World Cup Qualifying

World Cup Qualifying slideshow

Guide to the best World Cup free bets and offers What is it? The second round of matches is underway as Germany take on Sweden in Group F. The much-fancied Germans were stunned in their opening game, going down 1-0 to Mexico, so a win against the Swedes is vital if they are to qualify from the group stages. Sweden got their campaign up and running with a 1-0 win over South Korea. And a win for Janne Andersson's side could see reigning world champions Germany exit the World Cup after the first round for the first time in 80 years. When is it? It's today, so Saturday, June 23. What time is kick-off? 7pm UK time. What TV channel is it on? ITV 1. Alternatively, you can follow the match live with us on Telegraph Sport. Where is the game being played? Fisht Stadium, Sochi. World Cup 2018 stadium: Fisht Stadium What is the team news? There's been significant debate about the role of Marco Reus and whether he should be starting for Germany. Reus came on in the 60th minute against Mexico and Germany's attack was notably better once he got involved. But Reus has suffered significant injuries the past few seasons, none bigger than a knee injury that caused him to miss more than half of last season with Dortmund. "I really have no say in this. All I can do is make is as hard as possible for them to do without me," Reus said. "I try and give my all in training, offer myself and do hope of course I'll be picked in order to help Germany get out of the group." World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game The squads in full: Germany Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Paris St Germain). Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Antonio Ruediger (Chelsea), Niklas Suele (Bayern Munich). Midfielders: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Paris St Germain), Leon Goretzka (Schalke 04), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal). Forwards: Mario Gomez (VfB Stuttgart), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig). ----- Sweden Robin Olsen, Karl-Johan Johnsson, Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelof, Andreas Granqvist, Martin Olsson, Ludwig Augustinsson, Filip Helander, Emil Krafth, Pontus Jansson, Sebastian Larsson, Albin Ekdal, Emil Forsberg, Gustav Svensson, Oscar Hiljemark, Viktor Claesson, Marcus Rohden, Jimmy Durmaz, Marcus Berg, John Guidetti, Ola Toivonen, Isaac Kiese Thelin. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more What's the latest news? Sweden's World Cup clash with Germany in Sochi on Saturday will carry extra sporting spice for their defender Martin Olsson because his sister is married to top German basketball player Dirk Nowitzki. As soon as the draw was made the full-back's phone started buzzing with messages from his brother-in-law, who plays for the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA on the other side of the Atlantic. "He's a big football fan, so there's a lot of football talk in the family," Olsson said. "We have a family chat on WhatsApp so there's been a good bit of banter. He probably wants Germany to win but it hasn't got serious yet, before the game starts it probably will." Sweden outlasted Holland to advance in World Cup qualifying. When the Swedes got to the European play-off round and a chance to reach Russia, they methodically eliminated past champion Italy over two games. At this point, why not knock out another high-profile team - and the pre-tournament favourites at that? If that were to happen, it would be the second consecutive World Cup where the defending champion have been knocked out of contention before the knockout stage. test - do not delete "We need to dare to do even more," Sweden coach Janne Andersson said after beating South Korea 1-0 in its opener. Beating Germany would certainly throw even more chaos into an already unpredictable World Cup. Sweden will find a wounded Germany line-up trying to rebound from a 1-0 loss to Mexico in the opener where they were thoroughly outplayed. It was the first time since 1982 that a German team lost its opening match at the World Cup. And immediately questions followed about the state of the squad. What stood out in the loss to Mexico was Germany's susceptibility to the counter attack and the number of scoring opportunities allowed. "Against Sweden it will be a different set-up. Sweden has different strengths and weaknesses compared to Mexico," Thomas Mueller said. "I don't expect them to be as fantastically gifted when it comes to transitions as the Mexicans, but having said that they have some players that can hurt us on the offensive." test - do not delete What are the odds? Germany to win - 4/9 Draw - 7/2 Sweden to win - 8/1 What's our prediction? Germany and Sweden haven't met since qualifying for the 2014 World Cup when they were in the same group. The teams played out a 4-4 draw in Berlin, before Germany earned a 5-3 win in Sweden on Oct 15, 2013. Another goalfest would be just what this tournament needs. Prediction: Germany 3 Sweden 2 WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
World Cup 2018, Germany vs Sweden: What time is kick-off today, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?
Guide to the best World Cup free bets and offers What is it? The second round of matches is underway as Germany take on Sweden in Group F. The much-fancied Germans were stunned in their opening game, going down 1-0 to Mexico, so a win against the Swedes is vital if they are to qualify from the group stages. Sweden got their campaign up and running with a 1-0 win over South Korea. And a win for Janne Andersson's side could see reigning world champions Germany exit the World Cup after the first round for the first time in 80 years. When is it? It's today, so Saturday, June 23. What time is kick-off? 7pm UK time. What TV channel is it on? ITV 1. Alternatively, you can follow the match live with us on Telegraph Sport. Where is the game being played? Fisht Stadium, Sochi. World Cup 2018 stadium: Fisht Stadium What is the team news? There's been significant debate about the role of Marco Reus and whether he should be starting for Germany. Reus came on in the 60th minute against Mexico and Germany's attack was notably better once he got involved. But Reus has suffered significant injuries the past few seasons, none bigger than a knee injury that caused him to miss more than half of last season with Dortmund. "I really have no say in this. All I can do is make is as hard as possible for them to do without me," Reus said. "I try and give my all in training, offer myself and do hope of course I'll be picked in order to help Germany get out of the group." World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game The squads in full: Germany Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Paris St Germain). Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Antonio Ruediger (Chelsea), Niklas Suele (Bayern Munich). Midfielders: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Paris St Germain), Leon Goretzka (Schalke 04), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal). Forwards: Mario Gomez (VfB Stuttgart), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig). ----- Sweden Robin Olsen, Karl-Johan Johnsson, Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelof, Andreas Granqvist, Martin Olsson, Ludwig Augustinsson, Filip Helander, Emil Krafth, Pontus Jansson, Sebastian Larsson, Albin Ekdal, Emil Forsberg, Gustav Svensson, Oscar Hiljemark, Viktor Claesson, Marcus Rohden, Jimmy Durmaz, Marcus Berg, John Guidetti, Ola Toivonen, Isaac Kiese Thelin. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more What's the latest news? Sweden's World Cup clash with Germany in Sochi on Saturday will carry extra sporting spice for their defender Martin Olsson because his sister is married to top German basketball player Dirk Nowitzki. As soon as the draw was made the full-back's phone started buzzing with messages from his brother-in-law, who plays for the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA on the other side of the Atlantic. "He's a big football fan, so there's a lot of football talk in the family," Olsson said. "We have a family chat on WhatsApp so there's been a good bit of banter. He probably wants Germany to win but it hasn't got serious yet, before the game starts it probably will." Sweden outlasted Holland to advance in World Cup qualifying. When the Swedes got to the European play-off round and a chance to reach Russia, they methodically eliminated past champion Italy over two games. At this point, why not knock out another high-profile team - and the pre-tournament favourites at that? If that were to happen, it would be the second consecutive World Cup where the defending champion have been knocked out of contention before the knockout stage. test - do not delete "We need to dare to do even more," Sweden coach Janne Andersson said after beating South Korea 1-0 in its opener. Beating Germany would certainly throw even more chaos into an already unpredictable World Cup. Sweden will find a wounded Germany line-up trying to rebound from a 1-0 loss to Mexico in the opener where they were thoroughly outplayed. It was the first time since 1982 that a German team lost its opening match at the World Cup. And immediately questions followed about the state of the squad. What stood out in the loss to Mexico was Germany's susceptibility to the counter attack and the number of scoring opportunities allowed. "Against Sweden it will be a different set-up. Sweden has different strengths and weaknesses compared to Mexico," Thomas Mueller said. "I don't expect them to be as fantastically gifted when it comes to transitions as the Mexicans, but having said that they have some players that can hurt us on the offensive." test - do not delete What are the odds? Germany to win - 4/9 Draw - 7/2 Sweden to win - 8/1 What's our prediction? Germany and Sweden haven't met since qualifying for the 2014 World Cup when they were in the same group. The teams played out a 4-4 draw in Berlin, before Germany earned a 5-3 win in Sweden on Oct 15, 2013. Another goalfest would be just what this tournament needs. Prediction: Germany 3 Sweden 2 WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Guide to the best World Cup free bets and offers What is it? The second round of matches is underway as South Korea take on Mexico in Group F. The Koreans lost their opening match against Sweden - so for them this is a must-win game - while Mexico caused one of the upsets of the tournament in round one by beating reigning champions Germany 1-0. When is it? It's today, so Saturday, June 23. What time is kick-off? 4pm UK time. What TV channel is it on? ITV 1. Alternatively, you can follow the match live with us on Telegraph Sport. Where is the game being played? Rostov Arena, in Rostov-On-Don. World Cup 2018 stadium: Rostov Arena What is the team news? South Korea full-back Park Joo-ho has been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup after suffering a hamstring injury in the 1-0 defeat by Sweden on Monday that will sideline him for up to three weeks. The 31 year-old sustained the injury in the first half while trying to keep a wild pass in play and was taken off the pitch on a stretcher before being replaced at left-back by Kim Min-woo. Park will remain with the squad even though he will not be able to play in the matches against Mexico and Germany. Kim later gave away the penalty, awarded after a video review, that decided the match in Nizhny Novgorod and left South Korea with a mountain to climb if they are to get out of Group F. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game The squads in full: South Korea Goalkeepers: Kim Seung-gyu (Vissel Kobe), Kim Jin-hyeon (Cerezo Osaka), Cho Hyun-woo (Daegu FC) Defenders: Kim young-gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande), Jang Hyun-soo (FC Tokyo), Jung Seung-hyun (Sagan Tosu), Yun Yong-sun (Seongnam FC), Oh Ban-suk (Jeju United), Kim Min-woo (Sangju Sangmu), Park Joo-ho (Ulsan Hyundai), Hong Chul (Sangju Sangmu), Go Yo-han (FC Seoul), Lee Yong (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors) Midfielders: Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City), Jung Woo-young (Vissel Kobe), Ju Se-jong (Asan Mugunghwa FC), Koo Ja-cheol (FC Augsburg), Lee Jae-sung (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Lee Seung-woo (Hellas Verona), Moon Seon-min (Incheon United) Forwards: Kim Shin-wook (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur), Hwang Hee-chan (FC Red Bull Salzburg). ----- Mexico Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (Standard), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul) Defenders: Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt), Diego Reyes (Porto), Hector Moreno (Real Sociedad), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Edson Alvarez (Club America), Jesus Gallardo (Pumas), Miguel Layun (Sevilla) Midfielders: Rafa Marquez (Atlas), Hector Herrera (Porto), Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Andres Guardado (Real Betis), Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt), Giovani Dos Santos (LA Galaxy) Forwards: Javier Hernandez (West Ham United), Raul Jimenez (Benfica), Oribe Peralta (Club America), Jesus Corona (Porto), Carlos Vela (LAFC), Javier Aquino (Tigres), Hirving Lozano (PSV). World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more What's the latest news? Mexico striker Javier Hernandez has appealed to his country's football fans to stop their homophobic chanting at World Cup matches, arguing it could lead to further fines from Fifa. Hernandez posted a message on Instagram on Wednesday asking fans to end their derogatory chants during their opponents' goal kicks. "To all Mexican fans in the stadiums, don't shout 'puto'," Hernandez said. "Let's not risk another sanction." Mexicans have long shouted the word - slang for a male sex worker - which gay rights groups argue is homophobic. Although the Mexican team has appealed before for an end to the chants – the players even released a video on the subject in 2016 – some supporters have not relented. test - do not delete Thousands of Mexican fans have flooded into Russia for the World Cup and some chanted the abuse during the match against Germany on Sunday, prompting Fifa to announce disciplinary procedures earlier this week. The Mexican football federation (FMF) was sanctioned 12 times for homophobic chanting during the World Cup qualifying campaign, receiving warnings for the first two offences and fines for 10 more. The chant was also widely heard at Mexico games in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, when Fifa took no action, but the governing body has since launched a clamp-down. Other Latin American teams, including Argentina and Chile, have also been fined. Fifa is employing three specialist observers at each World Cup match to report discriminatory behaviour by spectators. What are the odds? Mexico to win - 4/6 Draw - 5/2 South Korea to win - 9/2 What's our prediction? South Korea must defy their status as the weakest team in the group and upset a resurgent Mexico if they are to keep their World Cup hopes alive. Heung-min Son is regarded as the only world-class player in the Korean side, but is exactly the sort of inspirational player that could lead a resurgence, albeit a futile one. Prediction: South Korea 1 Mexico 2. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
World Cup 2018, South Korea vs Mexico: What time is kick-off today, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?
Guide to the best World Cup free bets and offers What is it? The second round of matches is underway as South Korea take on Mexico in Group F. The Koreans lost their opening match against Sweden - so for them this is a must-win game - while Mexico caused one of the upsets of the tournament in round one by beating reigning champions Germany 1-0. When is it? It's today, so Saturday, June 23. What time is kick-off? 4pm UK time. What TV channel is it on? ITV 1. Alternatively, you can follow the match live with us on Telegraph Sport. Where is the game being played? Rostov Arena, in Rostov-On-Don. World Cup 2018 stadium: Rostov Arena What is the team news? South Korea full-back Park Joo-ho has been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup after suffering a hamstring injury in the 1-0 defeat by Sweden on Monday that will sideline him for up to three weeks. The 31 year-old sustained the injury in the first half while trying to keep a wild pass in play and was taken off the pitch on a stretcher before being replaced at left-back by Kim Min-woo. Park will remain with the squad even though he will not be able to play in the matches against Mexico and Germany. Kim later gave away the penalty, awarded after a video review, that decided the match in Nizhny Novgorod and left South Korea with a mountain to climb if they are to get out of Group F. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game The squads in full: South Korea Goalkeepers: Kim Seung-gyu (Vissel Kobe), Kim Jin-hyeon (Cerezo Osaka), Cho Hyun-woo (Daegu FC) Defenders: Kim young-gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande), Jang Hyun-soo (FC Tokyo), Jung Seung-hyun (Sagan Tosu), Yun Yong-sun (Seongnam FC), Oh Ban-suk (Jeju United), Kim Min-woo (Sangju Sangmu), Park Joo-ho (Ulsan Hyundai), Hong Chul (Sangju Sangmu), Go Yo-han (FC Seoul), Lee Yong (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors) Midfielders: Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City), Jung Woo-young (Vissel Kobe), Ju Se-jong (Asan Mugunghwa FC), Koo Ja-cheol (FC Augsburg), Lee Jae-sung (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Lee Seung-woo (Hellas Verona), Moon Seon-min (Incheon United) Forwards: Kim Shin-wook (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur), Hwang Hee-chan (FC Red Bull Salzburg). ----- Mexico Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (Standard), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul) Defenders: Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt), Diego Reyes (Porto), Hector Moreno (Real Sociedad), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Edson Alvarez (Club America), Jesus Gallardo (Pumas), Miguel Layun (Sevilla) Midfielders: Rafa Marquez (Atlas), Hector Herrera (Porto), Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Andres Guardado (Real Betis), Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt), Giovani Dos Santos (LA Galaxy) Forwards: Javier Hernandez (West Ham United), Raul Jimenez (Benfica), Oribe Peralta (Club America), Jesus Corona (Porto), Carlos Vela (LAFC), Javier Aquino (Tigres), Hirving Lozano (PSV). World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more What's the latest news? Mexico striker Javier Hernandez has appealed to his country's football fans to stop their homophobic chanting at World Cup matches, arguing it could lead to further fines from Fifa. Hernandez posted a message on Instagram on Wednesday asking fans to end their derogatory chants during their opponents' goal kicks. "To all Mexican fans in the stadiums, don't shout 'puto'," Hernandez said. "Let's not risk another sanction." Mexicans have long shouted the word - slang for a male sex worker - which gay rights groups argue is homophobic. Although the Mexican team has appealed before for an end to the chants – the players even released a video on the subject in 2016 – some supporters have not relented. test - do not delete Thousands of Mexican fans have flooded into Russia for the World Cup and some chanted the abuse during the match against Germany on Sunday, prompting Fifa to announce disciplinary procedures earlier this week. The Mexican football federation (FMF) was sanctioned 12 times for homophobic chanting during the World Cup qualifying campaign, receiving warnings for the first two offences and fines for 10 more. The chant was also widely heard at Mexico games in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, when Fifa took no action, but the governing body has since launched a clamp-down. Other Latin American teams, including Argentina and Chile, have also been fined. Fifa is employing three specialist observers at each World Cup match to report discriminatory behaviour by spectators. What are the odds? Mexico to win - 4/6 Draw - 5/2 South Korea to win - 9/2 What's our prediction? South Korea must defy their status as the weakest team in the group and upset a resurgent Mexico if they are to keep their World Cup hopes alive. Heung-min Son is regarded as the only world-class player in the Korean side, but is exactly the sort of inspirational player that could lead a resurgence, albeit a futile one. Prediction: South Korea 1 Mexico 2. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
What is it? The second round of matches is underway as South Korea take on Mexico in Group F. The Koreans lost their opening match against Sweden - so for them this is a must-win game - while Mexico caused one of the upsets of the tournament in round one by beating reigning champions Germany 1-0. When is it? Saturday, June 23. What time is kick-off? 4pm UK time. What TV channel is it on? ITV 1. Alternatively, you can follow the match live with us on Telegraph Sport. Where is the game being played? Rostov Arena, in Rostov-On-Don. World Cup 2018 stadium: Rostov Arena What is the team news? South Korea full-back Park Joo-ho has been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup after suffering a hamstring injury in the 1-0 defeat by Sweden on Monday that will sideline him for up to three weeks. The 31 year-old sustained the injury in the first half while trying to keep a wild pass in play and was taken off the pitch on a stretcher before being replaced at left-back by Kim Min-woo. Park will remain with the squad even though he will not be able to play in the matches against Mexico and Germany. Kim later gave away the penalty, awarded after a video review, that decided the match in Nizhny Novgorod and left South Korea with a mountain to climb if they are to get out of Group F. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game The squads in full: South Korea Goalkeepers: Kim Seung-gyu (Vissel Kobe), Kim Jin-hyeon (Cerezo Osaka), Cho Hyun-woo (Daegu FC) Defenders: Kim young-gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande), Jang Hyun-soo (FC Tokyo), Jung Seung-hyun (Sagan Tosu), Yun Yong-sun (Seongnam FC), Oh Ban-suk (Jeju United), Kim Min-woo (Sangju Sangmu), Park Joo-ho (Ulsan Hyundai), Hong Chul (Sangju Sangmu), Go Yo-han (FC Seoul), Lee Yong (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors) Midfielders: Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City), Jung Woo-young (Vissel Kobe), Ju Se-jong (Asan Mugunghwa FC), Koo Ja-cheol (FC Augsburg), Lee Jae-sung (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Lee Seung-woo (Hellas Verona), Moon Seon-min (Incheon United) Forwards: Kim Shin-wook (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur), Hwang Hee-chan (FC Red Bull Salzburg). ----- Mexico Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (Standard), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul) Defenders: Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt), Diego Reyes (Porto), Hector Moreno (Real Sociedad), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Edson Alvarez (Club America), Jesus Gallardo (Pumas), Miguel Layun (Sevilla) Midfielders: Rafa Marquez (Atlas), Hector Herrera (Porto), Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Andres Guardado (Real Betis), Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt), Giovani Dos Santos (LA Galaxy) Forwards: Javier Hernandez (West Ham United), Raul Jimenez (Benfica), Oribe Peralta (Club America), Jesus Corona (Porto), Carlos Vela (LAFC), Javier Aquino (Tigres), Hirving Lozano (PSV). World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more What's the latest news? Mexico striker Javier Hernandez has appealed to his country's football fans to stop their homophobic chanting at World Cup matches, arguing it could lead to further fines from Fifa. Hernandez posted a message on Instagram on Wednesday asking fans to end their derogatory chants during their opponents' goal kicks. "To all Mexican fans in the stadiums, don't shout 'puto'," Hernandez said. "Let's not risk another sanction." Mexicans have long shouted the word - slang for a male sex worker - which gay rights groups argue is homophobic. Although the Mexican team has appealed before for an end to the chants – the players even released a video on the subject in 2016 – some supporters have not relented. test - do not delete Thousands of Mexican fans have flooded into Russia for the World Cup and some chanted the abuse during the match against Germany on Sunday, prompting Fifa to announce disciplinary procedures earlier this week. The Mexican football federation (FMF) was sanctioned 12 times for homophobic chanting during the World Cup qualifying campaign, receiving warnings for the first two offences and fines for 10 more. The chant was also widely heard at Mexico games in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, when Fifa took no action, but the governing body has since launched a clamp-down. Other Latin American teams, including Argentina and Chile, have also been fined. Fifa is employing three specialist observers at each World Cup match to report discriminatory behaviour by spectators. What are the odds? Mexico to win - 4/6 Draw - 5/2 South Korea to win - 9/2 What's our prediction? South Korea must defy their status as the weakest team in the group and upset a resurgent Mexico if they are to keep their World Cup hopes alive. Heung-min Son is regarded as the only world-class player in the Korean side, but is exactly the sort of inspirational player that could lead a resurgence, albeit a futile one. Prediction: South Korea 1 Mexico 2. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
World Cup 2018, South Korea vs Mexico: What time is kick-off on Saturday, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?
