the world you have to aim high,” he said. “Put no limits on yourself, nobody should. I worked hard to get where I am, I have a lot of determination and I enjoy being here and it is about stepping it up. I want to prove myself at a major tournament, I want to be up there with the best in the world and the only way to do that is to perform on the big stage and in the big moments. It gives me confidence doing that and I want to do that in the games ahead. “I have been itching to get out there and showcase myself on the big stage… I had to prove people wrong throughout my career and I love proving to myself I can do it. Ronaldo is the best in the world, up there with Messi, but the challenge is there to be with them.” Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in Portugal’s opening fixture draw against Spain and Kane had provoked some derision by suggesting he would try and emulate that against Tunisia and was aiming to be the World Cup’s top-scorer. In the end Kane went close, with two goals, and he reiterated England’s attitude to this tournament. “That is the message we have: we attack the tournament. We have not done well in recent years. I would rather come here and attack it and score goals. If we go out, we go out. If not we go through,” he said. “Any team can be as good as each other. Some big teams have lost, it is a World Cup and we are fighting for it. Mexico won (against the world champions, Germany) and it means so much to them. Tunisia was a tough game for us, but we proved to ourselves we can step up in the big moment. If we are to go far we have to win games. Teams who do well need last-minute goals or last-minute saves.” England Formation Builder Kane also revealed that Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino had contacted him to offer his congratulations. “Poch texted me, and after the game as well - he sent a lot of love hearts and said ‘Come on England!’” Kane said of the Argentinean. “He is rooting for me. He has a lot of (Spurs) lads here. He is not just my boss, he’s my mate... he’s the manager, but he's a friend as well. He wants me and the whole team to do well.” Kane did not swap his shirt with any of the Tunisia players after the game and explained why. “I wanted to keep it that’s all: first goal, first World Cup goals, first win, first World Cup,” he said. That, too, showed the motivation he has to prove people wrong, to be the best he can be and to be world-class.
Gareth Southgate tells Harry Kane: 'Prove to me you are world class'
Gareth Southgate has challenged Harry Kane to prove he is world-class with the England captain driven to be “up there” with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Kane’s two goals, his first at a major tournament, earned England a precious victory in their opening Group G fixture against Tunisia and there was a clear thread running through the post-match analysis of both manager and striker: proving a point. There is no doubting Kane’s motivation to be the best he can possibly be and it is something that Southgate has tapped into, not least by making him captain, but also by not taking the easy option of agreeing that the 24-year-old is already “world-class” in the wake of his match-winning performance. “I'm going to keep challenging him on that because I'm always a little uncertain as to what that title means and what you need to do to really gain it,” Southgate said. “He's focused and he's capable of playing on any stage and scoring goals. He's up there with the very best and I'm delighted individually for him because, those previous tournaments, for different reasons I think, have not quite gone the way he'd hoped. So he's off and running now and for sure he'll want to push people. That gives us great belief whenever we are attacking as well.” Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men Southgate lauded Kane’s self-belief and added: “I think you see it in the top, top players and I think he's shown that over a period of time now in the (Premier) league. The next stage was to do that at a world tournament and that's how you really establish yourself as a leading world player. He's off and running.” Kane is indeed and so are England. There are important issues to deal with before their next game - not least whether to stick with Raheem Sterling, who again struggled in front of goal, England’s wastefulness, whether to replace Ashley Young with Danny Rose and whether the 3-5-2 formation will work against better opposition - but they are already well set to qualify for the last-16 with Panama to face on Sunday before a final group match against Belgium the following Thursday. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Kane’s injury-time winning goal against Tunisia has given England a psychological boost as well as all three points and represents the first occasion they have won their opening fixture at a major tournament since 2006 - at the fifth attempt. The Tottenham Hotspur striker spoke about how important it was to get those goals. “It is what I wanted to do, I said before I was so excited to be at a World Cup and it is about proving a point,” Kane said. “The Euros were disappointing for me, for everyone, it is a challenge to put that right and there is no better way to do it than to win and score a couple of goals.” Time and again Kane spoke of having to “prove” himself, in fact. “To be the best player in the world you have to aim high,” he said. “Put no limits on yourself, nobody should. I worked hard to get where I am, I have a lot of determination and I enjoy being here and it is about stepping it up. I want to prove myself at a major tournament, I want to be up there with the best in the world and the only way to do that is to perform on the big stage and in the big moments. It gives me confidence doing that and I want to do that in the games ahead. “I have been itching to get out there and showcase myself on the big stage… I had to prove people wrong throughout my career and I love proving to myself I can do it. Ronaldo is the best in the world, up there with Messi, but the challenge is there to be with them.” Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in Portugal’s opening fixture draw against Spain and Kane had provoked some derision by suggesting he would try and emulate that against Tunisia and was aiming to be the World Cup’s top-scorer. In the end Kane went close, with two goals, and he reiterated England’s attitude to this tournament. “That is the message we have: we attack the tournament. We have not done well in recent years. I would rather come here and attack it and score goals. If we go out, we go out. If not we go through,” he said. “Any team can be as good as each other. Some big teams have lost, it is a World Cup and we are fighting for it. Mexico won (against the world champions, Germany) and it means so much to them. Tunisia was a tough game for us, but we proved to ourselves we can step up in the big moment. If we are to go far we have to win games. Teams who do well need last-minute goals or last-minute saves.” England Formation Builder Kane also revealed that Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino had contacted him to offer his congratulations. “Poch texted me, and after the game as well - he sent a lot of love hearts and said ‘Come on England!’” Kane said of the Argentinean. “He is rooting for me. He has a lot of (Spurs) lads here. He is not just my boss, he’s my mate... he’s the manager, but he's a friend as well. He wants me and the whole team to do well.” Kane did not swap his shirt with any of the Tunisia players after the game and explained why. “I wanted to keep it that’s all: first goal, first World Cup goals, first win, first World Cup,” he said. That, too, showed the motivation he has to prove people wrong, to be the best he can be and to be world-class.
The profound impact of video technology on the World Cup can be laid bare today following the completion of the opening round of matches. Analysis by The Daily Telegraph has found that Russia 2018 has seen the most penalties per game, the highest percentage of goals scored from set-pieces and the fewest number of offsides per match of any World Cup at this stage of the competition since 1966. There have also been fewer red cards per game after each country’s first fixture than at any World Cup for 32 years. The polarising debate over the introduction of Video Assistant Referees to the game intensified on Tuesday following the non-award of two penalties to Harry Kane in England’s opening win over Tunisia. Fifa confirmed that it would analyse both incidents in a mid-tournament review of VAR at Russia 2018, most likely after the end of the group stages. Brazil were also demanding answers from the governing body on Tuesday over why two key decisions were not overturned during their opening 1-1 draw with Switzerland. The impact of VAR | World Cup 2018 Whatever the rights and wrongs of using technology at the World Cup, there is little doubt that it was delivering on its promise to revolutionise the way elite football was played. The nine penalties awarded in the opening round of games – three of them after an initial non-award was overturned – were on average the most of any World Cup for 52 years. The percentage of goals from set-plays, 55.3 per cent, was also the highest over that period, arguably because VAR should pick up any grappling in the box. The knowledge Big Brother was watching was also likely to be behind there having been only one red card in the 16 matches so far. Many fans cannot understand why Kane wasn't awarded a penalty against Tunisia Credit: Getty images Keith Hackett, the former Fifa referee and Premier League referees chief, told The Daily Telegraph: “I’m not surprised by those statistics. Teams, players and managers have been warned very strongly about their behaviour and there is a bit of fear about VAR. “They will have been told there are 33 cameras a game watching your every move, and the referees have four colleagues in Moscow watching them. Subconsciously, that does have an effect, on a positive note, on discipline. As for penalties, that is the positive side of VAR and the clarity it gives.” Sweden were awarded a penalty against South Korea after a VAR review Credit: Getty images It was not so clear why there were so few offsides – just 2.81 per match – although assistant referees have been instructed to delay flagging for the infringement to avoid disallowing a legitimate goal that VAR can validate. Hackett said: “As far as assistant referees are concerned, there is a degree of confusion. They have been told not to flag on tight offside calls and I have seen a number where I think they are offside but aren’t given. “They haven’t influenced games, but there is a sense of ignoring them unless it is a goal, in which case it will be checked by the VAR. “I am concerned a little that we have stepped the assistant referees away from what we expect them to do, and we have reduced their role dramatically. World Cup whatsapp promo “I think they feel undermined by the fact they are being told a lot of what not to do, rather than what to do. That doesn’t help the process.” There was also confusion among players, with Manchester City’s Kyle Walker – who conceded a soft penalty for England against Tunisia that VAR deemed had not been awarded in error – saying: “We’ve had a briefing, but what’s correct and what’s not? When do you ask for it? You don’t want to crowd the referee and say ‘VAR’, because then it is a yellow card. “I think you just have to let the referees get on with it and let them take the decisions. They have got a hard enough game as it is without putting any more confusion in it.” Until now, Fifa had publicly backed all VAR interventions in the opening 11 games of the World Cup, but it refused to comment on the denial of penalties to England when Kane was twice bundled over. One possible reason for the VAR not overturning the decisions could be that, on the first of them, John Stones appeared simultaneously to push Ellyes Skhir, and, on the second, Kane seemed to have hold of Yassine Meriah’s arm as the pair tangled. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
More penalties and fewer offsides than ever before – welcome to the VAR World Cup
The profound impact of video technology on the World Cup can be laid bare today following the completion of the opening round of matches. Analysis by The Daily Telegraph has found that Russia 2018 has seen the most penalties per game, the highest percentage of goals scored from set-pieces and the fewest number of offsides per match of any World Cup at this stage of the competition since 1966. There have also been fewer red cards per game after each country’s first fixture than at any World Cup for 32 years. The polarising debate over the introduction of Video Assistant Referees to the game intensified on Tuesday following the non-award of two penalties to Harry Kane in England’s opening win over Tunisia. Fifa confirmed that it would analyse both incidents in a mid-tournament review of VAR at Russia 2018, most likely after the end of the group stages. Brazil were also demanding answers from the governing body on Tuesday over why two key decisions were not overturned during their opening 1-1 draw with Switzerland. The impact of VAR | World Cup 2018 Whatever the rights and wrongs of using technology at the World Cup, there is little doubt that it was delivering on its promise to revolutionise the way elite football was played. The nine penalties awarded in the opening round of games – three of them after an initial non-award was overturned – were on average the most of any World Cup for 52 years. The percentage of goals from set-plays, 55.3 per cent, was also the highest over that period, arguably because VAR should pick up any grappling in the box. The knowledge Big Brother was watching was also likely to be behind there having been only one red card in the 16 matches so far. Many fans cannot understand why Kane wasn't awarded a penalty against Tunisia Credit: Getty images Keith Hackett, the former Fifa referee and Premier League referees chief, told The Daily Telegraph: “I’m not surprised by those statistics. Teams, players and managers have been warned very strongly about their behaviour and there is a bit of fear about VAR. “They will have been told there are 33 cameras a game watching your every move, and the referees have four colleagues in Moscow watching them. Subconsciously, that does have an effect, on a positive note, on discipline. As for penalties, that is the positive side of VAR and the clarity it gives.” Sweden were awarded a penalty against South Korea after a VAR review Credit: Getty images It was not so clear why there were so few offsides – just 2.81 per match – although assistant referees have been instructed to delay flagging for the infringement to avoid disallowing a legitimate goal that VAR can validate. Hackett said: “As far as assistant referees are concerned, there is a degree of confusion. They have been told not to flag on tight offside calls and I have seen a number where I think they are offside but aren’t given. “They haven’t influenced games, but there is a sense of ignoring them unless it is a goal, in which case it will be checked by the VAR. “I am concerned a little that we have stepped the assistant referees away from what we expect them to do, and we have reduced their role dramatically. World Cup whatsapp promo “I think they feel undermined by the fact they are being told a lot of what not to do, rather than what to do. That doesn’t help the process.” There was also confusion among players, with Manchester City’s Kyle Walker – who conceded a soft penalty for England against Tunisia that VAR deemed had not been awarded in error – saying: “We’ve had a briefing, but what’s correct and what’s not? When do you ask for it? You don’t want to crowd the referee and say ‘VAR’, because then it is a yellow card. “I think you just have to let the referees get on with it and let them take the decisions. They have got a hard enough game as it is without putting any more confusion in it.” Until now, Fifa had publicly backed all VAR interventions in the opening 11 games of the World Cup, but it refused to comment on the denial of penalties to England when Kane was twice bundled over. One possible reason for the VAR not overturning the decisions could be that, on the first of them, John Stones appeared simultaneously to push Ellyes Skhir, and, on the second, Kane seemed to have hold of Yassine Meriah’s arm as the pair tangled. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The profound impact of video technology on the World Cup can be laid bare today following the completion of the opening round of matches. Analysis by The Daily Telegraph has found that Russia 2018 has seen the most penalties per game, the highest percentage of goals scored from set-pieces and the fewest number of offsides per match of any World Cup at this stage of the competition since 1966. There have also been fewer red cards per game after each country’s first fixture than at any World Cup for 32 years. The polarising debate over the introduction of Video Assistant Referees to the game intensified on Tuesday following the non-award of two penalties to Harry Kane in England’s opening win over Tunisia. Fifa confirmed that it would analyse both incidents in a mid-tournament review of VAR at Russia 2018, most likely after the end of the group stages. Brazil were also demanding answers from the governing body on Tuesday over why two key decisions were not overturned during their opening 1-1 draw with Switzerland. The impact of VAR | World Cup 2018 Whatever the rights and wrongs of using technology at the World Cup, there is little doubt that it was delivering on its promise to revolutionise the way elite football was played. The nine penalties awarded in the opening round of games – three of them after an initial non-award was overturned – were on average the most of any World Cup for 52 years. The percentage of goals from set- plays, 55.3 per cent, was also the highest over that period, arguably because VAR should pick up any grappling in the box. The knowledge Big Brother was watching was also likely to be behind there having been only one red card in the 16 matches so far. Many fans cannot understand why Kane wasn't awarded a penalty against Tunisia Credit: Getty images Keith Hackett, the former Fifa referee and Premier League referees chief, told The Daily Telegraph: “I’m not surprised by those statistics. Teams, players and managers have been warned very strongly about their behaviour and there is a bit of fear about VAR. “They will have been told there are 33 cameras a game watching your every move, and the referees have four colleagues in Moscow watching them. Subconsciously, that does have an effect, on a positive note, on discipline. As for penalties, that is the positive side of VAR and the clarity it gives.” Sweden were awarded a penalty against South Korea after a VAR review Credit: Getty images It was not so clear why there were so few offsides – just 2.81 per match – although assistant referees have been instructed to delay flagging for the infringement to avoid disallowing a legitimate goal that VAR can validate. Hackett said: “As far as assistant referees are concerned, there is a degree of confusion. They have been told not to flag on tight offside calls and I have seen a number where I think they are offside but aren’t given. “They haven’t influenced games, but there is a sense of ignoring them unless it is a goal, in which case it will be checked by the VAR. “I am concerned a little that we have stepped the assistant referees away from what we expect them to do, and we have reduced their role dramatically. World Cup whatsapp promo “I think they feel undermined by the fact they are being told a lot of what not to do, rather than what to do. That doesn’t help the process.” There was also confusion among players, with Manchester City’s Kyle Walker – who conceded a soft penalty for England against Tunisia that VAR deemed had not been awarded in error – saying: “We’ve had a briefing, but what’s correct and what’s not? When do you ask for it? You don’t want to crowd the referee and say ‘VAR’, because then it is a yellow card. “I think you just have to let the referees get on with it and let them take the decisions. They have got a hard enough game as it is without putting any more confusion in it.” Until now, Fifa had publicly backed all VAR interventions in the opening 11 games of the World Cup, but it refused to comment on the denial of penalties to England when Kane was twice bundled over. One possible reason for the VAR not overturning the decisions could be that, on the first of them, John Stones appeared simultaneously to push Ellyes Skhir, and, on the second, Kane seemed to have hold of Yassine Meriah’s arm as the pair tangled. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
More penalties and fewer offsides than ever before - welcome to the VAR World Cup
The profound impact of video technology on the World Cup can be laid bare today following the completion of the opening round of matches. Analysis by The Daily Telegraph has found that Russia 2018 has seen the most penalties per game, the highest percentage of goals scored from set-pieces and the fewest number of offsides per match of any World Cup at this stage of the competition since 1966. There have also been fewer red cards per game after each country’s first fixture than at any World Cup for 32 years. The polarising debate over the introduction of Video Assistant Referees to the game intensified on Tuesday following the non-award of two penalties to Harry Kane in England’s opening win over Tunisia. Fifa confirmed that it would analyse both incidents in a mid-tournament review of VAR at Russia 2018, most likely after the end of the group stages. Brazil were also demanding answers from the governing body on Tuesday over why two key decisions were not overturned during their opening 1-1 draw with Switzerland. The impact of VAR | World Cup 2018 Whatever the rights and wrongs of using technology at the World Cup, there is little doubt that it was delivering on its promise to revolutionise the way elite football was played. The nine penalties awarded in the opening round of games – three of them after an initial non-award was overturned – were on average the most of any World Cup for 52 years. The percentage of goals from set- plays, 55.3 per cent, was also the highest over that period, arguably because VAR should pick up any grappling in the box. The knowledge Big Brother was watching was also likely to be behind there having been only one red card in the 16 matches so far. Many fans cannot understand why Kane wasn't awarded a penalty against Tunisia Credit: Getty images Keith Hackett, the former Fifa referee and Premier League referees chief, told The Daily Telegraph: “I’m not surprised by those statistics. Teams, players and managers have been warned very strongly about their behaviour and there is a bit of fear about VAR. “They will have been told there are 33 cameras a game watching your every move, and the referees have four colleagues in Moscow watching them. Subconsciously, that does have an effect, on a positive note, on discipline. As for penalties, that is the positive side of VAR and the clarity it gives.” Sweden were awarded a penalty against South Korea after a VAR review Credit: Getty images It was not so clear why there were so few offsides – just 2.81 per match – although assistant referees have been instructed to delay flagging for the infringement to avoid disallowing a legitimate goal that VAR can validate. Hackett said: “As far as assistant referees are concerned, there is a degree of confusion. They have been told not to flag on tight offside calls and I have seen a number where I think they are offside but aren’t given. “They haven’t influenced games, but there is a sense of ignoring them unless it is a goal, in which case it will be checked by the VAR. “I am concerned a little that we have stepped the assistant referees away from what we expect them to do, and we have reduced their role dramatically. World Cup whatsapp promo “I think they feel undermined by the fact they are being told a lot of what not to do, rather than what to do. That doesn’t help the process.” There was also confusion among players, with Manchester City’s Kyle Walker – who conceded a soft penalty for England against Tunisia that VAR deemed had not been awarded in error – saying: “We’ve had a briefing, but what’s correct and what’s not? When do you ask for it? You don’t want to crowd the referee and say ‘VAR’, because then it is a yellow card. “I think you just have to let the referees get on with it and let them take the decisions. They have got a hard enough game as it is without putting any more confusion in it.” Until now, Fifa had publicly backed all VAR interventions in the opening 11 games of the World Cup, but it refused to comment on the denial of penalties to England when Kane was twice bundled over. One possible reason for the VAR not overturning the decisions could be that, on the first of them, John Stones appeared simultaneously to push Ellyes Skhir, and, on the second, Kane seemed to have hold of Yassine Meriah’s arm as the pair tangled. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Panama midfielder Jose Luis Rodriguez has claimed England will provide less of a threat than Belgium as Gareth Southgate’s side were warned there would be no let-up in the aggression stakes in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday. Belgium overcame a disappointing first period to eventually ease to a 3-0 win over Panama in Sochi on Monday. Rodriguez said he was relishing the prospect of facing England and playing against players he watches every week in the Premier League but doubts they will pose as big a challenge as Belgium. “For me, Belgium are a more difficult opponent than England,” he said. “England are a big team with very good players but we will try to win. I watch Premier League football every week. I like to watch Manchester City. It is fantastic to play against some of those players and I will try to have a good game. “It will be difficult to stop England - we have to be well organised - but we will take the same [physical] approach against them and we will try to win.” England vs Tunisia Player ratings Panama picked up five bookings against Belgium, more than any side at a World Cup since Holland in the final against Spain in 2010. Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois said it was imperative referees start clamping down on “unnecessary and cheap tackles” after their coach, Roberto Martinez, bemoaned Panama’s treatment of Eden Hazard and expressed fears someone could get injured. But Panama defender Roman Torres defended their tactics and insisted they would not change and that Belgium and England were no strangers to physicality themselves. He also referenced how Panama’s Alberto Quintero had his foot broken ahead of the World Cup in a friendly against Norway. Jamie Carragher: England's system does not suit Raheem Sterling - Marcus Rashford must play against Panama “Football is like that - you always have to impose yourself, you have to mark out your territory,” he said. “I don’t know what people are complaining about. I think we competed well against Belgium, and I think when there were tackles, they got stuck in just as much as we did. “I don’t think we have a reputation at all. We’ve lost players from this team because of injuries from the way opponents played against us. “England are a bit more direct than Belgium. They try to make use of the pace they have. We’ll need to be compact and limit their space.” World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
England pose less of a threat than Belgium, says Panama midfielder
Panama midfielder Jose Luis Rodriguez has claimed England will provide less of a threat than Belgium as Gareth Southgate’s side were warned there would be no let-up in the aggression stakes in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday. Belgium overcame a disappointing first period to eventually ease to a 3-0 win over Panama in Sochi on Monday. Rodriguez said he was relishing the prospect of facing England and playing against players he watches every week in the Premier League but doubts they will pose as big a challenge as Belgium. “For me, Belgium are a more difficult opponent than England,” he said. “England are a big team with very good players but we will try to win. I watch Premier League football every week. I like to watch Manchester City. It is fantastic to play against some of those players and I will try to have a good game. “It will be difficult to stop England - we have to be well organised - but we will take the same [physical] approach against them and we will try to win.” England vs Tunisia Player ratings Panama picked up five bookings against Belgium, more than any side at a World Cup since Holland in the final against Spain in 2010. Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois said it was imperative referees start clamping down on “unnecessary and cheap tackles” after their coach, Roberto Martinez, bemoaned Panama’s treatment of Eden Hazard and expressed fears someone could get injured. But Panama defender Roman Torres defended their tactics and insisted they would not change and that Belgium and England were no strangers to physicality themselves. He also referenced how Panama’s Alberto Quintero had his foot broken ahead of the World Cup in a friendly against Norway. Jamie Carragher: England's system does not suit Raheem Sterling - Marcus Rashford must play against Panama “Football is like that - you always have to impose yourself, you have to mark out your territory,” he said. “I don’t know what people are complaining about. I think we competed well against Belgium, and I think when there were tackles, they got stuck in just as much as we did. “I don’t think we have a reputation at all. We’ve lost players from this team because of injuries from the way opponents played against us. “England are a bit more direct than Belgium. They try to make use of the pace they have. We’ll need to be compact and limit their space.” World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
American coach Bruce Arena says Christian Pulisic should ignore talk of a Premier League move and instead stay at Borussia Dortmund.
Pulisic in right place at Dortmund, says Arena
American coach Bruce Arena says Christian Pulisic should ignore talk of a Premier League move and instead stay at Borussia Dortmund.
Eight goals in two games have averted Russia’s nightmare of spending tens of millions of dollars on a World Cup only to go out in the group stage. Mohamed Salah meanwhile has been restricted to a penalty, lots of physio on his injured shoulder and an awkward meeting with Chechnya’s warlord. Salah’s penalty kick when Egypt already trailed 3-0 was a small reward for his hard work in the treatment room and gym. It pales, though, beside the potential dividend for Russia from 5-0 and 3-1 victories against two of the tournament’s weaker sides. If all the hosts could hope for was to string their presence out to the point of respectability, their supporters now have something to be excited about beyond the stardust spread by other countries. If Saudi Arabia fail to beat Uruguay (and who would back them to win?) Russia will advance to the knock-out rounds for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Saint Petersburg Stadium was not full for this second home triumph, but the 64,468 here were giddy as three second-half goals flew in inside 15 minutes (the first, a ludicrous own goal). Salah performed honourably after missing the 1-0 defeat to Uruguay, but to expect him to walk straight back in and rescue Egypt was fanciful, especially as he lacks team-mates of the quality of Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. His goal came in the 73rd minute after he was pulled down by the arm (this is becoming a pattern), apparently outside the Russia penalty box, until VAR showed it to be penalty. These Russia players are pretty much equal and indistinguishable. The Soviet system would have been proud of this mechanical team. It’s as if their training stopped at pass and run, which they do well, and dispensed with the subtleties of the game, such as ingenuity and vision around the penalty box. Denis Cheryshev has been the best of them, and their energy and commitment ought to be acknowledged. Not that they will feel they had much choice in those respects. Russia have made a brilliant start to the tournament on home soil Credit: AFP They are all Russia have, and were cast into a home World Cup as the lowest-ranked team in the tournament with the unenviable task of matching the grandeur of the stadiums. Plainly this is going to be beyond them, however uplifting their 5-0 opening night win against Saudi Arabia - the biggest curtain-raising victory by a host country since 1934 - and this own-goal assisted win over Salah and company. Standing between the new Russian empire and progress to the Round of 16 was an Egypt side now emotionally dependent on Salah. The lauding of him before the game was at a level not even Liverpool fans could hope to match. His name was cheered at least three times louder than any other Egypt player, and each glimpse of him on the big screen ignited a new Egyptian party. In the game, Salah started wide-right, dispensing with defensive duties to try his luck against Yury Zhirkov, an old hand steeled for the fight. Denis Cheryshev scores Russia's second goal Credit: REuters It took Zhirkov 21 minutes to land a bang on the shoulder Salah injured in a tangle with Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final in Kiev. The challenge was fair, but spun Salah round, and soon the Premier League’s golden boot winner moved to play more centrally. He was more effective there, his first real chance on goal coming with a turn and swivel on the edge of Russia’s penalty box. But the shot from the pirouette slid wide. Egypt’s campaign, though was about to take a comical turn, two minutes after the break, when Roman Zobnin miscued a shot after a bad punch by the goalkeeper, and Ahmed Fathy, the Egyptian captain, under pressure from Artem Dzyuba, took a wild swing at it and swiped it into his own net. Bare-chested Egyptian fans in Pharoah headgear looked on miserably. Egypt’s defence, like Saudi Arabia’s, disintegrated, conceding three times, twice abjectly . Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah dribbles past Russia's defender Sergey Ignashevich Credit: AFP With Salah’s team still reeling from the own goal, Mario Fernandes cut a cross back for Cheryshev to double the lead, and then Ali Gabr failed to control a dropping ball on the edge of his box and allowed it to run to Dzyuba, the former star Russian striker who lost his way. Dzyuba’s military salute for the goal was in tune with his combative work in unsettling Egypt’s back four. The defensive ineptitude of opponents is helping Russia, but their probable advance will help maintain the interest of those who are ultimately paying for most of it - the Russian public, who have been treated to eight goals and plenty of workmanlike enterprise from their team. Salah, in effect, lost his World Cup campaign in the Champions League final, though he fought his way back to leave a small mark here. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article 9:03PM That's moved the boy Denis Level with He Who Must Not Be Mentioned in the race for the Golden Boot. 8:58PM Class piece from Jim White Seems absolutely ridiculous that these two fans have to travel to Russia to watch their team play football live. Why? Because they are women from Iran. https://t.co/pSLIeiuqvz— Jim White (@jimw1) June 19, 2018 8:57PM Uruguay will have enjoyed that. Now a World Cup last-16 place is theirs for the taking if they beat Saudi Arabia. 8:55PM Group A Table 8:54PM Nice! Best goal difference by a host nation through two #WorldCup games: +7 ���� 2018 Russia +7 ���� 1998 France (won title) +6 ���� 1934 Italy (won title) +5 ���� 1930 Uruguay (won title)— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) June 19, 2018 8:52PM Full time: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Hard lines for Egypt, but Russia are having a bit of a moment and deserved their win. 8:49PM 90+ mins: there will be four minutes added Warda and Kudryashov square up. Kudryashov looks like he could eat Warda for breakfast and still have room for pancakes. The hosts are, barring an astonishing Saudi Arabia result, going through. 8:47PM 89 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Nice move, Salah nearly dancing through, they get the break of the ball and Warda, from the right, hits it wide of the post. 8:46PM 86 mins Warda with a useful cross in. Since they, erm, went 3-0 down Egypt have played with a lot more vim. Also, other attacking players have started trying to do something rather than just looking to Salah. This is the problem with a one man team, obvs. 8:45PM 85 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt having the odd 1/4 chance but to be honest this feels remote in the extreme as a possibility. 8:42PM 84 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kahraba on, Mohsen off. Yuri Zhirkov is replaced by Fedor Kudryashov. 8:38PM 80 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt getting greedy, now they want another pen. Mohsen hits the deck. Kutepov the accused. No penalty. And I'll tell you why not: because Mohsen had fouled HIM. 8:37PM 79 mins: Golovin controls the ball majestically, nips past Gabr and waits for the foul, and the inevitable freekick. Ref doesn't give it. Snigger. Smolov comes on for Dzubya. 8:33PM 75 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kuziaev comes on, the dangerman Cheryshev off. Russia have a decent opportunity to slam the coffin lid down when Samedov delivers a useful freekick to the back stick. Ignashevich's header is saved. 8:31PM VAR to the rescue Again, VAR gets there. But poor refereeing. Always been a penalty.— Matt Smith (@msmith850) June 19, 2018 8:31PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 1 (Salah 73 pen) He's wellied that! Bosh. No messing from Mo Salah. Is that an improbable lifeline? 8:30PM 71 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 0 Salah is hauled down. To most viewers, it is clear that it is inside the box. But not to the referee though. He gives it outside the box but fortunately the VAR comes to the rescue. A PENALTY IS AWARDED Credit: BBC 8:25PM 66 mins Fed by Salah with a nice ball, Trezeguet has a shot wide, and that will be Trezeguet's last contribution. He's getting the hook, and here comes Sobhi. 8:22PM 65 mins Warda on, Elneny off. Egypt have a freekick, Gabr tries to make amends for his defensive spinelessness with a header. No. 8:20PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 0 (Dzyuba 62) Another one! Oh dear, this is turning into a horrible night for the Pharoahs. Route one, big Dzyuba chests the ball down and it's men against boys as Gabr and Hegazi crumble and let him through. Hammers it home and that, my friends, is the night boat to Cairo. Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores Credit: Getty 8:16PM GOAL! Russia 2 Egypt 0 (Cheryshev 59) Ooh, that is going to be the killer blow, surely. Nice work from Figueira Fernandes, heart and energy down the right to join the attack. Pulls the ball back, and there is the deadly Denis Cheryshev to slot the ball home. That's his third of the tournament by the way, and it looks likely that it is going to send Russia through... and send poor Egypt home. 8:14PM No OG no fun There were no own-goals at all at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. What miserable times they must have been.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 19, 2018 8:13PM 55 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 That was the moment? Maybe? The ball is played into the Russian box, knockdown, Salah has it at his feet eight yards out.... but he cannot get it out from under him and the desperate Russians can clear. Fully fit, he jinks and smashes that. But he is not confident in his body. 8:10PM 52 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Russians enjoying a couple of corners. At this rate (5 own goals in 17 matches), this World Cup will have 19 own goals. The record most in a single World Cup is 6, set in 1998. #WorldCup#RUS#EGY— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) June 19, 2018 8:04PM OWN GOAL! by Fathy: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Aw, that is rotten luck for Egypt, although their keeper must carry his fair share of blame. Golovin crosses it in, the keeper comes out with a flappy, silly punch. Shoulda caught that. Instead, he punches, the Russian 11 Zobnin drills it back in and a panicking Fathy stabs it into his own net. (Fathy OG 47 mins) Dreadful shot by Zobnin by the way, would have practically gone out for a corner had Fathy not intervened. Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (R) watches as the ball ends up in his net after a deflection by Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (L) Credit: AFP/Getty 8:03PM 46 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Always a shame to see a brilliant player not at his best due to injury. But hopefully Mo Salah can weave a bit of magic. 8:00PM This shows Salah's position (10) Average touch positions (half time) He's basically playing as a narrow advanced forward. Alan Shearer sums it up well on BBC: "Mo Salah, you can tell, is only 70-75% fit and they know that - they're protecting him, he's not running back and they're just trying to get the ball up to him." 7:57PM Pretty fair Russia vs Egypt shots on goal 7:46PM Half time: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That'll do it for the half, not many chances, but plenty of energy. 7:44PM 42 mins Fun, B- quality, end-to-end stuff, here are the Russians with a corner. Gabr involved in a good old fashioned grappling contest with Dzyuba. Risky business in these VAR times... 7:42PM 40 mins There's our boy! Class from Salah, Mohsen dummies, Salah gets it and spins away from his man. Peach of a curling effort but not quite. 7:40PM 37 mins Lovely counter by Egypt, but it starts in bizarre fashion when the ball hits the ref, wrong-footing everyone! Elneny with a great ball in and Mohsen should have done a lot better. 7:35PM 34 mins Nice ball in! Mohsen just misses out to Figueira Fernandes of Russia. More even now. 7:34PM 33 mins Better spell from Egypt. Passing it, higher up the pitch. Looking slicker, ball into the area from Shafy is flicked on. Salah nearly there at the back stick! Corner. Delivery is poor. 7:33PM 30 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Enjoyable game so far. Russia unsophisticated but useful, got some pace, got some who can deliver the ball, attack in numbers. Egypt are unbalanced. They need to just get a bit of the ball, play themselves into this. 7:28PM 27 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Decent from Salah as he holds it up to tee up Trézéguet , whose shot is charged down. But it is a momentary respite: here come the Russians again. 7:27PM 25 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 This Egypt defence are making some blunders and I think they are going to be sorry. A ball is played in by Cheryshev. Keeper El-Shenawy comes, and is barged off it by Hegazi. Don't panic! 7:25PM 22 mins Salah is not doing a lot. And as I say, he is not offering anything defensively, just standing out on the right wing. Here come the Russians down the left. Gazinskii crosses and the big lad Dzyuba gets up well but glances his header too fine. 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah... he's in! Credit: AFP/Getty 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Russia move to brink of qualification for knockout rounds after second-half blitz sees off Egypt
