2018 FIFA WC: Russia beat Egypt 3-1; Egypt virtually out

Saint Petersburg, Russia (PANA) - Rampaging hosts of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia, on Tuesday virtually qualified for the next round of the tournament, thanks to a 3-1 victory over Egypt in their Day 2 Group A match played at the Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg.

In the process, they have pushed Egypt to the verge of early elimination as the African side have now lost both group matches after succumbing 1-0 to Uruguay in their first match. Russia walloped Saudi Arabia 5-0 in their first match and have 6 points, Uruguay have 3 points while Egypt and Saudi Arabia have no point.  

After a goalless first half, Russia's first goal came in the 47th minute when Ahmed Fathy deflected a shot by Roman Zobnin past Mohamed El-Shenawy in the Egyptian goal.

The Russians, the lowest ranked team by FIFA at the tournament, then scored two quick goals in the 59th and 62nd minutes to take a commanding 3-0 lead.

Denis Cheryshev, who scored a brace against Saudi Arabia, was on target as his fierce shot zoomed past El-Shenawy in the 59th minute. Three minutes later, an under-par Egyptian defence exhibited another poor marking when Artem Dzyuba chested the ball down in the box before firing it home.

Egypt's consolation goal came via a penalty awarded by VAR in the 73rd minute. Mohamed Salah was brought down in the Russian box but the referee awarded a free kick just outside the box. The VAR overturned the referee's decision and he stepped up score from the spot.

Saudi Arabia and Uruguay will play their second Group A match on Wednesday.
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19 june 2018 21:04:42

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