What is it? The second round of matches is underway as South Korea take on Mexico in Group F. The Koreans lost their opening match against Sweden - so for them this is a must-win game - while Mexico caused one of the upsets of the tournament in round one by beating reigning champions Germany 1-0. When is it? Saturday, June 23. What time is kick-off? 4pm UK time. What TV channel is it on? ITV 1. Alternatively, you can follow the match live with us on Telegraph Sport. Where is the game being played? Rostov Arena, in Rostov-On-Don. World Cup 2018 stadium: Rostov Arena What is the team news? South Korea full-back Park Joo-ho has been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup after suffering a hamstring injury in the 1-0 defeat by Sweden on Monday that will sideline him for up to three weeks. The 31 year-old sustained the injury in the first half while trying to keep a wild pass in play and was taken off the pitch on a stretcher before being replaced at left-back by Kim Min-woo. Park will remain with the squad even though he will not be able to play in the matches against Mexico and Germany. Kim later gave away the penalty, awarded after a video review, that decided the match in Nizhny Novgorod and left South Korea with a mountain to climb if they are to get out of Group F. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game The squads in full: South Korea Goalkeepers: Kim Seung-gyu (Vissel Kobe), Kim Jin-hyeon (Cerezo Osaka), Cho Hyun-woo (Daegu FC) Defenders: Kim young-gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande), Jang Hyun-soo (FC Tokyo), Jung Seung-hyun (Sagan Tosu), Yun Yong-sun (Seongnam FC), Oh Ban-suk (Jeju United), Kim Min-woo (Sangju Sangmu), Park Joo-ho (Ulsan Hyundai), Hong Chul (Sangju Sangmu), Go Yo-han (FC Seoul), Lee Yong (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors) Midfielders: Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City), Jung Woo-young (Vissel Kobe), Ju Se-jong (Asan Mugunghwa FC), Koo Ja-cheol (FC Augsburg), Lee Jae-sung (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Lee Seung-woo (Hellas Verona), Moon Seon-min (Incheon United) Forwards: Kim Shin-wook (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur), Hwang Hee-chan (FC Red Bull Salzburg). ----- Mexico Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (Standard), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul) Defenders: Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt), Diego Reyes (Porto), Hector Moreno (Real Sociedad), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Edson Alvarez (Club America), Jesus Gallardo (Pumas), Miguel Layun (Sevilla) Midfielders: Rafa Marquez (Atlas), Hector Herrera (Porto), Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Andres Guardado (Real Betis), Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt), Giovani Dos Santos (LA Galaxy) Forwards: Javier Hernandez (West Ham United), Raul Jimenez (Benfica), Oribe Peralta (Club America), Jesus Corona (Porto), Carlos Vela (LAFC), Javier Aquino (Tigres), Hirving Lozano (PSV). World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more What's the latest news? Mexico striker Javier Hernandez has appealed to his country's football fans to stop their homophobic chanting at World Cup matches, arguing it could lead to further fines from Fifa. Hernandez posted a message on Instagram on Wednesday asking fans to end their derogatory chants during their opponents' goal kicks. "To all Mexican fans in the stadiums, don't shout 'puto'," Hernandez said. "Let's not risk another sanction." Mexicans have long shouted the word - slang for a male sex worker - which gay rights groups argue is homophobic. Although the Mexican team has appealed before for an end to the chants – the players even released a video on the subject in 2016 – some supporters have not relented. test - do not delete Thousands of Mexican fans have flooded into Russia for the World Cup and some chanted the abuse during the match against Germany on Sunday, prompting Fifa to announce disciplinary procedures earlier this week. The Mexican football federation (FMF) was sanctioned 12 times for homophobic chanting during the World Cup qualifying campaign, receiving warnings for the first two offences and fines for 10 more. The chant was also widely heard at Mexico games in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, when Fifa took no action, but the governing body has since launched a clamp-down. Other Latin American teams, including Argentina and Chile, have also been fined. Fifa is employing three specialist observers at each World Cup match to report discriminatory behaviour by spectators. What are the odds? Mexico to win - 4/6 Draw - 5/2 South Korea to win - 9/2 What's our prediction? South Korea must defy their status as the weakest team in the group and upset a resurgent Mexico if they are to keep their World Cup hopes alive. Heung-min Son is regarded as the only world-class player in the Korean side, but is exactly the sort of inspirational player that could lead a resurgence, albeit a futile one. Prediction: South Korea 1 Mexico 2. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
El Tri was sanctioned 12 times during CONCACAF World Cup qualifying for homophobic chants.
Mexico receives FIFA fine for insulting chant
El Tri was sanctioned 12 times during CONCACAF World Cup qualifying for homophobic chants.
El Tri was sanctioned 12 times during CONCACAF World Cup qualifying for homophobic chants.
Mexico receives FIFA fine for insulting chant
El Tri was sanctioned 12 times during CONCACAF World Cup qualifying for homophobic chants.
Ronaldo bagged a staggering 15 goals in European World Cup qualifying as Portugal reeled off nine consecutive wins to seal a fifth consecutive appearance.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Cristiano Ronaldo aging like 'port wine' at fourth World Cup: Fernando Santos
Ronaldo bagged a staggering 15 goals in European World Cup qualifying as Portugal reeled off nine consecutive wins to seal a fifth consecutive appearance.
Ronaldo bagged a staggering 15 goals in European World Cup qualifying as Portugal reeled off nine consecutive wins to seal a fifth consecutive appearance.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Cristiano Ronaldo aging like 'port wine' at fourth World Cup: Fernando Santos
Ronaldo bagged a staggering 15 goals in European World Cup qualifying as Portugal reeled off nine consecutive wins to seal a fifth consecutive appearance.
FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2017, file photo, Denmark's Christian Eriksen celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the World Cup qualifying second leg soccer match against Ireland in Dublin, Ireland. Led by explosive star Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen, the Danish Dynamite responded with six victories and three ties during their final nine qualifiers. That run included a 4-0 rout of qualifying group-winner Poland and a 5-1 demolition of Ireland in the second leg of a two-game playoff to secure a fifth World Cup appearance and first since 2010. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, File)
Christian Eriksen poised to break out at World Cup
FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2017, file photo, Denmark's Christian Eriksen celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the World Cup qualifying second leg soccer match against Ireland in Dublin, Ireland. Led by explosive star Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen, the Danish Dynamite responded with six victories and three ties during their final nine qualifiers. That run included a 4-0 rout of qualifying group-winner Poland and a 5-1 demolition of Ireland in the second leg of a two-game playoff to secure a fifth World Cup appearance and first since 2010. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2017, file photo, Denmark's Christian Eriksen celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the World Cup qualifying second leg soccer match against Ireland in Dublin, Ireland. Led by explosive star Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen, the Danish Dynamite responded with six victories and three ties during their final nine qualifiers. That run included a 4-0 rout of qualifying group-winner Poland and a 5-1 demolition of Ireland in the second leg of a two-game playoff to secure a fifth World Cup appearance and first since 2010. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2017, file photo, Denmark's Christian Eriksen celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the World Cup qualifying second leg soccer match against Ireland in Dublin, Ireland. Led by explosive star Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen, the Danish Dynamite responded with six victories and three ties during their final nine qualifiers. That run included a 4-0 rout of qualifying group-winner Poland and a 5-1 demolition of Ireland in the second leg of a two-game playoff to secure a fifth World Cup appearance and first since 2010. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2017, file photo, Denmark's Christian Eriksen celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the World Cup qualifying second leg soccer match against Ireland in Dublin, Ireland. Led by explosive star Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen, the Danish Dynamite responded with six victories and three ties during their final nine qualifiers. That run included a 4-0 rout of qualifying group-winner Poland and a 5-1 demolition of Ireland in the second leg of a two-game playoff to secure a fifth World Cup appearance and first since 2010. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, File)
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?
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?
 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?
Mexico were last night facing punishment for their fans’ homophobic chanting during their World Cup victory over Germany. Fifa opened disciplinary proceedings against the Mexican Football Federation after thousands of the country’s supporters repeatedly yelled “puto” - the Spanish word for a male prostitute - during Sunday’s game at the Luzhniki Stadium. The chanting - seemingly directed primarily at Manuel Neuer - was filmed by the governing body’s independent anti-discrimination observers and reported to those responsible for policing bigotry in the stadium. The abuse was the first major test at the World Cup of Fifa’s so-called ‘three-step process’ for dealing with bigotry from the stands. The first step involves the referee stopping the game so a warning can be issued over the public address, which, if ignored, is then escalated to the match being suspended and eventually abandoned. Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players However, Fifa did not initiate the three-step process on Sunday. Asked why, a spokesman told the Daily Telegraph: “A public announcement was prepared, but the chants ceased. “After the match, and as an important step for further action, the incident was duly included in the match report, as well as the evidence produced by the anti-discrimination observers. “Based on those reports, Fifa’s disciplinary committee has opened proceedings against the Mexican FA.” World Cup referees are under orders to follow the three-step process if they hear discriminatory chanting and the chairman of Fifa’s referees committee, Pierluigi Collina, said on the eve of the tournament that match officials would not hesitate to do so. He said: “The referees know it very well. And, of course, they are ready to go through it when needed.” World Cup winners The FMF was repeatedly fined for its fans’ use of the word “puto” during World Cup qualifying but controversially avoided a stadium ban, a sanction imposed on other Latin American associations for persistent homophobic abuse by supporters. The Court of Arbitration for Sport also cancelled two fines issued to Mexico in November, ruling the chant on those occasions had been “insulting” but not intended to offend. It allowed other fines imposed on the FMF to stand. Fifa began taking action over the “puto” chant after being condemned for failing to punish Mexico for it at the last World Cup in Brazil. During qualifying for Russia 2018, it punished homophobic abuse on 56 occasions. Mexico accounted for 12 of those transgressions, Chile 10, Argentina six, and Brazil and Honduras five each. World Cup squad analysis Only Chile and Honduras ended up with stadium bans, sparking calls for Fifa to increase the severity of its punishments for homophobic chants. Unlike “race, colour, language, religion or origin”, sexual orientation is not mentioned in Article 58 of Fifa’s disciplinary code, which governs discrimination. Breaches of Article 58 incur a minimum fine of 30,000 Swiss francs, with “serious offences” punishable by matches being played behind closed doors, the forfeit of a match, a points deduction of expulsion from a competition. All 56 cases of homophobic chanting during World Cup qualifying were dealt with under Article 67 of the code, which governs “insulting words”, and for which there is no minimum tariff. Piara Powar, the chief of Fare, which helps Fifa administer its anti-discrimination monitoring system, said in November that “harsher punishments” were needed for homophobic abuse, highlighting the current loophole in the regulations. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Mexico facing punishment over homophobic chants during win over Germany
Mexico were last night facing punishment for their fans’ homophobic chanting during their World Cup victory over Germany. Fifa opened disciplinary proceedings against the Mexican Football Federation after thousands of the country’s supporters repeatedly yelled “puto” - the Spanish word for a male prostitute - during Sunday’s game at the Luzhniki Stadium. The chanting - seemingly directed primarily at Manuel Neuer - was filmed by the governing body’s independent anti-discrimination observers and reported to those responsible for policing bigotry in the stadium. The abuse was the first major test at the World Cup of Fifa’s so-called ‘three-step process’ for dealing with bigotry from the stands. The first step involves the referee stopping the game so a warning can be issued over the public address, which, if ignored, is then escalated to the match being suspended and eventually abandoned. Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players However, Fifa did not initiate the three-step process on Sunday. Asked why, a spokesman told the Daily Telegraph: “A public announcement was prepared, but the chants ceased. “After the match, and as an important step for further action, the incident was duly included in the match report, as well as the evidence produced by the anti-discrimination observers. “Based on those reports, Fifa’s disciplinary committee has opened proceedings against the Mexican FA.” World Cup referees are under orders to follow the three-step process if they hear discriminatory chanting and the chairman of Fifa’s referees committee, Pierluigi Collina, said on the eve of the tournament that match officials would not hesitate to do so. He said: “The referees know it very well. And, of course, they are ready to go through it when needed.” World Cup winners The FMF was repeatedly fined for its fans’ use of the word “puto” during World Cup qualifying but controversially avoided a stadium ban, a sanction imposed on other Latin American associations for persistent homophobic abuse by supporters. The Court of Arbitration for Sport also cancelled two fines issued to Mexico in November, ruling the chant on those occasions had been “insulting” but not intended to offend. It allowed other fines imposed on the FMF to stand. Fifa began taking action over the “puto” chant after being condemned for failing to punish Mexico for it at the last World Cup in Brazil. During qualifying for Russia 2018, it punished homophobic abuse on 56 occasions. Mexico accounted for 12 of those transgressions, Chile 10, Argentina six, and Brazil and Honduras five each. World Cup squad analysis Only Chile and Honduras ended up with stadium bans, sparking calls for Fifa to increase the severity of its punishments for homophobic chants. Unlike “race, colour, language, religion or origin”, sexual orientation is not mentioned in Article 58 of Fifa’s disciplinary code, which governs discrimination. Breaches of Article 58 incur a minimum fine of 30,000 Swiss francs, with “serious offences” punishable by matches being played behind closed doors, the forfeit of a match, a points deduction of expulsion from a competition. All 56 cases of homophobic chanting during World Cup qualifying were dealt with under Article 67 of the code, which governs “insulting words”, and for which there is no minimum tariff. Piara Powar, the chief of Fare, which helps Fifa administer its anti-discrimination monitoring system, said in November that “harsher punishments” were needed for homophobic abuse, highlighting the current loophole in the regulations. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The 2018 Fifa World Cup includes eight groups of four teams in its first stage - but who is in best shape to progress to the last 16? Here are the group tables and latest standings. Last December's draw in Moscow saw England placed in Group E with Belgium, Tunisia and Panama. The top two in the group will qualify for the knockout stages. You can find details about each team, the World Cup group they are in and our prediction on who makes it through right here. World Cup Draw Live Widget 2018 Group A - Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay Russia 5 Saudi Arabia 0 Egypt 0 Uruguay 1 Our group prediction: Uruguay and Egypt to go through Group B - Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran Morocco 0 Iran 1 Portugal 3 Spain 3 Our group prediction: Portugal and Spain to go through Group C - France, Australia, Peru, Denmark France 2 Australia 1 Peru 0 Denmark 1 Our prediction: France and Denmark to go through Group D - Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria Argentina 1 Iceland 1 Croatia 2 Nigeria 0 Our prediction: Argentina and Croatia to go through Group E - Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia Costa Rica 0 Serbia 1 Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Our prediction: Brazil and Switzerland to go through Group F - Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea Germany 0 Mexico 1 SWEDEN Sweden had just stunned Italy in the play-offs to qualify for their first World Cup finals since 2006 when a tweet was posted by the country's best player: "We are Zweden." The shadow of Zlatan Ibrahimovic hangs over the national team. The Manchester United striker retired from international soccer after the 2016 European Championship and much of the build-up this time around was whether he might be lured back for one last World Cup. Sweden seem more united and well-structured, but now they will find out just good they are without the force that made them tick for so long. Key player: Emil Forsberg (Leipzig) - Has replaced Ibrahimovic as Sweden's inspiration in attack. Coach: Janne Andersson - Took charge following Euro 2016 and has successfully rebuilt the team to be greater than the sum of its parts without Ibrahimovic. SOUTH KOREA Every World Cup since 1986 has featured South Korea. This time looks likelier to be a repeat of 2014's meek group-stage exit than 2002's swashbuckling run to the semi-finals. Qualifying was tricky, with a place only secured thanks to a tense 0-0 draw against fellow qualifying contenders Uzbekistan on the final day of the Asian group stages, combined with Syria's failure to beat Iran. Much will depend on a due of English Premier League players - Tottenham's Son Heung-min and Swansea's Ki Sung-yeung who bring valuable experience of top-level football. Key player: Son Heung-min (Tottenham) - The top-scoring Asian player in Premier League history. Coach: Shin Tae-yong - When defeats to Qatar and China threw South Korea's qualifying campaign into turmoil, the former Under-23 coach was promoted to steady the ship. Has only ever coached in South Korea and Australia. Our prediction: Germany and Mexico to go through Group G - Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England BELGIUM It's time to deliver for a team featuring such exceptional talent. But Belgium is a country that is yet to break into the semi-finals of a tournament. It is widely acknowledged they have been held back by mediocre management. Now it is up to Roberto Martinez, a Spanish coach, to get the best out of this plethora of stars. If you have Romelu Lukaku up front, Eden Hazard as a creative genius and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois for a