Eight goals in two games have averted Russia’s nightmare of spending tens of millions of dollars on a World Cup only to go out in the group stage. Mohamed Salah meanwhile has been restricted to a penalty, lots of physio on his injured shoulder and an awkward meeting with Chechnya’s warlord. Salah’s penalty kick when Egypt already trailed 3-0 was a small reward for his hard work in the treatment room and gym. It pales, though, beside the potential dividend for Russia from 5-0 and 3-1 victories against two of the tournament’s weaker sides. If all the hosts could hope for was to string their presence out to the point of respectability, their supporters now have something to be excited about beyond the stardust spread by other countries. If Saudi Arabia fail to beat Uruguay (and who would back them to win?) Russia will advance to the knock-out rounds for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Saint Petersburg Stadium was not full for this second home triumph, but the 64,468 here were giddy as three second-half goals flew in inside 15 minutes (the first, a ludicrous own goal). Salah performed honourably after missing the 1-0 defeat to Uruguay, but to expect him to walk straight back in and rescue Egypt was fanciful, especially as he lacks team-mates of the quality of Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. His goal came in the 73rd minute after he was pulled down by the arm (this is becoming a pattern), apparently outside the Russia penalty box, until VAR showed it to be penalty. These Russia players are pretty much equal and indistinguishable. The Soviet system would have been proud of this mechanical team. It’s as if their training stopped at pass and run, which they do well, and dispensed with the subtleties of the game, such as ingenuity and vision around the penalty box. Denis Cheryshev has been the best of them, and their energy and commitment ought to be acknowledged. Not that they will feel they had much choice in those respects. Russia have made a brilliant start to the tournament on home soil Credit: AFP They are all Russia have, and were cast into a home World Cup as the lowest-ranked team in the tournament with the unenviable task of matching the grandeur of the stadiums. Plainly this is going to be beyond them, however uplifting their 5-0 opening night win against Saudi Arabia - the biggest curtain-raising victory by a host country since 1934 - and this own-goal assisted win over Salah and company. Standing between the new Russian empire and progress to the Round of 16 was an Egypt side now emotionally dependent on Salah. The lauding of him before the game was at a level not even Liverpool fans could hope to match. His name was cheered at least three times louder than any other Egypt player, and each glimpse of him on the big screen ignited a new Egyptian party. In the game, Salah started wide-right, dispensing with defensive duties to try his luck against Yury Zhirkov, an old hand steeled for the fight. Denis Cheryshev scores Russia's second goal Credit: REuters It took Zhirkov 21 minutes to land a bang on the shoulder Salah injured in a tangle with Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final in Kiev. The challenge was fair, but spun Salah round, and soon the Premier League’s golden boot winner moved to play more centrally. He was more effective there, his first real chance on goal coming with a turn and swivel on the edge of Russia’s penalty box. But the shot from the pirouette slid wide. Egypt’s campaign, though was about to take a comical turn, two minutes after the break, when Roman Zobnin miscued a shot after a bad punch by the goalkeeper, and Ahmed Fathy, the Egyptian captain, under pressure from Artem Dzyuba, took a wild swing at it and swiped it into his own net. Bare-chested Egyptian fans in Pharoah headgear looked on miserably. Egypt’s defence, like Saudi Arabia’s, disintegrated, conceding three times, twice abjectly . Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah dribbles past Russia's defender Sergey Ignashevich Credit: AFP With Salah’s team still reeling from the own goal, Mario Fernandes cut a cross back for Cheryshev to double the lead, and then Ali Gabr failed to control a dropping ball on the edge of his box and allowed it to run to Dzyuba, the former star Russian striker who lost his way. Dzyuba’s military salute for the goal was in tune with his combative work in unsettling Egypt’s back four. The defensive ineptitude of opponents is helping Russia, but their probable advance will help maintain the interest of those who are ultimately paying for most of it - the Russian public, who have been treated to eight goals and plenty of workmanlike enterprise from their team. Salah, in effect, lost his World Cup campaign in the Champions League final, though he fought his way back to leave a small mark here. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article 9:03PM That's moved the boy Denis Level with He Who Must Not Be Mentioned in the race for the Golden Boot. 8:58PM Class piece from Jim White Seems absolutely ridiculous that these two fans have to travel to Russia to watch their team play football live. Why? Because they are women from Iran. https://t.co/pSLIeiuqvz— Jim White (@jimw1) June 19, 2018 8:57PM Uruguay will have enjoyed that. Now a World Cup last-16 place is theirs for the taking if they beat Saudi Arabia. 8:55PM Group A Table 8:54PM Nice! Best goal difference by a host nation through two #WorldCup games: +7 ���� 2018 Russia +7 ���� 1998 France (won title) +6 ���� 1934 Italy (won title) +5 ���� 1930 Uruguay (won title)— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) June 19, 2018 8:52PM Full time: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Hard lines for Egypt, but Russia are having a bit of a moment and deserved their win. 8:49PM 90+ mins: there will be four minutes added Warda and Kudryashov square up. Kudryashov looks like he could eat Warda for breakfast and still have room for pancakes. The hosts are, barring an astonishing Saudi Arabia result, going through. 8:47PM 89 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Nice move, Salah nearly dancing through, they get the break of the ball and Warda, from the right, hits it wide of the post. 8:46PM 86 mins Warda with a useful cross in. Since they, erm, went 3-0 down Egypt have played with a lot more vim. Also, other attacking players have started trying to do something rather than just looking to Salah. This is the problem with a one man team, obvs. 8:45PM 85 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt having the odd 1/4 chance but to be honest this feels remote in the extreme as a possibility. 8:42PM 84 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kahraba on, Mohsen off. Yuri Zhirkov is replaced by Fedor Kudryashov. 8:38PM 80 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt getting greedy, now they want another pen. Mohsen hits the deck. Kutepov the accused. No penalty. And I'll tell you why not: because Mohsen had fouled HIM. 8:37PM 79 mins: Golovin controls the ball majestically, nips past Gabr and waits for the foul, and the inevitable freekick. Ref doesn't give it. Snigger. Smolov comes on for Dzubya. 8:33PM 75 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kuziaev comes on, the dangerman Cheryshev off. Russia have a decent opportunity to slam the coffin lid down when Samedov delivers a useful freekick to the back stick. Ignashevich's header is saved. 8:31PM VAR to the rescue Again, VAR gets there. But poor refereeing. Always been a penalty.— Matt Smith (@msmith850) June 19, 2018 8:31PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 1 (Salah 73 pen) He's wellied that! Bosh. No messing from Mo Salah. Is that an improbable lifeline? 8:30PM 71 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 0 Salah is hauled down. To most viewers, it is clear that it is inside the box. But not to the referee though. He gives it outside the box but fortunately the VAR comes to the rescue. A PENALTY IS AWARDED Credit: BBC 8:25PM 66 mins Fed by Salah with a nice ball, Trezeguet has a shot wide, and that will be Trezeguet's last contribution. He's getting the hook, and here comes Sobhi. 8:22PM 65 mins Warda on, Elneny off. Egypt have a freekick, Gabr tries to make amends for his defensive spinelessness with a header. No. 8:20PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 0 (Dzyuba 62) Another one! Oh dear, this is turning into a horrible night for the Pharoahs. Route one, big Dzyuba chests the ball down and it's men against boys as Gabr and Hegazi crumble and let him through. Hammers it home and that, my friends, is the night boat to Cairo. Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores Credit: Getty 8:16PM GOAL! Russia 2 Egypt 0 (Cheryshev 59) Ooh, that is going to be the killer blow, surely. Nice work from Figueira Fernandes, heart and energy down the right to join the attack. Pulls the ball back, and there is the deadly Denis Cheryshev to slot the ball home. That's his third of the tournament by the way, and it looks likely that it is going to send Russia through... and send poor Egypt home. 8:14PM No OG no fun There were no own-goals at all at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. What miserable times they must have been.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 19, 2018 8:13PM 55 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 That was the moment? Maybe? The ball is played into the Russian box, knockdown, Salah has it at his feet eight yards out.... but he cannot get it out from under him and the desperate Russians can clear. Fully fit, he jinks and smashes that. But he is not confident in his body. 8:10PM 52 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Russians enjoying a couple of corners. At this rate (5 own goals in 17 matches), this World Cup will have 19 own goals. The record most in a single World Cup is 6, set in 1998. #WorldCup#RUS#EGY— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) June 19, 2018 8:04PM OWN GOAL! by Fathy: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Aw, that is rotten luck for Egypt, although their keeper must carry his fair share of blame. Golovin crosses it in, the keeper comes out with a flappy, silly punch. Shoulda caught that. Instead, he punches, the Russian 11 Zobnin drills it back in and a panicking Fathy stabs it into his own net. (Fathy OG 47 mins) Dreadful shot by Zobnin by the way, would have practically gone out for a corner had Fathy not intervened. Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (R) watches as the ball ends up in his net after a deflection by Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (L) Credit: AFP/Getty 8:03PM 46 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Always a shame to see a brilliant player not at his best due to injury. But hopefully Mo Salah can weave a bit of magic. 8:00PM This shows Salah's position (10) Average touch positions (half time) He's basically playing as a narrow advanced forward. Alan Shearer sums it up well on BBC: "Mo Salah, you can tell, is only 70-75% fit and they know that - they're protecting him, he's not running back and they're just trying to get the ball up to him." 7:57PM Pretty fair Russia vs Egypt shots on goal 7:46PM Half time: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That'll do it for the half, not many chances, but plenty of energy. 7:44PM 42 mins Fun, B- quality, end-to-end stuff, here are the Russians with a corner. Gabr involved in a good old fashioned grappling contest with Dzyuba. Risky business in these VAR times... 7:42PM 40 mins There's our boy! Class from Salah, Mohsen dummies, Salah gets it and spins away from his man. Peach of a curling effort but not quite. 7:40PM 37 mins Lovely counter by Egypt, but it starts in bizarre fashion when the ball hits the ref, wrong-footing everyone! Elneny with a great ball in and Mohsen should have done a lot better. 7:35PM 34 mins Nice ball in! Mohsen just misses out to Figueira Fernandes of Russia. More even now. 7:34PM 33 mins Better spell from Egypt. Passing it, higher up the pitch. Looking slicker, ball into the area from Shafy is flicked on. Salah nearly there at the back stick! Corner. Delivery is poor. 7:33PM 30 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Enjoyable game so far. Russia unsophisticated but useful, got some pace, got some who can deliver the ball, attack in numbers. Egypt are unbalanced. They need to just get a bit of the ball, play themselves into this. 7:28PM 27 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Decent from Salah as he holds it up to tee up Trézéguet , whose shot is charged down. But it is a momentary respite: here come the Russians again. 7:27PM 25 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 This Egypt defence are making some blunders and I think they are going to be sorry. A ball is played in by Cheryshev. Keeper El-Shenawy comes, and is barged off it by Hegazi. Don't panic! 7:25PM 22 mins Salah is not doing a lot. And as I say, he is not offering anything defensively, just standing out on the right wing. Here come the Russians down the left. Gazinskii crosses and the big lad Dzyuba gets up well but glances his header too fine. 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah... he's in! Credit: AFP/Getty 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Eight goals in two games have averted Russia’s nightmare of spending tens of millions of dollars on a World Cup only to go out in the group stage. Mohamed Salah meanwhile has been restricted to a penalty, lots of physio on his injured shoulder and an awkward meeting with Chechnya’s warlord. Salah’s penalty kick when Egypt already trailed 3-0 was a small reward for his hard work in the treatment room and gym. It pales, though, beside the potential dividend for Russia from 5-0 and 3-1 victories against two of the tournament’s weaker sides. If all the hosts could hope for was to string their presence out to the point of respectability, their supporters now have something to be excited about beyond the stardust spread by other countries. If Saudi Arabia fail to beat Uruguay (and who would back them to win?) Russia will advance to the knock-out rounds for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Saint Petersburg Stadium was not full for this second home triumph, but the 64,468 here were giddy as three second-half goals flew in inside 15 minutes (the first, a ludicrous own goal). Salah performed honourably after missing the 1-0 defeat to Uruguay, but to expect him to walk straight back in and rescue Egypt was fanciful, especially as he lacks team-mates of the quality of Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. His goal came in the 73rd minute after he was pulled down by the arm (this is becoming a pattern), apparently outside the Russia penalty box, until VAR showed it to be penalty. These Russia players are pretty much equal and indistinguishable. The Soviet system would have been proud of this mechanical team. It’s as if their training stopped at pass and run, which they do well, and dispensed with the subtleties of the game, such as ingenuity and vision around the penalty box. Denis Cheryshev has been the best of them, and their energy and commitment ought to be acknowledged. Not that they will feel they had much choice in those respects. Russia have made a brilliant start to the tournament on home soil Credit: AFP They are all Russia have, and were cast into a home World Cup as the lowest-ranked team in the tournament with the unenviable task of matching the grandeur of the stadiums. Plainly this is going to be beyond them, however uplifting their 5-0 opening night win against Saudi Arabia - the biggest curtain-raising victory by a host country since 1934 - and this own-goal assisted win over Salah and company. Standing between the new Russian empire and progress to the Round of 16 was an Egypt side now emotionally dependent on Salah. The lauding of him before the game was at a level not even Liverpool fans could hope to match. His name was cheered at least three times louder than any other Egypt player, and each glimpse of him on the big screen ignited a new Egyptian party. In the game, Salah started wide-right, dispensing with defensive duties to try his luck against Yury Zhirkov, an old hand steeled for the fight. Denis Cheryshev scores Russia's second goal Credit: REuters It took Zhirkov 21 minutes to land a bang on the shoulder Salah injured in a tangle with Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final in Kiev. The challenge was fair, but spun Salah round, and soon the Premier League’s golden boot winner moved to play more centrally. He was more effective there, his first real chance on goal coming with a turn and swivel on the edge of Russia’s penalty box. But the shot from the pirouette slid wide. Egypt’s campaign, though was about to take a comical turn, two minutes after the break, when Roman Zobnin miscued a shot after a bad punch by the goalkeeper, and Ahmed Fathy, the Egyptian captain, under pressure from Artem Dzyuba, took a wild swing at it and swiped it into his own net. Bare-chested Egyptian fans in Pharoah headgear looked on miserably. Egypt’s defence, like Saudi Arabia’s, disintegrated, conceding three times, twice abjectly . Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah dribbles past Russia's defender Sergey Ignashevich Credit: AFP With Salah’s team still reeling from the own goal, Mario Fernandes cut a cross back for Cheryshev to double the lead, and then Ali Gabr failed to control a dropping ball on the edge of his box and allowed it to run to Dzyuba, the former star Russian striker who lost his way. Dzyuba’s military salute for the goal was in tune with his combative work in unsettling Egypt’s back four. The defensive ineptitude of opponents is helping Russia, but their probable advance will help maintain the interest of those who are ultimately paying for most of it - the Russian public, who have been treated to eight goals and plenty of workmanlike enterprise from their team. Salah, in effect, lost his World Cup campaign in the Champions League final, though he fought his way back to leave a small mark here. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article 9:03PM That's moved the boy Denis Level with He Who Must Not Be Mentioned in the race for the Golden Boot. 8:58PM Class piece from Jim White Seems absolutely ridiculous that these two fans have to travel to Russia to watch their team play football live. Why? Because they are women from Iran. https://t.co/pSLIeiuqvz— Jim White (@jimw1) June 19, 2018 8:57PM Uruguay will have enjoyed that. Now a World Cup last-16 place is theirs for the taking if they beat Saudi Arabia. 8:55PM Group A Table 8:54PM Nice! Best goal difference by a host nation through two #WorldCup games: +7 ���� 2018 Russia +7 ���� 1998 France (won title) +6 ���� 1934 Italy (won title) +5 ���� 1930 Uruguay (won title)— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) June 19, 2018 8:52PM Full time: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Hard lines for Egypt, but Russia are having a bit of a moment and deserved their win. 8:49PM 90+ mins: there will be four minutes added Warda and Kudryashov square up. Kudryashov looks like he could eat Warda for breakfast and still have room for pancakes. The hosts are, barring an astonishing Saudi Arabia result, going through. 8:47PM 89 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Nice move, Salah nearly dancing through, they get the break of the ball and Warda, from the right, hits it wide of the post. 8:46PM 86 mins Warda with a useful cross in. Since they, erm, went 3-0 down Egypt have played with a lot more vim. Also, other attacking players have started trying to do something rather than just looking to Salah. This is the problem with a one man team, obvs. 8:45PM 85 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt having the odd 1/4 chance but to be honest this feels remote in the extreme as a possibility. 8:42PM 84 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kahraba on, Mohsen off. Yuri Zhirkov is replaced by Fedor Kudryashov. 8:38PM 80 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt getting greedy, now they want another pen. Mohsen hits the deck. Kutepov the accused. No penalty. And I'll tell you why not: because Mohsen had fouled HIM. 8:37PM 79 mins: Golovin controls the ball majestically, nips past Gabr and waits for the foul, and the inevitable freekick. Ref doesn't give it. Snigger. Smolov comes on for Dzubya. 8:33PM 75 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kuziaev comes on, the dangerman Cheryshev off. Russia have a decent opportunity to slam the coffin lid down when Samedov delivers a useful freekick to the back stick. Ignashevich's header is saved. 8:31PM VAR to the rescue Again, VAR gets there. But poor refereeing. Always been a penalty.— Matt Smith (@msmith850) June 19, 2018 8:31PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 1 (Salah 73 pen) He's wellied that! Bosh. No messing from Mo Salah. Is that an improbable lifeline? 8:30PM 71 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 0 Salah is hauled down. To most viewers, it is clear that it is inside the box. But not to the referee though. He gives it outside the box but fortunately the VAR comes to the rescue. A PENALTY IS AWARDED Credit: BBC 8:25PM 66 mins Fed by Salah with a nice ball, Trezeguet has a shot wide, and that will be Trezeguet's last contribution. He's getting the hook, and here comes Sobhi. 8:22PM 65 mins Warda on, Elneny off. Egypt have a freekick, Gabr tries to make amends for his defensive spinelessness with a header. No. 8:20PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 0 (Dzyuba 62) Another one! Oh dear, this is turning into a horrible night for the Pharoahs. Route one, big Dzyuba chests the ball down and it's men against boys as Gabr and Hegazi crumble and let him through. Hammers it home and that, my friends, is the night boat to Cairo. Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores Credit: Getty 8:16PM GOAL! Russia 2 Egypt 0 (Cheryshev 59) Ooh, that is going to be the killer blow, surely. Nice work from Figueira Fernandes, heart and energy down the right to join the attack. Pulls the ball back, and there is the deadly Denis Cheryshev to slot the ball home. That's his third of the tournament by the way, and it looks likely that it is going to send Russia through... and send poor Egypt home. 8:14PM No OG no fun There were no own-goals at all at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. What miserable times they must have been.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 19, 2018 8:13PM 55 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 That was the moment? Maybe? The ball is played into the Russian box, knockdown, Salah has it at his feet eight yards out.... but he cannot get it out from under him and the desperate Russians can clear. Fully fit, he jinks and smashes that. But he is not confident in his body. 8:10PM 52 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Russians enjoying a couple of corners. At this rate (5 own goals in 17 matches), this World Cup will have 19 own goals. The record most in a single World Cup is 6, set in 1998. #WorldCup#RUS#EGY— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) June 19, 2018 8:04PM OWN GOAL! by Fathy: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Aw, that is rotten luck for Egypt, although their keeper must carry his fair share of blame. Golovin crosses it in, the keeper comes out with a flappy, silly punch. Shoulda caught that. Instead, he punches, the Russian 11 Zobnin drills it back in and a panicking Fathy stabs it into his own net. (Fathy OG 47 mins) Dreadful shot by Zobnin by the way, would have practically gone out for a corner had Fathy not intervened. Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (R) watches as the ball ends up in his net after a deflection by Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (L) Credit: AFP/Getty 8:03PM 46 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Always a shame to see a brilliant player not at his best due to injury. But hopefully Mo Salah can weave a bit of magic. 8:00PM This shows Salah's position (10) Average touch positions (half time) He's basically playing as a narrow advanced forward. Alan Shearer sums it up well on BBC: "Mo Salah, you can tell, is only 70-75% fit and they know that - they're protecting him, he's not running back and they're just trying to get the ball up to him." 7:57PM Pretty fair Russia vs Egypt shots on goal 7:46PM Half time: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That'll do it for the half, not many chances, but plenty of energy. 7:44PM 42 mins Fun, B- quality, end-to-end stuff, here are the Russians with a corner. Gabr involved in a good old fashioned grappling contest with Dzyuba. Risky business in these VAR times... 7:42PM 40 mins There's our boy! Class from Salah, Mohsen dummies, Salah gets it and spins away from his man. Peach of a curling effort but not quite. 7:40PM 37 mins Lovely counter by Egypt, but it starts in bizarre fashion when the ball hits the ref, wrong-footing everyone! Elneny with a great ball in and Mohsen should have done a lot better. 7:35PM 34 mins Nice ball in! Mohsen just misses out to Figueira Fernandes of Russia. More even now. 7:34PM 33 mins Better spell from Egypt. Passing it, higher up the pitch. Looking slicker, ball into the area from Shafy is flicked on. Salah nearly there at the back stick! Corner. Delivery is poor. 7:33PM 30 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Enjoyable game so far. Russia unsophisticated but useful, got some pace, got some who can deliver the ball, attack in numbers. Egypt are unbalanced. They need to just get a bit of the ball, play themselves into this. 7:28PM 27 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Decent from Salah as he holds it up to tee up Trézéguet , whose shot is charged down. But it is a momentary respite: here come the Russians again. 7:27PM 25 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 This Egypt defence are making some blunders and I think they are going to be sorry. A ball is played in by Cheryshev. Keeper El-Shenawy comes, and is barged off it by Hegazi. Don't panic! 7:25PM 22 mins Salah is not doing a lot. And as I say, he is not offering anything defensively, just standing out on the right wing. Here come the Russians down the left. Gazinskii crosses and the big lad Dzyuba gets up well but glances his header too fine. 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah... he's in! Credit: AFP/Getty 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Russia move to brink of qualification for knockout rounds after second-half blitz sees off Egypt
Eight goals in two games have averted Russia’s nightmare of spending tens of millions of dollars on a World Cup only to go out in the group stage. Mohamed Salah meanwhile has been restricted to a penalty, lots of physio on his injured shoulder and an awkward meeting with Chechnya’s warlord. Salah’s penalty kick when Egypt already trailed 3-0 was a small reward for his hard work in the treatment room and gym. It pales, though, beside the potential dividend for Russia from 5-0 and 3-1 victories against two of the tournament’s weaker sides. If all the hosts could hope for was to string their presence out to the point of respectability, their supporters now have something to be excited about beyond the stardust spread by other countries. If Saudi Arabia fail to beat Uruguay (and who would back them to win?) Russia will advance to the knock-out rounds for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Saint Petersburg Stadium was not full for this second home triumph, but the 64,468 here were giddy as three second-half goals flew in inside 15 minutes (the first, a ludicrous own goal). Salah performed honourably after missing the 1-0 defeat to Uruguay, but to expect him to walk straight back in and rescue Egypt was fanciful, especially as he lacks team-mates of the quality of Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. His goal came in the 73rd minute after he was pulled down by the arm (this is becoming a pattern), apparently outside the Russia penalty box, until VAR showed it to be penalty. These Russia players are pretty much equal and indistinguishable. The Soviet system would have been proud of this mechanical team. It’s as if their training stopped at pass and run, which they do well, and dispensed with the subtleties of the game, such as ingenuity and vision around the penalty box. Denis Cheryshev has been the best of them, and their energy and commitment ought to be acknowledged. Not that they will feel they had much choice in those respects. Russia have made a brilliant start to the tournament on home soil Credit: AFP They are all Russia have, and were cast into a home World Cup as the lowest-ranked team in the tournament with the unenviable task of matching the grandeur of the stadiums. Plainly this is going to be beyond them, however uplifting their 5-0 opening night win against Saudi Arabia - the biggest curtain-raising victory by a host country since 1934 - and this own-goal assisted win over Salah and company. Standing between the new Russian empire and progress to the Round of 16 was an Egypt side now emotionally dependent on Salah. The lauding of him before the game was at a level not even Liverpool fans could hope to match. His name was cheered at least three times louder than any other Egypt player, and each glimpse of him on the big screen ignited a new Egyptian party. In the game, Salah started wide-right, dispensing with defensive duties to try his luck against Yury Zhirkov, an old hand steeled for the fight. Denis Cheryshev scores Russia's second goal Credit: REuters It took Zhirkov 21 minutes to land a bang on the shoulder Salah injured in a tangle with Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final in Kiev. The challenge was fair, but spun Salah round, and soon the Premier League’s golden boot winner moved to play more centrally. He was more effective there, his first real chance on goal coming with a turn and swivel on the edge of Russia’s penalty box. But the shot from the pirouette slid wide. Egypt’s campaign, though was about to take a comical turn, two minutes after the break, when Roman Zobnin miscued a shot after a bad punch by the goalkeeper, and Ahmed Fathy, the Egyptian captain, under pressure from Artem Dzyuba, took a wild swing at it and swiped it into his own net. Bare-chested Egyptian fans in Pharoah headgear looked on miserably. Egypt’s defence, like Saudi Arabia’s, disintegrated, conceding three times, twice abjectly . Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah dribbles past Russia's defender Sergey Ignashevich Credit: AFP With Salah’s team still reeling from the own goal, Mario Fernandes cut a cross back for Cheryshev to double the lead, and then Ali Gabr failed to control a dropping ball on the edge of his box and allowed it to run to Dzyuba, the former star Russian striker who lost his way. Dzyuba’s military salute for the goal was in tune with his combative work in unsettling Egypt’s back four. The defensive ineptitude of opponents is helping Russia, but their probable advance will help maintain the interest of those who are ultimately paying for most of it - the Russian public, who have been treated to eight goals and plenty of workmanlike enterprise from their team. Salah, in effect, lost his World Cup campaign in the Champions League final, though he fought his way back to leave a small mark here. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article 9:03PM That's moved the boy Denis Level with He Who Must Not Be Mentioned in the race for the Golden Boot. 8:58PM Class piece from Jim White Seems absolutely ridiculous that these two fans have to travel to Russia to watch their team play football live. Why? Because they are women from Iran. https://t.co/pSLIeiuqvz— Jim White (@jimw1) June 19, 2018 8:57PM Uruguay will have enjoyed that. Now a World Cup last-16 place is theirs for the taking if they beat Saudi Arabia. 8:55PM Group A Table 8:54PM Nice! Best goal difference by a host nation through two #WorldCup games: +7 ���� 2018 Russia +7 ���� 1998 France (won title) +6 ���� 1934 Italy (won title) +5 ���� 1930 Uruguay (won title)— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) June 19, 2018 8:52PM Full time: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Hard lines for Egypt, but Russia are having a bit of a moment and deserved their win. 8:49PM 90+ mins: there will be four minutes added Warda and Kudryashov square up. Kudryashov looks like he could eat Warda for breakfast and still have room for pancakes. The hosts are, barring an astonishing Saudi Arabia result, going through. 8:47PM 89 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Nice move, Salah nearly dancing through, they get the break of the ball and Warda, from the right, hits it wide of the post. 8:46PM 86 mins Warda with a useful cross in. Since they, erm, went 3-0 down Egypt have played with a lot more vim. Also, other attacking players have started trying to do something rather than just looking to Salah. This is the problem with a one man team, obvs. 8:45PM 85 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt having the odd 1/4 chance but to be honest this feels remote in the extreme as a possibility. 8:42PM 84 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kahraba on, Mohsen off. Yuri Zhirkov is replaced by Fedor Kudryashov. 8:38PM 80 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt getting greedy, now they want another pen. Mohsen hits the deck. Kutepov the accused. No penalty. And I'll tell you why not: because Mohsen had fouled HIM. 8:37PM 79 mins: Golovin controls the ball majestically, nips past Gabr and waits for the foul, and the inevitable freekick. Ref doesn't give it. Snigger. Smolov comes on for Dzubya. 8:33PM 75 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kuziaev comes on, the dangerman Cheryshev off. Russia have a decent opportunity to slam the coffin lid down when Samedov delivers a useful freekick to the back stick. Ignashevich's header is saved. 8:31PM VAR to the rescue Again, VAR gets there. But poor refereeing. Always been a penalty.— Matt Smith (@msmith850) June 19, 2018 8:31PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 1 (Salah 73 pen) He's wellied that! Bosh. No messing from Mo Salah. Is that an improbable lifeline? 8:30PM 71 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 0 Salah is hauled down. To most viewers, it is clear that it is inside the box. But not to the referee though. He gives it outside the box but fortunately the VAR comes to the rescue. A PENALTY IS AWARDED Credit: BBC 8:25PM 66 mins Fed by Salah with a nice ball, Trezeguet has a shot wide, and that will be Trezeguet's last contribution. He's getting the hook, and here comes Sobhi. 8:22PM 65 mins Warda on, Elneny off. Egypt have a freekick, Gabr tries to make amends for his defensive spinelessness with a header. No. 8:20PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 0 (Dzyuba 62) Another one! Oh dear, this is turning into a horrible night for the Pharoahs. Route one, big Dzyuba chests the ball down and it's men against boys as Gabr and Hegazi crumble and let him through. Hammers it home and that, my friends, is the night boat to Cairo. Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores Credit: Getty 8:16PM GOAL! Russia 2 Egypt 0 (Cheryshev 59) Ooh, that is going to be the killer blow, surely. Nice work from Figueira Fernandes, heart and energy down the right to join the attack. Pulls the ball back, and there is the deadly Denis Cheryshev to slot the ball home. That's his third of the tournament by the way, and it looks likely that it is going to send Russia through... and send poor Egypt home. 8:14PM No OG no fun There were no own-goals at all at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. What miserable times they must have been.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 19, 2018 8:13PM 55 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 That was the moment? Maybe? The ball is played into the Russian box, knockdown, Salah has it at his feet eight yards out.... but he cannot get it out from under him and the desperate Russians can clear. Fully fit, he jinks and smashes that. But he is not confident in his body. 8:10PM 52 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Russians enjoying a couple of corners. At this rate (5 own goals in 17 matches), this World Cup will have 19 own goals. The record most in a single World Cup is 6, set in 1998. #WorldCup#RUS#EGY— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) June 19, 2018 8:04PM OWN GOAL! by Fathy: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Aw, that is rotten luck for Egypt, although their keeper must carry his fair share of blame. Golovin crosses it in, the keeper comes out with a flappy, silly punch. Shoulda caught that. Instead, he punches, the Russian 11 Zobnin drills it back in and a panicking Fathy stabs it into his own net. (Fathy OG 47 mins) Dreadful shot by Zobnin by the way, would have practically gone out for a corner had Fathy not intervened. Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (R) watches as the ball ends up in his net after a deflection by Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (L) Credit: AFP/Getty 8:03PM 46 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Always a shame to see a brilliant player not at his best due to injury. But hopefully Mo Salah can weave a bit of magic. 8:00PM This shows Salah's position (10) Average touch positions (half time) He's basically playing as a narrow advanced forward. Alan Shearer sums it up well on BBC: "Mo Salah, you can tell, is only 70-75% fit and they know that - they're protecting him, he's not running back and they're just trying to get the ball up to him." 7:57PM Pretty fair Russia vs Egypt shots on goal 7:46PM Half time: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That'll do it for the half, not many chances, but plenty of energy. 7:44PM 42 mins Fun, B- quality, end-to-end stuff, here are the Russians with a corner. Gabr involved in a good old fashioned grappling contest with Dzyuba. Risky business in these VAR times... 7:42PM 40 mins There's our boy! Class from Salah, Mohsen dummies, Salah gets it and spins away from his man. Peach of a curling effort but not quite. 7:40PM 37 mins Lovely counter by Egypt, but it starts in bizarre fashion when the ball hits the ref, wrong-footing everyone! Elneny with a great ball in and Mohsen should have done a lot better. 7:35PM 34 mins Nice ball in! Mohsen just misses out to Figueira Fernandes of Russia. More even now. 7:34PM 33 mins Better spell from Egypt. Passing it, higher up the pitch. Looking slicker, ball into the area from Shafy is flicked on. Salah nearly there at the back stick! Corner. Delivery is poor. 7:33PM 30 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Enjoyable game so far. Russia unsophisticated but useful, got some pace, got some who can deliver the ball, attack in numbers. Egypt are unbalanced. They need to just get a bit of the ball, play themselves into this. 7:28PM 27 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Decent from Salah as he holds it up to tee up Trézéguet , whose shot is charged down. But it is a momentary respite: here come the Russians again. 7:27PM 25 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 This Egypt defence are making some blunders and I think they are going to be sorry. A ball is played in by Cheryshev. Keeper El-Shenawy comes, and is barged off it by Hegazi. Don't panic! 7:25PM 22 mins Salah is not doing a lot. And as I say, he is not offering anything defensively, just standing out on the right wing. Here come the Russians down the left. Gazinskii crosses and the big lad Dzyuba gets up well but glances his header too fine. 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah... he's in! Credit: AFP/Getty 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Eight goals in two games have averted Russia’s nightmare of spending tens of millions of dollars on a World Cup only to go out in the group stage. Mohamed Salah meanwhile has been restricted to a penalty, lots of physio on his injured shoulder and an awkward meeting with Chechnya’s warlord. Salah’s penalty kick when Egypt already trailed 3-0 was a small reward for his hard work in the treatment room and gym. It pales, though, beside the potential dividend for Russia from 5-0 and 3-1 victories against two of the tournament’s weaker sides. If all the hosts could hope for was to string their presence out to the point of respectability, their supporters now have something to be excited about beyond the stardust spread by other countries. If Saudi Arabia fail to beat Uruguay (and who would back them to win?) Russia will advance to the knock-out rounds for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Saint Petersburg Stadium was not full for this second home triumph, but the 64,468 here were giddy as three second-half goals flew in inside 15 minutes (the first, a ludicrous own goal). Salah performed honourably after missing the 1-0 defeat to Uruguay, but to expect him to walk straight back in and rescue Egypt was fanciful, especially as he lacks team-mates of the quality of Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. His goal came in the 73rd minute after he was pulled down by the arm (this is becoming a pattern), apparently outside the Russia penalty box, until VAR showed it to be penalty. These Russia players are pretty much equal and indistinguishable. The Soviet system would have been proud of this mechanical team. It’s as if their training stopped at pass and run, which they do well, and dispensed with the subtleties of the game, such as ingenuity and vision around the penalty box. Denis Cheryshev has been the best of them, and their energy and commitment ought to be acknowledged. Not that they will feel they had much choice in those respects. Russia have made a brilliant start to the tournament on home soil Credit: AFP They are all Russia have, and were cast into a home World Cup as the lowest-ranked team in the tournament with the unenviable task of matching the grandeur of the stadiums. Plainly this is going to be beyond them, however uplifting their 5-0 opening night win against Saudi Arabia - the biggest curtain-raising victory by a host country since 1934 - and this own-goal assisted win over Salah and company. Standing between the new Russian empire and progress to the Round of 16 was an Egypt side now emotionally dependent on Salah. The lauding of him before the game was at a level not even Liverpool fans could hope to match. His name was cheered at least three times louder than any other Egypt player, and each glimpse of him on the big screen ignited a new Egyptian party. In the game, Salah started wide-right, dispensing with defensive duties to try his luck against Yury Zhirkov, an old hand steeled for the fight. Denis Cheryshev scores Russia's second goal Credit: REuters It took Zhirkov 21 minutes to land a bang on the shoulder Salah injured in a tangle with Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final in Kiev. The challenge was fair, but spun Salah round, and soon the Premier League’s golden boot winner moved to play more centrally. He was more effective there, his first real chance on goal coming with a turn and swivel on the edge of Russia’s penalty box. But the shot from the pirouette slid wide. Egypt’s campaign, though was about to take a comical turn, two minutes after the break, when Roman Zobnin miscued a shot after a bad punch by the goalkeeper, and Ahmed Fathy, the Egyptian captain, under pressure from Artem Dzyuba, took a wild swing at it and swiped it into his own net. Bare-chested Egyptian fans in Pharoah headgear looked on miserably. Egypt’s defence, like Saudi Arabia’s, disintegrated, conceding three times, twice abjectly . Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah dribbles past Russia's defender Sergey Ignashevich Credit: AFP With Salah’s team still reeling from the own goal, Mario Fernandes cut a cross back for Cheryshev to double the lead, and then Ali Gabr failed to control a dropping ball on the edge of his box and allowed it to run to Dzyuba, the former star Russian striker who lost his way. Dzyuba’s military salute for the goal was in tune with his combative work in unsettling Egypt’s back four. The defensive ineptitude of opponents is helping Russia, but their probable advance will help maintain the interest of those who are ultimately paying for most of it - the Russian public, who have been treated to eight goals and plenty of workmanlike enterprise from their team. Salah, in effect, lost his World Cup campaign in the Champions League final, though he fought his way back to leave a small mark here. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article 9:03PM That's moved the boy Denis Level with He Who Must Not Be Mentioned in the race for the Golden Boot. 8:58PM Class piece from Jim White Seems absolutely ridiculous that these two fans have to travel to Russia to watch their team play football live. Why? Because they are women from Iran. https://t.co/pSLIeiuqvz— Jim White (@jimw1) June 19, 2018 8:57PM Uruguay will have enjoyed that. Now a World Cup last-16 place is theirs for the taking if they beat Saudi Arabia. 8:55PM Group A Table 8:54PM Nice! Best goal difference by a host nation through two #WorldCup games: +7 ���� 2018 Russia +7 ���� 1998 France (won title) +6 ���� 1934 Italy (won title) +5 ���� 1930 Uruguay (won title)— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) June 19, 2018 8:52PM Full time: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Hard lines for Egypt, but Russia are having a bit of a moment and deserved their win. 8:49PM 90+ mins: there will be four minutes added Warda and Kudryashov square up. Kudryashov looks like he could eat Warda for breakfast and still have room for pancakes. The hosts are, barring an astonishing Saudi Arabia result, going through. 8:47PM 89 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Nice move, Salah nearly dancing through, they get the break of the ball and Warda, from the right, hits it wide of the post. 8:46PM 86 mins Warda with a useful cross in. Since they, erm, went 3-0 down Egypt have played with a lot more vim. Also, other attacking players have started trying to do something rather than just looking to Salah. This is the problem with a one man team, obvs. 8:45PM 85 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt having the odd 1/4 chance but to be honest this feels remote in the extreme as a possibility. 8:42PM 84 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kahraba on, Mohsen off. Yuri Zhirkov is replaced by Fedor Kudryashov. 8:38PM 80 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt getting greedy, now they want another pen. Mohsen hits the deck. Kutepov the accused. No penalty. And I'll tell you why not: because Mohsen had fouled HIM. 8:37PM 79 mins: Golovin controls the ball majestically, nips past Gabr and waits for the foul, and the inevitable freekick. Ref doesn't give it. Snigger. Smolov comes on for Dzubya. 8:33PM 75 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kuziaev comes on, the dangerman Cheryshev off. Russia have a decent opportunity to slam the coffin lid down when Samedov delivers a useful freekick to the back stick. Ignashevich's header is saved. 8:31PM VAR to the rescue Again, VAR gets there. But poor refereeing. Always been a penalty.— Matt Smith (@msmith850) June 19, 2018 8:31PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 1 (Salah 73 pen) He's wellied that! Bosh. No messing from Mo Salah. Is that an improbable lifeline? 8:30PM 71 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 0 Salah is hauled down. To most viewers, it is clear that it is inside the box. But not to the referee though. He gives it outside the box but fortunately the VAR comes to the rescue. A PENALTY IS AWARDED Credit: BBC 8:25PM 66 mins Fed by Salah with a nice ball, Trezeguet has a shot wide, and that will be Trezeguet's last contribution. He's getting the hook, and here comes Sobhi. 8:22PM 65 mins Warda on, Elneny off. Egypt have a freekick, Gabr tries to make amends for his defensive spinelessness with a header. No. 8:20PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 0 (Dzyuba 62) Another one! Oh dear, this is turning into a horrible night for the Pharoahs. Route one, big Dzyuba chests the ball down and it's men against boys as Gabr and Hegazi crumble and let him through. Hammers it home and that, my friends, is the night boat to Cairo. Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores Credit: Getty 8:16PM GOAL! Russia 2 Egypt 0 (Cheryshev 59) Ooh, that is going to be the killer blow, surely. Nice work from Figueira Fernandes, heart and energy down the right to join the attack. Pulls the ball back, and there is the deadly Denis Cheryshev to slot the ball home. That's his third of the tournament by the way, and it looks likely that it is going to send Russia through... and send poor Egypt home. 8:14PM No OG no fun There were no own-goals at all at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. What miserable times they must have been.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 19, 2018 8:13PM 55 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 That was the moment? Maybe? The ball is played into the Russian box, knockdown, Salah has it at his feet eight yards out.... but he cannot get it out from under him and the desperate Russians can clear. Fully fit, he jinks and smashes that. But he is not confident in his body. 8:10PM 52 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Russians enjoying a couple of corners. At this rate (5 own goals in 17 matches), this World Cup will have 19 own goals. The record most in a single World Cup is 6, set in 1998. #WorldCup#RUS#EGY— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) June 19, 2018 8:04PM OWN GOAL! by Fathy: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Aw, that is rotten luck for Egypt, although their keeper must carry his fair share of blame. Golovin crosses it in, the keeper comes out with a flappy, silly punch. Shoulda caught that. Instead, he punches, the Russian 11 Zobnin drills it back in and a panicking Fathy stabs it into his own net. (Fathy OG 47 mins) Dreadful shot by Zobnin by the way, would have practically gone out for a corner had Fathy not intervened. Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (R) watches as the ball ends up in his net after a deflection by Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (L) Credit: AFP/Getty 8:03PM 46 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Always a shame to see a brilliant player not at his best due to injury. But hopefully Mo Salah can weave a bit of magic. 8:00PM This shows Salah's position (10) Average touch positions (half time) He's basically playing as a narrow advanced forward. Alan Shearer sums it up well on BBC: "Mo Salah, you can tell, is only 70-75% fit and they know that - they're protecting him, he's not running back and they're just trying to get the ball up to him." 7:57PM Pretty fair Russia vs Egypt shots on goal 7:46PM Half time: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That'll do it for the half, not many chances, but plenty of energy. 7:44PM 42 mins Fun, B- quality, end-to-end stuff, here are the Russians with a corner. Gabr involved in a good old fashioned grappling contest with Dzyuba. Risky business in these VAR times... 7:42PM 40 mins There's our boy! Class from Salah, Mohsen dummies, Salah gets it and spins away from his man. Peach of a curling effort but not quite. 7:40PM 37 mins Lovely counter by Egypt, but it starts in bizarre fashion when the ball hits the ref, wrong-footing everyone! Elneny with a great ball in and Mohsen should have done a lot better. 7:35PM 34 mins Nice ball in! Mohsen just misses out to Figueira Fernandes of Russia. More even now. 7:34PM 33 mins Better spell from Egypt. Passing it, higher up the pitch. Looking slicker, ball into the area from Shafy is flicked on. Salah nearly there at the back stick! Corner. Delivery is poor. 7:33PM 30 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Enjoyable game so far. Russia unsophisticated but useful, got some pace, got some who can deliver the ball, attack in numbers. Egypt are unbalanced. They need to just get a bit of the ball, play themselves into this. 7:28PM 27 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Decent from Salah as he holds it up to tee up Trézéguet , whose shot is charged down. But it is a momentary respite: here come the Russians again. 7:27PM 25 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 This Egypt defence are making some blunders and I think they are going to be sorry. A ball is played in by Cheryshev. Keeper El-Shenawy comes, and is barged off it by Hegazi. Don't panic! 7:25PM 22 mins Salah is not doing a lot. And as I say, he is not offering anything defensively, just standing out on the right wing. Here come the Russians down the left. Gazinskii crosses and the big lad Dzyuba gets up well but glances his header too fine. 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah... he's in! Credit: AFP/Getty 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Russia move to brink of qualification for knockout rounds after second-half blitz sees off Egypt
Eight goals in two games have averted Russia’s nightmare of spending tens of millions of dollars on a World Cup only to go out in the group stage. Mohamed Salah meanwhile has been restricted to a penalty, lots of physio on his injured shoulder and an awkward meeting with Chechnya’s warlord. Salah’s penalty kick when Egypt already trailed 3-0 was a small reward for his hard work in the treatment room and gym. It pales, though, beside the potential dividend for Russia from 5-0 and 3-1 victories against two of the tournament’s weaker sides. If all the hosts could hope for was to string their presence out to the point of respectability, their supporters now have something to be excited about beyond the stardust spread by other countries. If Saudi Arabia fail to beat Uruguay (and who would back them to win?) Russia will advance to the knock-out rounds for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Saint Petersburg Stadium was not full for this second home triumph, but the 64,468 here were giddy as three second-half goals flew in inside 15 minutes (the first, a ludicrous own goal). Salah performed honourably after missing the 1-0 defeat to Uruguay, but to expect him to walk straight back in and rescue Egypt was fanciful, especially as he lacks team-mates of the quality of Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. His goal came in the 73rd minute after he was pulled down by the arm (this is becoming a pattern), apparently outside the Russia penalty box, until VAR showed it to be penalty. These Russia players are pretty much equal and indistinguishable. The Soviet system would have been proud of this mechanical team. It’s as if their training stopped at pass and run, which they do well, and dispensed with the subtleties of the game, such as ingenuity and vision around the penalty box. Denis Cheryshev has been the best of them, and their energy and commitment ought to be acknowledged. Not that they will feel they had much choice in those respects. Russia have made a brilliant start to the tournament on home soil Credit: AFP They are all Russia have, and were cast into a home World Cup as the lowest-ranked team in the tournament with the unenviable task of matching the grandeur of the stadiums. Plainly this is going to be beyond them, however uplifting their 5-0 opening night win against Saudi Arabia - the biggest curtain-raising victory by a host country since 1934 - and this own-goal assisted win over Salah and company. Standing between the new Russian empire and progress to the Round of 16 was an Egypt side now emotionally dependent on Salah. The lauding of him before the game was at a level not even Liverpool fans could hope to match. His name was cheered at least three times louder than any other Egypt player, and each glimpse of him on the big screen ignited a new Egyptian party. In the game, Salah started wide-right, dispensing with defensive duties to try his luck against Yury Zhirkov, an old hand steeled for the fight. Denis Cheryshev scores Russia's second goal Credit: REuters It took Zhirkov 21 minutes to land a bang on the shoulder Salah injured in a tangle with Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final in Kiev. The challenge was fair, but spun Salah round, and soon the Premier League’s golden boot winner moved to play more centrally. He was more effective there, his first real chance on goal coming with a turn and swivel on the edge of Russia’s penalty box. But the shot from the pirouette slid wide. Egypt’s campaign, though was about to take a comical turn, two minutes after the break, when Roman Zobnin miscued a shot after a bad punch by the goalkeeper, and Ahmed Fathy, the Egyptian captain, under pressure from Artem Dzyuba, took a wild swing at it and swiped it into his own net. Bare-chested Egyptian fans in Pharoah headgear looked on miserably. Egypt’s defence, like Saudi Arabia’s, disintegrated, conceding three times, twice abjectly . Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah dribbles past Russia's defender Sergey Ignashevich Credit: AFP With Salah’s team still reeling from the own goal, Mario Fernandes cut a cross back for Cheryshev to double the lead, and then Ali Gabr failed to control a dropping ball on the edge of his box and allowed it to run to Dzyuba, the former star Russian striker who lost his way. Dzyuba’s military salute for the goal was in tune with his combative work in unsettling Egypt’s back four. The defensive ineptitude of opponents is helping Russia, but their probable advance will help maintain the interest of those who are ultimately paying for most of it - the Russian public, who have been treated to eight goals and plenty of workmanlike enterprise from their team. Salah, in effect, lost his World Cup campaign in the Champions League final, though he fought his way back to leave a small mark here. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article 9:03PM That's moved the boy Denis Level with He Who Must Not Be Mentioned in the race for the Golden Boot. 8:58PM Class piece from Jim White Seems absolutely ridiculous that these two fans have to travel to Russia to watch their team play football live. Why? Because they are women from Iran. https://t.co/pSLIeiuqvz— Jim White (@jimw1) June 19, 2018 8:57PM Uruguay will have enjoyed that. Now a World Cup last-16 place is theirs for the taking if they beat Saudi Arabia. 8:55PM Group A Table 8:54PM Nice! Best goal difference by a host nation through two #WorldCup games: +7 ���� 2018 Russia +7 ���� 1998 France (won title) +6 ���� 1934 Italy (won title) +5 ���� 1930 Uruguay (won title)— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) June 19, 2018 8:52PM Full time: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Hard lines for Egypt, but Russia are having a bit of a moment and deserved their win. 8:49PM 90+ mins: there will be four minutes added Warda and Kudryashov square up. Kudryashov looks like he could eat Warda for breakfast and still have room for pancakes. The hosts are, barring an astonishing Saudi Arabia result, going through. 8:47PM 89 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Nice move, Salah nearly dancing through, they get the break of the ball and Warda, from the right, hits it wide of the post. 8:46PM 86 mins Warda with a useful cross in. Since they, erm, went 3-0 down Egypt have played with a lot more vim. Also, other attacking players have started trying to do something rather than just looking to Salah. This is the problem with a one man team, obvs. 8:45PM 85 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt having the odd 1/4 chance but to be honest this feels remote in the extreme as a possibility. 8:42PM 84 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kahraba on, Mohsen off. Yuri Zhirkov is replaced by Fedor Kudryashov. 8:38PM 80 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt getting greedy, now they want another pen. Mohsen hits the deck. Kutepov the accused. No penalty. And I'll tell you why not: because Mohsen had fouled HIM. 8:37PM 79 mins: Golovin controls the ball majestically, nips past Gabr and waits for the foul, and the inevitable freekick. Ref doesn't give it. Snigger. Smolov comes on for Dzubya. 8:33PM 75 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kuziaev comes on, the dangerman Cheryshev off. Russia have a decent opportunity to slam the coffin lid down when Samedov delivers a useful freekick to the back stick. Ignashevich's header is saved. 8:31PM VAR to the rescue Again, VAR gets there. But poor refereeing. Always been a penalty.— Matt Smith (@msmith850) June 19, 2018 8:31PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 1 (Salah 73 pen) He's wellied that! Bosh. No messing from Mo Salah. Is that an improbable lifeline? 8:30PM 71 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 0 Salah is hauled down. To most viewers, it is clear that it is inside the box. But not to the referee though. He gives it outside the box but fortunately the VAR comes to the rescue. A PENALTY IS AWARDED Credit: BBC 8:25PM 66 mins Fed by Salah with a nice ball, Trezeguet has a shot wide, and that will be Trezeguet's last contribution. He's getting the hook, and here comes Sobhi. 8:22PM 65 mins Warda on, Elneny off. Egypt have a freekick, Gabr tries to make amends for his defensive spinelessness with a header. No. 8:20PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 0 (Dzyuba 62) Another one! Oh dear, this is turning into a horrible night for the Pharoahs. Route one, big Dzyuba chests the ball down and it's men against boys as Gabr and Hegazi crumble and let him through. Hammers it home and that, my friends, is the night boat to Cairo. Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores Credit: Getty 8:16PM GOAL! Russia 2 Egypt 0 (Cheryshev 59) Ooh, that is going to be the killer blow, surely. Nice work from Figueira Fernandes, heart and energy down the right to join the attack. Pulls the ball back, and there is the deadly Denis Cheryshev to slot the ball home. That's his third of the tournament by the way, and it looks likely that it is going to send Russia through... and send poor Egypt home. 8:14PM No OG no fun There were no own-goals at all at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. What miserable times they must have been.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 19, 2018 8:13PM 55 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 That was the moment? Maybe? The ball is played into the Russian box, knockdown, Salah has it at his feet eight yards out.... but he cannot get it out from under him and the desperate Russians can clear. Fully fit, he jinks and smashes that. But he is not confident in his body. 8:10PM 52 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Russians enjoying a couple of corners. At this rate (5 own goals in 17 matches), this World Cup will have 19 own goals. The record most in a single World Cup is 6, set in 1998. #WorldCup#RUS#EGY— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) June 19, 2018 8:04PM OWN GOAL! by Fathy: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Aw, that is rotten luck for Egypt, although their keeper must carry his fair share of blame. Golovin crosses it in, the keeper comes out with a flappy, silly punch. Shoulda caught that. Instead, he punches, the Russian 11 Zobnin drills it back in and a panicking Fathy stabs it into his own net. (Fathy OG 47 mins) Dreadful shot by Zobnin by the way, would have practically gone out for a corner had Fathy not intervened. Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (R) watches as the ball ends up in his net after a deflection by Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (L) Credit: AFP/Getty 8:03PM 46 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Always a shame to see a brilliant player not at his best due to injury. But hopefully Mo Salah can weave a bit of magic. 8:00PM This shows Salah's position (10) Average touch positions (half time) He's basically playing as a narrow advanced forward. Alan Shearer sums it up well on BBC: "Mo Salah, you can tell, is only 70-75% fit and they know that - they're protecting him, he's not running back and they're just trying to get the ball up to him." 7:57PM Pretty fair Russia vs Egypt shots on goal 7:46PM Half time: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That'll do it for the half, not many chances, but plenty of energy. 7:44PM 42 mins Fun, B- quality, end-to-end stuff, here are the Russians with a corner. Gabr involved in a good old fashioned grappling contest with Dzyuba. Risky business in these VAR times... 7:42PM 40 mins There's our boy! Class from Salah, Mohsen dummies, Salah gets it and spins away from his man. Peach of a curling effort but not quite. 7:40PM 37 mins Lovely counter by Egypt, but it starts in bizarre fashion when the ball hits the ref, wrong-footing everyone! Elneny with a great ball in and Mohsen should have done a lot better. 7:35PM 34 mins Nice ball in! Mohsen just misses out to Figueira Fernandes of Russia. More even now. 7:34PM 33 mins Better spell from Egypt. Passing it, higher up the pitch. Looking slicker, ball into the area from Shafy is flicked on. Salah nearly there at the back stick! Corner. Delivery is poor. 7:33PM 30 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Enjoyable game so far. Russia unsophisticated but useful, got some pace, got some who can deliver the ball, attack in numbers. Egypt are unbalanced. They need to just get a bit of the ball, play themselves into this. 7:28PM 27 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Decent from Salah as he holds it up to tee up Trézéguet , whose shot is charged down. But it is a momentary respite: here come the Russians again. 7:27PM 25 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 This Egypt defence are making some blunders and I think they are going to be sorry. A ball is played in by Cheryshev. Keeper El-Shenawy comes, and is barged off it by Hegazi. Don't panic! 7:25PM 22 mins Salah is not doing a lot. And as I say, he is not offering anything defensively, just standing out on the right wing. Here come the Russians down the left. Gazinskii crosses and the big lad Dzyuba gets up well but glances his header too fine. 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah... he's in! Credit: AFP/Getty 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Eight goals in two games have averted Russia’s nightmare of spending tens of millions of dollars on a World Cup only to go out in the group stage. Mohamed Salah meanwhile has been restricted to a penalty, lots of physio on his injured shoulder and an awkward meeting with Chechnya’s warlord. Salah’s penalty kick when Egypt already trailed 3-0 was a small reward for his hard work in the treatment room and gym. It pales, though, beside the potential dividend for Russia from 5-0 and 3-1 victories against two of the tournament’s weaker sides. If all the hosts could hope for was to string their presence out to the point of respectability, their supporters now have something to be excited about beyond the stardust spread by other countries. If Saudi Arabia fail to beat Uruguay (and who would back them to win?) Russia will advance to the knock-out rounds for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Saint Petersburg Stadium was not full for this second home triumph, but the 64,468 here were giddy as three second-half goals flew in inside 15 minutes (the first, a ludicrous own goal). Salah performed honourably after missing the 1-0 defeat to Uruguay, but to expect him to walk straight back in and rescue Egypt was fanciful, especially as he lacks team-mates of the quality of Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. His goal came in the 73rd minute after he was pulled down by the arm (this is becoming a pattern), apparently outside the Russia penalty box, until VAR showed it to be penalty. These Russia players are pretty much equal and indistinguishable. The Soviet system would have been proud of this mechanical team. It’s as if their training stopped at pass and run, which they do well, and dispensed with the subtleties of the game, such as ingenuity and vision around the penalty box. Denis Cheryshev has been the best of them, and their energy and commitment ought to be acknowledged. Not that they will feel they had much choice in those respects. Russia have made a brilliant start to the tournament on home soil Credit: AFP They are all Russia have, and were cast into a home World Cup as the lowest-ranked team in the tournament with the unenviable task of matching the grandeur of the stadiums. Plainly this is going to be beyond them, however uplifting their 5-0 opening night win against Saudi Arabia - the biggest curtain-raising victory by a host country since 1934 - and this own-goal assisted win over Salah and company. Standing between the new Russian empire and progress to the Round of 16 was an Egypt side now emotionally dependent on Salah. The lauding of him before the game was at a level not even Liverpool fans could hope to match. His name was cheered at least three times louder than any other Egypt player, and each glimpse of him on the big screen ignited a new Egyptian party. In the game, Salah started wide-right, dispensing with defensive duties to try his luck against Yury Zhirkov, an old hand steeled for the fight. Denis Cheryshev scores Russia's second goal Credit: REuters It took Zhirkov 21 minutes to land a bang on the shoulder Salah injured in a tangle with Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final in Kiev. The challenge was fair, but spun Salah round, and soon the Premier League’s golden boot winner moved to play more centrally. He was more effective there, his first real chance on goal coming with a turn and swivel on the edge of Russia’s penalty box. But the shot from the pirouette slid wide. Egypt’s campaign, though was about to take a comical turn, two minutes after the break, when Roman Zobnin miscued a shot after a bad punch by the goalkeeper, and Ahmed Fathy, the Egyptian captain, under pressure from Artem Dzyuba, took a wild swing at it and swiped it into his own net. Bare-chested Egyptian fans in Pharoah headgear looked on miserably. Egypt’s defence, like Saudi Arabia’s, disintegrated, conceding three times, twice abjectly . Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah dribbles past Russia's defender Sergey Ignashevich Credit: AFP With Salah’s team still reeling from the own goal, Mario Fernandes cut a cross back for Cheryshev to double the lead, and then Ali Gabr failed to control a dropping ball on the edge of his box and allowed it to run to Dzyuba, the former star Russian striker who lost his way. Dzyuba’s military salute for the goal was in tune with his combative work in unsettling Egypt’s back four. The defensive ineptitude of opponents is helping Russia, but their probable advance will help maintain the interest of those who are ultimately paying for most of it - the Russian public, who have been treated to eight goals and plenty of workmanlike enterprise from their team. Salah, in effect, lost his World Cup campaign in the Champions League final, though he fought his way back to leave a small mark here. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article 9:03PM That's moved the boy Denis Level with He Who Must Not Be Mentioned in the race for the Golden Boot. 8:58PM Class piece from Jim White Seems absolutely ridiculous that these two fans have to travel to Russia to watch their team play football live. Why? Because they are women from Iran. https://t.co/pSLIeiuqvz— Jim White (@jimw1) June 19, 2018 8:57PM Uruguay will have enjoyed that. Now a World Cup last-16 place is theirs for the taking if they beat Saudi Arabia. 8:55PM Group A Table 8:54PM Nice! Best goal difference by a host nation through two #WorldCup games: +7 ���� 2018 Russia +7 ���� 1998 France (won title) +6 ���� 1934 Italy (won title) +5 ���� 1930 Uruguay (won title)— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) June 19, 2018 8:52PM Full time: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Hard lines for Egypt, but Russia are having a bit of a moment and deserved their win. 8:49PM 90+ mins: there will be four minutes added Warda and Kudryashov square up. Kudryashov looks like he could eat Warda for breakfast and still have room for pancakes. The hosts are, barring an astonishing Saudi Arabia result, going through. 8:47PM 89 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Nice move, Salah nearly dancing through, they get the break of the ball and Warda, from the right, hits it wide of the post. 8:46PM 86 mins Warda with a useful cross in. Since they, erm, went 3-0 down Egypt have played with a lot more vim. Also, other attacking players have started trying to do something rather than just looking to Salah. This is the problem with a one man team, obvs. 8:45PM 85 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt having the odd 1/4 chance but to be honest this feels remote in the extreme as a possibility. 8:42PM 84 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kahraba on, Mohsen off. Yuri Zhirkov is replaced by Fedor Kudryashov. 8:38PM 80 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt getting greedy, now they want another pen. Mohsen hits the deck. Kutepov the accused. No penalty. And I'll tell you why not: because Mohsen had fouled HIM. 8:37PM 79 mins: Golovin controls the ball majestically, nips past Gabr and waits for the foul, and the inevitable freekick. Ref doesn't give it. Snigger. Smolov comes on for Dzubya. 8:33PM 75 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kuziaev comes on, the dangerman Cheryshev off. Russia have a decent opportunity to slam the coffin lid down when Samedov delivers a useful freekick to the back stick. Ignashevich's header is saved. 8:31PM VAR to the rescue Again, VAR gets there. But poor refereeing. Always been a penalty.— Matt Smith (@msmith850) June 19, 2018 8:31PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 1 (Salah 73 pen) He's wellied that! Bosh. No messing from Mo Salah. Is that an improbable lifeline? 8:30PM 71 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 0 Salah is hauled down. To most viewers, it is clear that it is inside the box. But not to the referee though. He gives it outside the box but fortunately the VAR comes to the rescue. A PENALTY IS AWARDED Credit: BBC 8:25PM 66 mins Fed by Salah with a nice ball, Trezeguet has a shot wide, and that will be Trezeguet's last contribution. He's getting the hook, and here comes Sobhi. 8:22PM 65 mins Warda on, Elneny off. Egypt have a freekick, Gabr tries to make amends for his defensive spinelessness with a header. No. 8:20PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 0 (Dzyuba 62) Another one! Oh dear, this is turning into a horrible night for the Pharoahs. Route one, big Dzyuba chests the ball down and it's men against boys as Gabr and Hegazi crumble and let him through. Hammers it home and that, my friends, is the night boat to Cairo. Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores Credit: Getty 8:16PM GOAL! Russia 2 Egypt 0 (Cheryshev 59) Ooh, that is going to be the killer blow, surely. Nice work from Figueira Fernandes, heart and energy down the right to join the attack. Pulls the ball back, and there is the deadly Denis Cheryshev to slot the ball home. That's his third of the tournament by the way, and it looks likely that it is going to send Russia through... and send poor Egypt home. 8:14PM No OG no fun There were no own-goals at all at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. What miserable times they must have been.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 19, 2018 8:13PM 55 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 That was the moment? Maybe? The ball is played into the Russian box, knockdown, Salah has it at his feet eight yards out.... but he cannot get it out from under him and the desperate Russians can clear. Fully fit, he jinks and smashes that. But he is not confident in his body. 8:10PM 52 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Russians enjoying a couple of corners. At this rate (5 own goals in 17 matches), this World Cup will have 19 own goals. The record most in a single World Cup is 6, set in 1998. #WorldCup#RUS#EGY— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) June 19, 2018 8:04PM OWN GOAL! by Fathy: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Aw, that is rotten luck for Egypt, although their keeper must carry his fair share of blame. Golovin crosses it in, the keeper comes out with a flappy, silly punch. Shoulda caught that. Instead, he punches, the Russian 11 Zobnin drills it back in and a panicking Fathy stabs it into his own net. (Fathy OG 47 mins) Dreadful shot by Zobnin by the way, would have practically gone out for a corner had Fathy not intervened. Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (R) watches as the ball ends up in his net after a deflection by Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (L) Credit: AFP/Getty 8:03PM 46 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Always a shame to see a brilliant player not at his best due to injury. But hopefully Mo Salah can weave a bit of magic. 8:00PM This shows Salah's position (10) Average touch positions (half time) He's basically playing as a narrow advanced forward. Alan Shearer sums it up well on BBC: "Mo Salah, you can tell, is only 70-75% fit and they know that - they're protecting him, he's not running back and they're just trying to get the ball up to him." 7:57PM Pretty fair Russia vs Egypt shots on goal 7:46PM Half time: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That'll do it for the half, not many chances, but plenty of energy. 7:44PM 42 mins Fun, B- quality, end-to-end stuff, here are the Russians with a corner. Gabr involved in a good old fashioned grappling contest with Dzyuba. Risky business in these VAR times... 7:42PM 40 mins There's our boy! Class from Salah, Mohsen dummies, Salah gets it and spins away from his man. Peach of a curling effort but not quite. 7:40PM 37 mins Lovely counter by Egypt, but it starts in bizarre fashion when the ball hits the ref, wrong-footing everyone! Elneny with a great ball in and Mohsen should have done a lot better. 7:35PM 34 mins Nice ball in! Mohsen just misses out to Figueira Fernandes of Russia. More even now. 7:34PM 33 mins Better spell from Egypt. Passing it, higher up the pitch. Looking slicker, ball into the area from Shafy is flicked on. Salah nearly there at the back stick! Corner. Delivery is poor. 7:33PM 30 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Enjoyable game so far. Russia unsophisticated but useful, got some pace, got some who can deliver the ball, attack in numbers. Egypt are unbalanced. They need to just get a bit of the ball, play themselves into this. 7:28PM 27 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Decent from Salah as he holds it up to tee up Trézéguet , whose shot is charged down. But it is a momentary respite: here come the Russians again. 7:27PM 25 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 This Egypt defence are making some blunders and I think they are going to be sorry. A ball is played in by Cheryshev. Keeper El-Shenawy comes, and is barged off it by Hegazi. Don't panic! 7:25PM 22 mins Salah is not doing a lot. And as I say, he is not offering anything defensively, just standing out on the right wing. Here come the Russians down the left. Gazinskii crosses and the big lad Dzyuba gets up well but glances his header too fine. 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah... he's in! Credit: AFP/Getty 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Russia move to brink of qualification for knockout rounds after second-half blitz sees off Egypt
Eight goals in two games have averted Russia’s nightmare of spending tens of millions of dollars on a World Cup only to go out in the group stage. Mohamed Salah meanwhile has been restricted to a penalty, lots of physio on his injured shoulder and an awkward meeting with Chechnya’s warlord. Salah’s penalty kick when Egypt already trailed 3-0 was a small reward for his hard work in the treatment room and gym. It pales, though, beside the potential dividend for Russia from 5-0 and 3-1 victories against two of the tournament’s weaker sides. If all the hosts could hope for was to string their presence out to the point of respectability, their supporters now have something to be excited about beyond the stardust spread by other countries. If Saudi Arabia fail to beat Uruguay (and who would back them to win?) Russia will advance to the knock-out rounds for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Saint Petersburg Stadium was not full for this second home triumph, but the 64,468 here were giddy as three second-half goals flew in inside 15 minutes (the first, a ludicrous own goal). Salah performed honourably after missing the 1-0 defeat to Uruguay, but to expect him to walk straight back in and rescue Egypt was fanciful, especially as he lacks team-mates of the quality of Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. His goal came in the 73rd minute after he was pulled down by the arm (this is becoming a pattern), apparently outside the Russia penalty box, until VAR showed it to be penalty. These Russia players are pretty much equal and indistinguishable. The Soviet system would have been proud of this mechanical team. It’s as if their training stopped at pass and run, which they do well, and dispensed with the subtleties of the game, such as ingenuity and vision around the penalty box. Denis Cheryshev has been the best of them, and their energy and commitment ought to be acknowledged. Not that they will feel they had much choice in those respects. Russia have made a brilliant start to the tournament on home soil Credit: AFP They are all Russia have, and were cast into a home World Cup as the lowest-ranked team in the tournament with the unenviable task of matching the grandeur of the stadiums. Plainly this is going to be beyond them, however uplifting their 5-0 opening night win against Saudi Arabia - the biggest curtain-raising victory by a host country since 1934 - and this own-goal assisted win over Salah and company. Standing between the new Russian empire and progress to the Round of 16 was an Egypt side now emotionally dependent on Salah. The lauding of him before the game was at a level not even Liverpool fans could hope to match. His name was cheered at least three times louder than any other Egypt player, and each glimpse of him on the big screen ignited a new Egyptian party. In the game, Salah started wide-right, dispensing with defensive duties to try his luck against Yury Zhirkov, an old hand steeled for the fight. Denis Cheryshev scores Russia's second goal Credit: REuters It took Zhirkov 21 minutes to land a bang on the shoulder Salah injured in a tangle with Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final in Kiev. The challenge was fair, but spun Salah round, and soon the Premier League’s golden boot winner moved to play more centrally. He was more effective there, his first real chance on goal coming with a turn and swivel on the edge of Russia’s penalty box. But the shot from the pirouette slid wide. Egypt’s campaign, though was about to take a comical turn, two minutes after the break, when Roman Zobnin miscued a shot after a bad punch by the goalkeeper, and Ahmed Fathy, the Egyptian captain, under pressure from Artem Dzyuba, took a wild swing at it and swiped it into his own net. Bare-chested Egyptian fans in Pharoah headgear looked on miserably. Egypt’s defence, like Saudi Arabia’s, disintegrated, conceding three times, twice abjectly . Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah dribbles past Russia's defender Sergey Ignashevich Credit: AFP With Salah’s team still reeling from the own goal, Mario Fernandes cut a cross back for Cheryshev to double the lead, and then Ali Gabr failed to control a dropping ball on the edge of his box and allowed it to run to Dzyuba, the former star Russian striker who lost his way. Dzyuba’s military salute for the goal was in tune with his combative work in unsettling Egypt’s back four. The defensive ineptitude of opponents is helping Russia, but their probable advance will help maintain the interest of those who are ultimately paying for most of it - the Russian public, who have been treated to eight goals and plenty of workmanlike enterprise from their team. Salah, in effect, lost his World Cup campaign in the Champions League final, though he fought his way back to leave a small mark here. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article 9:03PM That's moved the boy Denis Level with He Who Must Not Be Mentioned in the race for the Golden Boot. 8:58PM Class piece from Jim White Seems absolutely ridiculous that these two fans have to travel to Russia to watch their team play football live. Why? Because they are women from Iran. https://t.co/pSLIeiuqvz— Jim White (@jimw1) June 19, 2018 8:57PM Uruguay will have enjoyed that. Now a World Cup last-16 place is theirs for the taking if they beat Saudi Arabia. 8:55PM Group A Table 8:54PM Nice! Best goal difference by a host nation through two #WorldCup games: +7 ���� 2018 Russia +7 ���� 1998 France (won title) +6 ���� 1934 Italy (won title) +5 ���� 1930 Uruguay (won title)— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) June 19, 2018 8:52PM Full time: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Hard lines for Egypt, but Russia are having a bit of a moment and deserved their win. 8:49PM 90+ mins: there will be four minutes added Warda and Kudryashov square up. Kudryashov looks like he could eat Warda for breakfast and still have room for pancakes. The hosts are, barring an astonishing Saudi Arabia result, going through. 8:47PM 89 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Nice move, Salah nearly dancing through, they get the break of the ball and Warda, from the right, hits it wide of the post. 8:46PM 86 mins Warda with a useful cross in. Since they, erm, went 3-0 down Egypt have played with a lot more vim. Also, other attacking players have started trying to do something rather than just looking to Salah. This is the problem with a one man team, obvs. 8:45PM 85 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt having the odd 1/4 chance but to be honest this feels remote in the extreme as a possibility. 8:42PM 84 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kahraba on, Mohsen off. Yuri Zhirkov is replaced by Fedor Kudryashov. 8:38PM 80 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt getting greedy, now they want another pen. Mohsen hits the deck. Kutepov the accused. No penalty. And I'll tell you why not: because Mohsen had fouled HIM. 8:37PM 79 mins: Golovin controls the ball majestically, nips past Gabr and waits for the foul, and the inevitable freekick. Ref doesn't give it. Snigger. Smolov comes on for Dzubya. 8:33PM 75 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kuziaev comes on, the dangerman Cheryshev off. Russia have a decent opportunity to slam the coffin lid down when Samedov delivers a useful freekick to the back stick. Ignashevich's header is saved. 8:31PM VAR to the rescue Again, VAR gets there. But poor refereeing. Always been a penalty.— Matt Smith (@msmith850) June 19, 2018 8:31PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 1 (Salah 73 pen) He's wellied that! Bosh. No messing from Mo Salah. Is that an improbable lifeline? 8:30PM 71 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 0 Salah is hauled down. To most viewers, it is clear that it is inside the box. But not to the referee though. He gives it outside the box but fortunately the VAR comes to the rescue. A PENALTY IS AWARDED Credit: BBC 8:25PM 66 mins Fed by Salah with a nice ball, Trezeguet has a shot wide, and that will be Trezeguet's last contribution. He's getting the hook, and here comes Sobhi. 