Artem Dzyuba dominated the game to give World Cup hosts a 3-1 victory over Egypt despite Mo Salah scored a penalty goal. Russia now are on the verge of going through to last 16.
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16′ CHANCE! Trezeguet’s shot wide out
WIDE! Trezeguet tries to curl an effort into the right-hand corner of Akinfeev’s net but it’s wide of the mark.
19′ Cheryshev’s shot over the bar
OVER! The ball drops to Cheryshev on the edge of the area and he takes one touch inside before letting a fierce shot loose, which whistles over the top of the bar.
42′ Salah shows off his quick fit and almost scores
WIDE! It’s taken a while but Salah has just had his first attempt at goal. From just inside the box, he tries to find the left-hand corner of Akinfeev’s goal but it’s curled wide of the mark.
47′ OWN GOAL! Russia 1-0 Egypt (Ahmed Fathy)
OWN GOAL! Russia take the lead 1-0! It’s a nightmare start to the second half for Egypt.
Zobnin fires a poor shot at goal but it took a huge deflection of Fathy, putting it into the bottom right-hand corner.
56′ CHANCE! Salah’s shot blocked
BLOCKED! That’s the moment Salah would have wanted as he picks up the ball in a dangerous area inside the box. However, his effort is put behind for a corner and that delivery whistles across the face of goal without a decisive touch.
59′ GOAL! Russia 2-0 Egypt (Cheryshev)
GOAL! Russia double their advantage, it’s 2-0!
Fernandes brilliantly makes room on the right to cut a ball back into the middle, where Cheryshev slots home his third goal in two games.
62′ GOAL! Russia 3-0 Egypt (Dzyuba)
GOAL! It’s 3-0! Russia have turned on the style and Dzyuba gets his second goal of the tournament!
The striker excellently takes a ball from Kutepov down inside the area, cutting past Gabr and giving El-Shenawy no chance with his finish.
73′ Penalty Goal! Russia 3-1 Egypt (Salah)
PENALTY! It’s confirmed and Egypt will have their chance to pull a goal back. No surprises as to who is stepping up to take it.
GOAL! 3-1! Egypt cut the deficit! Salah makes no mistake with his finish, firing past Akinfeev from the spot. The Liverpool star gets his World Cup goal!
Mohamed Salah’s penalty failed to save Egypt as World Cup hosts Russia all-but secured progression from Group A with a comprehensive 3-1 win in St Petersburg.
Making his first appearance since going off injured in the Champions League final on May 26, Salah was often on the periphery at the Krestovsky Stadium, but still managed to mark his World Cup debut with a consolation on 73 minutes.
However, the damage had already been done in a 15-minute blitz from Russia early in the second half, Ahmed Fathy’s own-goal opening the floodgates.
Russia took full advantage of the moment of good fortune, Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba netting in the space of three minutes to put Russia in complete control.
Despite his struggles, Salah was rewarded for his resilience when he was fouled by Roman Zobnin – VAR overturning the referee’s initial decision to award a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area.
The Liverpool star duly converted from the spot but it could not be enough to kick-start a comeback, and while Russia’s place in the last 16 will be confirmed should Uruguay beat Saudi Arabia, Egypt look set to fall out at the first hurdle.
Russia XI: Yuri Zhirkov, Igor Akinfeev, Sergei Ignashevich, Aleksandr Samedov, Artem Dzyuba, Mario Fernandes, Yuri Gazinskiy, Denis Cheryshev, Ilya Kutepov, Roman Zobnin, Aleksandr Golovin
Subs: Fedor Kudryashov, Vladimir Granat, Fedor Smolov, Vladimir Gabulov, Igor Smolnikov, Aleksandr Erokhin, Andrey Semenov, Andrey Lunev, Daler Kuzyaev, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk
Egypt XI: Ahmed Fathy, Abdallah El Said, Mohamed Shafy, Mohamed El-Shenawy, Tarek Hamed, Ahmed Hegazi, Ali Gabr, Mohamed Salah, Marwan Mohsen, Mohamed Elneny, Trézéguet
Subs: Sherif Ekramy, Essam El Hadary, Ahmed El Mohamady, Shikabala, Sam Morsy, Ayman Ashraf, Saad Samir, Omar Gaber, Kahraba, Mahmoud Hamdi El Wensh, Ramadan Sobhi, Amr Warda