final lock on goal, the ingredients for success are there. There are issues in defence. Central defender Vincent Kompany is as brittle as he can be brilliant and there are very few credible back-ups available for the likes of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen. Key player: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) - Overshadowed Eden Hazard at the 2014 World Cup, he has only grown in stature, especially since his move to City and his more withdrawn position on the pitch. Coach: Roberto Martinez was a surprise pick for Belgium when they ditched Marc Wilmots after a disappointing Euro 2016. The Spaniard easily adapted to life in international management. PANAMA A first qualification for the World Cup earned Panama a national holiday. The Central Americans made it to Russia in style, defeating Costa Rica 2-1 in the final qualifier. Panama has only four million people, but finished ahead of the United States, which has about 320 million. Key player: Luis Tejada (Universitario) - The striker has scored 43 goals for Panama. Coach: Hernan Dario Gomez - The Colombian has worked his magic again. He got Colombia into the 1998 World Cup, and then did the same for Ecuador in 2002. Now it is Panama's turn. TUNISIA Unbeaten during their qualifying campaign, Tunisia are making a return to the World Cup for the first time in 12 years. The Eagles of Carthage qualified for Russia ahead of Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya and Guinea and will take part in their fifth World Cup. They have never got beyond the group stage. With a new generation of players including Wahbi Khazri and former Monaco defender Aymen Abdennour, their main goal will be to win a game in Russia. Key player: Youssef Msakni (Al Duhail) - The 27-year-old forward played a crucial role in qualifying, scoring a hat-trick in an away win to Guinea. Coach: Nabil Maaloul - A former assistant under Roger Lemerre when Tunisia won the African Cup of Nations in 2002, Maaloul took over from Henri Kasperczak two matches into Tunisia's World Cup qualifying campaign. You can follow The Telegraph's live updates from Tunisia vs Englandhere. ENGLAND Expectations in England have plummeted because of the team's embarrassing performances in recent major tournaments - exiting the 2014 World Cup at the group stage and losing to Iceland in the round of 16 at Euro 2016. Having the world's richest and most popular domestic league has had an adverse effect on the England team, whose managers have an increasingly shallow pool of top players to choose from. A young squad will be taken to Russia, so getting out of the group is as much as can realistically be hoped for. Key player: Harry Kane (Tottenham) - Emerged as one of the tops strikers in the world this year, scoring freely for his club in the Premier League and Champions League. Has 13 goals in 24 games for England. Coach: Gareth Southgate - Sceptics are starting to come round to Southgate, who took charge in September 2016 despite having little top-level coaching experience but has shown he isn't afraid to make bold decisions. Our prediction - Belgium and England to go through Harry Kane is the man tasked with spearheading England's attack Credit: Getty Images Group H - Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan POLAND It's the first World Cup since 2006 for Poland, whose fans are likely to travel to Russia in large numbers. It could be the last chance to play on the biggest stage for strikers Robert Lewandowski and Jakub Blaszczykowski, who will be 29 and 32 respectively by the finals. Poland are largely unchanged from the team that reached Euro 2016 quarter-finals where they lost on penalties to eventual champions Portugal. One concern in qualifying was a 4-0 thrashing by Denmark in September that raised concerns about the defence. Key player: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) - Already Poland's record goalscorer, he scored a European-high 16 goals in qualifying. Coach: Adam Nawalka - Turned Poland from a counter-attacking team into one which seeks to dominate possession. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more SENEGAL Senegal are back at the World Cup for the first time since their stunning debut in 2002, when they beat defending champions France on the way to the quarter-finals, then only the second African team to make the last eight. This qualification has been contentious, with Senegal benefiting from an unprecedented decision by Fifa to order a replay of their 2-1 loss in South Africa because of match-fixing by the referee. Senegal took advantage to win the replay, changing the dynamic of the group. Key player: Sadio Mane (Liverpool) - With his blistering pace, Mane has been every bit as effective for Senegal as he has for Liverpool. Coach: Aliou Cisse - Senegal will take a reminder of their dream World Cup debut in 2002 to Russia next year. Cisse was captain of the 2002 team and returns to the World Cup as coach of his country. Sadio Mane is Senegal's talisman Credit: REUTERS COLOMBIA Reached the quarter-finals four years ago in Brazil and they have the talent to do it again. This will be Colombia's second straight appearance after sitting out for 16 years. Qualifying was a struggle this time. Colombia waited until the last match to make it to Russia. Key player: James Rodriguez (Bayern Munich) - A breakthrough talent at the 2014 World Cup, exemplified by a stunning volley against Uruguay, Rodriguez quickly secured a move from Monaco to Real Madrid. After struggling to make an impact in Spain, Rodriguez is at Bayern Munich on loan trying to revive his form ahead of the World Cup. Coach: Jose Pekerman - Gets much of the credit for getting Colombia back into the World Cup. Also led his native Argentina to the quarter-finals in the 2006 World Cup in Germany. JAPAN While the squad lacks the star power of many other World Cup teams, Japan can count on a group of reliable players with plenty of European experience. Shinji Kagawa of Borussia Dortmund and Shinji Okazaki of Leicester should play key roles. Japan finished first in Group B in Asian qualifying, ahead of Saudi Arabia and Australia. Key player: Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund) - With 92 caps, the midfield star is part of an experienced core of players also including Okazaki, defender Yuto Nagamoto and midfielder Keisuke Honda. Coach: Vahid Halilhodzic - Japan hope the 66-year-old Bosnian can replicate his success with Algeria at the 2014 World Cup, when he took the North African nation into the last-16 for the first time. Our prediction: Poland and Colombia to go through World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
World Cup 2018 groups: games, tables, current standings and analysis
The 2018 Fifa World Cup includes eight groups of four teams in its first stage - but who is in best shape to progress to the last 16? Here are the group tables and latest standings. Last December's draw in Moscow saw England placed in Group E with Belgium, Tunisia and Panama. The top two in the group will qualify for the knockout stages. You can find details about each team, the World Cup group they are in and our prediction on who makes it through right here. World Cup Draw Live Widget 2018 Group A - Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay Russia 5 Saudi Arabia 0 Egypt 0 Uruguay 1 Our group prediction: Uruguay and Egypt to go through Group B - Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran Morocco 0 Iran 1 Portugal 3 Spain 3 Our group prediction: Portugal and Spain to go through Group C - France, Australia, Peru, Denmark France 2 Australia 1 Peru 0 Denmark 1 Our prediction: France and Denmark to go through Group D - Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria Argentina 1 Iceland 1 Croatia 2 Nigeria 0 Our prediction: Argentina and Croatia to go through Group E - Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia Costa Rica 0 Serbia 1 Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Our prediction: Brazil and Switzerland to go through Group F - Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea Germany 0 Mexico 1 SWEDEN Sweden had just stunned Italy in the play-offs to qualify for their first World Cup finals since 2006 when a tweet was posted by the country's best player: "We are Zweden." The shadow of Zlatan Ibrahimovic hangs over the national team. The Manchester United striker retired from international soccer after the 2016 European Championship and much of the build-up this time around was whether he might be lured back for one last World Cup. Sweden seem more united and well-structured, but now they will find out just good they are without the force that made them tick for so long. Key player: Emil Forsberg (Leipzig) - Has replaced Ibrahimovic as Sweden's inspiration in attack. Coach: Janne Andersson - Took charge following Euro 2016 and has successfully rebuilt the team to be greater than the sum of its parts without Ibrahimovic. SOUTH KOREA Every World Cup since 1986 has featured South Korea. This time looks likelier to be a repeat of 2014's meek group-stage exit than 2002's swashbuckling run to the semi-finals. Qualifying was tricky, with a place only secured thanks to a tense 0-0 draw against fellow qualifying contenders Uzbekistan on the final day of the Asian group stages, combined with Syria's failure to beat Iran. Much will depend on a due of English Premier League players - Tottenham's Son Heung-min and Swansea's Ki Sung-yeung who bring valuable experience of top-level football. Key player: Son Heung-min (Tottenham) - The top-scoring Asian player in Premier League history. Coach: Shin Tae-yong - When defeats to Qatar and China threw South Korea's qualifying campaign into turmoil, the former Under-23 coach was promoted to steady the ship. Has only ever coached in South Korea and Australia. Our prediction: Germany and Mexico to go through Group G - Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England BELGIUM It's time to deliver for a team featuring such exceptional talent. But Belgium is a country that is yet to break into the semi-finals of a tournament. It is widely acknowledged they have been held back by mediocre management. Now it is up to Roberto Martinez, a Spanish coach, to get the best out of this plethora of stars. If you have Romelu Lukaku up front, Eden Hazard as a creative genius and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois for a final lock on goal, the ingredients for success are there. There are issues in defence. Central defender Vincent Kompany is as brittle as he can be brilliant and there are very few credible back-ups available for the likes of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen. Key player: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) - Overshadowed Eden Hazard at the 2014 World Cup, he has only grown in stature, especially since his move to City and his more withdrawn position on the pitch. Coach: Roberto Martinez was a surprise pick for Belgium when they ditched Marc Wilmots after a disappointing Euro 2016. The Spaniard easily adapted to life in international management. PANAMA A first qualification for the World Cup earned Panama a national holiday. The Central Americans made it to Russia in style, defeating Costa Rica 2-1 in the final qualifier. Panama has only four million people, but finished ahead of the United States, which has about 320 million. Key player: Luis Tejada (Universitario) - The striker has scored 43 goals for Panama. Coach: Hernan Dario Gomez - The Colombian has worked his magic again. He got Colombia into the 1998 World Cup, and then did the same for Ecuador in 2002. Now it is Panama's turn. TUNISIA Unbeaten during their qualifying campaign, Tunisia are making a return to the World Cup for the first time in 12 years. The Eagles of Carthage qualified for Russia ahead of Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya and Guinea and will take part in their fifth World Cup. They have never got beyond the group stage. With a new generation of players including Wahbi Khazri and former Monaco defender Aymen Abdennour, their main goal will be to win a game in Russia. Key player: Youssef Msakni (Al Duhail) - The 27-year-old forward played a crucial role in qualifying, scoring a hat-trick in an away win to Guinea. Coach: Nabil Maaloul - A former assistant under Roger Lemerre when Tunisia won the African Cup of Nations in 2002, Maaloul took over from Henri Kasperczak two matches into Tunisia's World Cup qualifying campaign. You can follow The Telegraph's live updates from Tunisia vs Englandhere. ENGLAND Expectations in England have plummeted because of the team's embarrassing performances in recent major tournaments - exiting the 2014 World Cup at the group stage and losing to Iceland in the round of 16 at Euro 2016. Having the world's richest and most popular domestic league has had an adverse effect on the England team, whose managers have an increasingly shallow pool of top players to choose from. A young squad will be taken to Russia, so getting out of the group is as much as can realistically be hoped for. Key player: Harry Kane (Tottenham) - Emerged as one of the tops strikers in the world this year, scoring freely for his club in the Premier League and Champions League. Has 13 goals in 24 games for England. Coach: Gareth Southgate - Sceptics are starting to come round to Southgate, who took charge in September 2016 despite having little top-level coaching experience but has shown he isn't afraid to make bold decisions. Our prediction - Belgium and England to go through Harry Kane is the man tasked with spearheading England's attack Credit: Getty Images Group H - Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan POLAND It's the first World Cup since 2006 for Poland, whose fans are likely to travel to Russia in large numbers. It could be the last chance to play on the biggest stage for strikers Robert Lewandowski and Jakub Blaszczykowski, who will be 29 and 32 respectively by the finals. Poland are largely unchanged from the team that reached Euro 2016 quarter-finals where they lost on penalties to eventual champions Portugal. One concern in qualifying was a 4-0 thrashing by Denmark in September that raised concerns about the defence. Key player: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) - Already Poland's record goalscorer, he scored a European-high 16 goals in qualifying. Coach: Adam Nawalka - Turned Poland from a counter-attacking team into one which seeks to dominate possession. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more SENEGAL Senegal are back at the World Cup for the first time since their stunning debut in 2002, when they beat defending champions France on the way to the quarter-finals, then only the second African team to make the last eight. This qualification has been contentious, with Senegal benefiting from an unprecedented decision by Fifa to order a replay of their 2-1 loss in South Africa because of match-fixing by the referee. Senegal took advantage to win the replay, changing the dynamic of the group. Key player: Sadio Mane (Liverpool) - With his blistering pace, Mane has been every bit as effective for Senegal as he has for Liverpool. Coach: Aliou Cisse - Senegal will take a reminder of their dream World Cup debut in 2002 to Russia next year. Cisse was captain of the 2002 team and returns to the World Cup as coach of his country. Sadio Mane is Senegal's talisman Credit: REUTERS COLOMBIA Reached the quarter-finals four years ago in Brazil and they have the talent to do it again. This will be Colombia's second straight appearance after sitting out for 16 years. Qualifying was a struggle this time. Colombia waited until the last match to make it to Russia. Key player: James Rodriguez (Bayern Munich) - A breakthrough talent at the 2014 World Cup, exemplified by a stunning volley against Uruguay, Rodriguez quickly secured a move from Monaco to Real Madrid. After struggling to make an impact in Spain, Rodriguez is at Bayern Munich on loan trying to revive his form ahead of the World Cup. Coach: Jose Pekerman - Gets much of the credit for getting Colombia back into the World Cup. Also led his native Argentina to the quarter-finals in the 2006 World Cup in Germany. JAPAN While the squad lacks the star power of many other World Cup teams, Japan can count on a group of reliable players with plenty of European experience. Shinji Kagawa of Borussia Dortmund and Shinji Okazaki of Leicester should play key roles. Japan finished first in Group B in Asian qualifying, ahead of Saudi Arabia and Australia. Key player: Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund) - With 92 caps, the midfield star is part of an experienced core of players also including Okazaki, defender Yuto Nagamoto and midfielder Keisuke Honda. Coach: Vahid Halilhodzic - Japan hope the 66-year-old Bosnian can replicate his success with Algeria at the 2014 World Cup, when he took the North African nation into the last-16 for the first time. Our prediction: Poland and Colombia to go through World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The 2018 Fifa World Cup includes eight groups of four teams in its first stage - but who is in best shape to progress to the last 16? Here are the group tables and latest standings. Last December's draw in Moscow saw England placed in Group E with Belgium, Tunisia and Panama. The top two in the group will qualify for the knockout stages. You can find details about each team, the World Cup group they are in and our prediction on who makes it through right here. World Cup Draw Live Widget 2018 Group A - Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay Russia 5 Saudi Arabia 0 Egypt 0 Uruguay 1 Our group prediction: Uruguay and Egypt to go through Group B - Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran Morocco 0 Iran 1 Portugal 3 Spain 3 Our group prediction: Portugal and Spain to go through Group C - France, Australia, Peru, Denmark France 2 Australia 1 Peru 0 Denmark 1 Our prediction: France and Denmark to go through Group D - Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria Argentina 1 Iceland 1 Croatia 2 Nigeria 0 Our prediction: Argentina and Croatia to go through Group E - Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia Costa Rica 0 Serbia 1 Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Our prediction: Brazil and Switzerland to go through Group F - Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea Germany 0 Mexico 1 SWEDEN Sweden had just stunned Italy in the play-offs to qualify for their first World Cup finals since 2006 when a tweet was posted by the country's best player: "We are Zweden." The shadow of Zlatan Ibrahimovic hangs over the national team. The Manchester United striker retired from international soccer after the 2016 European Championship and much of the build-up this time around was whether he might be lured back for one last World Cup. Sweden seem more united and well-structured, but now they will find out just good they are without the force that made them tick for so long. Key player: Emil Forsberg (Leipzig) - Has replaced Ibrahimovic as Sweden's inspiration in attack. Coach: Janne Andersson - Took charge following Euro 2016 and has successfully rebuilt the team to be greater than the sum of its parts without Ibrahimovic. SOUTH KOREA Every World Cup since 1986 has featured South Korea. This time looks likelier to be a repeat of 2014's meek group-stage exit than 2002's swashbuckling run to the semi-finals. Qualifying was tricky, with a place only secured thanks to a tense 0-0 draw against fellow qualifying contenders Uzbekistan on the final day of the Asian group stages, combined with Syria's failure to beat Iran. Much will depend on a due of English Premier League players - Tottenham's Son Heung-min and Swansea's Ki Sung-yeung who bring valuable experience of top-level football. Key player: Son Heung-min (Tottenham) - The top-scoring Asian player in Premier League history. Coach: Shin Tae-yong - When defeats to Qatar and China threw South Korea's qualifying campaign into turmoil, the former Under-23 coach was promoted to steady the ship. Has only ever coached in South Korea and Australia. Our prediction: Germany and Mexico to go through Group G - Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England BELGIUM It's time to deliver for a team featuring such exceptional talent. But Belgium is a country that is yet to break into the semi-finals of a tournament. It is widely acknowledged they have been held back by mediocre management. Now it is up to Roberto Martinez, a Spanish coach, to get the best out of this plethora of stars. If you have Romelu Lukaku up front, Eden Hazard as a creative genius and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois for a final lock on goal, the ingredients for