8:22PM 65 mins Warda on, Elneny off. Egypt have a freekick, Gabr tries to make amends for his defensive spinelessness with a header. No. 8:20PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 0 (Dzyuba 62) Another one! Oh dear, this is turning into a horrible night for the Pharoahs. Route one, big Dzyuba chests the ball down and it's men against boys as Gabr and Hegazi crumble and let him through. Hammers it home and that, my friends, is the night boat to Cairo. Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores Credit: Getty 8:16PM GOAL! Russia 2 Egypt 0 (Cheryshev 59) Ooh, that is going to be the killer blow, surely. Nice work from Figueira Fernandes, heart and energy down the right to join the attack. Pulls the ball back, and there is the deadly Denis Cheryshev to slot the ball home. That's his third of the tournament by the way, and it looks likely that it is going to send Russia through... and send poor Egypt home. 8:14PM No OG no fun There were no own-goals at all at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. What miserable times they must have been.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 19, 2018 8:13PM 55 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 That was the moment? Maybe? The ball is played into the Russian box, knockdown, Salah has it at his feet eight yards out.... but he cannot get it out from under him and the desperate Russians can clear. Fully fit, he jinks and smashes that. But he is not confident in his body. 8:10PM 52 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Russians enjoying a couple of corners. At this rate (5 own goals in 17 matches), this World Cup will have 19 own goals. The record most in a single World Cup is 6, set in 1998. #WorldCup#RUS#EGY— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) June 19, 2018 8:04PM OWN GOAL! by Fathy: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Aw, that is rotten luck for Egypt, although their keeper must carry his fair share of blame. Golovin crosses it in, the keeper comes out with a flappy, silly punch. Shoulda caught that. Instead, he punches, the Russian 11 Zobnin drills it back in and a panicking Fathy stabs it into his own net. (Fathy OG 47 mins) Dreadful shot by Zobnin by the way, would have practically gone out for a corner had Fathy not intervened. Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (R) watches as the ball ends up in his net after a deflection by Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (L) Credit: AFP/Getty 8:03PM 46 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Always a shame to see a brilliant player not at his best due to injury. But hopefully Mo Salah can weave a bit of magic. 8:00PM This shows Salah's position (10) Average touch positions (half time) He's basically playing as a narrow advanced forward. Alan Shearer sums it up well on BBC: "Mo Salah, you can tell, is only 70-75% fit and they know that - they're protecting him, he's not running back and they're just trying to get the ball up to him." 7:57PM Pretty fair Russia vs Egypt shots on goal 7:46PM Half time: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That'll do it for the half, not many chances, but plenty of energy. 7:44PM 42 mins Fun, B- quality, end-to-end stuff, here are the Russians with a corner. Gabr involved in a good old fashioned grappling contest with Dzyuba. Risky business in these VAR times... 7:42PM 40 mins There's our boy! Class from Salah, Mohsen dummies, Salah gets it and spins away from his man. Peach of a curling effort but not quite. 7:40PM 37 mins Lovely counter by Egypt, but it starts in bizarre fashion when the ball hits the ref, wrong-footing everyone! Elneny with a great ball in and Mohsen should have done a lot better. 7:35PM 34 mins Nice ball in! Mohsen just misses out to Figueira Fernandes of Russia. More even now. 7:34PM 33 mins Better spell from Egypt. Passing it, higher up the pitch. Looking slicker, ball into the area from Shafy is flicked on. Salah nearly there at the back stick! Corner. Delivery is poor. 7:33PM 30 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Enjoyable game so far. Russia unsophisticated but useful, got some pace, got some who can deliver the ball, attack in numbers. Egypt are unbalanced. They need to just get a bit of the ball, play themselves into this. 7:28PM 27 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Decent from Salah as he holds it up to tee up Trézéguet , whose shot is charged down. But it is a momentary respite: here come the Russians again. 7:27PM 25 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 This Egypt defence are making some blunders and I think they are going to be sorry. A ball is played in by Cheryshev. Keeper El-Shenawy comes, and is barged off it by Hegazi. Don't panic! 7:25PM 22 mins Salah is not doing a lot. And as I say, he is not offering anything defensively, just standing out on the right wing. Here come the Russians down the left. Gazinskii crosses and the big lad Dzyuba gets up well but glances his header too fine. 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah... he's in! Credit: AFP/Getty 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Eight goals in two games have averted Russia’s nightmare of spending tens of millions of dollars on a World Cup only to go out in the group stage. Mohamed Salah meanwhile has been restricted to a penalty, lots of physio on his injured shoulder and an awkward meeting with Chechnya’s warlord. Salah’s penalty kick when Egypt already trailed 3-0 was a small reward for his hard work in the treatment room and gym. It pales, though, beside the potential dividend for Russia from 5-0 and 3-1 victories against two of the tournament’s weaker sides. If all the hosts could hope for was to string their presence out to the point of respectability, their supporters now have something to be excited about beyond the stardust spread by other countries. If Saudi Arabia fail to beat Uruguay (and who would back them to win?) Russia will advance to the knock-out rounds for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Saint Petersburg Stadium was not full for this second home triumph, but the 64,468 here were giddy as three second-half goals flew in inside 15 minutes (the first, a ludicrous own goal). Salah performed honourably after missing the 1-0 defeat to Uruguay, but to expect him to walk straight back in and rescue Egypt was fanciful, especially as he lacks team-mates of the quality of Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. His goal came in the 73rd minute after he was pulled down by the arm (this is becoming a pattern), apparently outside the Russia penalty box, until VAR showed it to be penalty. These Russia players are pretty much equal and indistinguishable. The Soviet system would have been proud of this mechanical team. It’s as if their training stopped at pass and run, which they do well, and dispensed with the subtleties of the game, such as ingenuity and vision around the penalty box. Denis Cheryshev has been the best of them, and their energy and commitment ought to be acknowledged. Not that they will feel they had much choice in those respects. Russia have made a brilliant start to the tournament on home soil Credit: AFP They are all Russia have, and were cast into a home World Cup as the lowest-ranked team in the tournament with the unenviable task of matching the grandeur of the stadiums. Plainly this is going to be beyond them, however uplifting their 5-0 opening night win against Saudi Arabia - the biggest curtain-raising victory by a host country since 1934 - and this own-goal assisted win over Salah and company. Standing between the new Russian empire and progress to the Round of 16 was an Egypt side now emotionally dependent on Salah. The lauding of him before the game was at a level not even Liverpool fans could hope to match. His name was cheered at least three times louder than any other Egypt player, and each glimpse of him on the big screen ignited a new Egyptian party. In the game, Salah started wide-right, dispensing with defensive duties to try his luck against Yury Zhirkov, an old hand steeled for the fight. Denis Cheryshev scores Russia's second goal Credit: REuters It took Zhirkov 21 minutes to land a bang on the shoulder Salah injured in a tangle with Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final in Kiev. The challenge was fair, but spun Salah round, and soon the Premier League’s golden boot winner moved to play more centrally. He was more effective there, his first real chance on goal coming with a turn and swivel on the edge of Russia’s penalty box. But the shot from the pirouette slid wide. Egypt’s campaign, though was about to take a comical turn, two minutes after the break, when Roman Zobnin miscued a shot after a bad punch by the goalkeeper, and Ahmed Fathy, the Egyptian captain, under pressure from Artem Dzyuba, took a wild swing at it and swiped it into his own net. Bare-chested Egyptian fans in Pharoah headgear looked on miserably. Egypt’s defence, like Saudi Arabia’s, disintegrated, conceding three times, twice abjectly . Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah dribbles past Russia's defender Sergey Ignashevich Credit: AFP With Salah’s team still reeling from the own goal, Mario Fernandes cut a cross back for Cheryshev to double the lead, and then Ali Gabr failed to control a dropping ball on the edge of his box and allowed it to run to Dzyuba, the former star Russian striker who lost his way. Dzyuba’s military salute for the goal was in tune with his combative work in unsettling Egypt’s back four. The defensive ineptitude of opponents is helping Russia, but their probable advance will help maintain the interest of those who are ultimately paying for most of it - the Russian public, who have been treated to eight goals and plenty of workmanlike enterprise from their team. Salah, in effect, lost his World Cup campaign in the Champions League final, though he fought his way back to leave a small mark here. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article 9:03PM That's moved the boy Denis Level with He Who Must Not Be Mentioned in the race for the Golden Boot. 8:58PM Class piece from Jim White Seems absolutely ridiculous that these two fans have to travel to Russia to watch their team play football live. Why? Because they are women from Iran. https://t.co/pSLIeiuqvz— Jim White (@jimw1) June 19, 2018 8:57PM Uruguay will have enjoyed that. Now a World Cup last-16 place is theirs for the taking if they beat Saudi Arabia. 8:55PM Group A Table 8:54PM Nice! Best goal difference by a host nation through two #WorldCup games: +7 ���� 2018 Russia +7 ���� 1998 France (won title) +6 ���� 1934 Italy (won title) +5 ���� 1930 Uruguay (won title)— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) June 19, 2018 8:52PM Full time: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Hard lines for Egypt, but Russia are having a bit of a moment and deserved their win. 8:49PM 90+ mins: there will be four minutes added Warda and Kudryashov square up. Kudryashov looks like he could eat Warda for breakfast and still have room for pancakes. The hosts are, barring an astonishing Saudi Arabia result, going through. 8:47PM 89 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Nice move, Salah nearly dancing through, they get the break of the ball and Warda, from the right, hits it wide of the post. 8:46PM 86 mins Warda with a useful cross in. Since they, erm, went 3-0 down Egypt have played with a lot more vim. Also, other attacking players have started trying to do something rather than just looking to Salah. This is the problem with a one man team, obvs. 8:45PM 85 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt having the odd 1/4 chance but to be honest this feels remote in the extreme as a possibility. 8:42PM 84 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kahraba on, Mohsen off. Yuri Zhirkov is replaced by Fedor Kudryashov. 8:38PM 80 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt getting greedy, now they want another pen. Mohsen hits the deck. Kutepov the accused. No penalty. And I'll tell you why not: because Mohsen had fouled HIM. 8:37PM 79 mins: Golovin controls the ball majestically, nips past Gabr and waits for the foul, and the inevitable freekick. Ref doesn't give it. Snigger. Smolov comes on for Dzubya. 8:33PM 75 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kuziaev comes on, the dangerman Cheryshev off. Russia have a decent opportunity to slam the coffin lid down when Samedov delivers a useful freekick to the back stick. Ignashevich's header is saved. 8:31PM VAR to the rescue Again, VAR gets there. But poor refereeing. Always been a penalty.— Matt Smith (@msmith850) June 19, 2018 8:31PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 1 (Salah 73 pen) He's wellied that! Bosh. No messing from Mo Salah. Is that an improbable lifeline? 8:30PM 71 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 0 Salah is hauled down. To most viewers, it is clear that it is inside the box. But not to the referee though. He gives it outside the box but fortunately the VAR comes to the rescue. A PENALTY IS AWARDED Credit: BBC 8:25PM 66 mins Fed by Salah with a nice ball, Trezeguet has a shot wide, and that will be Trezeguet's last contribution. He's getting the hook, and here comes Sobhi. 8:22PM 65 mins Warda on, Elneny off. Egypt have a freekick, Gabr tries to make amends for his defensive spinelessness with a header. No. 8:20PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 0 (Dzyuba 62) Another one! Oh dear, this is turning into a horrible night for the Pharoahs. Route one, big Dzyuba chests the ball down and it's men against boys as Gabr and Hegazi crumble and let him through. Hammers it home and that, my friends, is the night boat to Cairo. Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores Credit: Getty 8:16PM GOAL! Russia 2 Egypt 0 (Cheryshev 59) Ooh, that is going to be the killer blow, surely. Nice work from Figueira Fernandes, heart and energy down the right to join the attack. Pulls the ball back, and there is the deadly Denis Cheryshev to slot the ball home. That's his third of the tournament by the way, and it looks likely that it is going to send Russia through... and send poor Egypt home. 8:14PM No OG no fun There were no own-goals at all at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. What miserable times they must have been.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 19, 2018 8:13PM 55 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 That was the moment? Maybe? The ball is played into the Russian box, knockdown, Salah has it at his feet eight yards out.... but he cannot get it out from under him and the desperate Russians can clear. Fully fit, he jinks and smashes that. But he is not confident in his body. 8:10PM 52 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Russians enjoying a couple of corners. At this rate (5 own goals in 17 matches), this World Cup will have 19 own goals. The record most in a single World Cup is 6, set in 1998. #WorldCup#RUS#EGY— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) June 19, 2018 8:04PM OWN GOAL! by Fathy: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Aw, that is rotten luck for Egypt, although their keeper must carry his fair share of blame. Golovin crosses it in, the keeper comes out with a flappy, silly punch. Shoulda caught that. Instead, he punches, the Russian 11 Zobnin drills it back in and a panicking Fathy stabs it into his own net. (Fathy OG 47 mins) Dreadful shot by Zobnin by the way, would have practically gone out for a corner had Fathy not intervened. Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (R) watches as the ball ends up in his net after a deflection by Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (L) Credit: AFP/Getty 8:03PM 46 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Always a shame to see a brilliant player not at his best due to injury. But hopefully Mo Salah can weave a bit of magic. 8:00PM This shows Salah's position (10) Average touch positions (half time) He's basically playing as a narrow advanced forward. Alan Shearer sums it up well on BBC: "Mo Salah, you can tell, is only 70-75% fit and they know that - they're protecting him, he's not running back and they're just trying to get the ball up to him." 7:57PM Pretty fair Russia vs Egypt shots on goal 7:46PM Half time: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That'll do it for the half, not many chances, but plenty of energy. 7:44PM 42 mins Fun, B- quality, end-to-end stuff, here are the Russians with a corner. Gabr involved in a good old fashioned grappling contest with Dzyuba. Risky business in these VAR times... 7:42PM 40 mins There's our boy! Class from Salah, Mohsen dummies, Salah gets it and spins away from his man. Peach of a curling effort but not quite. 7:40PM 37 mins Lovely counter by Egypt, but it starts in bizarre fashion when the ball hits the ref, wrong-footing everyone! Elneny with a great ball in and Mohsen should have done a lot better. 7:35PM 34 mins Nice ball in! Mohsen just misses out to Figueira Fernandes of Russia. More even now. 7:34PM 33 mins Better spell from Egypt. Passing it, higher up the pitch. Looking slicker, ball into the area from Shafy is flicked on. Salah nearly there at the back stick! Corner. Delivery is poor. 7:33PM 30 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Enjoyable game so far. Russia unsophisticated but useful, got some pace, got some who can deliver the ball, attack in numbers. Egypt are unbalanced. They need to just get a bit of the ball, play themselves into this. 7:28PM 27 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Decent from Salah as he holds it up to tee up Trézéguet , whose shot is charged down. But it is a momentary respite: here come the Russians again. 7:27PM 25 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 This Egypt defence are making some blunders and I think they are going to be sorry. A ball is played in by Cheryshev. Keeper El-Shenawy comes, and is barged off it by Hegazi. Don't panic! 7:25PM 22 mins Salah is not doing a lot. And as I say, he is not offering anything defensively, just standing out on the right wing. Here come the Russians down the left. Gazinskii crosses and the big lad Dzyuba gets up well but glances his header too fine. 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah... he's in! Credit: AFP/Getty 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Russia move to brink of qualification for knockout rounds after second-half blitz sees off Egypt
Eight goals in two games have averted Russia’s nightmare of spending tens of millions of dollars on a World Cup only to go out in the group stage. Mohamed Salah meanwhile has been restricted to a penalty, lots of physio on his injured shoulder and an awkward meeting with Chechnya’s warlord. Salah’s penalty kick when Egypt already trailed 3-0 was a small reward for his hard work in the treatment room and gym. It pales, though, beside the potential dividend for Russia from 5-0 and 3-1 victories against two of the tournament’s weaker sides. If all the hosts could hope for was to string their presence out to the point of respectability, their supporters now have something to be excited about beyond the stardust spread by other countries. If Saudi Arabia fail to beat Uruguay (and who would back them to win?) Russia will advance to the knock-out rounds for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Saint Petersburg Stadium was not full for this second home triumph, but the 64,468 here were giddy as three second-half goals flew in inside 15 minutes (the first, a ludicrous own goal). Salah performed honourably after missing the 1-0 defeat to Uruguay, but to expect him to walk straight back in and rescue Egypt was fanciful, especially as he lacks team-mates of the quality of Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. His goal came in the 73rd minute after he was pulled down by the arm (this is becoming a pattern), apparently outside the Russia penalty box, until VAR showed it to be penalty. These Russia players are pretty much equal and indistinguishable. The Soviet system would have been proud of this mechanical team. It’s as if their training stopped at pass and run, which they do well, and dispensed with the subtleties of the game, such as ingenuity and vision around the penalty box. Denis Cheryshev has been the best of them, and their energy and commitment ought to be acknowledged. Not that they will feel they had much choice in those respects. Russia have made a brilliant start to the tournament on home soil Credit: AFP They are all Russia have, and were cast into a home World Cup as the lowest-ranked team in the tournament with the unenviable task of matching the grandeur of the stadiums. Plainly this is going to be beyond them, however uplifting their 5-0 opening night win against Saudi Arabia - the biggest curtain-raising victory by a host country since 1934 - and this own-goal assisted win over Salah and company. Standing between the new Russian empire and progress to the Round of 16 was an Egypt side now emotionally dependent on Salah. The lauding of him before the game was at a level not even Liverpool fans could hope to match. His name was cheered at least three times louder than any other Egypt player, and each glimpse of him on the big screen ignited a new Egyptian party. In the game, Salah started wide-right, dispensing with defensive duties to try his luck against Yury Zhirkov, an old hand steeled for the fight. Denis Cheryshev scores Russia's second goal Credit: REuters It took Zhirkov 21 minutes to land a bang on the shoulder Salah injured in a tangle with Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final in Kiev. The challenge was fair, but spun Salah round, and soon the Premier League’s golden boot winner moved to play more centrally. He was more effective there, his first real chance on goal coming with a turn and swivel on the edge of Russia’s penalty box. But the shot from the pirouette slid wide. Egypt’s campaign, though was about to take a comical turn, two minutes after the break, when Roman Zobnin miscued a shot after a bad punch by the goalkeeper, and Ahmed Fathy, the Egyptian captain, under pressure from Artem Dzyuba, took a wild swing at it and swiped it into his own net. Bare-chested Egyptian fans in Pharoah headgear looked on miserably. Egypt’s defence, like Saudi Arabia’s, disintegrated, conceding three times, twice abjectly . Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah dribbles past Russia's defender Sergey Ignashevich Credit: AFP With Salah’s team still reeling from the own goal, Mario Fernandes cut a cross back for Cheryshev to double the lead, and then Ali Gabr failed to control a dropping ball on the edge of his box and allowed it to run to Dzyuba, the former star Russian striker who lost his way. Dzyuba’s military salute for the goal was in tune with his combative work in unsettling Egypt’s back four. The defensive ineptitude of opponents is helping Russia, but their probable advance will help maintain the interest of those who are ultimately paying for most of it - the Russian public, who have been treated to eight goals and plenty of workmanlike enterprise from their team. Salah, in effect, lost his World Cup campaign in the Champions League final, though he fought his way back to leave a small mark here. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article 9:03PM That's moved the boy Denis Level with He Who Must Not Be Mentioned in the race for the Golden Boot. 8:58PM Class piece from Jim White Seems absolutely ridiculous that these two fans have to travel to Russia to watch their team play football live. Why? Because they are women from Iran. https://t.co/pSLIeiuqvz— Jim White (@jimw1) June 19, 2018 8:57PM Uruguay will have enjoyed that. Now a World Cup last-16 place is theirs for the taking if they beat Saudi Arabia. 8:55PM Group A Table 8:54PM Nice! Best goal difference by a host nation through two #WorldCup games: +7 ���� 2018 Russia +7 ���� 1998 France (won title) +6 ���� 1934 Italy (won title) +5 ���� 1930 Uruguay (won title)— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) June 19, 2018 8:52PM Full time: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Hard lines for Egypt, but Russia are having a bit of a moment and deserved their win. 8:49PM 90+ mins: there will be four minutes added Warda and Kudryashov square up. Kudryashov looks like he could eat Warda for breakfast and still have room for pancakes. The hosts are, barring an astonishing Saudi Arabia result, going through. 8:47PM 89 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Nice move, Salah nearly dancing through, they get the break of the ball and Warda, from the right, hits it wide of the post. 8:46PM 86 mins Warda with a useful cross in. Since they, erm, went 3-0 down Egypt have played with a lot more vim. Also, other attacking players have started trying to do something rather than just looking to Salah. This is the problem with a one man team, obvs. 8:45PM 85 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt having the odd 1/4 chance but to be honest this feels remote in the extreme as a possibility. 8:42PM 84 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kahraba on, Mohsen off. Yuri Zhirkov is replaced by Fedor Kudryashov. 8:38PM 80 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt getting greedy, now they want another pen. Mohsen hits the deck. Kutepov the accused. No penalty. And I'll tell you why not: because Mohsen had fouled HIM. 8:37PM 79 mins: Golovin controls the ball majestically, nips past Gabr and waits for the foul, and the inevitable freekick. Ref doesn't give it. Snigger. Smolov comes on for Dzubya. 8:33PM 75 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kuziaev comes on, the dangerman Cheryshev off. Russia have a decent opportunity to slam the coffin lid down when Samedov delivers a useful freekick to the back stick. Ignashevich's header is saved. 8:31PM VAR to the rescue Again, VAR gets there. But poor refereeing. Always been a penalty.— Matt Smith (@msmith850) June 19, 2018 8:31PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 1 (Salah 73 pen) He's wellied that! Bosh. No messing from Mo Salah. Is that an improbable lifeline? 8:30PM 71 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 0 Salah is hauled down. To most viewers, it is clear that it is inside the box. But not to the referee though. He gives it outside the box but fortunately the VAR comes to the rescue. A PENALTY IS AWARDED Credit: BBC 8:25PM 66 mins Fed by Salah with a nice ball, Trezeguet has a shot wide, and that will be Trezeguet's last contribution. He's getting the hook, and here comes Sobhi. 8:22PM 65 mins Warda on, Elneny off. Egypt have a freekick, Gabr tries to make amends for his defensive spinelessness with a header. No. 8:20PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 0 (Dzyuba 62) Another one! Oh dear, this is turning into a horrible night for the Pharoahs. Route one, big Dzyuba chests the ball down and it's men against boys as Gabr and Hegazi crumble and let him through. Hammers it home and that, my friends, is the night boat to Cairo. Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores Credit: Getty 8:16PM GOAL! Russia 2 Egypt 0 (Cheryshev 59) Ooh, that is going to be the killer blow, surely. Nice work from Figueira Fernandes, heart and energy down the right to join the attack. Pulls the ball back, and there is the deadly Denis Cheryshev to slot the ball home. That's his third of the tournament by the way, and it looks likely that it is going to send Russia through... and send poor Egypt home. 8:14PM No OG no fun There were no own-goals at all at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. What miserable times they must have been.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 19, 2018 8:13PM 55 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 That was the moment? Maybe? The ball is played into the Russian box, knockdown, Salah has it at his feet eight yards out.... but he cannot get it out from under him and the desperate Russians can clear. Fully fit, he jinks and smashes that. But he is not confident in his body. 8:10PM 52 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Russians enjoying a couple of corners. At this rate (5 own goals in 17 matches), this World Cup will have 19 own goals. The record most in a single World Cup is 6, set in 1998. #WorldCup#RUS#EGY— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) June 19, 2018 8:04PM OWN GOAL! by Fathy: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Aw, that is rotten luck for Egypt, although their keeper must carry his fair share of blame. Golovin crosses it in, the keeper comes out with a flappy, silly punch. Shoulda caught that. Instead, he punches, the Russian 11 Zobnin drills it back in and a panicking Fathy stabs it into his own net. (Fathy OG 47 mins) Dreadful shot by Zobnin by the way, would have practically gone out for a corner had Fathy not intervened. Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (R) watches as the ball ends up in his net after a deflection by Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (L) Credit: AFP/Getty 8:03PM 46 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Always a shame to see a brilliant player not at his best due to injury. But hopefully Mo Salah can weave a bit of magic. 8:00PM This shows Salah's position (10) Average touch positions (half time) He's basically playing as a narrow advanced forward. Alan Shearer sums it up well on BBC: "Mo Salah, you can tell, is only 70-75% fit and they know that - they're protecting him, he's not running back and they're just trying to get the ball up to him." 7:57PM Pretty fair Russia vs Egypt shots on goal 7:46PM Half time: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That'll do it for the half, not many chances, but plenty of energy. 7:44PM 42 mins Fun, B- quality, end-to-end stuff, here are the Russians with a corner. Gabr involved in a good old fashioned grappling contest with Dzyuba. Risky business in these VAR times... 7:42PM 40 mins There's our boy! Class from Salah, Mohsen dummies, Salah gets it and spins away from his man. Peach of a curling effort but not quite. 7:40PM 37 mins Lovely counter by Egypt, but it starts in bizarre fashion when the ball hits the ref, wrong-footing everyone! Elneny with a great ball in and Mohsen should have done a lot better. 7:35PM 34 mins Nice ball in! Mohsen just misses out to Figueira Fernandes of Russia. More even now. 7:34PM 33 mins Better spell from Egypt. Passing it, higher up the pitch. Looking slicker, ball into the area from Shafy is flicked on. Salah nearly there at the back stick! Corner. Delivery is poor. 7:33PM 30 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Enjoyable game so far. Russia unsophisticated but useful, got some pace, got some who can deliver the ball, attack in numbers. Egypt are unbalanced. They need to just get a bit of the ball, play themselves into this. 7:28PM 27 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Decent from Salah as he holds it up to tee up Trézéguet , whose shot is charged down. But it is a momentary respite: here come the Russians again. 7:27PM 25 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 This Egypt defence are making some blunders and I think they are going to be sorry. A ball is played in by Cheryshev. Keeper El-Shenawy comes, and is barged off it by Hegazi. Don't panic! 7:25PM 22 mins Salah is not doing a lot. And as I say, he is not offering anything defensively, just standing out on the right wing. Here come the Russians down the left. Gazinskii crosses and the big lad Dzyuba gets up well but glances his header too fine. 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah... he's in! Credit: AFP/Getty 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Eight goals in two games have averted Russia’s nightmare of spending tens of millions of dollars on a World Cup only to go out in the group stage. Mohamed Salah meanwhile has been restricted to a penalty, lots of physio on his injured shoulder and an awkward meeting with Chechnya’s warlord. Salah’s penalty kick when Egypt already trailed 3-0 was a small reward for his hard work in the treatment room and gym. It pales, though, beside the potential dividend for Russia from 5-0 and 3-1 victories against two of the tournament’s weaker sides. If all the hosts could hope for was to string their presence out to the point of respectability, their supporters now have something to be excited about beyond the stardust spread by other countries. If Saudi Arabia fail to beat Uruguay (and who would back them to win?) Russia will advance to the knock-out rounds for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Saint Petersburg Stadium was not full for this second home triumph, but the 64,468 here were giddy as three second-half goals flew in inside 15 minutes (the first, a ludicrous own goal). Salah performed honourably after missing the 1-0 defeat to Uruguay, but to expect him to walk straight back in and rescue Egypt was fanciful, especially as he lacks team-mates of the quality of Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. His goal came in the 73rd minute after he was pulled down by the arm (this is becoming a pattern), apparently outside the Russia penalty box, until VAR showed it to be penalty. These Russia players are pretty much equal and indistinguishable. The Soviet system would have been proud of this mechanical team. It’s as if their training stopped at pass and run, which they do well, and dispensed with the subtleties of the game, such as ingenuity and vision around the penalty box. Denis Cheryshev has been the best of them, and their energy and commitment ought to be acknowledged. Not that they will feel they had much choice in those respects. Russia have made a brilliant start to the tournament on home soil Credit: AFP They are all Russia have, and were cast into a home World Cup as the lowest-ranked team in the tournament with the unenviable task of matching the grandeur of the stadiums. Plainly this is going to be beyond them, however uplifting their 5-0 opening night win against Saudi Arabia - the biggest curtain-raising victory by a host country since 1934 - and this own-goal assisted win over Salah and company. Standing between the new Russian empire and progress to the Round of 16 was an Egypt side now emotionally dependent on Salah. The lauding of him before the game was at a level not even Liverpool fans could hope to match. His name was cheered at least three times louder than any other Egypt player, and each glimpse of him on the big screen ignited a new Egyptian party. In the game, Salah started wide-right, dispensing with defensive duties to try his luck against Yury Zhirkov, an old hand steeled for the fight. Denis Cheryshev scores Russia's second goal Credit: REuters It took Zhirkov 21 minutes to land a bang on the shoulder Salah injured in a tangle with Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final in Kiev. The challenge was fair, but spun Salah round, and soon the Premier League’s golden boot winner moved to play more centrally. He was more effective there, his first real chance on goal coming with a turn and swivel on the edge of Russia’s penalty box. But the shot from the pirouette slid wide. Egypt’s campaign, though was about to take a comical turn, two minutes after the break, when Roman Zobnin miscued a shot after a bad punch by the goalkeeper, and Ahmed Fathy, the Egyptian captain, under pressure from Artem Dzyuba, took a wild swing at it and swiped it into his own net. Bare-chested Egyptian fans in Pharoah headgear looked on miserably. Egypt’s defence, like Saudi Arabia’s, disintegrated, conceding three times, twice abjectly . Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah dribbles past Russia's defender Sergey Ignashevich Credit: AFP With Salah’s team still reeling from the own goal, Mario Fernandes cut a cross back for Cheryshev to double the lead, and then Ali Gabr failed to control a dropping ball on the edge of his box and allowed it to run to Dzyuba, the former star Russian striker who lost his way. Dzyuba’s military salute for the goal was in tune with his combative work in unsettling Egypt’s back four. The defensive ineptitude of opponents is helping Russia, but their probable advance will help maintain the interest of those who are ultimately paying for most of it - the Russian public, who have been treated to eight goals and plenty of workmanlike enterprise from their team. Salah, in effect, lost his World Cup campaign in the Champions League final, though he fought his way back to leave a small mark here. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article 9:03PM That's moved the boy Denis Level with He Who Must Not Be Mentioned in the race for the Golden Boot. 8:58PM Class piece from Jim White Seems absolutely ridiculous that these two fans have to travel to Russia to watch their team play football live. Why? Because they are women from Iran. https://t.co/pSLIeiuqvz— Jim White (@jimw1) June 19, 2018 8:57PM Uruguay will have enjoyed that. Now a World Cup last-16 place is theirs for the taking if they beat Saudi Arabia. 8:55PM Group A Table 8:54PM Nice! Best goal difference by a host nation through two #WorldCup games: +7 ���� 2018 Russia +7 ���� 1998 France (won title) +6 ���� 1934 Italy (won title) +5 ���� 1930 Uruguay (won title)— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) June 19, 2018 8:52PM Full time: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Hard lines for Egypt, but Russia are having a bit of a moment and deserved their win. 8:49PM 90+ mins: there will be four minutes added Warda and Kudryashov square up. Kudryashov looks like he could eat Warda for breakfast and still have room for pancakes. The hosts are, barring an astonishing Saudi Arabia result, going through. 8:47PM 89 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Nice move, Salah nearly dancing through, they get the break of the ball and Warda, from the right, hits it wide of the post. 8:46PM 86 mins Warda with a useful cross in. Since they, erm, went 3-0 down Egypt have played with a lot more vim. Also, other attacking players have started trying to do something rather than just looking to Salah. This is the problem with a one man team, obvs. 8:45PM 85 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt having the odd 1/4 chance but to be honest this feels remote in the extreme as a possibility. 8:42PM 84 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kahraba on, Mohsen off. Yuri Zhirkov is replaced by Fedor Kudryashov. 8:38PM 80 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt getting greedy, now they want another pen. Mohsen hits the deck. Kutepov the accused. No penalty. And I'll tell you why not: because Mohsen had fouled HIM. 8:37PM 79 mins: Golovin controls the ball majestically, nips past Gabr and waits for the foul, and the inevitable freekick. Ref doesn't give it. Snigger. Smolov comes on for Dzubya. 8:33PM 75 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kuziaev comes on, the dangerman Cheryshev off. Russia have a decent opportunity to slam the coffin lid down when Samedov delivers a useful freekick to the back stick. Ignashevich's header is saved. 8:31PM VAR to the rescue Again, VAR gets there. But poor refereeing. Always been a penalty.— Matt Smith (@msmith850) June 19, 2018 8:31PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 1 (Salah 73 pen) He's wellied that! Bosh. No messing from Mo Salah. Is that an improbable lifeline? 8:30PM 71 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 0 Salah is hauled down. To most viewers, it is clear that it is inside the box. But not to the referee though. He gives it outside the box but fortunately the VAR comes to the rescue. A PENALTY IS AWARDED Credit: BBC 8:25PM 66 mins Fed by Salah with a nice ball, Trezeguet has a shot wide, and that will be Trezeguet's last contribution. He's getting the hook, and here comes Sobhi. 8:22PM 65 mins Warda on, Elneny off. Egypt have a freekick, Gabr tries to make amends for his defensive spinelessness with a header. No. 8:20PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 0 (Dzyuba 62) Another one! Oh dear, this is turning into a horrible night for the Pharoahs. Route one, big Dzyuba chests the ball down and it's men against boys as Gabr and Hegazi crumble and let him through. Hammers it home and that, my friends, is the night boat to Cairo. Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores Credit: Getty 8:16PM GOAL! Russia 2 Egypt 0 (Cheryshev 59) Ooh, that is going to be the killer blow, surely. Nice work from Figueira Fernandes, heart and energy down the right to join the attack. Pulls the ball back, and there is the deadly Denis Cheryshev to slot the ball home. That's his third of the tournament by the way, and it looks likely that it is going to send Russia through... and send poor Egypt home. 8:14PM No OG no fun There were no own-goals at all at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. What miserable times they must have been.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 19, 2018 8:13PM 55 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 That was the moment? Maybe? The ball is played into the Russian box, knockdown, Salah has it at his feet eight yards out.... but he cannot get it out from under him and the desperate Russians can clear. Fully fit, he jinks and smashes that. But he is not confident in his body. 8:10PM 52 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Russians enjoying a couple of corners. At this rate (5 own goals in 17 matches), this World Cup will have 19 own goals. The record most in a single World Cup is 6, set in 1998. #WorldCup#RUS#EGY— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) June 19, 2018 8:04PM OWN GOAL! by Fathy: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Aw, that is rotten luck for Egypt, although their keeper must carry his fair share of blame. Golovin crosses it in, the keeper comes out with a flappy, silly punch. Shoulda caught that. Instead, he punches, the Russian 11 Zobnin drills it back in and a panicking Fathy stabs it into his own net. (Fathy OG 47 mins) Dreadful shot by Zobnin by the way, would have practically gone out for a corner had Fathy not intervened. Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (R) watches as the ball ends up in his net after a deflection by Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (L) Credit: AFP/Getty 8:03PM 46 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Always a shame to see a brilliant player not at his best due to injury. But hopefully Mo Salah can weave a bit of magic. 8:00PM This shows Salah's position (10) Average touch positions (half time) He's basically playing as a narrow advanced forward. Alan Shearer sums it up well on BBC: "Mo Salah, you can tell, is only 70-75% fit and they know that - they're protecting him, he's not running back and they're just trying to get the ball up to him." 7:57PM Pretty fair Russia vs Egypt shots on goal 7:46PM Half time: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That'll do it for the half, not many chances, but plenty of energy. 7:44PM 42 mins Fun, B- quality, end-to-end stuff, here are the Russians with a corner. Gabr involved in a good old fashioned grappling contest with Dzyuba. Risky business in these VAR times... 7:42PM 40 mins There's our boy! Class from Salah, Mohsen dummies, Salah gets it and spins away from his man. Peach of a curling effort but not quite. 7:40PM 37 mins Lovely counter by Egypt, but it starts in bizarre fashion when the ball hits the ref, wrong-footing everyone! Elneny with a great ball in and Mohsen should have done a lot better. 7:35PM 34 mins Nice ball in! Mohsen just misses out to Figueira Fernandes of Russia. More even now. 7:34PM 33 mins Better spell from Egypt. Passing it, higher up the pitch. Looking slicker, ball into the area from Shafy is flicked on. Salah nearly there at the back stick! Corner. Delivery is poor. 7:33PM 30 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Enjoyable game so far. Russia unsophisticated but useful, got some pace, got some who can deliver the ball, attack in numbers. Egypt are unbalanced. They need to just get a bit of the ball, play themselves into this. 7:28PM 27 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Decent from Salah as he holds it up to tee up Trézéguet , whose shot is charged down. But it is a momentary respite: here come the Russians again. 7:27PM 25 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 This Egypt defence are making some blunders and I think they are going to be sorry. A ball is played in by Cheryshev. Keeper El-Shenawy comes, and is barged off it by Hegazi. Don't panic! 7:25PM 22 mins Salah is not doing a lot. And as I say, he is not offering anything defensively, just standing out on the right wing. Here come the Russians down the left. Gazinskii crosses and the big lad Dzyuba gets up well but glances his header too fine. 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah... he's in! Credit: AFP/Getty 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Russia move to brink of qualification for knockout rounds after second-half blitz sees off Egypt