success are there. There are issues in defence. Central defender Vincent Kompany is as brittle as he can be brilliant and there are very few credible back-ups available for the likes of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen. Key player: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) - Overshadowed Eden Hazard at the 2014 World Cup, he has only grown in stature, especially since his move to City and his more withdrawn position on the pitch. Coach: Roberto Martinez was a surprise pick for Belgium when they ditched Marc Wilmots after a disappointing Euro 2016. The Spaniard easily adapted to life in international management. PANAMA A first qualification for the World Cup earned Panama a national holiday. The Central Americans made it to Russia in style, defeating Costa Rica 2-1 in the final qualifier. Panama has only four million people, but finished ahead of the United States, which has about 320 million. Key player: Luis Tejada (Universitario) - The striker has scored 43 goals for Panama. Coach: Hernan Dario Gomez - The Colombian has worked his magic again. He got Colombia into the 1998 World Cup, and then did the same for Ecuador in 2002. Now it is Panama's turn. TUNISIA Unbeaten during their qualifying campaign, Tunisia are making a return to the World Cup for the first time in 12 years. The Eagles of Carthage qualified for Russia ahead of Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya and Guinea and will take part in their fifth World Cup. They have never got beyond the group stage. With a new generation of players including Wahbi Khazri and former Monaco defender Aymen Abdennour, their main goal will be to win a game in Russia. Key player: Youssef Msakni (Al Duhail) - The 27-year-old forward played a crucial role in qualifying, scoring a hat-trick in an away win to Guinea. Coach: Nabil Maaloul - A former assistant under Roger Lemerre when Tunisia won the African Cup of Nations in 2002, Maaloul took over from Henri Kasperczak two matches into Tunisia's World Cup qualifying campaign. You can follow The Telegraph's live updates from Tunisia vs Englandhere. ENGLAND Expectations in England have plummeted because of the team's embarrassing performances in recent major tournaments - exiting the 2014 World Cup at the group stage and losing to Iceland in the round of 16 at Euro 2016. Having the world's richest and most popular domestic league has had an adverse effect on the England team, whose managers have an increasingly shallow pool of top players to choose from. A young squad will be taken to Russia, so getting out of the group is as much as can realistically be hoped for. Key player: Harry Kane (Tottenham) - Emerged as one of the tops strikers in the world this year, scoring freely for his club in the Premier League and Champions League. Has 13 goals in 24 games for England. Coach: Gareth Southgate - Sceptics are starting to come round to Southgate, who took charge in September 2016 despite having little top-level coaching experience but has shown he isn't afraid to make bold decisions. Our prediction - Belgium and England to go through Harry Kane is the man tasked with spearheading England's attack Credit: Getty Images Group H - Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan POLAND It's the first World Cup since 2006 for Poland, whose fans are likely to travel to Russia in large numbers. It could be the last chance to play on the biggest stage for strikers Robert Lewandowski and Jakub Blaszczykowski, who will be 29 and 32 respectively by the finals. Poland are largely unchanged from the team that reached Euro 2016 quarter-finals where they lost on penalties to eventual champions Portugal. One concern in qualifying was a 4-0 thrashing by Denmark in September that raised concerns about the defence. Key player: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) - Already Poland's record goalscorer, he scored a European-high 16 goals in qualifying. Coach: Adam Nawalka - Turned Poland from a counter-attacking team into one which seeks to dominate possession. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more SENEGAL Senegal are back at the World Cup for the first time since their stunning debut in 2002, when they beat defending champions France on the way to the quarter-finals, then only the second African team to make the last eight. This qualification has been contentious, with Senegal benefiting from an unprecedented decision by Fifa to order a replay of their 2-1 loss in South Africa because of match-fixing by the referee. Senegal took advantage to win the replay, changing the dynamic of the group. Key player: Sadio Mane (Liverpool) - With his blistering pace, Mane has been every bit as effective for Senegal as he has for Liverpool. Coach: Aliou Cisse - Senegal will take a reminder of their dream World Cup debut in 2002 to Russia next year. Cisse was captain of the 2002 team and returns to the World Cup as coach of his country. Sadio Mane is Senegal's talisman Credit: REUTERS COLOMBIA Reached the quarter-finals four years ago in Brazil and they have the talent to do it again. This will be Colombia's second straight appearance after sitting out for 16 years. Qualifying was a struggle this time. Colombia waited until the last match to make it to Russia. Key player: James Rodriguez (Bayern Munich) - A breakthrough talent at the 2014 World Cup, exemplified by a stunning volley against Uruguay, Rodriguez quickly secured a move from Monaco to Real Madrid. After struggling to make an impact in Spain, Rodriguez is at Bayern Munich on loan trying to revive his form ahead of the World Cup. Coach: Jose Pekerman - Gets much of the credit for getting Colombia back into the World Cup. Also led his native Argentina to the quarter-finals in the 2006 World Cup in Germany. JAPAN While the squad lacks the star power of many other World Cup teams, Japan can count on a group of reliable players with plenty of European experience. Shinji Kagawa of Borussia Dortmund and Shinji Okazaki of Leicester should play key roles. Japan finished first in Group B in Asian qualifying, ahead of Saudi Arabia and Australia. Key player: Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund) - With 92 caps, the midfield star is part of an experienced core of players also including Okazaki, defender Yuto Nagamoto and midfielder Keisuke Honda. Coach: Vahid Halilhodzic - Japan hope the 66-year-old Bosnian can replicate his success with Algeria at the 2014 World Cup, when he took the North African nation into the last-16 for the first time. Our prediction: Poland and Colombia to go through World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
World Cup 2018 groups: games, tables, current standings and analysis
The 2018 Fifa World Cup includes eight groups of four teams in its first stage - but who is in best shape to progress to the last 16? Here are the group tables and latest standings. Last December's draw in Moscow saw England placed in Group E with Belgium, Tunisia and Panama. The top two in the group will qualify for the knockout stages. You can find details about each team, the World Cup group they are in and our prediction on who makes it through right here. World Cup Draw Live Widget 2018 Group A - Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay Russia 5 Saudi Arabia 0 Egypt 0 Uruguay 1 Our group prediction: Uruguay and Egypt to go through Group B - Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran Morocco 0 Iran 1 Portugal 3 Spain 3 Our group prediction: Portugal and Spain to go through Group C - France, Australia, Peru, Denmark France 2 Australia 1 Peru 0 Denmark 1 Our prediction: France and Denmark to go through Group D - Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria Argentina 1 Iceland 1 Croatia 2 Nigeria 0 Our prediction: Argentina and Croatia to go through Group E - Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia Costa Rica 0 Serbia 1 Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Our prediction: Brazil and Switzerland to go through Group F - Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea Germany 0 Mexico 1 SWEDEN Sweden had just stunned Italy in the play-offs to qualify for their first World Cup finals since 2006 when a tweet was posted by the country's best player: "We are Zweden." The shadow of Zlatan Ibrahimovic hangs over the national team. The Manchester United striker retired from international soccer after the 2016 European Championship and much of the build-up this time around was whether he might be lured back for one last World Cup. Sweden seem more united and well-structured, but now they will find out just good they are without the force that made them tick for so long. Key player: Emil Forsberg (Leipzig) - Has replaced Ibrahimovic as Sweden's inspiration in attack. Coach: Janne Andersson - Took charge following Euro 2016 and has successfully rebuilt the team to be greater than the sum of its parts without Ibrahimovic. SOUTH KOREA Every World Cup since 1986 has featured South Korea. This time looks likelier to be a repeat of 2014's meek group-stage exit than 2002's swashbuckling run to the semi-finals. Qualifying was tricky, with a place only secured thanks to a tense 0-0 draw against fellow qualifying contenders Uzbekistan on the final day of the Asian group stages, combined with Syria's failure to beat Iran. Much will depend on a due of English Premier League players - Tottenham's Son Heung-min and Swansea's Ki Sung-yeung who bring valuable experience of top-level football. Key player: Son Heung-min (Tottenham) - The top-scoring Asian player in Premier League history. Coach: Shin Tae-yong - When defeats to Qatar and China threw South Korea's qualifying campaign into turmoil, the former Under-23 coach was promoted to steady the ship. Has only ever coached in South Korea and Australia. Our prediction: Germany and Mexico to go through Group G - Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England BELGIUM It's time to deliver for a team featuring such exceptional talent. But Belgium is a country that is yet to break into the semi-finals of a tournament. It is widely acknowledged they have been held back by mediocre management. Now it is up to Roberto Martinez, a Spanish coach, to get the best out of this plethora of stars. If you have Romelu Lukaku up front, Eden Hazard as a creative genius and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois for a final lock on goal, the ingredients for success are there. There are issues in defence. Central defender Vincent Kompany is as brittle as he can be brilliant and there are very few credible back-ups available for the likes of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen. Key player: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) - Overshadowed Eden Hazard at the 2014 World Cup, he has only grown in stature, especially since his move to City and his more withdrawn position on the pitch. Coach: Roberto Martinez was a surprise pick for Belgium when they ditched Marc Wilmots after a disappointing Euro 2016. The Spaniard easily adapted to life in international management. PANAMA A first qualification for the World Cup earned Panama a national holiday. The Central Americans made it to Russia in style, defeating Costa Rica 2-1 in the final qualifier. Panama has only four million people, but finished ahead of the United States, which has about 320 million. Key player: Luis Tejada (Universitario) - The striker has scored 43 goals for Panama. Coach: Hernan Dario Gomez - The Colombian has worked his magic again. He got Colombia into the 1998 World Cup, and then did the same for Ecuador in 2002. Now it is Panama's turn. TUNISIA Unbeaten during their qualifying campaign, Tunisia are making a return to the World Cup for the first time in 12 years. The Eagles of Carthage qualified for Russia ahead of Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya and Guinea and will take part in their fifth World Cup. They have never got beyond the group stage. With a new generation of players including Wahbi Khazri and former Monaco defender Aymen Abdennour, their main goal will be to win a game in Russia. Key player: Youssef Msakni (Al Duhail) - The 27-year-old forward played a crucial role in qualifying, scoring a hat-trick in an away win to Guinea. Coach: Nabil Maaloul - A former assistant under Roger Lemerre when Tunisia won the African Cup of Nations in 2002, Maaloul took over from Henri Kasperczak two matches into Tunisia's World Cup qualifying campaign. You can follow The Telegraph's live updates from Tunisia vs Englandhere. ENGLAND Expectations in England have plummeted because of the team's embarrassing performances in recent major tournaments - exiting the 2014 World Cup at the group stage and losing to Iceland in the round of 16 at Euro 2016. Having the world's richest and most popular domestic league has had an adverse effect on the England team, whose managers have an increasingly shallow pool of top players to choose from. A young squad will be taken to Russia, so getting out of the group is as much as can realistically be hoped for. Key player: Harry Kane (Tottenham) - Emerged as one of the tops strikers in the world this year, scoring freely for his club in the Premier League and Champions League. Has 13 goals in 24 games for England. Coach: Gareth Southgate - Sceptics are starting to come round to Southgate, who took charge in September 2016 despite having little top-level coaching experience but has shown he isn't afraid to make bold decisions. Our prediction - Belgium and England to go through Harry Kane is the man tasked with spearheading England's attack Credit: Getty Images Group H - Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan POLAND It's the first World Cup since 2006 for Poland, whose fans are likely to travel to Russia in large numbers. It could be the last chance to play on the biggest stage for strikers Robert Lewandowski and Jakub Blaszczykowski, who will be 29 and 32 respectively by the finals. Poland are largely unchanged from the team that reached Euro 2016 quarter-finals where they lost on penalties to eventual champions Portugal. One concern in qualifying was a 4-0 thrashing by Denmark in September that raised concerns about the defence. Key player: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) - Already Poland's record goalscorer, he scored a European-high 16 goals in qualifying. Coach: Adam Nawalka - Turned Poland from a counter-attacking team into one which seeks to dominate possession. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more SENEGAL Senegal are back at the World Cup for the first time since their stunning debut in 2002, when they beat defending champions France on the way to the quarter-finals, then only the second African team to make the last eight. This qualification has been contentious, with Senegal benefiting from an unprecedented decision by Fifa to order a replay of their 2-1 loss in South Africa because of match-fixing by the referee. Senegal took advantage to win the replay, changing the dynamic of the group. Key player: Sadio Mane (Liverpool) - With his blistering pace, Mane has been every bit as effective for Senegal as he has for Liverpool. Coach: Aliou Cisse - Senegal will take a reminder of their dream World Cup debut in 2002 to Russia next year. Cisse was captain of the 2002 team and returns to the World Cup as coach of his country. Sadio Mane is Senegal's talisman Credit: REUTERS COLOMBIA Reached the quarter-finals four years ago in Brazil and they have the talent to do it again. This will be Colombia's second straight appearance after sitting out for 16 years. Qualifying was a struggle this time. Colombia waited until the last match to make it to Russia. Key player: James Rodriguez (Bayern Munich) - A breakthrough talent at the 2014 World Cup, exemplified by a stunning volley against Uruguay, Rodriguez quickly secured a move from Monaco to Real Madrid. After struggling to make an impact in Spain, Rodriguez is at Bayern Munich on loan trying to revive his form ahead of the World Cup. Coach: Jose Pekerman - Gets much of the credit for getting Colombia back into the World Cup. Also led his native Argentina to the quarter-finals in the 2006 World Cup in Germany. JAPAN While the squad lacks the star power of many other World Cup teams, Japan can count on a group of reliable players with plenty of European experience. Shinji Kagawa of Borussia Dortmund and Shinji Okazaki of Leicester should play key roles. Japan finished first in Group B in Asian qualifying, ahead of Saudi Arabia and Australia. Key player: Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund) - With 92 caps, the midfield star is part of an experienced core of players also including Okazaki, defender Yuto Nagamoto and midfielder Keisuke Honda. Coach: Vahid Halilhodzic - Japan hope the 66-year-old Bosnian can replicate his success with Algeria at the 2014 World Cup, when he took the North African nation into the last-16 for the first time. Our prediction: Poland and Colombia to go through World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Fifa was facing a World Cup embarrassment on Monday night after its grand plan to stamp out bigotry from the tournament flunked its first test. The Daily Telegraph can reveal the governing body failed to follow the three-step process it introduced for tackling discriminatory chanting after homophobic slurs were directed at Manuel Neuer in Mexico’s win over Germany on Sunday. Thousands of Mexican supporters could be heard repeatedly yelling “puto” – the Spanish word for a male prostitute – at the Luzhniki Stadium, in breach of Fifa rules. The abuse was filmed by independent anti-discrimination observers at the game and was reported to those responsible for policing bigotry inside the stadium. They should have notified referee Alireza Faghani to allow him to stop the match while a warning was read out in Spanish on the public-address system. That it did not happen was a failure that will erode confidence in Fifa’s ability to police racism and other bigotry from the stands amid a debate about whether England should stage a walk-off if targeted in Russia. Manuel Neuer was on the receiving end of some abuse Credit: getty images Under the three-step process for responding to discrimination, once a warning is issued, the referee is empowered to suspend and eventually abandon a match if abuse from the stands persists. Ed Connell, the chairman of the Gay Football Supporters’ Network, told The Daily Telegraph: “It’s disheartening to hear that, although it was plainly obvious to everybody within the stadium that chanting was taking place, Fifa has failed to act upon it. It seems to suggest that it’s just paying lip service to the idea, rather than actually taking the matter seriously. “There are lots of people worried about travelling to Russia and this simply doesn’t send out the right message at all.” Lord Ouseley, the chairman of English football’s anti-discrimination watchdog, Kick It Out, added: “It sounds as if the three-step protocol has failed at the very first attempt.” Fifa, which did launch disciplinary proceedings against the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) on Monday over Sunday’s chanting, did not respond to requests for comment on why the three-step process had not been followed. The chairman of its referees committee, Pierluigi Collina, said on the eve of the World Cup that match officials would not hesitate to initiate it when necessary. He said: “The referees know it very well. And, of course, they are ready to go through it when needed.” The FMF was repeatedly fined for its fans’ use of the word “puto” during World Cup qualifying but controversially avoided a stadium ban, a sanction imposed on other Latin American associations for persistent homophobic abuse. The Court of Arbitration for Sport also cancelled two fines issued to Mexico in November, ruling the chant on those occasions had been “insulting” but not intended to offend. It allowed other fines imposed on the FMF to stand. Fifa began taking action over the “puto” chant after being condemned for failing to punish Mexico for it at the last World Cup in Brazil. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage During qualifying for Russia 2018, it punished homophobic abuse on 56 occasions. Mexico accounted for 12 of those transgressions, Chile 10, Argentina six and Brazil and Honduras five each. Only Chile and Honduras ended up with stadium bans, sparking calls for Fifa to increase the severity of its punishments. Unlike “race, colour, language, religion or origin”, sexual orientation is not mentioned in Article 58 of Fifa’s disciplinary code, which governs discrimination. Breaches of Article 58 incur a minimum fine of 30,000 Swiss francs (£22,700), with “serious offences” punishable by matches being played behind closed doors, the forfeit of a match, a points deduction or expulsion from a competition. All 56 cases of homophobic chanting during World Cup qualifying were dealt with under Article 67 of the code, which governs “insulting words”, and for which there is no minimum tariff. Piara Powar, the chief of Fare, which helps Fifa administer its anti-discrimination monitoring system, said in November that “harsher punishments” were needed for homophobic abuse, highlighting the current loophole in the regulations. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Mexico face punishment for homophobic chants by fans during World Cup match against Germany
Fifa was facing a World Cup embarrassment on Monday night after its grand plan to stamp out bigotry from the tournament flunked its first test. The Daily Telegraph can reveal the governing body failed to follow the three-step process it introduced for tackling discriminatory chanting after homophobic slurs were directed at Manuel Neuer in Mexico’s win over Germany on Sunday. Thousands of Mexican supporters could be heard repeatedly yelling “puto” – the Spanish word for a male prostitute – at the Luzhniki Stadium, in breach of Fifa rules. The abuse was filmed by independent anti-discrimination observers at the game and was reported to those responsible for policing bigotry inside the stadium. They should have notified referee Alireza Faghani to allow him to stop the match while a warning was read out in Spanish on the public-address system. That it did not happen was a failure that will erode confidence in Fifa’s ability to police racism and other bigotry from the stands amid a debate about whether England should stage a walk-off if targeted in Russia. Manuel Neuer was on the receiving end of some abuse Credit: getty images Under the three-step process for responding to discrimination, once a warning is issued, the referee is empowered to suspend and eventually abandon a match if abuse from the stands persists. Ed Connell, the chairman of the Gay Football Supporters’ Network, told The Daily Telegraph: “It’s disheartening to hear that, although it was plainly obvious to everybody within the stadium that chanting was taking place, Fifa has failed to act upon it. It seems to suggest that it’s just paying lip service to the idea, rather than actually taking the matter seriously. “There are lots of people worried about travelling to Russia and this simply doesn’t send out the right message at all.” Lord Ouseley, the chairman of English football’s anti-discrimination watchdog, Kick It Out, added: “It sounds as if the three-step protocol has failed at the very first attempt.” Fifa, which did launch disciplinary proceedings against the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) on Monday over Sunday’s chanting, did not respond to requests for comment on why the three-step process had not been followed. The chairman of its referees committee, Pierluigi Collina, said on the eve of the World Cup that match officials would not hesitate to initiate it when necessary. He said: “The referees know it very well. And, of course, they are ready to go through it when needed.” The FMF was repeatedly fined for its fans’ use of the word “puto” during World Cup qualifying but controversially avoided a stadium ban, a sanction imposed on other Latin American associations for persistent homophobic abuse. The Court of Arbitration for Sport also cancelled two fines issued to Mexico in November, ruling the chant on those occasions had been “insulting” but not intended to offend. It allowed other fines imposed on the FMF to stand. Fifa began taking action over the “puto” chant after being condemned for failing to punish Mexico for it at the last World Cup in Brazil. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage During qualifying for Russia 2018, it punished homophobic abuse on 56 occasions. Mexico accounted for 12 of those transgressions, Chile 10, Argentina six and Brazil and Honduras five each. Only Chile and Honduras ended up with stadium bans, sparking calls for Fifa to increase the severity of its punishments. Unlike “race, colour, language, religion or origin”, sexual orientation is not mentioned in Article 58 of Fifa’s disciplinary code, which governs discrimination. Breaches of Article 58 incur a minimum fine of 30,000 Swiss francs (£22,700), with “serious offences” punishable by matches being played behind closed doors, the forfeit of a match, a points deduction or expulsion from a competition. All 56 cases of homophobic chanting during World Cup qualifying were dealt with under Article 67 of the code, which governs “insulting words”, and for which there is no minimum tariff. Piara Powar, the chief of Fare, which helps Fifa administer its anti-discrimination monitoring system, said in November that “harsher punishments” were needed for homophobic abuse, highlighting the current loophole in the regulations. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Fifa was facing a World Cup embarrassment on Monday night after its grand plan to stamp out bigotry from the tournament flunked its first test. The Daily Telegraph can reveal the governing body failed to follow the three-step process it introduced for tackling discriminatory chanting after homophobic slurs were directed at Manuel Neuer in Mexico’s win over Germany on Sunday. Thousands of Mexican supporters could be heard repeatedly yelling “puto” – the Spanish word for a male prostitute – at the Luzhniki Stadium, in breach of Fifa rules. The abuse was filmed by independent anti-discrimination observers at the game and was reported to those responsible for policing bigotry inside the stadium. They should have notified referee Alireza Faghani to allow him to stop the match while a warning was read out in Spanish on the public-address system. That it did not happen was a failure that will erode confidence in Fifa’s ability to police racism and other bigotry from the stands amid a debate about whether England should stage a walk-off if targeted in Russia. Manuel Neuer was on the receiving end of some abuse Credit: getty images Under the three-step process for responding to discrimination, once a warning is issued, the referee is empowered to suspend and eventually abandon a match if abuse from the stands persists. Ed Connell, the chairman of the Gay Football Supporters’ Network, told The Daily Telegraph: “It’s disheartening to hear that, although it was plainly obvious to everybody within the stadium that chanting was taking place, Fifa has failed to act upon it. It seems to suggest that it’s just paying lip service to the idea, rather than actually taking the matter seriously. “There are lots of people worried about travelling to Russia and this simply doesn’t send out the right message at all.” Lord Ouseley, the chairman of English football’s anti-discrimination watchdog, Kick It Out, added: “It sounds as if the three-step protocol has failed at the very first attempt.” Fifa, which did launch disciplinary proceedings against the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) on Monday over Sunday’s chanting, did not respond to requests for comment on why the three-step process had not been followed. The chairman of its referees committee, Pierluigi Collina, said on the eve of the World Cup that match officials would not hesitate to initiate it when necessary. He said: “The referees know it very well. And, of course, they are ready to go through it when needed.” The FMF was repeatedly fined for its fans’ use of the word “puto” during World Cup qualifying but controversially avoided a stadium ban, a sanction imposed on other Latin American associations for persistent homophobic abuse. The Court of Arbitration for Sport also cancelled two fines issued to Mexico in November, ruling the chant on those occasions had been “insulting” but not intended to offend. It allowed other fines imposed on the FMF to stand. Fifa began taking action over the “puto” chant after being condemned for failing to punish Mexico for it at the last World Cup in Brazil. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage During qualifying for Russia 2018, it punished homophobic abuse on 56 occasions. Mexico accounted for 12 of those transgressions, Chile 10, Argentina six and Brazil and Honduras five each. Only Chile and Honduras ended up with stadium bans, sparking calls for Fifa to increase the severity of its punishments. Unlike “race, colour, language, religion or origin”, sexual orientation is not mentioned in Article 58 of Fifa’s disciplinary code, which governs discrimination. Breaches of Article 58 incur a minimum fine of 30,000 Swiss francs (£22,700), with “serious offences” punishable by matches being played behind closed doors, the forfeit of a match, a points deduction or expulsion from a competition. All 56 cases of homophobic chanting during World Cup qualifying were dealt with under Article 67 of the code, which governs “insulting words”, and for which there is no minimum tariff. Piara Powar, the chief of Fare, which helps Fifa administer its anti-discrimination monitoring system, said in November that “harsher punishments” were needed for homophobic abuse, highlighting the current loophole in the regulations. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Mexico face punishment for homophobic chants by fans during World Cup match against Germany
Fifa was facing a World Cup embarrassment on Monday night after its grand plan to stamp out bigotry from the tournament flunked its first test. The Daily Telegraph can reveal the governing body failed to follow the three-step process it introduced for tackling discriminatory chanting after homophobic slurs were directed at Manuel Neuer in Mexico’s win over Germany on Sunday. Thousands of Mexican supporters could be heard repeatedly yelling “puto” – the Spanish word for a male prostitute – at the Luzhniki Stadium, in breach of Fifa rules. The abuse was filmed by independent anti-discrimination observers at the game and was reported to those responsible for policing bigotry inside the stadium. They should have notified referee Alireza Faghani to allow him to stop the match while a warning was read out in Spanish on the public-address system. That it did not happen was a failure that will erode confidence in Fifa’s ability to police racism and other bigotry from the stands amid a debate about whether England should stage a walk-off if targeted in Russia. Manuel Neuer was on the receiving end of some abuse Credit: getty images Under the three-step process for responding to discrimination, once a warning is issued, the referee is empowered to suspend and eventually abandon a match if abuse from the stands persists. Ed Connell, the chairman of the Gay Football Supporters’ Network, told The Daily Telegraph: “It’s disheartening to hear that, although it was plainly obvious to everybody within the stadium that chanting was taking place, Fifa has failed to act upon it. It seems to suggest that it’s just paying lip service to the idea, rather than actually taking the matter seriously. “There are lots of people worried about travelling to Russia and this simply doesn’t send out the right message at all.” Lord Ouseley, the chairman of English football’s anti-discrimination watchdog, Kick It Out, added: “It sounds as if the three-step protocol has failed at the very first attempt.” Fifa, which did launch disciplinary proceedings against the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) on Monday over Sunday’s chanting, did not respond to requests for comment on why the three-step process had not been followed. The chairman of its referees committee, Pierluigi Collina, said on the eve of the World Cup that match officials would not hesitate to initiate it when necessary. He said: “The referees know it very well. And, of course, they are ready to go through it when needed.” The FMF was repeatedly fined for its fans’ use of the word “puto” during World Cup qualifying but controversially avoided a stadium ban, a sanction imposed on other Latin American associations for persistent homophobic abuse. The Court of Arbitration for Sport also cancelled two fines issued to Mexico in November, ruling the chant on those occasions had been “insulting” but not intended to offend. It allowed other fines imposed on the FMF to stand. Fifa began taking action over the “puto” chant after being condemned for failing to punish Mexico for it at the last World Cup in Brazil. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage During qualifying for Russia 2018, it punished homophobic abuse on 56 occasions. Mexico accounted for 12 of those transgressions, Chile 10, Argentina six and Brazil and Honduras five each. Only Chile and Honduras ended up with stadium bans, sparking calls for Fifa to increase the severity of its punishments. Unlike “race, colour, language, religion or origin”, sexual orientation is not mentioned in Article 58 of Fifa’s disciplinary code, which governs discrimination. Breaches of Article 58 incur a minimum fine of 30,000 Swiss francs (£22,700), with “serious offences” punishable by matches being played behind closed doors, the forfeit of a match, a points deduction or expulsion from a competition. All 56 cases of homophobic chanting during World Cup qualifying were dealt with under Article 67 of the code, which governs “insulting words”, and for which there is no minimum tariff. Piara Powar, the chief of Fare, which helps Fifa administer its anti-discrimination monitoring system, said in November that “harsher punishments” were needed for homophobic abuse, highlighting the current loophole in the regulations. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
What is it? It is England vs Tunisia, the first match for Gareth Southgate's side at the 2018 World Cup. After plenty of talk about a positive atmosphere and a relaxed look to this England squad, we get a chance to see the team under tournament pressure. Gareth Southgate's men will be attempting to break a cycle of heartache and humiliation at major tournaments that has plunged the birthplace of football to its lowest ebb. It's no surprise that the nation's expectations are low heading to Russia. England may have won the 1966 World Cup, but have only reached the semi-finals of a tournament twice since then. Will it change this time around? When is it? Monday, June 18, 2018 - ie tonight. Where is it? At the Volgograd Arena, in Volgograd. England vs Tunisia, World Cup 2018 | How long until kick-off? What time is kick-off? It's a 7pm BST start, so make sure to get home from work in good time. What TV channel is it on? The BBC and ITV are sharing coverage of the World Cup, but BBC have rights to the first England match. You can watch their build-up on BBC One from 6.15pm. Alternatively, you can follow this match - and all 64 across the tournament - live here with Telegraph Sport. You can find more details on how to watch England vs Tunisa in our handy guide. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Latest team news England England's Fabian Delph is ready to miss a World Cup match to be at the birth of his third child. All eyes are on Monday's Group G opener against Tunisia in Volgograd, with Gareth Southgate's squad made aware of his intended starting line-up two days early. Delph did not give away whether he got the nod but is ready to forego a starting role this summer in order to be by wife Natalie's side. It is hard to remember a similar scenario with England at a major tournament, but the midfielder's partner is due to give birth on June 30 - just two days after the final Group G match against Belgium. "I don't think it would affect me mentally," Delph said. "Obviously I'd have to get back to England and then get back again, so that's obviously not ideal but it's part of life. "I'm about to have my third child and I'm not going to miss it if I can help it, but I want to get back as fast as I can, so we'll have to see." England probable (3-5-2): Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Lingard, Henderson, Dele, Young, Sterling, Kane World Cup whatsapp promo Tunisia Tunisia will field key players Wahbi Khazri and Ali Maaloul in their opening World Cup game against England on Monday after the pair were declared fit as the squad on Saturday headed to Volgograd for their Group G clash. Khazri, who will likely lead the attack, had not played since the end of the Ligue 1 season in France where he had suffered a thigh strain in action for Stade Rennes. Maaloul, whose overlapping runs are also key to Tunisia’s attacking hopes, had been injured playing in last week’s friendly against Spain in Krasnodar but was cleared after scans, officials said on Saturday. Tunisia have already been hard hit by injuries to creative winger Youssef Msakni and striker Taha Yassine Khenissi, who both missed out on the World Cup. Msakni had been invited to watch Monday's game in Volgograd by the Tunisian federation. Here is Tunisia's 23-man squad: Goalkeepers: Farouk Ben Mustapha (Al Shabab, Saudi Arabia), Moez Hassen (Chateauroux, France), Aymen Mathlouthi (Al Baten, Saudi Arabia) Defenders: Rami Bedoui (Etoile du Sahel), Yohan Benalouane (Leicester City, England), Syam Ben Youssef (Kasimpasa, Turkey), Dylan Bronn (Gent, Belgium), Oussama Haddadi (Dijon, France), Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly, Egypt), Yassine Meriah (CS Sfaxien), Hamdi Nagguez (Zamalek, Egypt) Midfielders: Anice Badri (Esperance), Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (Al Ahli Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), Ghaylene Chaalali (Esperance), Ahmed Khalil (Club Africain), Saifeddine Khaoui (Troyes, France), Ferjani Sassi (Al Nasr, Saudi Arabia), Ellyes Skhiri (Montpellier, France), Naim Sliti (Dijon, France), Bassem Srarfi (Nice, France) Forwards: Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Al Ittifaq, Saudi Arabia), Saber Khalifa (Club Africain), Wahbi Khazri (Rennes, France) Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more What do we know about the Tunisia squad? With Youssef Msakni sidelined, Tunisia will be fielding a team at the World Cup that includes several foreign-born players, mainly from France. Indeed, Tunisia's squad is a mix of players mainly from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, France and domestic leagues. Here's a closer look at the Tunisia team: Coach A former assistant under Roger Lemerre when Tunisia won the African Cup of Nations in 2002, Maaloul took over from Henri Kasperczak two matches into World Cup qualifying for his second spell as coach after a brief tenure in 2013. Maaloul played for Tunisia for a decade from 1985-95. One of very few African coaches in charge of a national team, he has transformed Tunisia from a fairly dour, defensive outfit to one more willing to attack since he took over after the African Cup of Nations in early 2017. He needs to ensure the decision to bring in new players at the expense of some of the men who got Tunisia to the World Cup doesn't upset the team balance or alienate squad members. Goalkeepers Maaloul's biggest decision may be the first name on the sheet after saying he has yet to decide. Aymen Mathlouthi, who is beginning to show frailties at 33 and after 11 years in the team, can no longer be certain of his starting spot. Maaloul must figure out whether to drop the captain and sacrifice experience for 28-year-old Farouk Ben Mustapha, who has been highly-praised in the Saudi league. World Cup 2018 stadiums Defenders Maaloul said he was leaning toward starting the World Cup with the formation used in friendly wins over Iran and Costa Rica in March. That would see 22-year-old French-born Ellyes Skhiri, who made his debut against Iran after a late call-up, start in central defence. Other contenders are 24-year-old home-based player Yassine Meriah, the experienced Syam Ben Youssef and Mohamed Amine Ben Amor. If it's a four-man back line, expect to see right-back Dylan Bronn, another French-born newcomer. Ali Maaloul has been a regular on the left. Both can also operate as wingers in a five-man midfield if Tunisia goes with a three-man defence of big, strong center-backs. Midfielders The challenge of filling the void left by Msakni will likely fall on France-born attacking midfielder Wahbi Khazri. He played for the Tunisia and France youth teams before committing to Tunisia. Khazri was partnered in the center of midfield by Anice Badri in Tunisia's last match - forming a potent attacking threat. They are all versatile, operating as attacking midfielders or in a more advanced position in the forward line. Saif-Eddine Khaoui is a similar attack-minded midfielder who has forced himself into the team's plans. Ferjani Sassi has the role of shoring up the middle of the field as the holding midfielder. World Cup predictor Forwards Depending on whether Khazri, Badri, Sliti and newcomer Khaoui are deployed, there may be room for one or perhaps no out-and-out strikers. Ahmed Akaichi and Taha Yassine Khenissi have experience of operating alone up front but recent formations could mean Tunisia's forward line will be based on the versatility of the four attacking midfielders. What are they saying? Gareth Southgate "I think the history can help us in terms of understanding what we can improve upon and what we can do," England manager Southgate said. "You learn lessons from the past, but this team shouldn't be burdened with it because they're a fresh group, most of them have very few international caps. "The future is all ahead of them, so they have to be thinking about what's possible. "The players of the past and opportunities of the past are gone. "This team is looking at things in a different way, trying to play in a different way. "They have a hunger, a desire, we have a better technical players than we've had in the past coming through our academies, so there's a real enthusiasm. "They're looking forward to getting going." Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul: "For me the best team are Belgium, they are the group favourites. They have a lot of players who play in England and they are currently playing really well for a lot of clubs in England, so they are favourites and second place is between Tunisia and England. I hope it won't be the same scenario as in 1998." Latest news from Volgograd - by Alec Luhn Football Association chairman Greg Clarke, UK deputy ambassador to Russia Lindsay Skoll and British fans have laid wreaths at a Volgograd war memorial before England play Tunisia tonight. The paying of respects marks a small breathe of warm air in the increasingly chilly relations between the UK and Russia. Government ministers and the royal family are boycotting the World Cup following the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal with a Russian military-grade nerve agent in Salisbury. “What this demonstrates more than anything is that the enduring nature of the relationship between the UK and Volgograd outweighs any political ups and downs in our relationship,” deputy ambassador Lindsay Skoll told The Telegraph after the ceremony. Football Supporters' Federation (FSF) National Council member Billy Grant, The CEO of the UK's Football Association Greg Clark, and British Deputy Ambassador in Russia Lindsay Skoll (L-R front) during a wreath laying ceremony at the Hall of Military Glory Credit: Getty Images The battle of Stalingrad, as Volgograd was then known, was the bloodiest clash in history and turned the tide of the war against Hitler's forces. The wreaths were laid at the eternal flame shortly after the changing of the guard in the hall of military glory on Monday morning. The monument complex, where 34,500 of the city's defenders are buried, is topped by The Motherland Calls, the tallest statue in Europe. Key England vs Tunisia talking points AN END TO OPENING-DAY NERVES? England have not won their first fixture at a major tournament since 2006 when they edged Paraguay in Frankfurt. They have since drawn with the United States, France and Russia as well as losing to Italy at the last World Cup. Nerves in the curtain-raising fixture are not restricted to the Three Lions, of course, but their record could certainly do with some polishing. Three points would go a long way to affirming the squad's serene preparations as well as paving the way to the last 16. KANE'S TOURNAMENT DROUGHT Harry Kane has been the Premier League's market-leading finisher for four years, during which he has finessed his end product and built an enviable CV. The one notable omission is a lack of goals in summer tournaments - with the Spurs striker drawing a blank at the Under-21 European Championship and then again with the seniors at Euro 2016. Now he is captain, he must shoulder the burden and has welcomed the rising expectations with open arms. With 13 goals in 24 caps, the shirt clearly doesn't burden him - so can he seize the moment in Russia? 2 x 8 ? Gareth Southgate has pledged to play with one screening midfielder and two 'number eights' - at least against the less expansive opponents like Tunisia and Panama. That makes Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard a crucial axis in the centre of the field. The pair's partnership is still in its infancy though and it is arguable if either man is being utilised in his optimal position. How they dovetail in midfield could determine England's tempo and ability to create scoring chances. PICKFORD NEEDS A STEADY START Unless Southgate springs a major surprise, Jordan Pickford will don the gloves on Monday - making just his fourth appearance and his first in competitive internationals. It would be tempting to view it as a failure in planning but Southgate's selections have been guided by form, not a loyalty programme from the qualifying period. All Pickford needs to do is provide a safe pair of hands, quite literally, but just ask Spain's David De Gea how hard that can be when the heat is on. IN THE STANDS England are well known for their raucous travelling support but ticket sales to Three Lions fans for this tournament have been well down on previous editions. Affordability and logistics are an obvious issue but there have been many other side concerns including British diplomatic tension with Russia, LGBT rights, racism and hooliganism. Will the thinned-out numbers of English fans dent the team's confidence, or might that factor help relieve some of the weight of expectation? PA What are the odds? Betting guide: prediction and tips for England v Tunisia > England to win 1/3 Draw 4/1 Tunisia to win 8/1 What's our prediction? England finished bottom of their group at the last World Cup in Brazil and suffered a humiliating defeat by Iceland in the last-16 at Euro 2016. However, without wishing to tempt face, they could not have asked for an easier start to the tournament this time and should expect to win comfortably. Predicted score: England 2 Tunisia 0. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
England vs Tunisia, World Cup 2018: What time is kick-off tonight, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?
What is it? It is England vs Tunisia, the first match for Gareth Southgate's side at the 2018 World Cup. After plenty of talk about a positive atmosphere and a relaxed look to this England squad, we get a chance to see the team under tournament pressure. Gareth Southgate's men will be attempting to break a cycle of heartache and humiliation at major tournaments that has plunged the birthplace of football to its lowest ebb. It's no surprise that the nation's expectations are low heading to Russia. England may have won the 1966 World Cup, but have only reached the semi-finals of a tournament twice since then. Will it change this time around? When is it? Monday, June 18, 2018 - ie tonight. Where is it? At the Volgograd Arena, in Volgograd. England vs Tunisia, World Cup 2018 | How long until kick-off? What time is kick-off? It's a 7pm BST start, so make sure to get home from work in good time. What TV channel is it on? The BBC and ITV are sharing coverage of the World Cup, but BBC have rights to the first England match. You can watch their build-up on BBC One from 6.15pm. Alternatively, you can follow this match - and all 64 across the tournament - live here with Telegraph Sport. You can find more details on how to watch England vs Tunisa in our handy guide. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Latest team news England England's Fabian Delph is ready to miss a World Cup match to be at the birth of his third child. All eyes are on Monday's Group G opener against Tunisia in Volgograd, with Gareth Southgate's squad made aware of his intended starting line-up two days early. Delph did not give away whether he got the nod but is ready to forego a starting role this summer in order to be by wife Natalie's side. It is hard to remember a similar scenario with England at a major tournament, but the midfielder's partner is due to give birth on June 30 - just two days after the final Group G match against Belgium. "I don't think it would affect me mentally," Delph said. "Obviously I'd have to get back to England and then get back again, so that's obviously not ideal but it's part of life. "I'm about to have my third child and I'm not going to miss it if I can help it, but I want to get back as fast as I can, so we'll have to see." England probable (3-5-2): Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Lingard, Henderson, Dele, Young, Sterling, Kane World Cup whatsapp promo Tunisia Tunisia will field key players Wahbi Khazri and Ali Maaloul in their opening World Cup game against England on Monday after the pair were declared fit as the squad on Saturday headed to Volgograd for their Group G clash. Khazri, who will likely lead the attack, had not played since the end of the Ligue 1 season in France where he had suffered a thigh strain in action for Stade Rennes. Maaloul, whose overlapping runs are also key to Tunisia’s attacking hopes, had been injured playing in last week’s friendly against Spain in Krasnodar but was cleared after scans, officials said on Saturday. Tunisia have already been hard hit by injuries to creative winger Youssef Msakni and striker Taha Yassine Khenissi, who both missed out on the World Cup. Msakni had been invited to watch Monday's game in Volgograd by the Tunisian federation. Here is Tunisia's 23-man squad: Goalkeepers: Farouk Ben Mustapha (Al Shabab, Saudi Arabia), Moez Hassen (Chateauroux, France), Aymen Mathlouthi (Al Baten, Saudi Arabia) Defenders: Rami Bedoui (Etoile du Sahel), Yohan Benalouane (Leicester City, England), Syam Ben Youssef (Kasimpasa, Turkey), Dylan Bronn (Gent, Belgium), Oussama Haddadi (Dijon, France), Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly, Egypt), Yassine Meriah (CS Sfaxien), Hamdi Nagguez (Zamalek, Egypt) Midfielders: Anice Badri (Esperance), Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (Al Ahli Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), Ghaylene Chaalali (Esperance), Ahmed Khalil (Club Africain), Saifeddine Khaoui (Troyes, France), Ferjani Sassi (Al Nasr, Saudi Arabia), Ellyes Skhiri (Montpellier, France), Naim Sliti (Dijon, France), Bassem Srarfi (Nice, France) Forwards: Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Al Ittifaq, Saudi Arabia), Saber Khalifa (Club Africain), Wahbi Khazri (Rennes, France) Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more What do we know about the Tunisia squad? With Youssef Msakni sidelined, Tunisia will be fielding a team at the World Cup that includes several foreign-born players, mainly from France. Indeed, Tunisia's squad is a mix of players mainly from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, France and domestic leagues. Here's a closer look at the Tunisia team: Coach A former assistant under Roger Lemerre when Tunisia won the African Cup of Nations in 2002, Maaloul took over from Henri Kasperczak two matches into World Cup qualifying for his second spell as coach after a brief tenure in 2013. Maaloul played for Tunisia for a decade from 1985-95. One of very few African coaches in charge of a national team, he has transformed Tunisia from a fairly dour, defensive outfit to one more willing to attack since he took over after the African Cup of Nations in early 2017. He needs to ensure the decision to bring in new players at the expense of some of the men who got Tunisia to the World Cup doesn't upset the team balance or alienate squad members. Goalkeepers Maaloul's biggest decision may be the first name on the sheet after saying he has yet to decide. Aymen Mathlouthi, who is beginning to show frailties at 33 and after 11 years in the team, can no longer be certain of his starting spot. Maaloul must figure out whether to drop the captain and sacrifice experience for 28-year-old Farouk Ben Mustapha, who has been highly-praised in the Saudi league. World Cup 2018 stadiums Defenders Maaloul said he was leaning toward starting the World Cup with the formation used in friendly wins over Iran and Costa Rica in March. That would see 22-year-old French-born Ellyes Skhiri, who made his debut against Iran after a late call-up, start in central defence. Other contenders are 24-year-old home-based player Yassine Meriah, the experienced Syam Ben Youssef and Mohamed Amine Ben Amor. If it's a four-man back line, expect to see right-back Dylan Bronn, another French-born newcomer. Ali Maaloul has been a regular on the left. Both can also operate as wingers in a five-man midfield if Tunisia goes with a three-man defence of big, strong center-backs. Midfielders The challenge of filling the void left by Msakni will likely fall on France-born attacking midfielder Wahbi Khazri. He played for the Tunisia and France youth teams before committing to Tunisia. Khazri was partnered in the center of midfield by Anice Badri in Tunisia's last match - forming a potent attacking threat. They are all versatile, operating as attacking midfielders or in a more advanced position in the forward line. Saif-Eddine Khaoui is a similar attack-minded midfielder who has forced himself into the team's plans. Ferjani Sassi has the role of shoring up the middle of the field as the holding midfielder. World Cup predictor Forwards Depending on whether Khazri, Badri, Sliti and newcomer Khaoui are deployed, there may be room for one or perhaps no out-and-out strikers. Ahmed Akaichi and Taha Yassine Khenissi have experience of operating alone up front but recent formations could mean Tunisia's forward line will be based on the versatility of the four attacking midfielders. What are they saying? Gareth Southgate "I think the history can help us in terms of understanding what we can improve upon and what we can do," England manager Southgate said. "You learn lessons from the past, but this team shouldn't be burdened with it because they're a fresh group, most of them have very few international caps. "The future is all ahead of them, so they have to be thinking about what's possible. "The players of the past and opportunities of the past are gone. "This team is looking at things in a different way, trying to play in a different way. "They have a hunger, a desire, we have a better technical players than we've had in the past coming through our academies, so there's a real enthusiasm. "They're looking forward to getting going." Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul: "For me the best team are Belgium, they are the group favourites. They have a lot of players who play in England and they are currently playing really well for a lot of clubs in England, so they are favourites and second place is between Tunisia and England. I hope it won't be the same scenario as in 1998." Latest news from Volgograd - by Alec Luhn Football Association chairman Greg Clarke, UK deputy ambassador to Russia Lindsay Skoll and British fans have laid wreaths at a Volgograd war memorial before England play Tunisia tonight. The paying of respects marks a small breathe of warm air in the increasingly chilly relations between the UK and Russia. Government ministers and the royal family are boycotting the World Cup following the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal with a Russian military-grade nerve agent in Salisbury. “What this demonstrates more than anything is that the enduring nature of the relationship between the UK and Volgograd outweighs any political ups and downs in our relationship,” deputy ambassador Lindsay Skoll told The Telegraph after the ceremony. Football Supporters' Federation (FSF) National Council member Billy Grant, The CEO of the UK's Football Association Greg Clark, and British Deputy Ambassador in Russia Lindsay Skoll (L-R front) during a wreath laying ceremony at the Hall of Military Glory Credit: Getty Images The battle of Stalingrad, as Volgograd was then known, was the bloodiest clash in history and turned the tide of the war against Hitler's forces. The wreaths were laid at the eternal flame shortly after the changing of the guard in the hall of military glory on Monday morning. The monument complex, where 34,500 of the city's defenders are buried, is topped by The Motherland Calls, the tallest statue in Europe. Key England vs Tunisia talking points AN END TO OPENING-DAY NERVES? England have not won their first fixture at a major tournament since 2006 when they edged Paraguay in Frankfurt. They have since drawn with the United States, France and Russia as well as losing to Italy at the last World Cup. Nerves in the curtain-raising fixture are not restricted to the Three Lions, of course, but their record could certainly do with some polishing. Three points would go a long way to affirming the squad's serene preparations as well as paving the way to the last 16. KANE'S TOURNAMENT DROUGHT Harry Kane has been the Premier League's market-leading finisher for four years, during which he has finessed his end product and built an enviable CV. The one notable omission is a lack of goals in summer tournaments - with the Spurs striker drawing a blank at the Under-21 European Championship and then again with the seniors at Euro 2016. Now he is captain, he must shoulder the burden and has welcomed the rising expectations with open arms. With 13 goals in 24 caps, the shirt clearly doesn't burden him - so can he seize the moment in Russia? 2 x 8 ? Gareth Southgate has pledged to play with one screening midfielder and two 'number eights' - at least against the less expansive opponents like Tunisia and Panama. That makes Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard a crucial axis in the centre of the field. The pair's partnership is still in its infancy though and it is arguable if either man is being utilised in his optimal position. How they dovetail in midfield could determine England's tempo and ability to create scoring chances. PICKFORD NEEDS A STEADY START Unless Southgate springs a major surprise, Jordan Pickford will don the gloves on Monday - making just his fourth appearance and his first in competitive internationals. It would be tempting to view it as a failure in planning but Southgate's selections have been guided by form, not a loyalty programme from the qualifying period. All Pickford needs to do is provide a safe pair of hands, quite literally, but just ask Spain's David De Gea how hard that can be when the heat is on. IN THE STANDS England are well known for their raucous travelling support but ticket sales to Three Lions fans for this tournament have been well down on previous editions. Affordability and logistics are an obvious issue but there have been many other side concerns including British diplomatic tension with Russia, LGBT rights, racism and hooliganism. Will the thinned-out numbers of English fans dent the team's confidence, or might that factor help relieve some of the weight of expectation? PA What are the odds? Betting guide: prediction and tips for England v Tunisia > England to win 1/3 Draw 4/1 Tunisia to win 8/1 What's our prediction? England finished bottom of their group at the last World Cup in Brazil and suffered a humiliating defeat by Iceland in the last-16 at Euro 2016. However, without wishing to tempt face, they could not have asked for an easier start to the tournament this time and should expect to win comfortably. Predicted score: England 2 Tunisia 0. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