Eight goals in two games have averted Russia’s nightmare of spending tens of millions of dollars on a World Cup only to go out in the group stage. Mohamed Salah meanwhile has been restricted to a penalty, lots of physio on his injured shoulder and an awkward meeting with Chechnya’s warlord. Salah’s penalty kick when Egypt already trailed 3-0 was a small reward for his hard work in the treatment room and gym. It pales, though, beside the potential dividend for Russia from 5-0 and 3-1 victories against two of the tournament’s weaker sides. If all the hosts could hope for was to string their presence out to the point of respectability, their supporters now have something to be excited about beyond the stardust spread by other countries. If Saudi Arabia fail to beat Uruguay (and who would back them to win?) Russia will advance to the knock-out rounds for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Saint Petersburg Stadium was not full for this second home triumph, but the 64,468 here were giddy as three second-half goals flew in inside 15 minutes (the first, a ludicrous own goal). Salah performed honourably after missing the 1-0 defeat to Uruguay, but to expect him to walk straight back in and rescue Egypt was fanciful, especially as he lacks team-mates of the quality of Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. His goal came in the 73rd minute after he was pulled down by the arm (this is becoming a pattern), apparently outside the Russia penalty box, until VAR showed it to be penalty. These Russia players are pretty much equal and indistinguishable. The Soviet system would have been proud of this mechanical team. It’s as if their training stopped at pass and run, which they do well, and dispensed with the subtleties of the game, such as ingenuity and vision around the penalty box. Denis Cheryshev has been the best of them, and their energy and commitment ought to be acknowledged. Not that they will feel they had much choice in those respects. Russia have made a brilliant start to the tournament on home soil Credit: AFP They are all Russia have, and were cast into a home World Cup as the lowest-ranked team in the tournament with the unenviable task of matching the grandeur of the stadiums. Plainly this is going to be beyond them, however uplifting their 5-0 opening night win against Saudi Arabia - the biggest curtain-raising victory by a host country since 1934 - and this own-goal assisted win over Salah and company. Standing between the new Russian empire and progress to the Round of 16 was an Egypt side now emotionally dependent on Salah. The lauding of him before the game was at a level not even Liverpool fans could hope to match. His name was cheered at least three times louder than any other Egypt player, and each glimpse of him on the big screen ignited a new Egyptian party. In the game, Salah started wide-right, dispensing with defensive duties to try his luck against Yury Zhirkov, an old hand steeled for the fight. Denis Cheryshev scores Russia's second goal Credit: REuters It took Zhirkov 21 minutes to land a bang on the shoulder Salah injured in a tangle with Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final in Kiev. The challenge was fair, but spun Salah round, and soon the Premier League’s golden boot winner moved to play more centrally. He was more effective there, his first real chance on goal coming with a turn and swivel on the edge of Russia’s penalty box. But the shot from the pirouette slid wide. Egypt’s campaign, though was about to take a comical turn, two minutes after the break, when Roman Zobnin miscued a shot after a bad punch by the goalkeeper, and Ahmed Fathy, the Egyptian captain, under pressure from Artem Dzyuba, took a wild swing at it and swiped it into his own net. Bare-chested Egyptian fans in Pharoah headgear looked on miserably. Egypt’s defence, like Saudi Arabia’s, disintegrated, conceding three times, twice abjectly . Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah dribbles past Russia's defender Sergey Ignashevich Credit: AFP With Salah’s team still reeling from the own goal, Mario Fernandes cut a cross back for Cheryshev to double the lead, and then Ali Gabr failed to control a dropping ball on the edge of his box and allowed it to run to Dzyuba, the former star Russian striker who lost his way. Dzyuba’s military salute for the goal was in tune with his combative work in unsettling Egypt’s back four. The defensive ineptitude of opponents is helping Russia, but their probable advance will help maintain the interest of those who are ultimately paying for most of it - the Russian public, who have been treated to eight goals and plenty of workmanlike enterprise from their team. Salah, in effect, lost his World Cup campaign in the Champions League final, though he fought his way back to leave a small mark here. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article 9:03PM That's moved the boy Denis Level with He Who Must Not Be Mentioned in the race for the Golden Boot. 8:58PM Class piece from Jim White Seems absolutely ridiculous that these two fans have to travel to Russia to watch their team play football live. Why? Because they are women from Iran. https://t.co/pSLIeiuqvz— Jim White (@jimw1) June 19, 2018 8:57PM Uruguay will have enjoyed that. Now a World Cup last-16 place is theirs for the taking if they beat Saudi Arabia. 8:55PM Group A Table 8:54PM Nice! Best goal difference by a host nation through two #WorldCup games: +7 ���� 2018 Russia +7 ���� 1998 France (won title) +6 ���� 1934 Italy (won title) +5 ���� 1930 Uruguay (won title)— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) June 19, 2018 8:52PM Full time: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Hard lines for Egypt, but Russia are having a bit of a moment and deserved their win. 8:49PM 90+ mins: there will be four minutes added Warda and Kudryashov square up. Kudryashov looks like he could eat Warda for breakfast and still have room for pancakes. The hosts are, barring an astonishing Saudi Arabia result, going through. 8:47PM 89 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Nice move, Salah nearly dancing through, they get the break of the ball and Warda, from the right, hits it wide of the post. 8:46PM 86 mins Warda with a useful cross in. Since they, erm, went 3-0 down Egypt have played with a lot more vim. Also, other attacking players have started trying to do something rather than just looking to Salah. This is the problem with a one man team, obvs. 8:45PM 85 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt having the odd 1/4 chance but to be honest this feels remote in the extreme as a possibility. 8:42PM 84 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kahraba on, Mohsen off. Yuri Zhirkov is replaced by Fedor Kudryashov. 8:38PM 80 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt getting greedy, now they want another pen. Mohsen hits the deck. Kutepov the accused. No penalty. And I'll tell you why not: because Mohsen had fouled HIM. 8:37PM 79 mins: Golovin controls the ball majestically, nips past Gabr and waits for the foul, and the inevitable freekick. Ref doesn't give it. Snigger. Smolov comes on for Dzubya. 8:33PM 75 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kuziaev comes on, the dangerman Cheryshev off. Russia have a decent opportunity to slam the coffin lid down when Samedov delivers a useful freekick to the back stick. Ignashevich's header is saved. 8:31PM VAR to the rescue Again, VAR gets there. But poor refereeing. Always been a penalty.— Matt Smith (@msmith850) June 19, 2018 8:31PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 1 (Salah 73 pen) He's wellied that! Bosh. No messing from Mo Salah. Is that an improbable lifeline? 8:30PM 71 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 0 Salah is hauled down. To most viewers, it is clear that it is inside the box. But not to the referee though. He gives it outside the box but fortunately the VAR comes to the rescue. A PENALTY IS AWARDED Credit: BBC 8:25PM 66 mins Fed by Salah with a nice ball, Trezeguet has a shot wide, and that will be Trezeguet's last contribution. He's getting the hook, and here comes Sobhi. 8:22PM 65 mins Warda on, Elneny off. Egypt have a freekick, Gabr tries to make amends for his defensive spinelessness with a header. No. 8:20PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 0 (Dzyuba 62) Another one! Oh dear, this is turning into a horrible night for the Pharoahs. Route one, big Dzyuba chests the ball down and it's men against boys as Gabr and Hegazi crumble and let him through. Hammers it home and that, my friends, is the night boat to Cairo. Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores Credit: Getty 8:16PM GOAL! Russia 2 Egypt 0 (Cheryshev 59) Ooh, that is going to be the killer blow, surely. Nice work from Figueira Fernandes, heart and energy down the right to join the attack. Pulls the ball back, and there is the deadly Denis Cheryshev to slot the ball home. That's his third of the tournament by the way, and it looks likely that it is going to send Russia through... and send poor Egypt home. 8:14PM No OG no fun There were no own-goals at all at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. What miserable times they must have been.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 19, 2018 8:13PM 55 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 That was the moment? Maybe? The ball is played into the Russian box, knockdown, Salah has it at his feet eight yards out.... but he cannot get it out from under him and the desperate Russians can clear. Fully fit, he jinks and smashes that. But he is not confident in his body. 8:10PM 52 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Russians enjoying a couple of corners. At this rate (5 own goals in 17 matches), this World Cup will have 19 own goals. The record most in a single World Cup is 6, set in 1998. #WorldCup#RUS#EGY— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) June 19, 2018 8:04PM OWN GOAL! by Fathy: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Aw, that is rotten luck for Egypt, although their keeper must carry his fair share of blame. Golovin crosses it in, the keeper comes out with a flappy, silly punch. Shoulda caught that. Instead, he punches, the Russian 11 Zobnin drills it back in and a panicking Fathy stabs it into his own net. (Fathy OG 47 mins) Dreadful shot by Zobnin by the way, would have practically gone out for a corner had Fathy not intervened. Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (R) watches as the ball ends up in his net after a deflection by Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (L) Credit: AFP/Getty 8:03PM 46 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Always a shame to see a brilliant player not at his best due to injury. But hopefully Mo Salah can weave a bit of magic. 8:00PM This shows Salah's position (10) Average touch positions (half time) He's basically playing as a narrow advanced forward. Alan Shearer sums it up well on BBC: "Mo Salah, you can tell, is only 70-75% fit and they know that - they're protecting him, he's not running back and they're just trying to get the ball up to him." 7:57PM Pretty fair Russia vs Egypt shots on goal 7:46PM Half time: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That'll do it for the half, not many chances, but plenty of energy. 7:44PM 42 mins Fun, B- quality, end-to-end stuff, here are the Russians with a corner. Gabr involved in a good old fashioned grappling contest with Dzyuba. Risky business in these VAR times... 7:42PM 40 mins There's our boy! Class from Salah, Mohsen dummies, Salah gets it and spins away from his man. Peach of a curling effort but not quite. 7:40PM 37 mins Lovely counter by Egypt, but it starts in bizarre fashion when the ball hits the ref, wrong-footing everyone! Elneny with a great ball in and Mohsen should have done a lot better. 7:35PM 34 mins Nice ball in! Mohsen just misses out to Figueira Fernandes of Russia. More even now. 7:34PM 33 mins Better spell from Egypt. Passing it, higher up the pitch. Looking slicker, ball into the area from Shafy is flicked on. Salah nearly there at the back stick! Corner. Delivery is poor. 7:33PM 30 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Enjoyable game so far. Russia unsophisticated but useful, got some pace, got some who can deliver the ball, attack in numbers. Egypt are unbalanced. They need to just get a bit of the ball, play themselves into this. 7:28PM 27 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Decent from Salah as he holds it up to tee up Trézéguet , whose shot is charged down. But it is a momentary respite: here come the Russians again. 7:27PM 25 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 This Egypt defence are making some blunders and I think they are going to be sorry. A ball is played in by Cheryshev. Keeper El-Shenawy comes, and is barged off it by Hegazi. Don't panic! 7:25PM 22 mins Salah is not doing a lot. And as I say, he is not offering anything defensively, just standing out on the right wing. Here come the Russians down the left. Gazinskii crosses and the big lad Dzyuba gets up well but glances his header too fine. 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah... he's in! Credit: AFP/Getty 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Eight goals in two games have averted Russia’s nightmare of spending tens of millions of dollars on a World Cup only to go out in the group stage. Mohamed Salah meanwhile has been restricted to a penalty, lots of physio on his injured shoulder and an awkward meeting with Chechnya’s warlord. Salah’s penalty kick when Egypt already trailed 3-0 was a small reward for his hard work in the treatment room and gym. It pales, though, beside the potential dividend for Russia from 5-0 and 3-1 victories against two of the tournament’s weaker sides. If all the hosts could hope for was to string their presence out to the point of respectability, their supporters now have something to be excited about beyond the stardust spread by other countries. If Saudi Arabia fail to beat Uruguay (and who would back them to win?) Russia will advance to the knock-out rounds for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Saint Petersburg Stadium was not full for this second home triumph, but the 64,468 here were giddy as three second-half goals flew in inside 15 minutes (the first, a ludicrous own goal). Salah performed honourably after missing the 1-0 defeat to Uruguay, but to expect him to walk straight back in and rescue Egypt was fanciful, especially as he lacks team-mates of the quality of Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. His goal came in the 73rd minute after he was pulled down by the arm (this is becoming a pattern), apparently outside the Russia penalty box, until VAR showed it to be penalty. These Russia players are pretty much equal and indistinguishable. The Soviet system would have been proud of this mechanical team. It’s as if their training stopped at pass and run, which they do well, and dispensed with the subtleties of the game, such as ingenuity and vision around the penalty box. Denis Cheryshev has been the best of them, and their energy and commitment ought to be acknowledged. Not that they will feel they had much choice in those respects. Russia have made a brilliant start to the tournament on home soil Credit: AFP They are all Russia have, and were cast into a home World Cup as the lowest-ranked team in the tournament with the unenviable task of matching the grandeur of the stadiums. Plainly this is going to be beyond them, however uplifting their 5-0 opening night win against Saudi Arabia - the biggest curtain-raising victory by a host country since 1934 - and this own-goal assisted win over Salah and company. Standing between the new Russian empire and progress to the Round of 16 was an Egypt side now emotionally dependent on Salah. The lauding of him before the game was at a level not even Liverpool fans could hope to match. His name was cheered at least three times louder than any other Egypt player, and each glimpse of him on the big screen ignited a new Egyptian party. In the game, Salah started wide-right, dispensing with defensive duties to try his luck against Yury Zhirkov, an old hand steeled for the fight. Denis Cheryshev scores Russia's second goal Credit: REuters It took Zhirkov 21 minutes to land a bang on the shoulder Salah injured in a tangle with Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final in Kiev. The challenge was fair, but spun Salah round, and soon the Premier League’s golden boot winner moved to play more centrally. He was more effective there, his first real chance on goal coming with a turn and swivel on the edge of Russia’s penalty box. But the shot from the pirouette slid wide. Egypt’s campaign, though was about to take a comical turn, two minutes after the break, when Roman Zobnin miscued a shot after a bad punch by the goalkeeper, and Ahmed Fathy, the Egyptian captain, under pressure from Artem Dzyuba, took a wild swing at it and swiped it into his own net. Bare-chested Egyptian fans in Pharoah headgear looked on miserably. Egypt’s defence, like Saudi Arabia’s, disintegrated, conceding three times, twice abjectly . Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah dribbles past Russia's defender Sergey Ignashevich Credit: AFP With Salah’s team still reeling from the own goal, Mario Fernandes cut a cross back for Cheryshev to double the lead, and then Ali Gabr failed to control a dropping ball on the edge of his box and allowed it to run to Dzyuba, the former star Russian striker who lost his way. Dzyuba’s military salute for the goal was in tune with his combative work in unsettling Egypt’s back four. The defensive ineptitude of opponents is helping Russia, but their probable advance will help maintain the interest of those who are ultimately paying for most of it - the Russian public, who have been treated to eight goals and plenty of workmanlike enterprise from their team. Salah, in effect, lost his World Cup campaign in the Champions League final, though he fought his way back to leave a small mark here. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article 9:03PM That's moved the boy Denis Level with He Who Must Not Be Mentioned in the race for the Golden Boot. 8:58PM Class piece from Jim White Seems absolutely ridiculous that these two fans have to travel to Russia to watch their team play football live. Why? Because they are women from Iran. https://t.co/pSLIeiuqvz— Jim White (@jimw1) June 19, 2018 8:57PM Uruguay will have enjoyed that. Now a World Cup last-16 place is theirs for the taking if they beat Saudi Arabia. 8:55PM Group A Table 8:54PM Nice! Best goal difference by a host nation through two #WorldCup games: +7 ���� 2018 Russia +7 ���� 1998 France (won title) +6 ���� 1934 Italy (won title) +5 ���� 1930 Uruguay (won title)— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) June 19, 2018 8:52PM Full time: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Hard lines for Egypt, but Russia are having a bit of a moment and deserved their win. 8:49PM 90+ mins: there will be four minutes added Warda and Kudryashov square up. Kudryashov looks like he could eat Warda for breakfast and still have room for pancakes. The hosts are, barring an astonishing Saudi Arabia result, going through. 8:47PM 89 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Nice move, Salah nearly dancing through, they get the break of the ball and Warda, from the right, hits it wide of the post. 8:46PM 86 mins Warda with a useful cross in. Since they, erm, went 3-0 down Egypt have played with a lot more vim. Also, other attacking players have started trying to do something rather than just looking to Salah. This is the problem with a one man team, obvs. 8:45PM 85 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt having the odd 1/4 chance but to be honest this feels remote in the extreme as a possibility. 8:42PM 84 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kahraba on, Mohsen off. Yuri Zhirkov is replaced by Fedor Kudryashov. 8:38PM 80 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt getting greedy, now they want another pen. Mohsen hits the deck. Kutepov the accused. No penalty. And I'll tell you why not: because Mohsen had fouled HIM. 8:37PM 79 mins: Golovin controls the ball majestically, nips past Gabr and waits for the foul, and the inevitable freekick. Ref doesn't give it. Snigger. Smolov comes on for Dzubya. 8:33PM 75 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kuziaev comes on, the dangerman Cheryshev off. Russia have a decent opportunity to slam the coffin lid down when Samedov delivers a useful freekick to the back stick. Ignashevich's header is saved. 8:31PM VAR to the rescue Again, VAR gets there. But poor refereeing. Always been a penalty.— Matt Smith (@msmith850) June 19, 2018 8:31PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 1 (Salah 73 pen) He's wellied that! Bosh. No messing from Mo Salah. Is that an improbable lifeline? 8:30PM 71 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 0 Salah is hauled down. To most viewers, it is clear that it is inside the box. But not to the referee though. He gives it outside the box but fortunately the VAR comes to the rescue. A PENALTY IS AWARDED Credit: BBC 8:25PM 66 mins Fed by Salah with a nice ball, Trezeguet has a shot wide, and that will be Trezeguet's last contribution. He's getting the hook, and here comes Sobhi. 8:22PM 65 mins Warda on, Elneny off. Egypt have a freekick, Gabr tries to make amends for his defensive spinelessness with a header. No. 8:20PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 0 (Dzyuba 62) Another one! Oh dear, this is turning into a horrible night for the Pharoahs. Route one, big Dzyuba chests the ball down and it's men against boys as Gabr and Hegazi crumble and let him through. Hammers it home and that, my friends, is the night boat to Cairo. Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores Credit: Getty 8:16PM GOAL! Russia 2 Egypt 0 (Cheryshev 59) Ooh, that is going to be the killer blow, surely. Nice work from Figueira Fernandes, heart and energy down the right to join the attack. Pulls the ball back, and there is the deadly Denis Cheryshev to slot the ball home. That's his third of the tournament by the way, and it looks likely that it is going to send Russia through... and send poor Egypt home. 8:14PM No OG no fun There were no own-goals at all at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. What miserable times they must have been.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 19, 2018 8:13PM 55 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 That was the moment? Maybe? The ball is played into the Russian box, knockdown, Salah has it at his feet eight yards out.... but he cannot get it out from under him and the desperate Russians can clear. Fully fit, he jinks and smashes that. But he is not confident in his body. 8:10PM 52 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Russians enjoying a couple of corners. At this rate (5 own goals in 17 matches), this World Cup will have 19 own goals. The record most in a single World Cup is 6, set in 1998. #WorldCup#RUS#EGY— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) June 19, 2018 8:04PM OWN GOAL! by Fathy: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Aw, that is rotten luck for Egypt, although their keeper must carry his fair share of blame. Golovin crosses it in, the keeper comes out with a flappy, silly punch. Shoulda caught that. Instead, he punches, the Russian 11 Zobnin drills it back in and a panicking Fathy stabs it into his own net. (Fathy OG 47 mins) Dreadful shot by Zobnin by the way, would have practically gone out for a corner had Fathy not intervened. Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (R) watches as the ball ends up in his net after a deflection by Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (L) Credit: AFP/Getty 8:03PM 46 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Always a shame to see a brilliant player not at his best due to injury. But hopefully Mo Salah can weave a bit of magic. 8:00PM This shows Salah's position (10) Average touch positions (half time) He's basically playing as a narrow advanced forward. Alan Shearer sums it up well on BBC: "Mo Salah, you can tell, is only 70-75% fit and they know that - they're protecting him, he's not running back and they're just trying to get the ball up to him." 7:57PM Pretty fair Russia vs Egypt shots on goal 7:46PM Half time: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That'll do it for the half, not many chances, but plenty of energy. 7:44PM 42 mins Fun, B- quality, end-to-end stuff, here are the Russians with a corner. Gabr involved in a good old fashioned grappling contest with Dzyuba. Risky business in these VAR times... 7:42PM 40 mins There's our boy! Class from Salah, Mohsen dummies, Salah gets it and spins away from his man. Peach of a curling effort but not quite. 7:40PM 37 mins Lovely counter by Egypt, but it starts in bizarre fashion when the ball hits the ref, wrong-footing everyone! Elneny with a great ball in and Mohsen should have done a lot better. 7:35PM 34 mins Nice ball in! Mohsen just misses out to Figueira Fernandes of Russia. More even now. 7:34PM 33 mins Better spell from Egypt. Passing it, higher up the pitch. Looking slicker, ball into the area from Shafy is flicked on. Salah nearly there at the back stick! Corner. Delivery is poor. 7:33PM 30 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Enjoyable game so far. Russia unsophisticated but useful, got some pace, got some who can deliver the ball, attack in numbers. Egypt are unbalanced. They need to just get a bit of the ball, play themselves into this. 7:28PM 27 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Decent from Salah as he holds it up to tee up Trézéguet , whose shot is charged down. But it is a momentary respite: here come the Russians again. 7:27PM 25 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 This Egypt defence are making some blunders and I think they are going to be sorry. A ball is played in by Cheryshev. Keeper El-Shenawy comes, and is barged off it by Hegazi. Don't panic! 7:25PM 22 mins Salah is not doing a lot. And as I say, he is not offering anything defensively, just standing out on the right wing. Here come the Russians down the left. Gazinskii crosses and the big lad Dzyuba gets up well but glances his header too fine. 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah... he's in! Credit: AFP/Getty 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Russia move to brink of qualification for knockout rounds after second-half blitz sees off Egypt
Eight goals in two games have averted Russia’s nightmare of spending tens of millions of dollars on a World Cup only to go out in the group stage. Mohamed Salah meanwhile has been restricted to a penalty, lots of physio on his injured shoulder and an awkward meeting with Chechnya’s warlord. Salah’s penalty kick when Egypt already trailed 3-0 was a small reward for his hard work in the treatment room and gym. It pales, though, beside the potential dividend for Russia from 5-0 and 3-1 victories against two of the tournament’s weaker sides. If all the hosts could hope for was to string their presence out to the point of respectability, their supporters now have something to be excited about beyond the stardust spread by other countries. If Saudi Arabia fail to beat Uruguay (and who would back them to win?) Russia will advance to the knock-out rounds for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Saint Petersburg Stadium was not full for this second home triumph, but the 64,468 here were giddy as three second-half goals flew in inside 15 minutes (the first, a ludicrous own goal). Salah performed honourably after missing the 1-0 defeat to Uruguay, but to expect him to walk straight back in and rescue Egypt was fanciful, especially as he lacks team-mates of the quality of Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. His goal came in the 73rd minute after he was pulled down by the arm (this is becoming a pattern), apparently outside the Russia penalty box, until VAR showed it to be penalty. These Russia players are pretty much equal and indistinguishable. The Soviet system would have been proud of this mechanical team. It’s as if their training stopped at pass and run, which they do well, and dispensed with the subtleties of the game, such as ingenuity and vision around the penalty box. Denis Cheryshev has been the best of them, and their energy and commitment ought to be acknowledged. Not that they will feel they had much choice in those respects. Russia have made a brilliant start to the tournament on home soil Credit: AFP They are all Russia have, and were cast into a home World Cup as the lowest-ranked team in the tournament with the unenviable task of matching the grandeur of the stadiums. Plainly this is going to be beyond them, however uplifting their 5-0 opening night win against Saudi Arabia - the biggest curtain-raising victory by a host country since 1934 - and this own-goal assisted win over Salah and company. Standing between the new Russian empire and progress to the Round of 16 was an Egypt side now emotionally dependent on Salah. The lauding of him before the game was at a level not even Liverpool fans could hope to match. His name was cheered at least three times louder than any other Egypt player, and each glimpse of him on the big screen ignited a new Egyptian party. In the game, Salah started wide-right, dispensing with defensive duties to try his luck against Yury Zhirkov, an old hand steeled for the fight. Denis Cheryshev scores Russia's second goal Credit: REuters It took Zhirkov 21 minutes to land a bang on the shoulder Salah injured in a tangle with Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final in Kiev. The challenge was fair, but spun Salah round, and soon the Premier League’s golden boot winner moved to play more centrally. He was more effective there, his first real chance on goal coming with a turn and swivel on the edge of Russia’s penalty box. But the shot from the pirouette slid wide. Egypt’s campaign, though was about to take a comical turn, two minutes after the break, when Roman Zobnin miscued a shot after a bad punch by the goalkeeper, and Ahmed Fathy, the Egyptian captain, under pressure from Artem Dzyuba, took a wild swing at it and swiped it into his own net. Bare-chested Egyptian fans in Pharoah headgear looked on miserably. Egypt’s defence, like Saudi Arabia’s, disintegrated, conceding three times, twice abjectly . Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah dribbles past Russia's defender Sergey Ignashevich Credit: AFP With Salah’s team still reeling from the own goal, Mario Fernandes cut a cross back for Cheryshev to double the lead, and then Ali Gabr failed to control a dropping ball on the edge of his box and allowed it to run to Dzyuba, the former star Russian striker who lost his way. Dzyuba’s military salute for the goal was in tune with his combative work in unsettling Egypt’s back four. The defensive ineptitude of opponents is helping Russia, but their probable advance will help maintain the interest of those who are ultimately paying for most of it - the Russian public, who have been treated to eight goals and plenty of workmanlike enterprise from their team. Salah, in effect, lost his World Cup campaign in the Champions League final, though he fought his way back to leave a small mark here. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article 9:03PM That's moved the boy Denis Level with He Who Must Not Be Mentioned in the race for the Golden Boot. 8:58PM Class piece from Jim White Seems absolutely ridiculous that these two fans have to travel to Russia to watch their team play football live. Why? Because they are women from Iran. https://t.co/pSLIeiuqvz— Jim White (@jimw1) June 19, 2018 8:57PM Uruguay will have enjoyed that. Now a World Cup last-16 place is theirs for the taking if they beat Saudi Arabia. 8:55PM Group A Table 8:54PM Nice! Best goal difference by a host nation through two #WorldCup games: +7 ���� 2018 Russia +7 ���� 1998 France (won title) +6 ���� 1934 Italy (won title) +5 ���� 1930 Uruguay (won title)— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) June 19, 2018 8:52PM Full time: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Hard lines for Egypt, but Russia are having a bit of a moment and deserved their win. 8:49PM 90+ mins: there will be four minutes added Warda and Kudryashov square up. Kudryashov looks like he could eat Warda for breakfast and still have room for pancakes. The hosts are, barring an astonishing Saudi Arabia result, going through. 8:47PM 89 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Nice move, Salah nearly dancing through, they get the break of the ball and Warda, from the right, hits it wide of the post. 8:46PM 86 mins Warda with a useful cross in. Since they, erm, went 3-0 down Egypt have played with a lot more vim. Also, other attacking players have started trying to do something rather than just looking to Salah. This is the problem with a one man team, obvs. 8:45PM 85 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt having the odd 1/4 chance but to be honest this feels remote in the extreme as a possibility. 8:42PM 84 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kahraba on, Mohsen off. Yuri Zhirkov is replaced by Fedor Kudryashov. 8:38PM 80 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt getting greedy, now they want another pen. Mohsen hits the deck. Kutepov the accused. No penalty. And I'll tell you why not: because Mohsen had fouled HIM. 8:37PM 79 mins: Golovin controls the ball majestically, nips past Gabr and waits for the foul, and the inevitable freekick. Ref doesn't give it. Snigger. Smolov comes on for Dzubya. 8:33PM 75 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kuziaev comes on, the dangerman Cheryshev off. Russia have a decent opportunity to slam the coffin lid down when Samedov delivers a useful freekick to the back stick. Ignashevich's header is saved. 8:31PM VAR to the rescue Again, VAR gets there. But poor refereeing. Always been a penalty.— Matt Smith (@msmith850) June 19, 2018 8:31PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 1 (Salah 73 pen) He's wellied that! Bosh. No messing from Mo Salah. Is that an improbable lifeline? 8:30PM 71 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 0 Salah is hauled down. To most viewers, it is clear that it is inside the box. But not to the referee though. He gives it outside the box but fortunately the VAR comes to the rescue. A PENALTY IS AWARDED Credit: BBC 8:25PM 66 mins Fed by Salah with a nice ball, Trezeguet has a shot wide, and that will be Trezeguet's last contribution. He's getting the hook, and here comes Sobhi. 8:22PM 65 mins Warda on, Elneny off. Egypt have a freekick, Gabr tries to make amends for his defensive spinelessness with a header. No. 8:20PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 0 (Dzyuba 62) Another one! Oh dear, this is turning into a horrible night for the Pharoahs. Route one, big Dzyuba chests the ball down and it's men against boys as Gabr and Hegazi crumble and let him through. Hammers it home and that, my friends, is the night boat to Cairo. Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores Credit: Getty 8:16PM GOAL! Russia 2 Egypt 0 (Cheryshev 59) Ooh, that is going to be the killer blow, surely. Nice work from Figueira Fernandes, heart and energy down the right to join the attack. Pulls the ball back, and there is the deadly Denis Cheryshev to slot the ball home. That's his third of the tournament by the way, and it looks likely that it is going to send Russia through... and send poor Egypt home. 8:14PM No OG no fun There were no own-goals at all at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. What miserable times they must have been.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 19, 2018 8:13PM 55 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 That was the moment? Maybe? The ball is played into the Russian box, knockdown, Salah has it at his feet eight yards out.... but he cannot get it out from under him and the desperate Russians can clear. Fully fit, he jinks and smashes that. But he is not confident in his body. 8:10PM 52 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Russians enjoying a couple of corners. At this rate (5 own goals in 17 matches), this World Cup will have 19 own goals. The record most in a single World Cup is 6, set in 1998. #WorldCup#RUS#EGY— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) June 19, 2018 8:04PM OWN GOAL! by Fathy: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Aw, that is rotten luck for Egypt, although their keeper must carry his fair share of blame. Golovin crosses it in, the keeper comes out with a flappy, silly punch. Shoulda caught that. Instead, he punches, the Russian 11 Zobnin drills it back in and a panicking Fathy stabs it into his own net. (Fathy OG 47 mins) Dreadful shot by Zobnin by the way, would have practically gone out for a corner had Fathy not intervened. Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (R) watches as the ball ends up in his net after a deflection by Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (L) Credit: AFP/Getty 8:03PM 46 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Always a shame to see a brilliant player not at his best due to injury. But hopefully Mo Salah can weave a bit of magic. 8:00PM This shows Salah's position (10) Average touch positions (half time) He's basically playing as a narrow advanced forward. Alan Shearer sums it up well on BBC: "Mo Salah, you can tell, is only 70-75% fit and they know that - they're protecting him, he's not running back and they're just trying to get the ball up to him." 7:57PM Pretty fair Russia vs Egypt shots on goal 7:46PM Half time: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That'll do it for the half, not many chances, but plenty of energy. 7:44PM 42 mins Fun, B- quality, end-to-end stuff, here are the Russians with a corner. Gabr involved in a good old fashioned grappling contest with Dzyuba. Risky business in these VAR times... 7:42PM 40 mins There's our boy! Class from Salah, Mohsen dummies, Salah gets it and spins away from his man. Peach of a curling effort but not quite. 7:40PM 37 mins Lovely counter by Egypt, but it starts in bizarre fashion when the ball hits the ref, wrong-footing everyone! Elneny with a great ball in and Mohsen should have done a lot better. 7:35PM 34 mins Nice ball in! Mohsen just misses out to Figueira Fernandes of Russia. More even now. 7:34PM 33 mins Better spell from Egypt. Passing it, higher up the pitch. Looking slicker, ball into the area from Shafy is flicked on. Salah nearly there at the back stick! Corner. Delivery is poor. 7:33PM 30 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Enjoyable game so far. Russia unsophisticated but useful, got some pace, got some who can deliver the ball, attack in numbers. Egypt are unbalanced. They need to just get a bit of the ball, play themselves into this. 7:28PM 27 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Decent from Salah as he holds it up to tee up Trézéguet , whose shot is charged down. But it is a momentary respite: here come the Russians again. 7:27PM 25 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 This Egypt defence are making some blunders and I think they are going to be sorry. A ball is played in by Cheryshev. Keeper El-Shenawy comes, and is barged off it by Hegazi. Don't panic! 7:25PM 22 mins Salah is not doing a lot. And as I say, he is not offering anything defensively, just standing out on the right wing. Here come the Russians down the left. Gazinskii crosses and the big lad Dzyuba gets up well but glances his header too fine. 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah... he's in! Credit: AFP/Getty 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Eight goals in two games have averted Russia’s nightmare of spending tens of millions of dollars on a World Cup only to go out in the group stage. Mohamed Salah meanwhile has been restricted to a penalty, lots of physio on his injured shoulder and an awkward meeting with Chechnya’s warlord. Salah’s penalty kick when Egypt already trailed 3-0 was a small reward for his hard work in the treatment room and gym. It pales, though, beside the potential dividend for Russia from 5-0 and 3-1 victories against two of the tournament’s weaker sides. If all the hosts could hope for was to string their presence out to the point of respectability, their supporters now have something to be excited about beyond the stardust spread by other countries. If Saudi Arabia fail to beat Uruguay (and who would back them to win?) Russia will advance to the knock-out rounds for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Saint Petersburg Stadium was not full for this second home triumph, but the 64,468 here were giddy as three second-half goals flew in inside 15 minutes (the first, a ludicrous own goal). Salah performed honourably after missing the 1-0 defeat to Uruguay, but to expect him to walk straight back in and rescue Egypt was fanciful, especially as he lacks team-mates of the quality of Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. His goal came in the 73rd minute after he was pulled down by the arm (this is becoming a pattern), apparently outside the Russia penalty box, until VAR showed it to be penalty. These Russia players are pretty much equal and indistinguishable. The Soviet system would have been proud of this mechanical team. It’s as if their training stopped at pass and run, which they do well, and dispensed with the subtleties of the game, such as ingenuity and vision around the penalty box. Denis Cheryshev has been the best of them, and their energy and commitment ought to be acknowledged. Not that they will feel they had much choice in those respects. Russia have made a brilliant start to the tournament on home soil Credit: AFP They are all Russia have, and were cast into a home World Cup as the lowest-ranked team in the tournament with the unenviable task of matching the grandeur of the stadiums. Plainly this is going to be beyond them, however uplifting their 5-0 opening night win against Saudi Arabia - the biggest curtain-raising victory by a host country since 1934 - and this own-goal assisted win over Salah and company. Standing between the new Russian empire and progress to the Round of 16 was an Egypt side now emotionally dependent on Salah. The lauding of him before the game was at a level not even Liverpool fans could hope to match. His name was cheered at least three times louder than any other Egypt player, and each glimpse of him on the big screen ignited a new Egyptian party. In the game, Salah started wide-right, dispensing with defensive duties to try his luck against Yury Zhirkov, an old hand steeled for the fight. Denis Cheryshev scores Russia's second goal Credit: REuters It took Zhirkov 21 minutes to land a bang on the shoulder Salah injured in a tangle with Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final in Kiev. The challenge was fair, but spun Salah round, and soon the Premier League’s golden boot winner moved to play more centrally. He was more effective there, his first real chance on goal coming with a turn and swivel on the edge of Russia’s penalty box. But the shot from the pirouette slid wide. Egypt’s campaign, though was about to take a comical turn, two minutes after the break, when Roman Zobnin miscued a shot after a bad punch by the goalkeeper, and Ahmed Fathy, the Egyptian captain, under pressure from Artem Dzyuba, took a wild swing at it and swiped it into his own net. Bare-chested Egyptian fans in Pharoah headgear looked on miserably. Egypt’s defence, like Saudi Arabia’s, disintegrated, conceding three times, twice abjectly . Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah dribbles past Russia's defender Sergey Ignashevich Credit: AFP With Salah’s team still reeling from the own goal, Mario Fernandes cut a cross back for Cheryshev to double the lead, and then Ali Gabr failed to control a dropping ball on the edge of his box and allowed it to run to Dzyuba, the former star Russian striker who lost his way. Dzyuba’s military salute for the goal was in tune with his combative work in unsettling Egypt’s back four. The defensive ineptitude of opponents is helping Russia, but their probable advance will help maintain the interest of those who are ultimately paying for most of it - the Russian public, who have been treated to eight goals and plenty of workmanlike enterprise from their team. Salah, in effect, lost his World Cup campaign in the Champions League final, though he fought his way back to leave a small mark here. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article 9:03PM That's moved the boy Denis Level with He Who Must Not Be Mentioned in the race for the Golden Boot. 8:58PM Class piece from Jim White Seems absolutely ridiculous that these two fans have to travel to Russia to watch their team play football live. Why? Because they are women from Iran. https://t.co/pSLIeiuqvz— Jim White (@jimw1) June 19, 2018 8:57PM Uruguay will have enjoyed that. Now a World Cup last-16 place is theirs for the taking if they beat Saudi Arabia. 8:55PM Group A Table 8:54PM Nice! Best goal difference by a host nation through two #WorldCup games: +7 ���� 2018 Russia +7 ���� 1998 France (won title) +6 ���� 1934 Italy (won title) +5 ���� 1930 Uruguay (won title)— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) June 19, 2018 8:52PM Full time: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Hard lines for Egypt, but Russia are having a bit of a moment and deserved their win. 8:49PM 90+ mins: there will be four minutes added Warda and Kudryashov square up. Kudryashov looks like he could eat Warda for breakfast and still have room for pancakes. The hosts are, barring an astonishing Saudi Arabia result, going through. 8:47PM 89 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Nice move, Salah nearly dancing through, they get the break of the ball and Warda, from the right, hits it wide of the post. 8:46PM 86 mins Warda with a useful cross in. Since they, erm, went 3-0 down Egypt have played with a lot more vim. Also, other attacking players have started trying to do something rather than just looking to Salah. This is the problem with a one man team, obvs. 8:45PM 85 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt having the odd 1/4 chance but to be honest this feels remote in the extreme as a possibility. 8:42PM 84 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kahraba on, Mohsen off. Yuri Zhirkov is replaced by Fedor Kudryashov. 8:38PM 80 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt getting greedy, now they want another pen. Mohsen hits the deck. Kutepov the accused. No penalty. And I'll tell you why not: because Mohsen had fouled HIM. 8:37PM 79 mins: Golovin controls the ball majestically, nips past Gabr and waits for the foul, and the inevitable freekick. Ref doesn't give it. Snigger. Smolov comes on for Dzubya. 8:33PM 75 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kuziaev comes on, the dangerman Cheryshev off. Russia have a decent opportunity to slam the coffin lid down when Samedov delivers a useful freekick to the back stick. Ignashevich's header is saved. 8:31PM VAR to the rescue Again, VAR gets there. But poor refereeing. Always been a penalty.— Matt Smith (@msmith850) June 19, 2018 8:31PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 1 (Salah 73 pen) He's wellied that! Bosh. No messing from Mo Salah. Is that an improbable lifeline? 8:30PM 71 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 0 Salah is hauled down. To most viewers, it is clear that it is inside the box. But not to the referee though. He gives it outside the box but fortunately the VAR comes to the rescue. A PENALTY IS AWARDED Credit: BBC 8:25PM 66 mins Fed by Salah with a nice ball, Trezeguet has a shot wide, and that will be Trezeguet's last contribution. He's getting the hook, and here comes Sobhi. 8:22PM 65 mins Warda on, Elneny off. Egypt have a freekick, Gabr tries to make amends for his defensive spinelessness with a header. No. 8:20PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 0 (Dzyuba 62) Another one! Oh dear, this is turning into a horrible night for the Pharoahs. Route one, big Dzyuba chests the ball down and it's men against boys as Gabr and Hegazi crumble and let him through. Hammers it home and that, my friends, is the night boat to Cairo. Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores Credit: Getty 8:16PM GOAL! Russia 2 Egypt 0 (Cheryshev 59) Ooh, that is going to be the killer blow, surely. Nice work from Figueira Fernandes, heart and energy down the right to join the attack. Pulls the ball back, and there is the deadly Denis Cheryshev to slot the ball home. That's his third of the tournament by the way, and it looks likely that it is going to send Russia through... and send poor Egypt home. 8:14PM No OG no fun There were no own-goals at all at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. What miserable times they must have been.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 19, 2018 8:13PM 55 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 That was the moment? Maybe? The ball is played into the Russian box, knockdown, Salah has it at his feet eight yards out.... but he cannot get it out from under him and the desperate Russians can clear. Fully fit, he jinks and smashes that. But he is not confident in his body. 8:10PM 52 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Russians enjoying a couple of corners. At this rate (5 own goals in 17 matches), this World Cup will have 19 own goals. The record most in a single World Cup is 6, set in 1998. #WorldCup#RUS#EGY— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) June 19, 2018 8:04PM OWN GOAL! by Fathy: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Aw, that is rotten luck for Egypt, although their keeper must carry his fair share of blame. Golovin crosses it in, the keeper comes out with a flappy, silly punch. Shoulda caught that. Instead, he punches, the Russian 11 Zobnin drills it back in and a panicking Fathy stabs it into his own net. (Fathy OG 47 mins) Dreadful shot by Zobnin by the way, would have practically gone out for a corner had Fathy not intervened. Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (R) watches as the ball ends up in his net after a deflection by Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (L) Credit: AFP/Getty 8:03PM 46 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Always a shame to see a brilliant player not at his best due to injury. But hopefully Mo Salah can weave a bit of magic. 8:00PM This shows Salah's position (10) Average touch positions (half time) He's basically playing as a narrow advanced forward. Alan Shearer sums it up well on BBC: "Mo Salah, you can tell, is only 70-75% fit and they know that - they're protecting him, he's not running back and they're just trying to get the ball up to him." 7:57PM Pretty fair Russia vs Egypt shots on goal 7:46PM Half time: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That'll do it for the half, not many chances, but plenty of energy. 7:44PM 42 mins Fun, B- quality, end-to-end stuff, here are the Russians with a corner. Gabr involved in a good old fashioned grappling contest with Dzyuba. Risky business in these VAR times... 7:42PM 40 mins There's our boy! Class from Salah, Mohsen dummies, Salah gets it and spins away from his man. Peach of a curling effort but not quite. 7:40PM 37 mins Lovely counter by Egypt, but it starts in bizarre fashion when the ball hits the ref, wrong-footing everyone! Elneny with a great ball in and Mohsen should have done a lot better. 7:35PM 34 mins Nice ball in! Mohsen just misses out to Figueira Fernandes of Russia. More even now. 7:34PM 33 mins Better spell from Egypt. Passing it, higher up the pitch. Looking slicker, ball into the area from Shafy is flicked on. Salah nearly there at the back stick! Corner. Delivery is poor. 7:33PM 30 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Enjoyable game so far. Russia unsophisticated but useful, got some pace, got some who can deliver the ball, attack in numbers. Egypt are unbalanced. They need to just get a bit of the ball, play themselves into this. 7:28PM 27 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Decent from Salah as he holds it up to tee up Trézéguet , whose shot is charged down. But it is a momentary respite: here come the Russians again. 7:27PM 25 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 This Egypt defence are making some blunders and I think they are going to be sorry. A ball is played in by Cheryshev. Keeper El-Shenawy comes, and is barged off it by Hegazi. Don't panic! 7:25PM 22 mins Salah is not doing a lot. And as I say, he is not offering anything defensively, just standing out on the right wing. Here come the Russians down the left. Gazinskii crosses and the big lad Dzyuba gets up well but glances his header too fine. 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah... he's in! Credit: AFP/Getty 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Russia move to brink of qualification for knockout rounds after second-half blitz sees off Egypt
Eight goals in two games have averted Russia’s nightmare of spending tens of millions of dollars on a World Cup only to go out in the group stage. Mohamed Salah meanwhile has been restricted to a penalty, lots of physio on his injured shoulder and an awkward meeting with Chechnya’s warlord. Salah’s penalty kick when Egypt already trailed 3-0 was a small reward for his hard work in the treatment room and gym. It pales, though, beside the potential dividend for Russia from 5-0 and 3-1 victories against two of the tournament’s weaker sides. If all the hosts could hope for was to string their presence out to the point of respectability, their supporters now have something to be excited about beyond the stardust spread by other countries. If Saudi Arabia fail to beat Uruguay (and who would back them to win?) Russia will advance to the knock-out rounds for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Saint Petersburg Stadium was not full for this second home triumph, but the 64,468 here were giddy as three second-half goals flew in inside 15 minutes (the first, a ludicrous own goal). Salah performed honourably after missing the 1-0 defeat to Uruguay, but to expect him to walk straight back in and rescue Egypt was fanciful, especially as he lacks team-mates of the quality of Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. His goal came in the 73rd minute after he was pulled down by the arm (this is becoming a pattern), apparently outside the Russia penalty box, until VAR showed it to be penalty. These Russia players are pretty much equal and indistinguishable. The Soviet system would have been proud of this mechanical team. It’s as if their training stopped at pass and run, which they do well, and dispensed with the subtleties of the game, such as ingenuity and vision around the penalty box. Denis Cheryshev has been the best of them, and their energy and commitment ought to be acknowledged. Not that they will feel they had much choice in those respects. Russia have made a brilliant start to the tournament on home soil Credit: AFP They are all Russia have, and were cast into a home World Cup as the lowest-ranked team in the tournament with the unenviable task of matching the grandeur of the stadiums. Plainly this is going to be beyond them, however uplifting their 5-0 opening night win against Saudi Arabia - the biggest curtain-raising victory by a host country since 1934 - and this own-goal assisted win over Salah and company. Standing between the new Russian empire and progress to the Round of 16 was an Egypt side now emotionally dependent on Salah. The lauding of him before the game was at a level not even Liverpool fans could hope to match. His name was cheered at least three times louder than any other Egypt player, and each glimpse of him on the big screen ignited a new Egyptian party. In the game, Salah started wide-right, dispensing with defensive duties to try his luck against Yury Zhirkov, an old hand steeled for the fight. Denis Cheryshev scores Russia's second goal Credit: REuters It took Zhirkov 21 minutes to land a bang on the shoulder Salah injured in a tangle with Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final in Kiev. The challenge was fair, but spun Salah round, and soon the Premier League’s golden boot winner moved to play more centrally. He was more effective there, his first real chance on goal coming with a turn and swivel on the edge of Russia’s penalty box. But the shot from the pirouette slid wide. Egypt’s campaign, though was about to take a comical turn, two minutes after the break, when Roman Zobnin miscued a shot after a bad punch by the goalkeeper, and Ahmed Fathy, the Egyptian captain, under pressure from Artem Dzyuba, took a wild swing at it and swiped it into his own net. Bare-chested Egyptian fans in Pharoah headgear looked on miserably. Egypt’s defence, like Saudi Arabia’s, disintegrated, conceding three times, twice abjectly . Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah dribbles past Russia's defender Sergey Ignashevich Credit: AFP With Salah’s team still reeling from the own goal, Mario Fernandes cut a cross back for Cheryshev to double the lead, and then Ali Gabr failed to control a dropping ball on the edge of his box and allowed it to run to Dzyuba, the former star Russian striker who lost his way. Dzyuba’s military salute for the goal was in tune with his combative work in unsettling Egypt’s back four. The defensive ineptitude of opponents is helping Russia, but their probable advance will help maintain the interest of those who are ultimately paying for most of it - the Russian public, who have been treated to eight goals and plenty of workmanlike enterprise from their team. Salah, in effect, lost his World Cup campaign in the Champions League final, though he fought his way back to leave a small mark here. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article 9:03PM That's moved the boy Denis Level with He Who Must Not Be Mentioned in the race for the Golden Boot. 8:58PM Class piece from Jim White Seems absolutely ridiculous that these two fans have to travel to Russia to watch their team play football live. Why? Because they are women from Iran. https://t.co/pSLIeiuqvz— Jim White (@jimw1) June 19, 2018 8:57PM Uruguay will have enjoyed that. Now a World Cup last-16 place is theirs for the taking if they beat Saudi Arabia. 8:55PM Group A Table 8:54PM Nice! Best goal difference by a host nation through two #WorldCup games: +7 ���� 2018 Russia +7 ���� 1998 France (won title) +6 ���� 1934 Italy (won title) +5 ���� 1930 Uruguay (won title)— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) June 19, 2018 8:52PM Full time: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Hard lines for Egypt, but Russia are having a bit of a moment and deserved their win. 8:49PM 90+ mins: there will be four minutes added Warda and Kudryashov square up. Kudryashov looks like he could eat Warda for breakfast and still have room for pancakes. The hosts are, barring an astonishing Saudi Arabia result, going through. 8:47PM 89 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Nice move, Salah nearly dancing through, they get the break of the ball and Warda, from the right, hits it wide of the post. 8:46PM 86 mins Warda with a useful cross in. Since they, erm, went 3-0 down Egypt have played with a lot more vim. Also, other attacking players have started trying to do something rather than just looking to Salah. This is the problem with a one man team, obvs. 8:45PM 85 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt having the odd 1/4 chance but to be honest this feels remote in the extreme as a possibility. 8:42PM 84 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kahraba on, Mohsen off. Yuri Zhirkov is replaced by Fedor Kudryashov. 8:38PM 80 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt getting greedy, now they want another pen. Mohsen hits the deck. Kutepov the accused. No penalty. And I'll tell you why not: because Mohsen had fouled HIM. 8:37PM 79 mins: Golovin controls the ball majestically, nips past Gabr and waits for the foul, and the inevitable freekick. Ref doesn't give it. Snigger. Smolov comes on for Dzubya. 8:33PM 75 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kuziaev comes on, the dangerman Cheryshev off. Russia have a decent opportunity to slam the coffin lid down when Samedov delivers a useful freekick to the back stick. Ignashevich's header is saved. 8:31PM VAR to the rescue Again, VAR gets there. But poor refereeing. Always been a penalty.— Matt Smith (@msmith850) June 19, 2018 8:31PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 1 (Salah 73 pen) He's wellied that! Bosh. No messing from Mo Salah. Is that an improbable lifeline? 8:30PM 71 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 0 Salah is hauled down. To most viewers, it is clear that it is inside the box. But not to the referee though. He gives it outside the box but fortunately the VAR comes to the rescue. A PENALTY IS AWARDED Credit: BBC 8:25PM 66 mins Fed by Salah with a nice ball, Trezeguet has a shot wide, and that will be Trezeguet's last contribution. He's getting the hook, and here comes Sobhi. 8:22PM 65 mins Warda on, Elneny off. Egypt have a freekick, Gabr tries to make amends for his defensive spinelessness with a header. No. 8:20PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 0 (Dzyuba 62) Another one! Oh dear, this is turning into a horrible night for the Pharoahs. Route one, big Dzyuba chests the ball down and it's men against boys as Gabr and Hegazi crumble and let him through. Hammers it home and that, my friends, is the night boat to Cairo. Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores Credit: Getty 8:16PM GOAL! Russia 2 Egypt 0 (Cheryshev 59) Ooh, that is going to be the killer blow, surely. Nice work from Figueira Fernandes, heart and energy down the right to join the attack. Pulls the ball back, and there is the deadly Denis Cheryshev to slot the ball home. That's his third of the tournament by the way, and it looks likely that it is going to send Russia through... and send poor Egypt home. 8:14PM No OG no fun There were no own-goals at all at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. What miserable times they must have been.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 19, 2018 8:13PM 55 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 That was the moment? Maybe? The ball is played into the Russian box, knockdown, Salah has it at his feet eight yards out.... but he cannot get it out from under him and the desperate Russians can clear. Fully fit, he jinks and smashes that. But he is not confident in his body. 8:10PM 52 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Russians enjoying a couple of corners. At this rate (5 own goals in 17 matches), this World Cup will have 19 own goals. The record most in a single World Cup is 6, set in 1998. #WorldCup#RUS#EGY— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) June 19, 2018 8:04PM OWN GOAL! by Fathy: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Aw, that is rotten luck for Egypt, although their keeper must carry his fair share of blame. Golovin crosses it in, the keeper comes out with a flappy, silly punch. Shoulda caught that. Instead, he punches, the Russian 11 Zobnin drills it back in and a panicking Fathy stabs it into his own net. (Fathy OG 47 mins) Dreadful shot by Zobnin by the way, would have practically gone out for a corner had Fathy not intervened. Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (R) watches as the ball ends up in his net after a deflection by Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (L) Credit: AFP/Getty 8:03PM 46 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Always a shame to see a brilliant player not at his best due to injury. But hopefully Mo Salah can weave a bit of magic. 8:00PM This shows Salah's position (10) Average touch positions (half time) He's basically playing as a narrow advanced forward. Alan Shearer sums it up well on BBC: "Mo Salah, you can tell, is only 70-75% fit and they know that - they're protecting him, he's not running back and they're just trying to get the ball up to him." 7:57PM Pretty fair Russia vs Egypt shots on goal 7:46PM Half time: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That'll do it for the half, not many chances, but plenty of energy. 7:44PM 42 mins Fun, B- quality, end-to-end stuff, here are the Russians with a corner. Gabr involved in a good old fashioned grappling contest with Dzyuba. Risky business in these VAR times... 7:42PM 40 mins There's our boy! Class from Salah, Mohsen dummies, Salah gets it and spins away from his man. Peach of a curling effort but not quite. 7:40PM 37 mins Lovely counter by Egypt, but it starts in bizarre fashion when the ball hits the ref, wrong-footing everyone! Elneny with a great ball in and Mohsen should have done a lot better. 7:35PM 34 mins Nice ball in! Mohsen just misses out to Figueira Fernandes of Russia. More even now. 7:34PM 33 mins Better spell from Egypt. Passing it, higher up the pitch. Looking slicker, ball into the area from Shafy is flicked on. Salah nearly there at the back stick! Corner. Delivery is poor. 7:33PM 30 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Enjoyable game so far. Russia unsophisticated but useful, got some pace, got some who can deliver the ball, attack in numbers. Egypt are unbalanced. They need to just get a bit of the ball, play themselves into this. 7:28PM 27 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Decent from Salah as he holds it up to tee up Trézéguet , whose shot is charged down. But it is a momentary respite: here come the Russians again. 7:27PM 25 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 This Egypt defence are making some blunders and I think they are going to be sorry. A ball is played in by Cheryshev. Keeper El-Shenawy comes, and is barged off it by Hegazi. Don't panic! 7:25PM 22 mins Salah is not doing a lot. And as I say, he is not offering anything defensively, just standing out on the right wing. Here come the Russians down the left. Gazinskii crosses and the big lad Dzyuba gets up well but glances his header too fine. 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah... he's in! Credit: AFP/Getty 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Eight goals in two games have averted Russia’s nightmare of spending tens of millions of dollars on a World Cup only to go out in the group stage. Mohamed Salah meanwhile has been restricted to a penalty, lots of physio on his injured shoulder and an awkward meeting with Chechnya’s warlord. Salah’s penalty kick when Egypt already trailed 3-0 was a small reward for his hard work in the treatment room and gym. It pales, though, beside the potential dividend for Russia from 5-0 and 3-1 victories against two of the tournament’s weaker sides. If all the hosts could hope for was to string their presence out to the point of respectability, their supporters now have something to be excited about beyond the stardust spread by other countries. If Saudi Arabia fail to beat Uruguay (and who would back them to win?) Russia will advance to the knock-out rounds for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Saint Petersburg Stadium was not full for this second home triumph, but the 64,468 here were giddy as three second-half goals flew in inside 15 minutes (the first, a ludicrous own goal). Salah performed honourably after missing the 1-0 defeat to Uruguay, but to expect him to walk straight back in and rescue Egypt was fanciful, especially as he lacks team-mates of the quality of Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. His goal came in the 73rd minute after he was pulled down by the arm (this is becoming a pattern), apparently outside the Russia penalty box, until VAR showed it to be penalty. These Russia players are pretty much equal and indistinguishable. The Soviet system would have been proud of this mechanical team. It’s as if their training stopped at pass and run, which they do well, and dispensed with the subtleties of the game, such as ingenuity and vision around the penalty box. Denis Cheryshev has been the best of them, and their energy and commitment ought to be acknowledged. Not that they will feel they had much choice in those respects. Russia have made a brilliant start to the tournament on home soil Credit: AFP They are all Russia have, and were cast into a home World Cup as the lowest-ranked team in the tournament with the unenviable task of matching the grandeur of the stadiums. Plainly this is going to be beyond them, however uplifting their 5-0 opening night win against Saudi Arabia - the biggest curtain-raising victory by a host country since 1934 - and this own-goal assisted win over Salah and company. Standing between the new Russian empire and progress to the Round of 16 was an Egypt side now emotionally dependent on Salah. The lauding of him before the game was at a level not even Liverpool fans could hope to match. His name was cheered at least three times louder than any other Egypt player, and each glimpse of him on the big screen ignited a new Egyptian party. In the game, Salah started wide-right, dispensing with defensive duties to try his luck against Yury Zhirkov, an old hand steeled for the fight. Denis Cheryshev scores Russia's second goal Credit: REuters It took Zhirkov 21 minutes to land a bang on the shoulder Salah injured in a tangle with Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final in Kiev. The challenge was fair, but spun Salah round, and soon the Premier League’s golden boot winner moved to play more centrally. He was more effective there, his first real chance on goal coming with a turn and swivel on the edge of Russia’s penalty box. But the shot from the pirouette slid wide. Egypt’s campaign, though was about to take a comical turn, two minutes after the break, when Roman Zobnin miscued a shot after a bad punch by the goalkeeper, and Ahmed Fathy, the Egyptian captain, under pressure from Artem Dzyuba, took a wild swing at it and swiped it into his own net. Bare-chested Egyptian fans in Pharoah headgear looked on miserably. Egypt’s defence, like Saudi Arabia’s, disintegrated, conceding three times, twice abjectly . Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah dribbles past Russia's defender Sergey Ignashevich Credit: AFP With Salah’s team still reeling from the own goal, Mario Fernandes cut a cross back for Cheryshev to double the lead, and then Ali Gabr failed to control a dropping ball on the edge of his box and allowed it to run to Dzyuba, the former star Russian striker who lost his way. Dzyuba’s military salute for the goal was in tune with his combative work in unsettling Egypt’s back four. The defensive ineptitude of opponents is helping Russia, but their probable advance will help maintain the interest of those who are ultimately paying for most of it - the Russian public, who have been treated to eight goals and plenty of workmanlike enterprise from their team. Salah, in effect, lost his World Cup campaign in the Champions League final, though he fought his way back to leave a small mark here. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article 9:03PM That's moved the boy Denis Level with He Who Must Not Be Mentioned in the race for the Golden Boot. 8:58PM Class piece from Jim White Seems absolutely ridiculous that these two fans have to travel to Russia to watch their team play football live. Why? Because they are women from Iran. https://t.co/pSLIeiuqvz— Jim White (@jimw1) June 19, 2018 8:57PM Uruguay will have enjoyed that. Now a World Cup last-16 place is theirs for the taking if they beat Saudi Arabia. 8:55PM Group A Table 8:54PM Nice! Best goal difference by a host nation through two #WorldCup games: +7 ���� 2018 Russia +7 ���� 1998 France (won title) +6 ���� 1934 Italy (won title) +5 ���� 1930 Uruguay (won title)— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) June 19, 2018 8:52PM Full time: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Hard lines for Egypt, but Russia are having a bit of a moment and deserved their win. 8:49PM 90+ mins: there will be four minutes added Warda and Kudryashov square up. Kudryashov looks like he could eat Warda for breakfast and still have room for pancakes. The hosts are, barring an astonishing Saudi Arabia result, going through. 8:47PM 89 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Nice move, Salah nearly dancing through, they get the break of the ball and Warda, from the right, hits it wide of the post. 8:46PM 86 mins Warda with a useful cross in. Since they, erm, went 3-0 down Egypt have played with a lot more vim. Also, other attacking players have started trying to do something rather than just looking to Salah. This is the problem with a one man team, obvs. 8:45PM 85 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt having the odd 1/4 chance but to be honest this feels remote in the extreme as a possibility. 8:42PM 84 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kahraba on, Mohsen off. Yuri Zhirkov is replaced by Fedor Kudryashov. 8:38PM 80 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt getting greedy, now they want another pen. Mohsen hits the deck. Kutepov the accused. No penalty. And I'll tell you why not: because Mohsen had fouled HIM. 8:37PM 79 mins: Golovin controls the ball majestically, nips past Gabr and waits for the foul, and the inevitable freekick. Ref doesn't give it. Snigger. Smolov comes on for Dzubya. 8:33PM 75 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kuziaev comes on, the dangerman Cheryshev off. Russia have a decent opportunity to slam the coffin lid down when Samedov delivers a useful freekick to the back stick. Ignashevich's header is saved. 8:31PM VAR to the rescue Again, VAR gets there. But poor refereeing. Always been a penalty.— Matt Smith (@msmith850) June 19, 2018 8:31PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 1 (Salah 73 pen) He's wellied that! Bosh. No messing from Mo Salah. Is that an improbable lifeline? 8:30PM 71 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 0 Salah is hauled down. To most viewers, it is clear that it is inside the box. But not to the referee though. He gives it outside the box but fortunately the VAR comes to the rescue. A PENALTY IS AWARDED Credit: BBC 8:25PM 66 mins Fed by Salah with a nice ball, Trezeguet has a shot wide, and that will be Trezeguet's last contribution. He's getting the hook, and here comes Sobhi. 8:22PM 65 mins Warda on, Elneny off. Egypt have a freekick, Gabr tries to make amends for his defensive spinelessness with a header. No. 8:20PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 0 (Dzyuba 62) Another one! Oh dear, this is turning into a horrible night for the Pharoahs. Route one, big Dzyuba chests the ball down and it's men against boys as Gabr and Hegazi crumble and let him through. Hammers it home and that, my friends, is the night boat to Cairo. Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores Credit: Getty 8:16PM GOAL! Russia 2 Egypt 0 (Cheryshev 59) Ooh, that is going to be the killer blow, surely. Nice work from Figueira Fernandes, heart and energy down the right to join the attack. Pulls the ball back, and there is the deadly Denis Cheryshev to slot the ball home. That's his third of the tournament by the way, and it looks likely that it is going to send Russia through... and send poor Egypt home. 8:14PM No OG no fun There were no own-goals at all at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. What miserable times they must have been.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 19, 2018 8:13PM 55 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 That was the moment? Maybe? The ball is played into the Russian box, knockdown, Salah has it at his feet eight yards out.... but he cannot get it out from under him and the desperate Russians can clear. Fully fit, he jinks and smashes that. But he is not confident in his body. 8:10PM 52 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Russians enjoying a couple of corners. At this rate (5 own goals in 17 matches), this World Cup will have 19 own goals. The record most in a single World Cup is 6, set in 1998. #WorldCup#RUS#EGY— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) June 19, 2018 8:04PM OWN GOAL! by Fathy: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Aw, that is rotten luck for Egypt, although their keeper must carry his fair share of blame. Golovin crosses it in, the keeper comes out with a flappy, silly punch. Shoulda caught that. Instead, he punches, the Russian 11 Zobnin drills it back in and a panicking Fathy stabs it into his own net. (Fathy OG 47 mins) Dreadful shot by Zobnin by the way, would have practically gone out for a corner had Fathy not intervened. Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (R) watches as the ball ends up in his net after a deflection by Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (L) Credit: AFP/Getty 8:03PM 46 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Always a shame to see a brilliant player not at his best due to injury. But hopefully Mo Salah can weave a bit of magic. 8:00PM This shows Salah's position (10) Average touch positions (half time) He's basically playing as a narrow advanced forward. Alan Shearer sums it up well on BBC: "Mo Salah, you can tell, is only 70-75% fit and they know that - they're protecting him, he's not running back and they're just trying to get the ball up to him." 7:57PM Pretty fair Russia vs Egypt shots on goal 7:46PM Half time: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That'll do it for the half, not many chances, but plenty of energy. 7:44PM 42 mins Fun, B- quality, end-to-end stuff, here are the Russians with a corner. Gabr involved in a good old fashioned grappling contest with Dzyuba. Risky business in these VAR times... 7:42PM 40 mins There's our boy! Class from Salah, Mohsen dummies, Salah gets it and spins away from his man. Peach of a curling effort but not quite. 7:40PM 37 mins Lovely counter by Egypt, but it starts in bizarre fashion when the ball hits the ref, wrong-footing everyone! Elneny with a great ball in and Mohsen should have done a lot better. 7:35PM 34 mins Nice ball in! Mohsen just misses out to Figueira Fernandes of Russia. More even now. 7:34PM 33 mins Better spell from Egypt. Passing it, higher up the pitch. Looking slicker, ball into the area from Shafy is flicked on. Salah nearly there at the back stick! Corner. Delivery is poor. 7:33PM 30 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Enjoyable game so far. Russia unsophisticated but useful, got some pace, got some who can deliver the ball, attack in numbers. Egypt are unbalanced. They need to just get a bit of the ball, play themselves into this. 7:28PM 27 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Decent from Salah as he holds it up to tee up Trézéguet , whose shot is charged down. But it is a momentary respite: here come the Russians again. 7:27PM 25 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 This Egypt defence are making some blunders and I think they are going to be sorry. A ball is played in by Cheryshev. Keeper El-Shenawy comes, and is barged off it by Hegazi. Don't panic! 7:25PM 22 mins Salah is not doing a lot. And as I say, he is not offering anything defensively, just standing out on the right wing. Here come the Russians down the left. Gazinskii crosses and the big lad Dzyuba gets up well but glances his header too fine. 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah... he's in! Credit: AFP/Getty 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Russia move to brink of qualification for knockout rounds after second-half blitz sees off Egypt
Eight goals in two games have averted Russia’s nightmare of spending tens of millions of dollars on a World Cup only to go out in the group stage. Mohamed Salah meanwhile has been restricted to a penalty, lots of physio on his injured shoulder and an awkward meeting with Chechnya’s warlord. Salah’s penalty kick when Egypt already trailed 3-0 was a small reward for his hard work in the treatment room and gym. It pales, though, beside the potential dividend for Russia from 5-0 and 3-1 victories against two of the tournament’s weaker sides. If all the hosts could hope for was to string their presence out to the point of respectability, their supporters now have something to be excited about beyond the stardust spread by other countries. If Saudi Arabia fail to beat Uruguay (and who would back them to win?) Russia will advance to the knock-out rounds for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Saint Petersburg Stadium was not full for this second home triumph, but the 64,468 here were giddy as three second-half goals flew in inside 15 minutes (the first, a ludicrous own goal). Salah performed honourably after missing the 1-0 defeat to Uruguay, but to expect him to walk straight back in and rescue Egypt was fanciful, especially as he lacks team-mates of the quality of Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. His goal came in the 73rd minute after he was pulled down by the arm (this is becoming a pattern), apparently outside the Russia penalty box, until VAR showed it to be penalty. These Russia players are pretty much equal and indistinguishable. The Soviet system would have been proud of this mechanical team. It’s as if their training stopped at pass and run, which they do well, and dispensed with the subtleties of the game, such as ingenuity and vision around the penalty box. Denis Cheryshev has been the best of them, and their energy and commitment ought to be acknowledged. Not that they will feel they had much choice in those respects. Russia have made a brilliant start to the tournament on home soil Credit: AFP They are all Russia have, and were cast into a home World Cup as the lowest-ranked team in the tournament with the unenviable task of matching the grandeur of the stadiums. Plainly this is going to be beyond them, however uplifting their 5-0 opening night win against Saudi Arabia - the biggest curtain-raising victory by a host country since 1934 - and this own-goal assisted win over Salah and company. Standing between the new Russian empire and progress to the Round of 16 was an Egypt side now emotionally dependent on Salah. The lauding of him before the game was at a level not even Liverpool fans could hope to match. His name was cheered at least three times louder than any other Egypt player, and each glimpse of him on the big screen ignited a new Egyptian party. In the game, Salah started wide-right, dispensing with defensive duties to try his luck against Yury Zhirkov, an old hand steeled for the fight. Denis Cheryshev scores Russia's second goal Credit: REuters It took Zhirkov 21 minutes to land a bang on the shoulder Salah injured in a tangle with Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final in Kiev. The challenge was fair, but spun Salah round, and soon the Premier League’s golden boot winner moved to play more centrally. He was more effective there, his first real chance on goal coming with a turn and swivel on the edge of Russia’s penalty box. But the shot from the pirouette slid wide. Egypt’s campaign, though was about to take a comical turn, two minutes after the break, when Roman Zobnin miscued a shot after a bad punch by the goalkeeper, and Ahmed Fathy, the Egyptian captain, under pressure from Artem Dzyuba, took a wild swing at it and swiped it into his own net. Bare-chested Egyptian fans in Pharoah headgear looked on miserably. Egypt’s defence, like Saudi Arabia’s, disintegrated, conceding three times, twice abjectly . Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah dribbles past Russia's defender Sergey Ignashevich Credit: AFP With Salah’s team still reeling from the own goal, Mario Fernandes cut a cross back for Cheryshev to double the lead, and then Ali Gabr failed to control a dropping ball on the edge of his box and allowed it to run to Dzyuba, the former star Russian striker who lost his way. Dzyuba’s military salute for the goal was in tune with his combative work in unsettling Egypt’s back four. The defensive ineptitude of opponents is helping Russia, but their probable advance will help maintain the interest of those who are ultimately paying for most of it - the Russian public, who have been treated to eight goals and plenty of workmanlike enterprise from their team. Salah, in effect, lost his World Cup campaign in the Champions League final, though he fought his way back to leave a small mark here. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article 9:03PM That's moved the boy Denis Level with He Who Must Not Be Mentioned in the race for the Golden Boot. 8:58PM Class piece from Jim White Seems absolutely ridiculous that these two fans have to travel to Russia to watch their team play football live. Why? Because they are women from Iran. https://t.co/pSLIeiuqvz— Jim White (@jimw1) June 19, 2018 8:57PM Uruguay will have enjoyed that. Now a World Cup last-16 place is theirs for the taking if they beat Saudi Arabia. 8:55PM Group A Table 8:54PM Nice! Best goal difference by a host nation through two #WorldCup games: +7 ���� 2018 Russia +7 ���� 1998 France (won title) +6 ���� 1934 Italy (won title) +5 ���� 1930 Uruguay (won title)— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) June 19, 2018 8:52PM Full time: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Hard lines for Egypt, but Russia are having a bit of a moment and deserved their win. 8:49PM 90+ mins: there will be four minutes added Warda and Kudryashov square up. Kudryashov looks like he could eat Warda for breakfast and still have room for pancakes. The hosts are, barring an astonishing Saudi Arabia result, going through. 8:47PM 89 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Nice move, Salah nearly dancing through, they get the break of the ball and Warda, from the right, hits it wide of the post. 8:46PM 86 mins Warda with a useful cross in. Since they, erm, went 3-0 down Egypt have played with a lot more vim. Also, other attacking players have started trying to do something rather than just looking to Salah. This is the problem with a one man team, obvs. 8:45PM 85 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt having the odd 1/4 chance but to be honest this feels remote in the extreme as a possibility. 8:42PM 84 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kahraba on, Mohsen off. Yuri Zhirkov is replaced by Fedor Kudryashov. 8:38PM 80 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt getting greedy, now they want another pen. Mohsen hits the deck. Kutepov the accused. No penalty. And I'll tell you why not: because Mohsen had fouled HIM. 8:37PM 79 mins: Golovin controls the ball majestically, nips past Gabr and waits for the foul, and the inevitable freekick. Ref doesn't give it. Snigger. Smolov comes on for Dzubya. 8:33PM 75 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kuziaev comes on, the dangerman Cheryshev off. Russia have a decent opportunity to slam the coffin lid down when Samedov delivers a useful freekick to the back stick. Ignashevich's header is saved. 8:31PM VAR to the rescue Again, VAR gets there. But poor refereeing. Always been a penalty.— Matt Smith (@msmith850) June 19, 2018 8:31PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 1 (Salah 73 pen) He's wellied that! Bosh. No messing from Mo Salah. Is that an improbable lifeline? 8:30PM 71 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 0 Salah is hauled down. To most viewers, it is clear that it is inside the box. But not to the referee though. He gives it outside the box but fortunately the VAR comes to the rescue. A PENALTY IS AWARDED Credit: BBC 8:25PM 66 mins Fed by Salah with a nice ball, Trezeguet has a shot wide, and that will be Trezeguet's last contribution. He's getting the hook, and here comes Sobhi. 8:22PM 65 mins Warda on, Elneny off. Egypt have a freekick, Gabr tries to make amends for his defensive spinelessness with a header. No. 8:20PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 0 (Dzyuba 62) Another one! Oh dear, this is turning into a horrible night for the Pharoahs. Route one, big Dzyuba chests the ball down and it's men against boys as Gabr and Hegazi crumble and let him through. Hammers it home and that, my friends, is the night boat to Cairo. Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores Credit: Getty 8:16PM GOAL! Russia 2 Egypt 0 (Cheryshev 59) Ooh, that is going to be the killer blow, surely. Nice work from Figueira Fernandes, heart and energy down the right to join the attack. Pulls the ball back, and there is the deadly Denis Cheryshev to slot the ball home. That's his third of the tournament by the way, and it looks likely that it is going to send Russia through... and send poor Egypt home. 8:14PM No OG no fun There were no own-goals at all at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. What miserable times they must have been.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 19, 2018 8:13PM 55 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 That was the moment? Maybe? The ball is played into the Russian box, knockdown, Salah has it at his feet eight yards out.... but he cannot get it out from under him and the desperate Russians can clear. Fully fit, he jinks and smashes that. But he is not confident in his body. 8:10PM 52 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Russians enjoying a couple of corners. At this rate (5 own goals in 17 matches), this World Cup will have 19 own goals. The record most in a single World Cup is 6, set in 1998. #WorldCup#RUS#EGY— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) June 19, 2018 8:04PM OWN GOAL! by Fathy: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Aw, that is rotten luck for Egypt, although their keeper must carry his fair share of blame. Golovin crosses it in, the keeper comes out with a flappy, silly punch. Shoulda caught that. Instead, he punches, the Russian 11 Zobnin drills it back in and a panicking Fathy stabs it into his own net. (Fathy OG 47 mins) Dreadful shot by Zobnin by the way, would have practically gone out for a corner had Fathy not intervened. Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (R) watches as the ball ends up in his net after a deflection by Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (L) Credit: AFP/Getty 8:03PM 46 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Always a shame to see a brilliant player not at his best due to injury. But hopefully Mo Salah can weave a bit of magic. 8:00PM This shows Salah's position (10) Average touch positions (half time) He's basically playing as a narrow advanced forward. Alan Shearer sums it up well on BBC: "Mo Salah, you can tell, is only 70-75% fit and they know that - they're protecting him, he's not running back and they're just trying to get the ball up to him." 7:57PM Pretty fair Russia vs Egypt shots on goal 7:46PM Half time: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That'll do it for the half, not many chances, but plenty of energy. 7:44PM 42 mins Fun, B- quality, end-to-end stuff, here are the Russians with a corner. Gabr involved in a good old fashioned grappling contest with Dzyuba. Risky business in these VAR times... 7:42PM 40 mins There's our boy! Class from Salah, Mohsen dummies, Salah gets it and spins away from his man. Peach of a curling effort but not quite. 7:40PM 37 mins Lovely counter by Egypt, but it starts in bizarre fashion when the ball hits the ref, wrong-footing everyone! Elneny with a great ball in and Mohsen should have done a lot better. 7:35PM 34 mins Nice ball in! Mohsen just misses out to Figueira Fernandes of Russia. More even now. 7:34PM 33 mins Better spell from Egypt. Passing it, higher up the pitch. Looking slicker, ball into the area from Shafy is flicked on. Salah nearly there at the back stick! Corner. Delivery is poor. 7:33PM 30 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Enjoyable game so far. Russia unsophisticated but useful, got some pace, got some who can deliver the ball, attack in numbers. Egypt are unbalanced. They need to just get a bit of the ball, play themselves into this. 7:28PM 27 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Decent from Salah as he holds it up to tee up Trézéguet , whose shot is charged down. But it is a momentary respite: here come the Russians again. 7:27PM 25 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 This Egypt defence are making some blunders and I think they are going to be sorry. A ball is played in by Cheryshev. Keeper El-Shenawy comes, and is barged off it by Hegazi. Don't panic! 7:25PM 22 mins Salah is not doing a lot. And as I say, he is not offering anything defensively, just standing out on the right wing. Here come the Russians down the left. Gazinskii crosses and the big lad Dzyuba gets up well but glances his header too fine. 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah... he's in! Credit: AFP/Getty 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Eight goals in two games have averted Russia’s nightmare of spending tens of millions of dollars on a World Cup only to go out in the group stage. Mohamed Salah meanwhile has been restricted to a penalty, lots of physio on his injured shoulder and an awkward meeting with Chechnya’s warlord. Salah’s penalty kick when Egypt already trailed 3-0 was a small reward for his hard work in the treatment room and gym. It pales, though, beside the potential dividend for Russia from 5-0 and 3-1 victories against two of the tournament’s weaker sides. If all the hosts could hope for was to string their presence out to the point of respectability, their supporters now have something to be excited about beyond the stardust spread by other countries. If Saudi Arabia fail to beat Uruguay (and who would back them to win?) Russia will advance to the knock-out rounds for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Saint Petersburg Stadium was not full for this second home triumph, but the 64,468 here were giddy as three second-half goals flew in inside 15 minutes (the first, a ludicrous own goal). Salah performed honourably after missing the 1-0 defeat to Uruguay, but to expect him to walk straight back in and rescue Egypt was fanciful, especially as he lacks team-mates of the quality of Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. His goal came in the 73rd minute after he was pulled down by the arm (this is becoming a pattern), apparently outside the Russia penalty box, until VAR showed it to be penalty. These Russia players are pretty much equal and indistinguishable. The Soviet system would have been proud of this mechanical team. It’s as if their training stopped at pass and run, which they do well, and dispensed with the subtleties of the game, such as ingenuity and vision around the penalty box. Denis Cheryshev has been the best of them, and their energy and commitment ought to be acknowledged. Not that they will feel they had much choice in those respects. Russia have made a brilliant start to the tournament on home soil Credit: AFP They are all Russia have, and were cast into a home World Cup as the lowest-ranked team in the tournament with the unenviable task of matching the grandeur of the stadiums. Plainly this is going to be beyond them, however uplifting their 5-0 opening night win against Saudi Arabia - the biggest curtain-raising victory by a host country since 1934 - and this own-goal assisted win over Salah and company. Standing between the new Russian empire and progress to the Round of 16 was an Egypt side now emotionally dependent on Salah. The lauding of him before the game was at a level not even Liverpool fans could hope to match. His name was cheered at least three times louder than any other Egypt player, and each glimpse of him on the big screen ignited a new Egyptian party. In the game, Salah started wide-right, dispensing with defensive duties to try his luck against Yury Zhirkov, an old hand steeled for the fight. Denis Cheryshev scores Russia's second goal Credit: REuters It took Zhirkov 21 minutes to land a bang on the shoulder Salah injured in a tangle with Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final in Kiev. The challenge was fair, but spun Salah round, and soon the Premier League’s golden boot winner moved to play more centrally. He was more effective there, his first real chance on goal coming with a turn and swivel on the edge of Russia’s penalty box. But the shot from the pirouette slid wide. Egypt’s campaign, though was about to take a comical turn, two minutes after the break, when Roman Zobnin miscued a shot after a bad punch by the goalkeeper, and Ahmed Fathy, the Egyptian captain, under pressure from Artem Dzyuba, took a wild swing at it and swiped it into his own net. Bare-chested Egyptian fans in Pharoah headgear looked on miserably. Egypt’s defence, like Saudi Arabia’s, disintegrated, conceding three times, twice abjectly . Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah dribbles past Russia's defender Sergey Ignashevich Credit: AFP With Salah’s team still reeling from the own goal, Mario Fernandes cut a cross back for Cheryshev to double the lead, and then Ali Gabr failed to control a dropping ball on the edge of his box and allowed it to run to Dzyuba, the former star Russian striker who lost his way. Dzyuba’s military salute for the goal was in tune with his combative work in unsettling Egypt’s back four. The defensive ineptitude of opponents is helping Russia, but their probable advance will help maintain the interest of those who are ultimately paying for most of it - the Russian public, who have been treated to eight goals and plenty of workmanlike enterprise from their team. Salah, in effect, lost his World Cup campaign in the Champions League final, though he fought his way back to leave a small mark here. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article 9:03PM That's moved the boy Denis Level with He Who Must Not Be Mentioned in the race for the Golden Boot. 8:58PM Class piece from Jim White Seems absolutely ridiculous that these two fans have to travel to Russia to watch their team play football live. Why? Because they are women from Iran. https://t.co/pSLIeiuqvz— Jim White (@jimw1) June 19, 2018 8:57PM Uruguay will have enjoyed that. Now a World Cup last-16 place is theirs for the taking if they beat Saudi Arabia. 8:55PM Group A Table 8:54PM Nice! Best goal difference by a host nation through two #WorldCup games: +7 ���� 2018 Russia +7 ���� 1998 France (won title) +6 ���� 1934 Italy (won title) +5 ���� 1930 Uruguay (won title)— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) June 19, 2018 8:52PM Full time: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Hard lines for Egypt, but Russia are having a bit of a moment and deserved their win. 8:49PM 90+ mins: there will be four minutes added Warda and Kudryashov square up. Kudryashov looks like he could eat Warda for breakfast and still have room for pancakes. The hosts are, barring an astonishing Saudi Arabia result, going through. 8:47PM 89 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Nice move, Salah nearly dancing through, they get the break of the ball and Warda, from the right, hits it wide of the post. 8:46PM 86 mins Warda with a useful cross in. Since they, erm, went 3-0 down Egypt have played with a lot more vim. Also, other attacking players have started trying to do something rather than just looking to Salah. This is the problem with a one man team, obvs. 8:45PM 85 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt having the odd 1/4 chance but to be honest this feels remote in the extreme as a possibility. 8:42PM 84 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kahraba on, Mohsen off. Yuri Zhirkov is replaced by Fedor Kudryashov. 8:38PM 80 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt getting greedy, now they want another pen. Mohsen hits the deck. Kutepov the accused. No penalty. And I'll tell you why not: because Mohsen had fouled HIM. 8:37PM 79 mins: Golovin controls the ball majestically, nips past Gabr and waits for the foul, and the inevitable freekick. Ref doesn't give it. Snigger. Smolov comes on for Dzubya. 8:33PM 75 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kuziaev comes on, the dangerman Cheryshev off. Russia have a decent opportunity to slam the coffin lid down when Samedov delivers a useful freekick to the back stick. Ignashevich's header is saved. 8:31PM VAR to the rescue Again, VAR gets there. But poor refereeing. Always been a penalty.— Matt Smith (@msmith850) June 19, 2018 8:31PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 1 (Salah 73 pen) He's wellied that! Bosh. No messing from Mo Salah. Is that an improbable lifeline? 8:30PM 71 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 0 Salah is hauled down. To most viewers, it is clear that it is inside the box. But not to the referee though. He gives it outside the box but fortunately the VAR comes to the rescue. A PENALTY IS AWARDED Credit: BBC 8:25PM 66 mins Fed by Salah with a nice ball, Trezeguet has a shot wide, and that will be Trezeguet's last contribution. He's getting the hook, and here comes Sobhi. 8:22PM 65 mins Warda on, Elneny off. Egypt have a freekick, Gabr tries to make amends for his defensive spinelessness with a header. No. 8:20PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 0 (Dzyuba 62) Another one! Oh dear, this is turning into a horrible night for the Pharoahs. Route one, big Dzyuba chests the ball down and it's men against boys as Gabr and Hegazi crumble and let him through. Hammers it home and that, my friends, is the night boat to Cairo. Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores Credit: Getty 8:16PM GOAL! Russia 2 Egypt 0 (Cheryshev 59) Ooh, that is going to be the killer blow, surely. Nice work from Figueira Fernandes, heart and energy down the right to join the attack. Pulls the ball back, and there is the deadly Denis Cheryshev to slot the ball home. That's his third of the tournament by the way, and it looks likely that it is going to send Russia through... and send poor Egypt home. 8:14PM No OG no fun There were no own-goals at all at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. What miserable times they must have been.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 19, 2018 8:13PM 55 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 That was the moment? Maybe? The ball is played into the Russian box, knockdown, Salah has it at his feet eight yards out.... but he cannot get it out from under him and the desperate Russians can clear. Fully fit, he jinks and smashes that. But he is not confident in his body. 8:10PM 52 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Russians enjoying a couple of corners. At this rate (5 own goals in 17 matches), this World Cup will have 19 own goals. The record most in a single World Cup is 6, set in 1998. #WorldCup#RUS#EGY— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) June 19, 2018 8:04PM OWN GOAL! by Fathy: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Aw, that is rotten luck for Egypt, although their keeper must carry his fair share of blame. Golovin crosses it in, the keeper comes out with a flappy, silly punch. Shoulda caught that. Instead, he punches, the Russian 11 Zobnin drills it back in and a panicking Fathy stabs it into his own net. (Fathy OG 47 mins) Dreadful shot by Zobnin by the way, would have practically gone out for a corner had Fathy not intervened. Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (R) watches as the ball ends up in his net after a deflection by Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (L) Credit: AFP/Getty 8:03PM 46 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Always a shame to see a brilliant player not at his best due to injury. But hopefully Mo Salah can weave a bit of magic. 8:00PM This shows Salah's position (10) Average touch positions (half time) He's basically playing as a narrow advanced forward. Alan Shearer sums it up well on BBC: "Mo Salah, you can tell, is only 70-75% fit and they know that - they're protecting him, he's not running back and they're just trying to get the ball up to him." 7:57PM Pretty fair Russia vs Egypt shots on goal 7:46PM Half time: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That'll do it for the half, not many chances, but plenty of energy. 7:44PM 42 mins Fun, B- quality, end-to-end stuff, here are the Russians with a corner. Gabr involved in a good old fashioned grappling contest with Dzyuba. Risky business in these VAR times... 7:42PM 40 mins There's our boy! Class from Salah, Mohsen dummies, Salah gets it and spins away from his man. Peach of a curling effort but not quite. 7:40PM 37 mins Lovely counter by Egypt, but it starts in bizarre fashion when the ball hits the ref, wrong-footing everyone! Elneny with a great ball in and Mohsen should have done a lot better. 7:35PM 34 mins Nice ball in! Mohsen just misses out to Figueira Fernandes of Russia. More even now. 7:34PM 33 mins Better spell from Egypt. Passing it, higher up the pitch. Looking slicker, ball into the area from Shafy is flicked on. Salah nearly there at the back stick! Corner. Delivery is poor. 7:33PM 30 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Enjoyable game so far. Russia unsophisticated but useful, got some pace, got some who can deliver the ball, attack in numbers. Egypt are unbalanced. They need to just get a bit of the ball, play themselves into this. 7:28PM 27 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Decent from Salah as he holds it up to tee up Trézéguet , whose shot is charged down. But it is a momentary respite: here come the Russians again. 7:27PM 25 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 This Egypt defence are making some blunders and I think they are going to be sorry. A ball is played in by Cheryshev. Keeper El-Shenawy comes, and is barged off it by Hegazi. Don't panic! 7:25PM 22 mins Salah is not doing a lot. And as I say, he is not offering anything defensively, just standing out on the right wing. Here come the Russians down the left. Gazinskii crosses and the big lad Dzyuba gets up well but glances his header too fine. 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah... he's in! Credit: AFP/Getty 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Russia move to brink of qualification for knockout rounds after second-half blitz sees off Egypt
Eight goals in two games have averted Russia’s nightmare of spending tens of millions of dollars on a World Cup only to go out in the group stage. Mohamed Salah meanwhile has been restricted to a penalty, lots of physio on his injured shoulder and an awkward meeting with Chechnya’s warlord. Salah’s penalty kick when Egypt already trailed 3-0 was a small reward for his hard work in the treatment room and gym. It pales, though, beside the potential dividend for Russia from 5-0 and 3-1 victories against two of the tournament’s weaker sides. If all the hosts could hope for was to string their presence out to the point of respectability, their supporters now have something to be excited about beyond the stardust spread by other countries. If Saudi Arabia fail to beat Uruguay (and who would back them to win?) Russia will advance to the knock-out rounds for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Saint Petersburg Stadium was not full for this second home triumph, but the 64,468 here were giddy as three second-half goals flew in inside 15 minutes (the first, a ludicrous own goal). Salah performed honourably after missing the 1-0 defeat to Uruguay, but to expect him to walk straight back in and rescue Egypt was fanciful, especially as he lacks team-mates of the quality of Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. His goal came in the 73rd minute after he was pulled down by the arm (this is becoming a pattern), apparently outside the Russia penalty box, until VAR showed it to be penalty. These Russia players are pretty much equal and indistinguishable. The Soviet system would have been proud of this mechanical team. It’s as if their training stopped at pass and run, which they do well, and dispensed with the subtleties of the game, such as ingenuity and vision around the penalty box. Denis Cheryshev has been the best of them, and their energy and commitment ought to be acknowledged. Not that they will feel they had much choice in those respects. Russia have made a brilliant start to the tournament on home soil Credit: AFP They are all Russia have, and were cast into a home World Cup as the lowest-ranked team in the tournament with the unenviable task of matching the grandeur of the stadiums. Plainly this is going to be beyond them, however uplifting their 5-0 opening night win against Saudi Arabia - the biggest curtain-raising victory by a host country since 1934 - and this own-goal assisted win over Salah and company. Standing between the new Russian empire and progress to the Round of 16 was an Egypt side now emotionally dependent on Salah. The lauding of him before the game was at a level not even Liverpool fans could hope to match. His name was cheered at least three times louder than any other Egypt player, and each glimpse of him on the big screen ignited a new Egyptian party. In the game, Salah started wide-right, dispensing with defensive duties to try his luck against Yury Zhirkov, an old hand steeled for the fight. Denis Cheryshev scores Russia's second goal Credit: REuters It took Zhirkov 21 minutes to land a bang on the shoulder Salah injured in a tangle with Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final in Kiev. The challenge was fair, but spun Salah round, and soon the Premier League’s golden boot winner moved to play more centrally. He was more effective there, his first real chance on goal coming with a turn and swivel on the edge of Russia’s penalty box. But the shot from the pirouette slid wide. Egypt’s campaign, though was about to take a comical turn, two minutes after the break, when Roman Zobnin miscued a shot after a bad punch by the goalkeeper, and Ahmed Fathy, the Egyptian captain, under pressure from Artem Dzyuba, took a wild swing at it and swiped it into his own net. Bare-chested Egyptian fans in Pharoah headgear looked on miserably. Egypt’s defence, like Saudi Arabia’s, disintegrated, conceding three times, twice abjectly . Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah dribbles past Russia's defender Sergey Ignashevich Credit: AFP With Salah’s team still reeling from the own goal, Mario Fernandes cut a cross back for Cheryshev to double the lead, and then Ali Gabr failed to control a dropping ball on the edge of his box and allowed it to run to Dzyuba, the former star Russian striker who lost his way. Dzyuba’s military salute for the goal was in tune with his combative work in unsettling Egypt’s back four. The defensive ineptitude of opponents is helping Russia, but their probable advance will help maintain the interest of those who are ultimately paying for most of it - the Russian public, who have been treated to eight goals and plenty of workmanlike enterprise from their team. Salah, in effect, lost his World Cup campaign in the Champions League final, though he fought his way back to leave a small mark here. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article 9:03PM That's moved the boy Denis Level with He Who Must Not Be Mentioned in the race for the Golden Boot. 8:58PM Class piece from Jim White Seems absolutely ridiculous that these two fans have to travel to Russia to watch their team play football live. Why? Because they are women from Iran. https://t.co/pSLIeiuqvz— Jim White (@jimw1) June 19, 2018 8:57PM Uruguay will have enjoyed that. Now a World Cup last-16 place is theirs for the taking if they beat Saudi Arabia. 8:55PM Group A Table 8:54PM Nice! Best goal difference by a host nation through two #WorldCup games: +7 ���� 2018 Russia +7 ���� 1998 France (won title) +6 ���� 1934 Italy (won title) +5 ���� 1930 Uruguay (won title)— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) June 19, 2018 8:52PM Full time: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Hard lines for Egypt, but Russia are having a bit of a moment and deserved their win. 8:49PM 90+ mins: there will be four minutes added Warda and Kudryashov square up. Kudryashov looks like he could eat Warda for breakfast and still have room for pancakes. The hosts are, barring an astonishing Saudi Arabia result, going through. 8:47PM 89 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Nice move, Salah nearly dancing through, they get the break of the ball and Warda, from the right, hits it wide of the post. 8:46PM 86 mins Warda with a useful cross in. Since they, erm, went 3-0 down Egypt have played with a lot more vim. Also, other attacking players have started trying to do something rather than just looking to Salah. This is the problem with a one man team, obvs. 8:45PM 85 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt having the odd 1/4 chance but to be honest this feels remote in the extreme as a possibility. 8:42PM 84 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kahraba on, Mohsen off. Yuri Zhirkov is replaced by Fedor Kudryashov. 8:38PM 80 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt getting greedy, now they want another pen. Mohsen hits the deck. Kutepov the accused. No penalty. And I'll tell you why not: because Mohsen had fouled HIM. 8:37PM 79 mins: Golovin controls the ball majestically, nips past Gabr and waits for the foul, and the inevitable freekick. Ref doesn't give it. Snigger. Smolov comes on for Dzubya. 8:33PM 75 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kuziaev comes on, the dangerman Cheryshev off. Russia have a decent opportunity to slam the coffin lid down when Samedov delivers a useful freekick to the back stick. Ignashevich's header is saved. 8:31PM VAR to the rescue Again, VAR gets there. But poor refereeing. Always been a penalty.— Matt Smith (@msmith850) June 19, 2018 8:31PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 1 (Salah 73 pen) He's wellied that! Bosh. No messing from Mo Salah. Is that an improbable lifeline? 8:30PM 71 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 0 Salah is hauled down. To most viewers, it is clear that it is inside the box. But not to the referee though. He gives it outside the box but fortunately the VAR comes to the rescue. A PENALTY IS AWARDED Credit: BBC 8:25PM 66 mins Fed by Salah with a nice ball, Trezeguet has a shot wide, and that will be Trezeguet's last contribution. He's getting the hook, and here comes Sobhi. 8:22PM 65 mins Warda on, Elneny off. Egypt have a freekick, Gabr tries to make amends for his defensive spinelessness with a header. No. 8:20PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 0 (Dzyuba 62) Another one! Oh dear, this is turning into a horrible night for the Pharoahs. Route one, big Dzyuba chests the ball down and it's men against boys as Gabr and Hegazi crumble and let him through. Hammers it home and that, my friends, is the night boat to Cairo. Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores Credit: Getty 8:16PM GOAL! Russia 2 Egypt 0 (Cheryshev 59) Ooh, that is going to be the killer blow, surely. Nice work from Figueira Fernandes, heart and energy down the right to join the attack. Pulls the ball back, and there is the deadly Denis Cheryshev to slot the ball home. That's his third of the tournament by the way, and it looks likely that it is going to send Russia through... and send poor Egypt home. 8:14PM No OG no fun There were no own-goals at all at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. What miserable times they must have been.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 19, 2018 8:13PM 55 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 That was the moment? Maybe? The ball is played into the Russian box, knockdown, Salah has it at his feet eight yards out.... but he cannot get it out from under him and the desperate Russians can clear. Fully fit, he jinks and smashes that. But he is not confident in his body. 8:10PM 52 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Russians enjoying a couple of corners. At this rate (5 own goals in 17 matches), this World Cup will have 19 own goals. The record most in a single World Cup is 6, set in 1998. #WorldCup#RUS#EGY— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) June 19, 2018 8:04PM OWN GOAL! by Fathy: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Aw, that is rotten luck for Egypt, although their keeper must carry his fair share of blame. Golovin crosses it in, the keeper comes out with a flappy, silly punch. Shoulda caught that. Instead, he punches, the Russian 11 Zobnin drills it back in and a panicking Fathy stabs it into his own net. (Fathy OG 47 mins) Dreadful shot by Zobnin by the way, would have practically gone out for a corner had Fathy not intervened. Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (R) watches as the ball ends up in his net after a deflection by Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (L) Credit: AFP/Getty 8:03PM 46 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Always a shame to see a brilliant player not at his best due to injury. But hopefully Mo Salah can weave a bit of magic. 8:00PM This shows Salah's position (10) Average touch positions (half time) He's basically playing as a narrow advanced forward. Alan Shearer sums it up well on BBC: "Mo Salah, you can tell, is only 70-75% fit and they know that - they're protecting him, he's not running back and they're just trying to get the ball up to him." 7:57PM Pretty fair Russia vs Egypt shots on goal 7:46PM Half time: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That'll do it for the half, not many chances, but plenty of energy. 7:44PM 42 mins Fun, B- quality, end-to-end stuff, here are the Russians with a corner. Gabr involved in a good old fashioned grappling contest with Dzyuba. Risky business in these VAR times... 7:42PM 40 mins There's our boy! Class from Salah, Mohsen dummies, Salah gets it and spins away from his man. Peach of a curling effort but not quite. 7:40PM 37 mins Lovely counter by Egypt, but it starts in bizarre fashion when the ball hits the ref, wrong-footing everyone! Elneny with a great ball in and Mohsen should have done a lot better. 7:35PM 34 mins Nice ball in! Mohsen just misses out to Figueira Fernandes of Russia. More even now. 7:34PM 33 mins Better spell from Egypt. Passing it, higher up the pitch. Looking slicker, ball into the area from Shafy is flicked on. Salah nearly there at the back stick! Corner. Delivery is poor. 7:33PM 30 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Enjoyable game so far. Russia unsophisticated but useful, got some pace, got some who can deliver the ball, attack in numbers. Egypt are unbalanced. They need to just get a bit of the ball, play themselves into this. 7:28PM 27 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Decent from Salah as he holds it up to tee up Trézéguet , whose shot is charged down. But it is a momentary respite: here come the Russians again. 7:27PM 25 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 This Egypt defence are making some blunders and I think they are going to be sorry. A ball is played in by Cheryshev. Keeper El-Shenawy comes, and is barged off it by Hegazi. Don't panic! 7:25PM 22 mins Salah is not doing a lot. And as I say, he is not offering anything defensively, just standing out on the right wing. Here come the Russians down the left. Gazinskii crosses and the big lad Dzyuba gets up well but glances his header too fine. 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah... he's in! Credit: AFP/Getty 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Eight goals in two games have averted Russia’s nightmare of spending tens of millions of dollars on a World Cup only to go out in the group stage. Mohamed Salah meanwhile has been restricted to a penalty, lots of physio on his injured shoulder and an awkward meeting with Chechnya’s warlord. Salah’s penalty kick when Egypt already trailed 3-0 was a small reward for his hard work in the treatment room and gym. It pales, though, beside the potential dividend for Russia from 5-0 and 3-1 victories against two of the tournament’s weaker sides. If all the hosts could hope for was to string their presence out to the point of respectability, their supporters now have something to be excited about beyond the stardust spread by other countries. If Saudi Arabia fail to beat Uruguay (and who would back them to win?) Russia will advance to the knock-out rounds for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Saint Petersburg Stadium was not full for this second home triumph, but the 64,468 here were giddy as three second-half goals flew in inside 15 minutes (the first, a ludicrous own goal). Salah performed honourably after missing the 1-0 defeat to Uruguay, but to expect him to walk straight back in and rescue Egypt was fanciful, especially as he lacks team-mates of the quality of Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. His goal came in the 73rd minute after he was pulled down by the arm (this is becoming a pattern), apparently outside the Russia penalty box, until VAR showed it to be penalty. These Russia players are pretty much equal and indistinguishable. The Soviet system would have been proud of this mechanical team. It’s as if their training stopped at pass and run, which they do well, and dispensed with the subtleties of the game, such as ingenuity and vision around the penalty box. Denis Cheryshev has been the best of them, and their energy and commitment ought to be acknowledged. Not that they will feel they had much choice in those respects. Russia have made a brilliant start to the tournament on home soil Credit: AFP They are all Russia have, and were cast into a home World Cup as the lowest-ranked team in the tournament with the unenviable task of matching the grandeur of the stadiums. Plainly this is going to be beyond them, however uplifting their 5-0 opening night win against Saudi Arabia - the biggest curtain-raising victory by a host country since 1934 - and this own-goal assisted win over Salah and company. Standing between the new Russian empire and progress to the Round of 16 was an Egypt side now emotionally dependent on Salah. The lauding of him before the game was at a level not even Liverpool fans could hope to match. His name was cheered at least three times louder than any other Egypt player, and each glimpse of him on the big screen ignited a new Egyptian party. In the game, Salah started wide-right, dispensing with defensive duties to try his luck against Yury Zhirkov, an old hand steeled for the fight. Denis Cheryshev scores Russia's second goal Credit: REuters It took Zhirkov 21 minutes to land a bang on the shoulder Salah injured in a tangle with Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final in Kiev. The challenge was fair, but spun Salah round, and soon the Premier League’s golden boot winner moved to play more centrally. He was more effective there, his first real chance on goal coming with a turn and swivel on the edge of Russia’s penalty box. But the shot from the pirouette slid wide. Egypt’s campaign, though was about to take a comical turn, two minutes after the break, when Roman Zobnin miscued a shot after a bad punch by the goalkeeper, and Ahmed Fathy, the Egyptian captain, under pressure from Artem Dzyuba, took a wild swing at it and swiped it into his own net. Bare-chested Egyptian fans in Pharoah headgear looked on miserably. Egypt’s defence, like Saudi Arabia’s, disintegrated, conceding three times, twice abjectly . Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah dribbles past Russia's defender Sergey Ignashevich Credit: AFP With Salah’s team still reeling from the own goal, Mario Fernandes cut a cross back for Cheryshev to double the lead, and then Ali Gabr failed to control a dropping ball on the edge of his box and allowed it to run to Dzyuba, the former star Russian striker who lost his way. Dzyuba’s military salute for the goal was in tune with his combative work in unsettling Egypt’s back four. The defensive ineptitude of opponents is helping Russia, but their probable advance will help maintain the interest of those who are ultimately paying for most of it - the Russian public, who have been treated to eight goals and plenty of workmanlike enterprise from their team. Salah, in effect, lost his World Cup campaign in the Champions League final, though he fought his way back to leave a small mark here. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article 9:03PM That's moved the boy Denis Level with He Who Must Not Be Mentioned in the race for the Golden Boot. 8:58PM Class piece from Jim White Seems absolutely ridiculous that these two fans have to travel to Russia to watch their team play football live. Why? Because they are women from Iran. https://t.co/pSLIeiuqvz— Jim White (@jimw1) June 19, 2018 8:57PM Uruguay will have enjoyed that. Now a World Cup last-16 place is theirs for the taking if they beat Saudi Arabia. 8:55PM Group A Table 8:54PM Nice! Best goal difference by a host nation through two #WorldCup games: +7 ���� 2018 Russia +7 ���� 1998 France (won title) +6 ���� 1934 Italy (won title) +5 ���� 1930 Uruguay (won title)— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) June 19, 2018 8:52PM Full time: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Hard lines for Egypt, but Russia are having a bit of a moment and deserved their win. 8:49PM 90+ mins: there will be four minutes added Warda and Kudryashov square up. Kudryashov looks like he could eat Warda for breakfast and still have room for pancakes. The hosts are, barring an astonishing Saudi Arabia result, going through. 8:47PM 89 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Nice move, Salah nearly dancing through, they get the break of the ball and Warda, from the right, hits it wide of the post. 8:46PM 86 mins Warda with a useful cross in. Since they, erm, went 3-0 down Egypt have played with a lot more vim. Also, other attacking players have started trying to do something rather than just looking to Salah. This is the problem with a one man team, obvs. 8:45PM 85 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt having the odd 1/4 chance but to be honest this feels remote in the extreme as a possibility. 8:42PM 84 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kahraba on, Mohsen off. Yuri Zhirkov is replaced by Fedor Kudryashov. 8:38PM 80 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt getting greedy, now they want another pen. Mohsen hits the deck. Kutepov the accused. No penalty. And I'll tell you why not: because Mohsen had fouled HIM. 8:37PM 79 mins: Golovin controls the ball majestically, nips past Gabr and waits for the foul, and the inevitable freekick. Ref doesn't give it. Snigger. Smolov comes on for Dzubya. 8:33PM 75 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kuziaev comes on, the dangerman Cheryshev off. Russia have a decent opportunity to slam the coffin lid down when Samedov delivers a useful freekick to the back stick. Ignashevich's header is saved. 8:31PM VAR to the rescue Again, VAR gets there. But poor refereeing. Always been a penalty.— Matt Smith (@msmith850) June 19, 2018 8:31PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 1 (Salah 73 pen) He's wellied that! Bosh. No messing from Mo Salah. Is that an improbable lifeline? 8:30PM 71 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 0 Salah is hauled down. To most viewers, it is clear that it is inside the box. But not to the referee though. He gives it outside the box but fortunately the VAR comes to the rescue. A PENALTY IS AWARDED Credit: BBC 8:25PM 66 mins Fed by Salah with a nice ball, Trezeguet has a shot wide, and that will be Trezeguet's last contribution. He's getting the hook, and here comes Sobhi. 8:22PM 65 mins Warda on, Elneny off. Egypt have a freekick, Gabr tries to make amends for his defensive spinelessness with a header. No. 8:20PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 0 (Dzyuba 62) Another one! Oh dear, this is turning into a horrible night for the Pharoahs. Route one, big Dzyuba chests the ball down and it's men against boys as Gabr and Hegazi crumble and let him through. Hammers it home and that, my friends, is the night boat to Cairo. Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores Credit: Getty 8:16PM GOAL! Russia 2 Egypt 0 (Cheryshev 59) Ooh, that is going to be the killer blow, surely. Nice work from Figueira Fernandes, heart and energy down the right to join the attack. Pulls the ball back, and there is the deadly Denis Cheryshev to slot the ball home. That's his third of the tournament by the way, and it looks likely that it is going to send Russia through... and send poor Egypt home. 8:14PM No OG no fun There were no own-goals at all at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. What miserable times they must have been.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 19, 2018 8:13PM 55 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 That was the moment? Maybe? The ball is played into the Russian box, knockdown, Salah has it at his feet eight yards out.... but he cannot get it out from under him and the desperate Russians can clear. Fully fit, he jinks and smashes that. But he is not confident in his body. 8:10PM 52 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Russians enjoying a couple of corners. At this rate (5 own goals in 17 matches), this World Cup will have 19 own goals. The record most in a single World Cup is 6, set in 1998. #WorldCup#RUS#EGY— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) June 19, 2018 8:04PM OWN GOAL! by Fathy: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Aw, that is rotten luck for Egypt, although their keeper must carry his fair share of blame. Golovin crosses it in, the keeper comes out with a flappy, silly punch. Shoulda caught that. Instead, he punches, the Russian 11 Zobnin drills it back in and a panicking Fathy stabs it into his own net. (Fathy OG 47 mins) Dreadful shot by Zobnin by the way, would have practically gone out for a corner had Fathy not intervened. Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (R) watches as the ball ends up in his net after a deflection by Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (L) Credit: AFP/Getty 8:03PM 46 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Always a shame to see a brilliant player not at his best due to injury. But hopefully Mo Salah can weave a bit of magic. 8:00PM This shows Salah's position (10) Average touch positions (half time) He's basically playing as a narrow advanced forward. Alan Shearer sums it up well on BBC: "Mo Salah, you can tell, is only 70-75% fit and they know that - they're protecting him, he's not running back and they're just trying to get the ball up to him." 7:57PM Pretty fair Russia vs Egypt shots on goal 7:46PM Half time: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That'll do it for the half, not many chances, but plenty of energy. 7:44PM 42 mins Fun, B- quality, end-to-end stuff, here are the Russians with a corner. Gabr involved in a good old fashioned grappling contest with Dzyuba. Risky business in these VAR times... 7:42PM 40 mins There's our boy! Class from Salah, Mohsen dummies, Salah gets it and spins away from his man. Peach of a curling effort but not quite. 7:40PM 37 mins Lovely counter by Egypt, but it starts in bizarre fashion when the ball hits the ref, wrong-footing everyone! Elneny with a great ball in and Mohsen should have done a lot better. 7:35PM 34 mins Nice ball in! Mohsen just misses out to Figueira Fernandes of Russia. More even now. 7:34PM 33 mins Better spell from Egypt. Passing it, higher up the pitch. Looking slicker, ball into the area from Shafy is flicked on. Salah nearly there at the back stick! Corner. Delivery is poor. 7:33PM 30 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Enjoyable game so far. Russia unsophisticated but useful, got some pace, got some who can deliver the ball, attack in numbers. Egypt are unbalanced. They need to just get a bit of the ball, play themselves into this. 7:28PM 27 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Decent from Salah as he holds it up to tee up Trézéguet , whose shot is charged down. But it is a momentary respite: here come the Russians again. 7:27PM 25 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 This Egypt defence are making some blunders and I think they are going to be sorry. A ball is played in by Cheryshev. Keeper El-Shenawy comes, and is barged off it by Hegazi. Don't panic! 7:25PM 22 mins Salah is not doing a lot. And as I say, he is not offering anything defensively, just standing out on the right wing. Here come the Russians down the left. Gazinskii crosses and the big lad Dzyuba gets up well but glances his header too fine. 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah... he's in! Credit: AFP/Getty 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Russia move to brink of qualification for knockout rounds after second-half blitz sees off Egypt