What is it? It is England vs Tunisia, the first match for Gareth Southgate's side at the 2018 World Cup. After plenty of talk about a positive atmosphere and a relaxed look to this England squad, we get a chance to see the team under tournament pressure. Gareth Southgate's men will be attempting to break a cycle of heartache and humiliation at major tournaments that has plunged the birthplace of football to its lowest ebb. It's no surprise that the nation's expectations are low heading to Russia. England may have won the 1966 World Cup, but have only reached the semi-finals of a tournament twice since then. Will it change this time around? When is it? Monday, June 18, 2018 - ie tonight. Where is it? At the Volgograd Arena, in Volgograd. England vs Tunisia, World Cup 2018 | How long until kick-off? What time is kick-off? It's a 7pm BST start, so make sure to get home from work in good time. What TV channel is it on? The BBC and ITV are sharing coverage of the World Cup, but BBC have rights to the first England match. You can watch their build-up on BBC One from 6.15pm. Alternatively, you can follow this match - and all 64 across the tournament - live here with Telegraph Sport. You can find more details on how to watch England vs Tunisa in our handy guide. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Latest team news England England's Fabian Delph is ready to miss a World Cup match to be at the birth of his third child. All eyes are on Monday's Group G opener against Tunisia in Volgograd, with Gareth Southgate's squad made aware of his intended starting line-up two days early. Delph did not give away whether he got the nod but is ready to forego a starting role this summer in order to be by wife Natalie's side. It is hard to remember a similar scenario with England at a major tournament, but the midfielder's partner is due to give birth on June 30 - just two days after the final Group G match against Belgium. "I don't think it would affect me mentally," Delph said. "Obviously I'd have to get back to England and then get back again, so that's obviously not ideal but it's part of life. "I'm about to have my third child and I'm not going to miss it if I can help it, but I want to get back as fast as I can, so we'll have to see." England probable (3-5-2): Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Lingard, Henderson, Dele, Young, Sterling, Kane World Cup whatsapp promo Tunisia Tunisia will field key players Wahbi Khazri and Ali Maaloul in their opening World Cup game against England on Monday after the pair were declared fit as the squad on Saturday headed to Volgograd for their Group G clash. Khazri, who will likely lead the attack, had not played since the end of the Ligue 1 season in France where he had suffered a thigh strain in action for Stade Rennes. Maaloul, whose overlapping runs are also key to Tunisia’s attacking hopes, had been injured playing in last week’s friendly against Spain in Krasnodar but was cleared after scans, officials said on Saturday. Tunisia have already been hard hit by injuries to creative winger Youssef Msakni and striker Taha Yassine Khenissi, who both missed out on the World Cup. Msakni had been invited to watch Monday's game in Volgograd by the Tunisian federation. Here is Tunisia's 23-man squad: Goalkeepers: Farouk Ben Mustapha (Al Shabab, Saudi Arabia), Moez Hassen (Chateauroux, France), Aymen Mathlouthi (Al Baten, Saudi Arabia) Defenders: Rami Bedoui (Etoile du Sahel), Yohan Benalouane (Leicester City, England), Syam Ben Youssef (Kasimpasa, Turkey), Dylan Bronn (Gent, Belgium), Oussama Haddadi (Dijon, France), Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly, Egypt), Yassine Meriah (CS Sfaxien), Hamdi Nagguez (Zamalek, Egypt) Midfielders: Anice Badri (Esperance), Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (Al Ahli Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), Ghaylene Chaalali (Esperance), Ahmed Khalil (Club Africain), Saifeddine Khaoui (Troyes, France), Ferjani Sassi (Al Nasr, Saudi Arabia), Ellyes Skhiri (Montpellier, France), Naim Sliti (Dijon, France), Bassem Srarfi (Nice, France) Forwards: Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Al Ittifaq, Saudi Arabia), Saber Khalifa (Club Africain), Wahbi Khazri (Rennes, France) Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more What do we know about the Tunisia squad? With Youssef Msakni sidelined, Tunisia will be fielding a team at the World Cup that includes several foreign-born players, mainly from France. Indeed, Tunisia's squad is a mix of players mainly from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, France and domestic leagues. Here's a closer look at the Tunisia team: Coach A former assistant under Roger Lemerre when Tunisia won the African Cup of Nations in 2002, Maaloul took over from Henri Kasperczak two matches into World Cup qualifying for his second spell as coach after a brief tenure in 2013. Maaloul played for Tunisia for a decade from 1985-95. One of very few African coaches in charge of a national team, he has transformed Tunisia from a fairly dour, defensive outfit to one more willing to attack since he took over after the African Cup of Nations in early 2017. He needs to ensure the decision to bring in new players at the expense of some of the men who got Tunisia to the World Cup doesn't upset the team balance or alienate squad members. Goalkeepers Maaloul's biggest decision may be the first name on the sheet after saying he has yet to decide. Aymen Mathlouthi, who is beginning to show frailties at 33 and after 11 years in the team, can no longer be certain of his starting spot. Maaloul must figure out whether to drop the captain and sacrifice experience for 28-year-old Farouk Ben Mustapha, who has been highly-praised in the Saudi league. World Cup 2018 stadiums Defenders Maaloul said he was leaning toward starting the World Cup with the formation used in friendly wins over Iran and Costa Rica in March. That would see 22-year-old French-born Ellyes Skhiri, who made his debut against Iran after a late call-up, start in central defence. Other contenders are 24-year-old home-based player Yassine Meriah, the experienced Syam Ben Youssef and Mohamed Amine Ben Amor. If it's a four-man back line, expect to see right-back Dylan Bronn, another French-born newcomer. Ali Maaloul has been a regular on the left. Both can also operate as wingers in a five-man midfield if Tunisia goes with a three-man defence of big, strong center-backs. Midfielders The challenge of filling the void left by Msakni will likely fall on France-born attacking midfielder Wahbi Khazri. He played for the Tunisia and France youth teams before committing to Tunisia. Khazri was partnered in the center of midfield by Anice Badri in Tunisia's last match - forming a potent attacking threat. They are all versatile, operating as attacking midfielders or in a more advanced position in the forward line. Saif-Eddine Khaoui is a similar attack-minded midfielder who has forced himself into the team's plans. Ferjani Sassi has the role of shoring up the middle of the field as the holding midfielder. World Cup predictor Forwards Depending on whether Khazri, Badri, Sliti and newcomer Khaoui are deployed, there may be room for one or perhaps no out-and-out strikers. Ahmed Akaichi and Taha Yassine Khenissi have experience of operating alone up front but recent formations could mean Tunisia's forward line will be based on the versatility of the four attacking midfielders. What are they saying? Gareth Southgate "I think the history can help us in terms of understanding what we can improve upon and what we can do," England manager Southgate said. "You learn lessons from the past, but this team shouldn't be burdened with it because they're a fresh group, most of them have very few international caps. "The future is all ahead of them, so they have to be thinking about what's possible. "The players of the past and opportunities of the past are gone. "This team is looking at things in a different way, trying to play in a different way. "They have a hunger, a desire, we have a better technical players than we've had in the past coming through our academies, so there's a real enthusiasm. "They're looking forward to getting going." Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul: "For me the best team are Belgium, they are the group favourites. They have a lot of players who play in England and they are currently playing really well for a lot of clubs in England, so they are favourites and second place is between Tunisia and England. I hope it won't be the same scenario as in 1998." Latest news from Volgograd - by Alec Luhn Football Association chairman Greg Clarke, UK deputy ambassador to Russia Lindsay Skoll and British fans have laid wreaths at a Volgograd war memorial before England play Tunisia tonight. The paying of respects marks a small breathe of warm air in the increasingly chilly relations between the UK and Russia. Government ministers and the royal family are boycotting the World Cup following the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal with a Russian military-grade nerve agent in Salisbury. “What this demonstrates more than anything is that the enduring nature of the relationship between the UK and Volgograd outweighs any political ups and downs in our relationship,” deputy ambassador Lindsay Skoll told The Telegraph after the ceremony. Football Supporters' Federation (FSF) National Council member Billy Grant, The CEO of the UK's Football Association Greg Clark, and British Deputy Ambassador in Russia Lindsay Skoll (L-R front) during a wreath laying ceremony at the Hall of Military Glory Credit: Getty Images The battle of Stalingrad, as Volgograd was then known, was the bloodiest clash in history and turned the tide of the war against Hitler's forces. The wreaths were laid at the eternal flame shortly after the changing of the guard in the hall of military glory on Monday morning. The monument complex, where 34,500 of the city's defenders are buried, is topped by The Motherland Calls, the tallest statue in Europe. Key England vs Tunisia talking points AN END TO OPENING-DAY NERVES? England have not won their first fixture at a major tournament since 2006 when they edged Paraguay in Frankfurt. They have since drawn with the United States, France and Russia as well as losing to Italy at the last World Cup. Nerves in the curtain-raising fixture are not restricted to the Three Lions, of course, but their record could certainly do with some polishing. Three points would go a long way to affirming the squad's serene preparations as well as paving the way to the last 16. KANE'S TOURNAMENT DROUGHT Harry Kane has been the Premier League's market-leading finisher for four years, during which he has finessed his end product and built an enviable CV. The one notable omission is a lack of goals in summer tournaments - with the Spurs striker drawing a blank at the Under-21 European Championship and then again with the seniors at Euro 2016. Now he is captain, he must shoulder the burden and has welcomed the rising expectations with open arms. With 13 goals in 24 caps, the shirt clearly doesn't burden him - so can he seize the moment in Russia? 2 x 8 ? Gareth Southgate has pledged to play with one screening midfielder and two 'number eights' - at least against the less expansive opponents like Tunisia and Panama. That makes Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard a crucial axis in the centre of the field. The pair's partnership is still in its infancy though and it is arguable if either man is being utilised in his optimal position. How they dovetail in midfield could determine England's tempo and ability to create scoring chances. PICKFORD NEEDS A STEADY START Unless Southgate springs a major surprise, Jordan Pickford will don the gloves on Monday - making just his fourth appearance and his first in competitive internationals. It would be tempting to view it as a failure in planning but Southgate's selections have been guided by form, not a loyalty programme from the qualifying period. All Pickford needs to do is provide a safe pair of hands, quite literally, but just ask Spain's David De Gea how hard that can be when the heat is on. IN THE STANDS England are well known for their raucous travelling support but ticket sales to Three Lions fans for this tournament have been well down on previous editions. Affordability and logistics are an obvious issue but there have been many other side concerns including British diplomatic tension with Russia, LGBT rights, racism and hooliganism. Will the thinned-out numbers of English fans dent the team's confidence, or might that factor help relieve some of the weight of expectation? PA What are the odds? Betting guide: prediction and tips for England v Tunisia > England to win 1/3 Draw 4/1 Tunisia to win 8/1 What's our prediction? England finished bottom of their group at the last World Cup in Brazil and suffered a humiliating defeat by Iceland in the last-16 at Euro 2016. However, without wishing to tempt face, they could not have asked for an easier start to the tournament this time and should expect to win comfortably. Predicted score: England 2 Tunisia 0. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
England vs Tunisia, World Cup 2018: What time is kick-off tonight, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?
What is it? It is England vs Tunisia, the first match for Gareth Southgate's side at the 2018 World Cup. After plenty of talk about a positive atmosphere and a relaxed look to this England squad, we get a chance to see the team under tournament pressure. Gareth Southgate's men will be attempting to break a cycle of heartache and humiliation at major tournaments that has plunged the birthplace of football to its lowest ebb. It's no surprise that the nation's expectations are low heading to Russia. England may have won the 1966 World Cup, but have only reached the semi-finals of a tournament twice since then. Will it change this time around? When is it? Monday, June 18, 2018 - ie tonight. Where is it? At the Volgograd Arena, in Volgograd. England vs Tunisia, World Cup 2018 | How long until kick-off? What time is kick-off? It's a 7pm BST start, so make sure to get home from work in good time. What TV channel is it on? The BBC and ITV are sharing coverage of the World Cup, but BBC have rights to the first England match. You can watch their build-up on BBC One from 6.15pm. Alternatively, you can follow this match - and all 64 across the tournament - live here with Telegraph Sport. You can find more details on how to watch England vs Tunisa in our handy guide. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Latest team news England England's Fabian Delph is ready to miss a World Cup match to be at the birth of his third child. All eyes are on Monday's Group G opener against Tunisia in Volgograd, with Gareth Southgate's squad made aware of his intended starting line-up two days early. Delph did not give away whether he got the nod but is ready to forego a starting role this summer in order to be by wife Natalie's side. It is hard to remember a similar scenario with England at a major tournament, but the midfielder's partner is due to give birth on June 30 - just two days after the final Group G match against Belgium. "I don't think it would affect me mentally," Delph said. "Obviously I'd have to get back to England and then get back again, so that's obviously not ideal but it's part of life. "I'm about to have my third child and I'm not going to miss it if I can help it, but I want to get back as fast as I can, so we'll have to see." England probable (3-5-2): Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Lingard, Henderson, Dele, Young, Sterling, Kane World Cup whatsapp promo Tunisia Tunisia will field key players Wahbi Khazri and Ali Maaloul in their opening World Cup game against England on Monday after the pair were declared fit as the squad on Saturday headed to Volgograd for their Group G clash. Khazri, who will likely lead the attack, had not played since the end of the Ligue 1 season in France where he had suffered a thigh strain in action for Stade Rennes. Maaloul, whose overlapping runs are also key to Tunisia’s attacking hopes, had been injured playing in last week’s friendly against Spain in Krasnodar but was cleared after scans, officials said on Saturday. Tunisia have already been hard hit by injuries to creative winger Youssef Msakni and striker Taha Yassine Khenissi, who both missed out on the World Cup. Msakni had been invited to watch Monday's game in Volgograd by the Tunisian federation. Here is Tunisia's 23-man squad: Goalkeepers: Farouk Ben Mustapha (Al Shabab, Saudi Arabia), Moez Hassen (Chateauroux, France), Aymen Mathlouthi (Al Baten, Saudi Arabia) Defenders: Rami Bedoui (Etoile du Sahel), Yohan Benalouane (Leicester City, England), Syam Ben Youssef (Kasimpasa, Turkey), Dylan Bronn (Gent, Belgium), Oussama Haddadi (Dijon, France), Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly, Egypt), Yassine Meriah (CS Sfaxien), Hamdi Nagguez (Zamalek, Egypt) Midfielders: Anice Badri (Esperance), Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (Al Ahli Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), Ghaylene Chaalali (Esperance), Ahmed Khalil (Club Africain), Saifeddine Khaoui (Troyes, France), Ferjani Sassi (Al Nasr, Saudi Arabia), Ellyes Skhiri (Montpellier, France), Naim Sliti (Dijon, France), Bassem Srarfi (Nice, France) Forwards: Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Al Ittifaq, Saudi Arabia), Saber Khalifa (Club Africain), Wahbi Khazri (Rennes, France) Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more What do we know about the Tunisia squad? With Youssef Msakni sidelined, Tunisia will be fielding a team at the World Cup that includes several foreign-born players, mainly from France. Indeed, Tunisia's squad is a mix of players mainly from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, France and domestic leagues. Here's a closer look at the Tunisia team: Coach A former assistant under Roger Lemerre when Tunisia won the African Cup of Nations in 2002, Maaloul took over from Henri Kasperczak two matches into World Cup qualifying for his second spell as coach after a brief tenure in 2013. Maaloul played for Tunisia for a decade from 1985-95. One of very few African coaches in charge of a national team, he has transformed Tunisia from a fairly dour, defensive outfit to one more willing to attack since he took over after the African Cup of Nations in early 2017. He needs to ensure the decision to bring in new players at the expense of some of the men who got Tunisia to the World Cup doesn't upset the team balance or alienate squad members. Goalkeepers Maaloul's biggest decision may be the first name on the sheet after saying he has yet to decide. Aymen Mathlouthi, who is beginning to show frailties at 33 and after 11 years in the team, can no longer be certain of his starting spot. Maaloul must figure out whether to drop the captain and sacrifice experience for 28-year-old Farouk Ben Mustapha, who has been highly-praised in the Saudi league. World Cup 2018 stadiums Defenders Maaloul said he was leaning toward starting the World Cup with the formation used in friendly wins over Iran and Costa Rica in March. That would see 22-year-old French-born Ellyes Skhiri, who made his debut against Iran after a late call-up, start in central defence. Other contenders are 24-year-old home-based player Yassine Meriah, the experienced Syam Ben Youssef and Mohamed Amine Ben Amor. If it's a four-man back line, expect to see right-back Dylan Bronn, another French-born newcomer. Ali Maaloul has been a regular on the left. Both can also operate as wingers in a five-man midfield if Tunisia goes with a three-man defence of big, strong center-backs. Midfielders The challenge of filling the void left by Msakni will likely fall on France-born attacking midfielder Wahbi Khazri. He played for the Tunisia and France youth teams before committing to Tunisia. Khazri was partnered in the center of midfield by Anice Badri in Tunisia's last match - forming a potent attacking threat. They are all versatile, operating as attacking midfielders or in a more advanced position in the forward line. Saif-Eddine Khaoui is a similar attack-minded midfielder who has forced himself into the team's plans. Ferjani Sassi has the role of shoring up the middle of the field as the holding midfielder. World Cup predictor Forwards Depending on whether Khazri, Badri, Sliti and newcomer Khaoui are deployed, there may be room for one or perhaps no out-and-out strikers. Ahmed Akaichi and Taha Yassine Khenissi have experience of operating alone up front but recent formations could mean Tunisia's forward line will be based on the versatility of the four attacking midfielders. What are they saying? Gareth Southgate "I think the history can help us in terms of understanding what we can improve upon and what we can do," England manager Southgate said. "You learn lessons from the past, but this team shouldn't be burdened with it because they're a fresh group, most of them have very few international caps. "The future is all ahead of them, so they have to be thinking about what's possible. "The players of the past and opportunities of the past are gone. "This team is looking at things in a different way, trying to play in a different way. "They have a hunger, a desire, we have a better technical players than we've had in the past coming through our academies, so there's a real enthusiasm. "They're looking forward to getting going." Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul: "For me the best team are Belgium, they are the group favourites. They have a lot of players who play in England and they are currently playing really well for a lot of clubs in England, so they are favourites and second place is between Tunisia and England. I hope it won't be the same scenario as in 1998." Latest news from Volgograd - by Alec Luhn Football Association chairman Greg Clarke, UK deputy ambassador to Russia Lindsay Skoll and British fans have laid wreaths at a Volgograd war memorial before England play Tunisia tonight. The paying of respects marks a small breathe of warm air in the increasingly chilly relations between the UK and Russia. Government ministers and the royal family are boycotting the World Cup following the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal with a Russian military-grade nerve agent in Salisbury. “What this demonstrates more than anything is that the enduring nature of the relationship between the UK and Volgograd outweighs any political ups and downs in our relationship,” deputy ambassador Lindsay Skoll told The Telegraph after the ceremony. Football Supporters' Federation (FSF) National Council member Billy Grant, The CEO of the UK's Football Association Greg Clark, and British Deputy Ambassador in Russia Lindsay Skoll (L-R front) during a wreath laying ceremony at the Hall of Military Glory Credit: Getty Images The battle of Stalingrad, as Volgograd was then known, was the bloodiest clash in history and turned the tide of the war against Hitler's forces. The wreaths were laid at the eternal flame shortly after the changing of the guard in the hall of military glory on Monday morning. The monument complex, where 34,500 of the city's defenders are buried, is topped by The Motherland Calls, the tallest statue in Europe. Key England vs Tunisia talking points AN END TO OPENING-DAY NERVES? England have not won their first fixture at a major tournament since 2006 when they edged Paraguay in Frankfurt. They have since drawn with the United States, France and Russia as well as losing to Italy at the last World Cup. Nerves in the curtain-raising fixture are not restricted to the Three Lions, of course, but their record could certainly do with some polishing. Three points would go a long way to affirming the squad's serene preparations as well as paving the way to the last 16. KANE'S TOURNAMENT DROUGHT Harry Kane has been the Premier League's market-leading finisher for four years, during which he has finessed his end product and built an enviable CV. The one notable omission is a lack of goals in summer tournaments - with the Spurs striker drawing a blank at the Under-21 European Championship and then again with the seniors at Euro 2016. Now he is captain, he must shoulder the burden and has welcomed the rising expectations with open arms. With 13 goals in 24 caps, the shirt clearly doesn't burden him - so can he seize the moment in Russia? 2 x 8 ? Gareth Southgate has pledged to play with one screening midfielder and two 'number eights' - at least against the less expansive opponents like Tunisia and Panama. That makes Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard a crucial axis in the centre of the field. The pair's partnership is still in its infancy though and it is arguable if either man is being utilised in his optimal position. How they dovetail in midfield could determine England's tempo and ability to create scoring chances. PICKFORD NEEDS A STEADY START Unless Southgate springs a major surprise, Jordan Pickford will don the gloves on Monday - making just his fourth appearance and his first in competitive internationals. It would be tempting to view it as a failure in planning but Southgate's selections have been guided by form, not a loyalty programme from the qualifying period. All Pickford needs to do is provide a safe pair of hands, quite literally, but just ask Spain's David De Gea how hard that can be when the heat is on. IN THE STANDS England are well known for their raucous travelling support but ticket sales to Three Lions fans for this tournament have been well down on previous editions. Affordability and logistics are an obvious issue but there have been many other side concerns including British diplomatic tension with Russia, LGBT rights, racism and hooliganism. Will the thinned-out numbers of English fans dent the team's confidence, or might that factor help relieve some of the weight of expectation? PA What are the odds? Betting guide: prediction and tips for England v Tunisia > England to win 1/3 Draw 4/1 Tunisia to win 8/1 What's our prediction? England finished bottom of their group at the last World Cup in Brazil and suffered a humiliating defeat by Iceland in the last-16 at Euro 2016. However, without wishing to tempt face, they could not have asked for an easier start to the tournament this time and should expect to win comfortably. Predicted score: England 2 Tunisia 0. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
FILE - In this file photo from Oct. 10, 2017, Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez celebrates with Roman Torres, who scored his team's second goal, after a World Cup qualifying soccer match against Costa Rica in Panama City. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File)
Panama coach blunt and honest before World Cup debut
FILE - In this file photo from Oct. 10, 2017, Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez celebrates with Roman Torres, who scored his team's second goal, after a World Cup qualifying soccer match against Costa Rica in Panama City. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File)
FILE - In this file photo from Oct. 10, 2017, Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez celebrates with Roman Torres, who scored his team's second goal, after a World Cup qualifying soccer match against Costa Rica in Panama City. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File)
FILE - In this file photo from Oct. 10, 2017, Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez celebrates with Roman Torres, who scored his team's second goal, after a World Cup qualifying soccer match against Costa Rica in Panama City. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File)
FILE - In this file photo from Oct. 10, 2017, Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez celebrates with Roman Torres, who scored his team's second goal, after a World Cup qualifying soccer match against Costa Rica in Panama City. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File)
The reaction from Juan Carlos ­Osorio to being told that an ­earthquake had registered in ­Mexico City amid the celebrations for Hirving Lozano’s winning goal against Germany told you ­everything about why this perhaps should not register quite so highly on the Richter scale of World Cup upsets. “It did!?” said the Mexico ­manager. “When we scored I sat down, thought about the plan and how not to concede over the next five minutes.” Osorio is nicknamed the “Professor” and his planning ­famously extends to copious notes and ring-binders, but delve even deeper into his remarkable journey to football’s greatest stage and the suspicion only grows that there will be no more meticulously prepared team in Russia. He had certainly identified Germany’s weaknesses with forensic accuracy here and his players were duly superb in executing a ­game plan that ruthlessly exploited a ­position that was supposed to be Germany’s great strength. Joshua Kimmich has been regularly hailed as the best right-back in the world over the past year for the way he bombs forward, creates chances and scores goals. The flipside, however, is that he also leaves great spaces behind him. For Bayern Munich, usually so dominant and secure in possession, it is rarely noticed. But starting alongside two centre-backs ­approaching 30 and the potential hazards against a fast, well drilled and technical adept opposition soon became clear. And this is just exactly what Mexico have become under the charismatic Osorio, who has now won 32 of his 48 matches as manager. Osorio would have known that Germany would be dominant in possession but, in clearly targeting the big spaces down the defending champions’ right with counter-­attacks, their threat persisted even while largely camped in their own half for the final 45 minutes. Celebrations in Mexico City registered on the Richter Scale Credit: REUTERS/Gustavo Graf Born in Colombia, Osorio saw his career as a player ended by injury at the age of 26, but his determination to succeed as a coach was extraordinary. According to the New York Times, he moved to the United States as an illegal immigrant, working in construction and food service, before regained his legal status and then completing a ­degree in exercise science at Southern Connecticut State University. He sold many of his belongings to travel to Liverpool to study ­football and science at John Moores University and it was here that, ­after asking to borrow a ladder from a family who lived adjacent to Liverpool’s Melwood training ground, he would secretly watch Roy Evans and Gerard Houllier at work. Jobs in sports science followed at Major League Soccer and then with Manchester City, but he never stopped pushing to learn and ­persuaded just about all the biggest managerial names in Europe to let him study them at work. The ring-binders were growing ever thicker and opportunities to put his ­theories in practice would follow in Colombia, the United States and Brazil, before taking the Mexico job in 2015. Osorio His tactical methods, which ­centre largely on creating ­unpredictable patterns of movement among his strikers through repetitive practice, have been ­described by Mexico’s record ­goalscorer Javier Hernández as ­bordering on “genius”. Osorio has said that he wants Mexico “to take movement to new levels”. Results have also followed, even if supporters have been ­curiously slow to celebrate a team who topped Concacaf’s World Cup qualifying and reached the quarter-finals of the Copa America and then the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup. “They’re not happy with us ­winning,” said Osorio. “We have to win and humiliate the opposition. There is no country in the world that keeps so much pressure on a national team coach.” Expectations will now also follow after this marvellous performance, even if Osorio naturally has a plan. “We will work on psychology – we have videos, movies and set phrases,” he said. “I carry the burden of pressure. The players should enjoy the game and play football like they did today against Germany. When they win, they take the credit. When they lose, I will take the blame.” And so what were his last words before a match that has, quite literally, reverberated almost 7,000 miles back across the world? “Focus on the beautiful game,” said Osorio. “Play for the love of winning, not the fear of losing.” WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Juan Carlos Osorio takes the strain and teaches Mexico to play for the love of winning
The reaction from Juan Carlos ­Osorio to being told that an ­earthquake had registered in ­Mexico City amid the celebrations for Hirving Lozano’s winning goal against Germany told you ­everything about why this perhaps should not register quite so highly on the Richter scale of World Cup upsets. “It did!?” said the Mexico ­manager. “When we scored I sat down, thought about the plan and how not to concede over the next five minutes.” Osorio is nicknamed the “Professor” and his planning ­famously extends to copious notes and ring-binders, but delve even deeper into his remarkable journey to football’s greatest stage and the suspicion only grows that there will be no more meticulously prepared team in Russia. He had certainly identified Germany’s weaknesses with forensic accuracy here and his players were duly superb in executing a ­game plan that ruthlessly exploited a ­position that was supposed to be Germany’s great strength. Joshua Kimmich has been regularly hailed as the best right-back in the world over the past year for the way he bombs forward, creates chances and scores goals. The flipside, however, is that he also leaves great spaces behind him. For Bayern Munich, usually so dominant and secure in possession, it is rarely noticed. But starting alongside two centre-backs ­approaching 30 and the potential hazards against a fast, well drilled and technical adept opposition soon became clear. And this is just exactly what Mexico have become under the charismatic Osorio, who has now won 32 of his 48 matches as manager. Osorio would have known that Germany would be dominant in possession but, in clearly targeting the big spaces down the defending champions’ right with counter-­attacks, their threat persisted even while largely camped in their own half for the final 45 minutes. Celebrations in Mexico City registered on the Richter Scale Credit: REUTERS/Gustavo Graf Born in Colombia, Osorio saw his career as a player ended by injury at the age of 26, but his determination to succeed as a coach was extraordinary. According to the New York Times, he moved to the United States as an illegal immigrant, working in construction and food service, before regained his legal status and then completing a ­degree in exercise science at Southern Connecticut State University. He sold many of his belongings to travel to Liverpool to study ­football and science at John Moores University and it was here that, ­after asking to borrow a ladder from a family who lived adjacent to Liverpool’s Melwood training ground, he would secretly watch Roy Evans and Gerard Houllier at work. Jobs in sports science followed at Major League Soccer and then with Manchester City, but he never stopped pushing to learn and ­persuaded just about all the biggest managerial names in Europe to let him study them at work. The ring-binders were growing ever thicker and opportunities to put his ­theories in practice would follow in Colombia, the United States and Brazil, before taking the Mexico job in 2015. Osorio His tactical methods, which ­centre largely on creating ­unpredictable patterns of movement among his strikers through repetitive practice, have been ­described by Mexico’s record ­goalscorer Javier Hernández as ­bordering on “genius”. Osorio has said that he wants Mexico “to take movement to new levels”. Results have also followed, even if supporters have been ­curiously slow to celebrate a team who topped Concacaf’s World Cup qualifying and reached the quarter-finals of the Copa America and then the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup. “They’re not happy with us ­winning,” said Osorio. “We have to win and humiliate the opposition. There is no country in the world that keeps so much pressure on a national team coach.” Expectations will now also follow after this marvellous performance, even if Osorio naturally has a plan. “We will work on psychology – we have videos, movies and set phrases,” he said. “I carry the burden of pressure. The players should enjoy the game and play football like they did today against Germany. When they win, they take the credit. When they lose, I will take the blame.” And so what were his last words before a match that has, quite literally, reverberated almost 7,000 miles back across the world? “Focus on the beautiful game,” said Osorio. “Play for the love of winning, not the fear of losing.” WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The reaction from Juan Carlos ­Osorio to being told that an ­earthquake had registered in ­Mexico City amid the celebrations for Hirving Lozano’s winning goal against Germany told you ­everything about why this perhaps should not register quite so highly on the Richter scale of World Cup upsets. “It did!?” said the Mexico ­manager. “When we scored I sat down, thought about the plan and how not to concede over the next five minutes.” Osorio is nicknamed the “Professor” and his planning ­famously extends to copious notes and ring-binders, but delve even deeper into his remarkable journey to football’s greatest stage and the suspicion only grows that there will be no more meticulously prepared team in Russia. He had certainly identified Germany’s weaknesses with forensic accuracy here and his players were duly superb in executing a ­game plan that ruthlessly exploited a ­position that was supposed to be Germany’s great strength. Joshua Kimmich has been regularly hailed as the best right-back in the world over the past year for the way he bombs forward, creates chances and scores goals. The flipside, however, is that he also leaves great spaces behind him. For Bayern Munich, usually so dominant and secure in possession, it is rarely noticed. But starting alongside two centre-backs ­approaching 30 and the potential hazards against a fast, well drilled and technical adept opposition soon became clear. And this is just exactly what Mexico have become under the charismatic Osorio, who has now won 32 of his 48 matches as manager. Osorio would have known that Germany would be dominant in possession but, in clearly targeting the big spaces down the defending champions’ right with counter-­attacks, their threat persisted even while largely camped in their own half for the final 45 minutes. Celebrations in Mexico City registered on the Richter Scale Credit: REUTERS/Gustavo Graf Born in Colombia, Osorio saw his career as a player ended by injury at the age of 26, but his determination to succeed as a coach was extraordinary. According to the New York Times, he moved to the United States as an illegal immigrant, working in construction and food service, before regained his legal status and then completing a ­degree in exercise science at Southern Connecticut State University. He sold many of his belongings to travel to Liverpool to study ­football and science at John Moores University and it was here that, ­after asking to borrow a ladder from a family who lived adjacent to Liverpool’s Melwood training ground, he would secretly watch Roy Evans and Gerard Houllier at work. Jobs in sports science followed at Major League Soccer and then with Manchester City, but he never stopped pushing to learn and ­persuaded just about all the biggest managerial names in Europe to let him study them at work. The ring-binders were growing ever thicker and opportunities to put his ­theories in practice would follow in Colombia, the United States and Brazil, before taking the Mexico job in 2015. Osorio His tactical methods, which ­centre largely on creating ­unpredictable patterns of movement among his strikers through repetitive practice, have been ­described by Mexico’s record ­goalscorer Javier Hernández as ­bordering on “genius”. Osorio has said that he wants Mexico “to take movement to new levels”. Results have also followed, even if supporters have been ­curiously slow to celebrate a team who topped Concacaf’s World Cup qualifying and reached the quarter-finals of the Copa America and then the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup. “They’re not happy with us ­winning,” said Osorio. “We have to win and humiliate the opposition. There is no country in the world that keeps so much pressure on a national team coach.” Expectations will now also follow after this marvellous performance, even if Osorio naturally has a plan. “We will work on psychology – we have videos, movies and set phrases,” he said. “I carry the burden of pressure. The players should enjoy the game and play football like they did today against Germany. When they win, they take the credit. When they lose, I will take the blame.” And so what were his last words before a match that has, quite literally, reverberated almost 7,000 miles back across the world? “Focus on the beautiful game,” said Osorio. “Play for the love of winning, not the fear of losing.” WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Juan Carlos Osorio takes the strain and teaches Mexico to play for the love of winning
The reaction from Juan Carlos ­Osorio to being told that an ­earthquake had registered in ­Mexico City amid the celebrations for Hirving Lozano’s winning goal against Germany told you ­everything about why this perhaps should not register quite so highly on the Richter scale of World Cup upsets. “It did!?” said the Mexico ­manager. “When we scored I sat down, thought about the plan and how not to concede over the next five minutes.” Osorio is nicknamed the “Professor” and his planning ­famously extends to copious notes and ring-binders, but delve even deeper into his remarkable journey to football’s greatest stage and the suspicion only grows that there will be no more meticulously prepared team in Russia. He had certainly identified Germany’s weaknesses with forensic accuracy here and his players were duly superb in executing a ­game plan that ruthlessly exploited a ­position that was supposed to be Germany’s great strength. Joshua Kimmich has been regularly hailed as the best right-back in the world over the past year for the way he bombs forward, creates chances and scores goals. The flipside, however, is that he also leaves great spaces behind him. For Bayern Munich, usually so dominant and secure in possession, it is rarely noticed. But starting alongside two centre-backs ­approaching 30 and the potential hazards against a fa