Eight goals in two games have averted Russia’s nightmare of spending tens of millions of dollars on a World Cup only to go out in the group stage. Mohamed Salah meanwhile has been restricted to a penalty, lots of physio on his injured shoulder and an awkward meeting with Chechnya’s warlord. Salah’s penalty kick when Egypt already trailed 3-0 was a small reward for his hard work in the treatment room and gym. It pales, though, beside the potential dividend for Russia from 5-0 and 3-1 victories against two of the tournament’s weaker sides. If all the hosts could hope for was to string their presence out to the point of respectability, their supporters now have something to be excited about beyond the stardust spread by other countries. If Saudi Arabia fail to beat Uruguay (and who would back them to win?) Russia will advance to the knock-out rounds for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Saint Petersburg Stadium was not full for this second home triumph, but the 64,468 here were giddy as three second-half goals flew in inside 15 minutes (the first, a ludicrous own goal). Salah performed honourably after missing the 1-0 defeat to Uruguay, but to expect him to walk straight back in and rescue Egypt was fanciful, especially as he lacks team-mates of the quality of Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. His goal came in the 73rd minute after he was pulled down by the arm (this is becoming a pattern), apparently outside the Russia penalty box, until VAR showed it to be penalty. These Russia players are pretty much equal and indistinguishable. The Soviet system would have been proud of this mechanical team. It’s as if their training stopped at pass and run, which they do well, and dispensed with the subtleties of the game, such as ingenuity and vision around the penalty box. Denis Cheryshev has been the best of them, and their energy and commitment ought to be acknowledged. Not that they will feel they had much choice in those respects. Russia have made a brilliant start to the tournament on home soil Credit: AFP They are all Russia have, and were cast into a home World Cup as the lowest-ranked team in the tournament with the unenviable task of matching the grandeur of the stadiums. Plainly this is going to be beyond them, however uplifting their 5-0 opening night win against Saudi Arabia - the biggest curtain-raising victory by a host country since 1934 - and this own-goal assisted win over Salah and company. Standing between the new Russian empire and progress to the Round of 16 was an Egypt side now emotionally dependent on Salah. The lauding of him before the game was at a level not even Liverpool fans could hope to match. His name was cheered at least three times louder than any other Egypt player, and each glimpse of him on the big screen ignited a new Egyptian party. In the game, Salah started wide-right, dispensing with defensive duties to try his luck against Yury Zhirkov, an old hand steeled for the fight. Denis Cheryshev scores Russia's second goal Credit: REuters It took Zhirkov 21 minutes to land a bang on the shoulder Salah injured in a tangle with Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final in Kiev. The challenge was fair, but spun Salah round, and soon the Premier League’s golden boot winner moved to play more centrally. He was more effective there, his first real chance on goal coming with a turn and swivel on the edge of Russia’s penalty box. But the shot from the pirouette slid wide. Egypt’s campaign, though was about to take a comical turn, two minutes after the break, when Roman Zobnin miscued a shot after a bad punch by the goalkeeper, and Ahmed Fathy, the Egyptian captain, under pressure from Artem Dzyuba, took a wild swing at it and swiped it into his own net. Bare-chested Egyptian fans in Pharoah headgear looked on miserably. Egypt’s defence, like Saudi Arabia’s, disintegrated, conceding three times, twice abjectly . Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah dribbles past Russia's defender Sergey Ignashevich Credit: AFP With Salah’s team still reeling from the own goal, Mario Fernandes cut a cross back for Cheryshev to double the lead, and then Ali Gabr failed to control a dropping ball on the edge of his box and allowed it to run to Dzyuba, the former star Russian striker who lost his way. Dzyuba’s military salute for the goal was in tune with his combative work in unsettling Egypt’s back four. The defensive ineptitude of opponents is helping Russia, but their probable advance will help maintain the interest of those who are ultimately paying for most of it - the Russian public, who have been treated to eight goals and plenty of workmanlike enterprise from their team. Salah, in effect, lost his World Cup campaign in the Champions League final, though he fought his way back to leave a small mark here. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article 9:03PM That's moved the boy Denis Level with He Who Must Not Be Mentioned in the race for the Golden Boot. 8:58PM Class piece from Jim White Seems absolutely ridiculous that these two fans have to travel to Russia to watch their team play football live. Why? Because they are women from Iran. https://t.co/pSLIeiuqvz— Jim White (@jimw1) June 19, 2018 8:57PM Uruguay will have enjoyed that. Now a World Cup last-16 place is theirs for the taking if they beat Saudi Arabia. 8:55PM Group A Table 8:54PM Nice! Best goal difference by a host nation through two #WorldCup games: +7 ���� 2018 Russia +7 ���� 1998 France (won title) +6 ���� 1934 Italy (won title) +5 ���� 1930 Uruguay (won title)— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) June 19, 2018 8:52PM Full time: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Hard lines for Egypt, but Russia are having a bit of a moment and deserved their win. 8:49PM 90+ mins: there will be four minutes added Warda and Kudryashov square up. Kudryashov looks like he could eat Warda for breakfast and still have room for pancakes. The hosts are, barring an astonishing Saudi Arabia result, going through. 8:47PM 89 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Nice move, Salah nearly dancing through, they get the break of the ball and Warda, from the right, hits it wide of the post. 8:46PM 86 mins Warda with a useful cross in. Since they, erm, went 3-0 down Egypt have played with a lot more vim. Also, other attacking players have started trying to do something rather than just looking to Salah. This is the problem with a one man team, obvs. 8:45PM 85 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt having the odd 1/4 chance but to be honest this feels remote in the extreme as a possibility. 8:42PM 84 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kahraba on, Mohsen off. Yuri Zhirkov is replaced by Fedor Kudryashov. 8:38PM 80 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt getting greedy, now they want another pen. Mohsen hits the deck. Kutepov the accused. No penalty. And I'll tell you why not: because Mohsen had fouled HIM. 8:37PM 79 mins: Golovin controls the ball majestically, nips past Gabr and waits for the foul, and the inevitable freekick. Ref doesn't give it. Snigger. Smolov comes on for Dzubya. 8:33PM 75 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kuziaev comes on, the dangerman Cheryshev off. Russia have a decent opportunity to slam the coffin lid down when Samedov delivers a useful freekick to the back stick. Ignashevich's header is saved. 8:31PM VAR to the rescue Again, VAR gets there. But poor refereeing. Always been a penalty.— Matt Smith (@msmith850) June 19, 2018 8:31PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 1 (Salah 73 pen) He's wellied that! Bosh. No messing from Mo Salah. Is that an improbable lifeline? 8:30PM 71 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 0 Salah is hauled down. To most viewers, it is clear that it is inside the box. But not to the referee though. He gives it outside the box but fortunately the VAR comes to the rescue. A PENALTY IS AWARDED Credit: BBC 8:25PM 66 mins Fed by Salah with a nice ball, Trezeguet has a shot wide, and that will be Trezeguet's last contribution. He's getting the hook, and here comes Sobhi. 8:22PM 65 mins Warda on, Elneny off. Egypt have a freekick, Gabr tries to make amends for his defensive spinelessness with a header. No. 8:20PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 0 (Dzyuba 62) Another one! Oh dear, this is turning into a horrible night for the Pharoahs. Route one, big Dzyuba chests the ball down and it's men against boys as Gabr and Hegazi crumble and let him through. Hammers it home and that, my friends, is the night boat to Cairo. Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores Credit: Getty 8:16PM GOAL! Russia 2 Egypt 0 (Cheryshev 59) Ooh, that is going to be the killer blow, surely. Nice work from Figueira Fernandes, heart and energy down the right to join the attack. Pulls the ball back, and there is the deadly Denis Cheryshev to slot the ball home. That's his third of the tournament by the way, and it looks likely that it is going to send Russia through... and send poor Egypt home. 8:14PM No OG no fun There were no own-goals at all at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. What miserable times they must have been.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 19, 2018 8:13PM 55 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 That was the moment? Maybe? The ball is played into the Russian box, knockdown, Salah has it at his feet eight yards out.... but he cannot get it out from under him and the desperate Russians can clear. Fully fit, he jinks and smashes that. But he is not confident in his body. 8:10PM 52 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Russians enjoying a couple of corners. At this rate (5 own goals in 17 matches), this World Cup will have 19 own goals. The record most in a single World Cup is 6, set in 1998. #WorldCup#RUS#EGY— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) June 19, 2018 8:04PM OWN GOAL! by Fathy: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Aw, that is rotten luck for Egypt, although their keeper must carry his fair share of blame. Golovin crosses it in, the keeper comes out with a flappy, silly punch. Shoulda caught that. Instead, he punches, the Russian 11 Zobnin drills it back in and a panicking Fathy stabs it into his own net. (Fathy OG 47 mins) Dreadful shot by Zobnin by the way, would have practically gone out for a corner had Fathy not intervened. Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (R) watches as the ball ends up in his net after a deflection by Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (L) Credit: AFP/Getty 8:03PM 46 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Always a shame to see a brilliant player not at his best due to injury. But hopefully Mo Salah can weave a bit of magic. 8:00PM This shows Salah's position (10) Average touch positions (half time) He's basically playing as a narrow advanced forward. Alan Shearer sums it up well on BBC: "Mo Salah, you can tell, is only 70-75% fit and they know that - they're protecting him, he's not running back and they're just trying to get the ball up to him." 7:57PM Pretty fair Russia vs Egypt shots on goal 7:46PM Half time: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That'll do it for the half, not many chances, but plenty of energy. 7:44PM 42 mins Fun, B- quality, end-to-end stuff, here are the Russians with a corner. Gabr involved in a good old fashioned grappling contest with Dzyuba. Risky business in these VAR times... 7:42PM 40 mins There's our boy! Class from Salah, Mohsen dummies, Salah gets it and spins away from his man. Peach of a curling effort but not quite. 7:40PM 37 mins Lovely counter by Egypt, but it starts in bizarre fashion when the ball hits the ref, wrong-footing everyone! Elneny with a great ball in and Mohsen should have done a lot better. 7:35PM 34 mins Nice ball in! Mohsen just misses out to Figueira Fernandes of Russia. More even now. 7:34PM 33 mins Better spell from Egypt. Passing it, higher up the pitch. Looking slicker, ball into the area from Shafy is flicked on. Salah nearly there at the back stick! Corner. Delivery is poor. 7:33PM 30 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Enjoyable game so far. Russia unsophisticated but useful, got some pace, got some who can deliver the ball, attack in numbers. Egypt are unbalanced. They need to just get a bit of the ball, play themselves into this. 7:28PM 27 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Decent from Salah as he holds it up to tee up Trézéguet , whose shot is charged down. But it is a momentary respite: here come the Russians again. 7:27PM 25 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 This Egypt defence are making some blunders and I think they are going to be sorry. A ball is played in by Cheryshev. Keeper El-Shenawy comes, and is barged off it by Hegazi. Don't panic! 7:25PM 22 mins Salah is not doing a lot. And as I say, he is not offering anything defensively, just standing out on the right wing. Here come the Russians down the left. Gazinskii crosses and the big lad Dzyuba gets up well but glances his header too fine. 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah... he's in! Credit: AFP/Getty 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
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The Germany international will be turning out in the Premier League next season after linking up with Unai Emery's side at Emirates Stadium
Senegal survive late Poland onslaught to throw Group H wide open Jamie Carragher: England's system does not suit Raheem Sterling - Marcus Rashford must play against Panama Host nation Russia are on the verge of the second round of the 2018 World Cup after they beat Mohamed Salah's Egypt in St Petersburg. A 15-minute period at the start of the second half in which an Ahmed Fathy own goal was followed by strikes from Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba sent Russia into an unassailable three-goal lead. Egypt rallied, with the returning Salah scoring a 73rd-minute penalty that gave them a glimmer of hope, but Russia held on to make it six points from their first two World Cup games on home soil. 9:03PM That's moved the boy Denis Level with He Who Must Not Be Mentioned in the race for the Golden Boot. 8:58PM Class piece from Jim White Seems absolutely ridiculous that these two fans have to travel to Russia to watch their team play football live. Why? Because they are women from Iran. https://t.co/pSLIeiuqvz— Jim White (@jimw1) June 19, 2018 8:57PM Uruguay will have enjoyed that. Now a World Cup last-16 place is theirs for the taking if they beat Saudi Arabia. 8:55PM Group A Table 8:54PM Nice! Best goal difference by a host nation through two #WorldCup games: +7 ���� 2018 Russia +7 ���� 1998 France (won title) +6 ���� 1934 Italy (won title) +5 ���� 1930 Uruguay (won title)— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) June 19, 2018 8:52PM Full time: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Hard lines for Egypt, but Russia are having a bit of a moment and deserved their win. 8:49PM 90+ mins: there will be four minutes added Warda and Kudryashov square up. Kudryashov looks like he could eat Warda for breakfast and still have room for pancakes. The hosts are, barring an astonishing Saudi Arabia result, going through. 8:47PM 89 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Nice move, Salah nearly dancing through, they get the break of the ball and Warda, from the right, hits it wide of the post. 8:46PM 86 mins Warda with a useful cross in. Since they, erm, went 3-0 down Egypt have played with a lot more vim. Also, other attacking players have started trying to do something rather than just looking to Salah. This is the problem with a one man team, obvs. 8:45PM 85 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt having the odd 1/4 chance but to be honest this feels remote in the extreme as a possibility. 8:42PM 84 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kahraba on, Mohsen off. Yuri Zhirkov is replaced by Fedor Kudryashov. 8:38PM 80 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt getting greedy, now they want another pen. Mohsen hits the deck. Kutepov the accused. No penalty. And I'll tell you why not: because Mohsen had fouled HIM. 8:37PM 79 mins: Golovin controls the ball majestically, nips past Gabr and waits for the foul, and the inevitable freekick. Ref doesn't give it. Snigger. Smolov comes on for Dzubya. 8:33PM 75 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kuziaev comes on, the dangerman Cheryshev off. Russia have a decent opportunity to slam the coffin lid down when Samedov delivers a useful freekick to the back stick. Ignashevich's header is saved. 8:31PM VAR to the rescue Again, VAR gets there. But poor refereeing. Always been a penalty.— Matt Smith (@msmith850) June 19, 2018 8:31PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 1 (Salah 73 pen) He's wellied that! Bosh. No messing from Mo Salah. Is that an improbable lifeline? 8:30PM 71 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 0 Salah is hauled down. To most viewers, it is clear that it is inside the box. But not to the referee though. He gives it outside the box but fortunately the VAR comes to the rescue. A PENALTY IS AWARDED Credit: BBC 8:25PM 66 mins Fed by Salah with a nice ball, Trezeguet has a shot wide, and that will be Trezeguet's last contribution. He's getting the hook, and here comes Sobhi. 8:22PM 65 mins Warda on, Elneny off. Egypt have a freekick, Gabr tries to make amends for his defensive spinelessness with a header. No. 8:20PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 0 (Dzyuba 62) Another one! Oh dear, this is turning into a horrible night for the Pharoahs. Route one, big Dzyuba chests the ball down and it's men against boys as Gabr and Hegazi crumble and let him through. Hammers it home and that, my friends, is the night boat to Cairo. Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores Credit: Getty 8:16PM GOAL! Russia 2 Egypt 0 (Cheryshev 59) Ooh, that is going to be the killer blow, surely. Nice work from Figueira Fernandes, heart and energy down the right to join the attack. Pulls the ball back, and there is the deadly Denis Cheryshev to slot the ball home. That's his third of the tournament by the way, and it looks likely that it is going to send Russia through... and send poor Egypt home. 8:14PM No OG no fun There were no own-goals at all at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. What miserable times they must have been.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 19, 2018 8:13PM 55 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 That was the moment? Maybe? The ball is played into the Russian box, knockdown, Salah has it at his feet eight yards out.... but he cannot get it out from under him and the desperate Russians can clear. Fully fit, he jinks and smashes that. But he is not confident in his body. 8:10PM 52 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Russians enjoying a couple of corners. At this rate (5 own goals in 17 matches), this World Cup will have 19 own goals. The record most in a single World Cup is 6, set in 1998. #WorldCup#RUS#EGY— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) June 19, 2018 8:04PM OWN GOAL! by Fathy: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Aw, that is rotten luck for Egypt, although their keeper must carry his fair share of blame. Golovin crosses it in, the keeper comes out with a flappy, silly punch. Shoulda caught that. Instead, he punches, the Russian 11 Zobnin drills it back in and a panicking Fathy stabs it into his own net. (Fathy OG 47 mins) Dreadful shot by Zobnin by the way, would have practically gone out for a corner had Fathy not intervened. Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (R) watches as the ball ends up in his net after a deflection by Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (L) Credit: AFP/Getty 8:03PM 46 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Always a shame to see a brilliant player not at his best due to injury. But hopefully Mo Salah can weave a bit of magic. 8:00PM This shows Salah's position (10) Average touch positions (half time) He's basically playing as a narrow advanced forward. Alan Shearer sums it up well on BBC: "Mo Salah, you can tell, is only 70-75% fit and they know that - they're protecting him, he's not running back and they're just trying to get the ball up to him." 7:57PM Pretty fair Russia vs Egypt shots on goal 7:46PM Half time: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That'll do it for the half, not many chances, but plenty of energy. 7:44PM 42 mins Fun, B- quality, end-to-end stuff, here are the Russians with a corner. Gabr involved in a good old fashioned grappling contest with Dzyuba. Risky business in these VAR times... 7:42PM 40 mins There's our boy! Class from Salah, Mohsen dummies, Salah gets it and spins away from his man. Peach of a curling effort but not quite. 7:40PM 37 mins Lovely counter by Egypt, but it starts in bizarre fashion when the ball hits the ref, wrong-footing everyone! Elneny with a great ball in and Mohsen should have done a lot better. 7:35PM 34 mins Nice ball in! Mohsen just misses out to Figueira Fernandes of Russia. More even now. 7:34PM 33 mins Better spell from Egypt. Passing it, higher up the pitch. Looking slicker, ball into the area from Shafy is flicked on. Salah nearly there at the back stick! Corner. Delivery is poor. 7:33PM 30 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Enjoyable game so far. Russia unsophisticated but useful, got some pace, got some who can deliver the ball, attack in numbers. Egypt are unbalanced. They need to just get a bit of the ball, play themselves into this. 7:28PM 27 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Decent from Salah as he holds it up to tee up Trézéguet , whose shot is charged down. But it is a momentary respite: here come the Russians again. 7:27PM 25 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 This Egypt defence are making some blunders and I think they are going to be sorry. A ball is played in by Cheryshev. Keeper El-Shenawy comes, and is barged off it by Hegazi. Don't panic! 7:25PM 22 mins Salah is not doing a lot. And as I say, he is not offering anything defensively, just standing out on the right wing. Here come the Russians down the left. Gazinskii crosses and the big lad Dzyuba gets up well but glances his header too fine. 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah... he's in! Credit: AFP/Getty 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Russia move to brink of qualification for knockout rounds after second half blitz sees off Egypt
Senegal survive late Poland onslaught to throw Group H wide open Jamie Carragher: England's system does not suit Raheem Sterling - Marcus Rashford must play against Panama Host nation Russia are on the verge of the second round of the 2018 World Cup after they beat Mohamed Salah's Egypt in St Petersburg. A 15-minute period at the start of the second half in which an Ahmed Fathy own goal was followed by strikes from Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba sent Russia into an unassailable three-goal lead. Egypt rallied, with the returning Salah scoring a 73rd-minute penalty that gave them a glimmer of hope, but Russia held on to make it six points from their first two World Cup games on home soil. 9:03PM That's moved the boy Denis Level with He Who Must Not Be Mentioned in the race for the Golden Boot. 8:58PM Class piece from Jim White Seems absolutely ridiculous that these two fans have to travel to Russia to watch their team play football live. Why? Because they are women from Iran. https://t.co/pSLIeiuqvz— Jim White (@jimw1) June 19, 2018 8:57PM Uruguay will have enjoyed that. Now a World Cup last-16 place is theirs for the taking if they beat Saudi Arabia. 8:55PM Group A Table 8:54PM Nice! Best goal difference by a host nation through two #WorldCup games: +7 ���� 2018 Russia +7 ���� 1998 France (won title) +6 ���� 1934 Italy (won title) +5 ���� 1930 Uruguay (won title)— Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) June 19, 2018 8:52PM Full time: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Hard lines for Egypt, but Russia are having a bit of a moment and deserved their win. 8:49PM 90+ mins: there will be four minutes added Warda and Kudryashov square up. Kudryashov looks like he could eat Warda for breakfast and still have room for pancakes. The hosts are, barring an astonishing Saudi Arabia result, going through. 8:47PM 89 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Nice move, Salah nearly dancing through, they get the break of the ball and Warda, from the right, hits it wide of the post. 8:46PM 86 mins Warda with a useful cross in. Since they, erm, went 3-0 down Egypt have played with a lot more vim. Also, other attacking players have started trying to do something rather than just looking to Salah. This is the problem with a one man team, obvs. 8:45PM 85 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt having the odd 1/4 chance but to be honest this feels remote in the extreme as a possibility. 8:42PM 84 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kahraba on, Mohsen off. Yuri Zhirkov is replaced by Fedor Kudryashov. 8:38PM 80 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Egypt getting greedy, now they want another pen. Mohsen hits the deck. Kutepov the accused. No penalty. And I'll tell you why not: because Mohsen had fouled HIM. 8:37PM 79 mins: Golovin controls the ball majestically, nips past Gabr and waits for the foul, and the inevitable freekick. Ref doesn't give it. Snigger. Smolov comes on for Dzubya. 8:33PM 75 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 1 Kuziaev comes on, the dangerman Cheryshev off. Russia have a decent opportunity to slam the coffin lid down when Samedov delivers a useful freekick to the back stick. Ignashevich's header is saved. 8:31PM VAR to the rescue Again, VAR gets there. But poor refereeing. Always been a penalty.— Matt Smith (@msmith850) June 19, 2018 8:31PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 1 (Salah 73 pen) He's wellied that! Bosh. No messing from Mo Salah. Is that an improbable lifeline? 8:30PM 71 mins: Russia 3 Egypt 0 Salah is hauled down. To most viewers, it is clear that it is inside the box. But not to the referee though. He gives it outside the box but fortunately the VAR comes to the rescue. A PENALTY IS AWARDED Credit: BBC 8:25PM 66 mins Fed by Salah with a nice ball, Trezeguet has a shot wide, and that will be Trezeguet's last contribution. He's getting the hook, and here comes Sobhi. 8:22PM 65 mins Warda on, Elneny off. Egypt have a freekick, Gabr tries to make amends for his defensive spinelessness with a header. No. 8:20PM GOAL! Russia 3 Egypt 0 (Dzyuba 62) Another one! Oh dear, this is turning into a horrible night for the Pharoahs. Route one, big Dzyuba chests the ball down and it's men against boys as Gabr and Hegazi crumble and let him through. Hammers it home and that, my friends, is the night boat to Cairo. Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores Credit: Getty 8:16PM GOAL! Russia 2 Egypt 0 (Cheryshev 59) Ooh, that is going to be the killer blow, surely. Nice work from Figueira Fernandes, heart and energy down the right to join the attack. Pulls the ball back, and there is the deadly Denis Cheryshev to slot the ball home. That's his third of the tournament by the way, and it looks likely that it is going to send Russia through... and send poor Egypt home. 8:14PM No OG no fun There were no own-goals at all at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. What miserable times they must have been.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) June 19, 2018 8:13PM 55 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 That was the moment? Maybe? The ball is played into the Russian box, knockdown, Salah has it at his feet eight yards out.... but he cannot get it out from under him and the desperate Russians can clear. Fully fit, he jinks and smashes that. But he is not confident in his body. 8:10PM 52 mins: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Russians enjoying a couple of corners. At this rate (5 own goals in 17 matches), this World Cup will have 19 own goals. The record most in a single World Cup is 6, set in 1998. #WorldCup#RUS#EGY— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) June 19, 2018 8:04PM OWN GOAL! by Fathy: Russia 1 Egypt 0 Aw, that is rotten luck for Egypt, although their keeper must carry his fair share of blame. Golovin crosses it in, the keeper comes out with a flappy, silly punch. Shoulda caught that. Instead, he punches, the Russian 11 Zobnin drills it back in and a panicking Fathy stabs it into his own net. (Fathy OG 47 mins) Dreadful shot by Zobnin by the way, would have practically gone out for a corner had Fathy not intervened. Egypt's goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (R) watches as the ball ends up in his net after a deflection by Egypt's defender Ahmed Fathi (L) Credit: AFP/Getty 8:03PM 46 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Always a shame to see a brilliant player not at his best due to injury. But hopefully Mo Salah can weave a bit of magic. 8:00PM This shows Salah's position (10) Average touch positions (half time) He's basically playing as a narrow advanced forward. Alan Shearer sums it up well on BBC: "Mo Salah, you can tell, is only 70-75% fit and they know that - they're protecting him, he's not running back and they're just trying to get the ball up to him." 7:57PM Pretty fair Russia vs Egypt shots on goal 7:46PM Half time: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That'll do it for the half, not many chances, but plenty of energy. 7:44PM 42 mins Fun, B- quality, end-to-end stuff, here are the Russians with a corner. Gabr involved in a good old fashioned grappling contest with Dzyuba. Risky business in these VAR times... 7:42PM 40 mins There's our boy! Class from Salah, Mohsen dummies, Salah gets it and spins away from his man. Peach of a curling effort but not quite. 7:40PM 37 mins Lovely counter by Egypt, but it starts in bizarre fashion when the ball hits the ref, wrong-footing everyone! Elneny with a great ball in and Mohsen should have done a lot better. 7:35PM 34 mins Nice ball in! Mohsen just misses out to Figueira Fernandes of Russia. More even now. 7:34PM 33 mins Better spell from Egypt. Passing it, higher up the pitch. Looking slicker, ball into the area from Shafy is flicked on. Salah nearly there at the back stick! Corner. Delivery is poor. 7:33PM 30 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Enjoyable game so far. Russia unsophisticated but useful, got some pace, got some who can deliver the ball, attack in numbers. Egypt are unbalanced. They need to just get a bit of the ball, play themselves into this. 7:28PM 27 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Decent from Salah as he holds it up to tee up Trézéguet , whose shot is charged down. But it is a momentary respite: here come the Russians again. 7:27PM 25 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 This Egypt defence are making some blunders and I think they are going to be sorry. A ball is played in by Cheryshev. Keeper El-Shenawy comes, and is barged off it by Hegazi. Don't panic! 7:25PM 22 mins Salah is not doing a lot. And as I say, he is not offering anything defensively, just standing out on the right wing. Here come the Russians down the left. Gazinskii crosses and the big lad Dzyuba gets up well but glances his header too fine. 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah... he's in! Credit: AFP/Getty 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Arsenal have signed goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday evening. Leno, 26, moves to the Gunners as new head coach Unai Emery continues his rebuilding plans. "After a fantastic seven years, I will now continue my career in another, very exciting league," Leno said on the Leverkusen website. A statement on the Leverkusen website said Leno had "signed a long-term contract with the London club", adding Arsenal had "accepted the Leverkusen transfer conditions". Leverkusen sporting director Jonas Boldt said: "We brought Bernd in 2011 as a very young keeper and immediately gave him great responsibility. He has given us back this confidence in both the Bundesliga and the Champions League. He's a keeper ��#HeyLenopic.twitter.com/iGDIhOt5Ah— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) 19 June 2018 "Bernd has consistently performed well for our club over the years and has become a national player here. A great goalkeeper - we wish him all the best for the coming years at Arsenal." Leno looks set to compete with veteran Petr Cech and David Ospina, who is at the World Cup with Colombia, for the Arsenal jersey. Arsenal soon confirmed the Leno deal, head coach Emery describing him as "a goalkeeper of high quality and experience". The Spaniard, who replaced long-serving manager Arsene Wenger earlier in the summer, said on the club's official website: "He has been a top performer and regular number one goalkeeper with Leverkusen in the Bundesliga for the past seven years. Torreira puff "We are all excited that Bernd has chosen Arsenal Football Club and look forward to start working with him in pre-season." Arsenal added that the German's shirt number "will be announced in due course". Arsenal are pressing ahead with their summer business at pace, having already secured deals for experienced defenders Stephan Lichtsteiner and Sokratis Papastathopoulos. The club are also close to agreeing terms with Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira, who is currently at the World Cup with Uruguay.
Arsenal sign goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen
Arsenal have signed goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday evening. Leno, 26, moves to the Gunners as new head coach Unai Emery continues his rebuilding plans. "After a fantastic seven years, I will now continue my career in another, very exciting league," Leno said on the Leverkusen website. A statement on the Leverkusen website said Leno had "signed a long-term contract with the London club", adding Arsenal had "accepted the Leverkusen transfer conditions". Leverkusen sporting director Jonas Boldt said: "We brought Bernd in 2011 as a very young keeper and immediately gave him great responsibility. He has given us back this confidence in both the Bundesliga and the Champions League. He's a keeper ��#HeyLenopic.twitter.com/iGDIhOt5Ah— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) 19 June 2018 "Bernd has consistently performed well for our club over the years and has become a national player here. A great goalkeeper - we wish him all the best for the coming years at Arsenal." Leno looks set to compete with veteran Petr Cech and David Ospina, who is at the World Cup with Colombia, for the Arsenal jersey. Arsenal soon confirmed the Leno deal, head coach Emery describing him as "a goalkeeper of high quality and experience". The Spaniard, who replaced long-serving manager Arsene Wenger earlier in the summer, said on the club's official website: "He has been a top performer and regular number one goalkeeper with Leverkusen in the Bundesliga for the past seven years. Torreira puff "We are all excited that Bernd has chosen Arsenal Football Club and look forward to start working with him in pre-season." Arsenal added that the German's shirt number "will be announced in due course". Arsenal are pressing ahead with their summer business at pace, having already secured deals for experienced defenders Stephan Lichtsteiner and Sokratis Papastathopoulos. The club are also close to agreeing terms with Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira, who is currently at the World Cup with Uruguay.
Bernd Leno wechselt zur neuen Saison von Bayer 04 Leverkusen zum FC Arsenal. Der deutsche Nationalkeeper soll dank einer Ausstiegsklausel rund 25 Millionen Euro kosten und einen Fünfjahresvertrag erhalten.
Premier League: 25 Millionen! Leno-Wechsel zu Arsenal fix
Bernd Leno wechselt zur neuen Saison von Bayer 04 Leverkusen zum FC Arsenal. Der deutsche Nationalkeeper soll dank einer Ausstiegsklausel rund 25 Millionen Euro kosten und einen Fünfjahresvertrag erhalten.
The Germany international will be turning out in the Premier League next season after linking up with Unai Emery's side at Emirates Stadium
Leno completes €22m Arsenal move from Leverkusen as Gunners bolster goalkeeping ranks
The Germany international will be turning out in the Premier League next season after linking up with Unai Emery's side at Emirates Stadium
 7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
Russia vs Egypt, World Cup 2018: live score and latest updates as Mo Salah starts
7:19PM 18 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Zhirkov takes a freekick but is wasteful with the delivery. But Russia get a lucky break when it rebounds out to Cheryshev. he has a crack, and it is not far over. 7:16PM 16 mins Lovely run from Trézéguet down the inside-left, he tries to bend it in at the far post and he is not far at all from achieving that end. 7:15PM 14 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 El Said spins away from Kutepov and was fouled. From a corner, Egypt have a headed chance. Attempt Saved: Russia 0 - 0 Egypt (Marwan Mohsen, 15 min) Behind for another corner. Another good ball in, cleared but only as far as the corner flag. Good spell for the visitors, their best of the match so far. 7:13PM 13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 That's it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. He is stopped by multiple Russians. 7:11PM 11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball. 7:10PM 10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn't featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case. 7:08PM 8 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 It's all Russia. Egypt cannot get out. 7:08PM 6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot. 7:07PM 5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Russia have the game's first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that. 7:04PM 3 mins Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba. 7:01PM 1 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0 Egypt, in white, kick off. 7:01PM And Egypt Egypt side Credit: BBC 6:58PM Here's how Russia should line up Credit: BBC 6:56PM Russian anthem Powerful stuff. 6:55PM Egyptian anthem being belted out around the stadium, they seem to have got a few in. 6:50PM Noice Russia ���� fans gather outside the entrance to Red Square as anticipation mounts ahead of the hosts’ group match against Egypt ���� in St. Petersburg. Mo Salah starts for The Pharaohs #RUSEGY ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@RT_com⁩ pic.twitter.com/TEqBth3fTC— Kate Partridge (@KatePartridge33) June 19, 2018 6:49PM Danny Murphy Bit over-dressed, aren't you? Like you just stepped out of a bookies: Danny Murphy Credit: BBC 6:48PM Fans Credit: BBC 6:35PM Who's having a good tournament? 6:34PM Where's your money, then? Here is our betting guide to a tasty fixture. Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov. Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) 6:21PM Salah news! The Premier League's top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday. On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday's tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen. Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov. 6:20PM Heartwarming news! Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. This is Blatter's first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg. Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week. The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. 5:49PM And please welcome your hosts.... Russia! Starting Eleven @TeamRussia vs @Pharaohs#Rusia2018#RUSEGYpic.twitter.com/HLD5EZt081— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 19, 2018 Playing in their controversial 4-4-4 formation and giving a start to an old geezer who has come in the wrong PE kit. 5:47PM Where is the match? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium 5:46PM More on Mo Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight's match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced. The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result. 5:45PM Here's all our reaction to the England game Tunisia 1 England 2 | Kane snatches winning World Cup start for Southgate's men 5:44PM Liverpool sending good vibes @MoSalah starts. ������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/UbZbrhIFPR— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018 5:43PM Teams إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة الليلة #worldcup#ThePharaohs#RUSEGY#RUS �� #Egypic.twitter.com/fMV9pNzzYk— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018 5:39PM He's in Mo Salah starts! Full team news coming up. Great news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2018 5:35PM All hail the Egyptian King! Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself. Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result. Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up. As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves. In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt. We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
The 21-year-old defender will be playing in the Premier League next season after the Hammers signed the France U21 international from Toulouse
West Ham land Diop in club-record £21.9m deal
The 21-year-old defender will be playing in the Premier League next season after the Hammers signed the France U21 international from Toulouse
Issa Diop will be playing in the Premier League in the 2018-19 season after West Ham signed the defender from Toulouse.
West Ham land club-record Diop signing
Issa Diop will be playing in the Premier League in the 2018-19 season after West Ham signed the defender from Toulouse.

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