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LIVE UPDATE: Russia 3 vs 1 Egypt

RUSSIA 3-1 EGYPT

FT: It’s all over. Host nation Russia have roared to a 3-1 win to put themselves on the brink of the World Cup’s last 16.

Ahmed Fathi’s calamitous own goal (47) broke the deadlock, before Denis Cheryshev (59) and Artem Dzyuba (61) struck twice in two minutes to settle this Group A clash and move Russia onto a maximum six points after two games.

Mo Salah, who was included from the start, pulled a goal back from the penalty spot with 17 minutes left, but it would now take an unlikely series of results to prevent the hosts from progressing while Egypt’s tournament is probably over after two straight defeats.

RUSSIA 3-1 EGYPT

90+4: Said finds Warda just inside the box. He goes down theatrically and the referee is unmoved.

RUSSIA 3-1 EGYPT

90+1: There will be FOUR minutes of added time… but this game has been over for a while.

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90: Warda drags one wide of the post from the edge of the area. That might be the last chance Egypt get.

RUSSIA 3-1 EGYPT

89: Hamed makes a last-ditch tackle on Samedov to prevent the rampant Russian from shooting from eight yards. Strong defending.

RUSSIA 3-1 EGYPT

88: Salah is on the end of a knock-down in the Russian backline , but snatches at his shot and it; flies wide. They are running out of time.

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86: SUB! Off goes Zhirkov and on comes Kudryashov for the final few minutes.

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84: Smolov breaks for Russia. His run lack penetration, but eases the pressure on his defence and wastes a little more time.

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82: SUB! Kahraba replaces Mohsen in Egypt’s final change.

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79: SUB! Dzyuba gets a huge roar as he goes off to be replaced by Smolov.

RUSSIA 3-1 EGYPT

78: ANOTHER PENALTY APPEAL. Kutepov is holding on to Mohsen, but the Egypt striker is giving as good as he gets. That would have been harsh.

RUSSIA 3-1 EGYPT

77: Salah will need to dip into his bag of magic tricks if he is to rescue this situation. He kissed the turn after winning and scoring his penalty and Egypt are seeing plenty of the ball now.

RUSSIA 3-1 EGYPT

74: SUB! Kuzyaev comes on for Cheryshev. That’s a shame. He’s been a star tonight.

GOAL! RUSSIA 3-1 EGYPT (Salah, 73)

Salah steps up and lashes a left-footed penalty high into the net., Fine penalty. Are Egypt back in this?

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73: DECISION OVERTURNED> PENALTY GIVEN TO EGYPT.

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72: SALAH GOES DOWN! THE REFEREE POINTS – but he says it’s a free-kick.

Egypt insist it is in the box. It looks like it is. We go to VAR…

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70: Salah is tackled on the edge of the area and Said smashes a hopeful – and hopeless shot – way over the top.

RUSSIA 3-0 EGYPT

68: SUB! That’s Hassan’s last touch as Ramadan Sobhi comes on to replace him.

RUSSIA 3-0 EGYPT

67: CHANCE!  Salah sets up Hassan on the edge of the area and he shoots just wide of the goal. That’s as close as Egypt have come.

RUSSIA 3-0 EGYPT

65: WOW! Three goals in 17 minutes has turned this game upside down and those two goals in three minutes has surely put the host nation in the last 16.

RUSSIA 3-0 EGYPT

64: SUB! Elneny is off and on comes Amr Warda. Salah will move further forward. Egypt are desperate.

GOAL! RUSSIA 3-0 EGYPT(Dzyuba, 62)

Dzyuba salutes and surely this game is over.

The big man chests down a high ball on the edge of the area, bullies his way past Gabr with ease and rifles home an unstoppable finish. Egpyt are shellshocked.

GOAL! RUSSIA 2-0 EGYPT(Cheryshev, 59)

He’s done it again. Cheryshev slams in his third of the tournament and do Russia have this game won?

RUSSIA 1-0 EGYPT

58: Hegazi has to be alert to beat Dzyuba to a header in a dangerous position. Important defending.

RUSSIA 1-0 EGYPT

56: Salah finds space in the area, but Fernandes blocks his shot and Egypt win a corner, which fizzes across the area and can’t find the boot of an Egyptian. This game is livening up!

RUSSIA 1-0 EGYPT

55: Mohsen heads that one away and Egypt can regroup. many of the fans missed Russia’s goal after ha;f-time, but are back in their seats now.

RUSSIA 1-0 EGYPT

54: Another Russia corner from Samedov causes trouble in the Egypt rearguard. It’s scrambled behind and Samedov will try again…

RUSSIA 1-0 EGYPT

52: Egypt look rattled. That’s a big moment, as we didn’t know where a goal was coming from in this game. They will look to Salah to energise them now.

RUSSIA 1-0 EGYPT

49: The referee put his finger to his ear to ask VAR to check for a push by Dzyuba on Fathi after the goal, but correctly the goal was awarded.

GOAL! RUSSIA 1-0 EGYPT (Fathi og, 47)

WHAT A CALAMITY FOR EGYPT! Fathi steers the ball haplessly into his own net.

El Shenawy needlessly punches away Golovin’s cross when he could have caught it and Zobnin’s follow-up shot from the edge of the area was sailing wide… until Fathi stepped and steered the ball across his own goalkeeper and into the goal.

RUSSIA 0-0 EGYPT

46: Russia kick off the second half. Let’s hope for more goalmouth action!

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HT: There’s barely 10 seconds of added time and it’s goalless at the break. There’s been precious few chances in the first half. Russia have been the more threatening, but Salah almost worked some magic three minutes from the end.

RUSSIA 0-0 EGYPT

43: The latest Russia corner is again aimed towards Dzyuba, but he can’t reach it under pressure from Gabr. The Egypt defender needs to be careful not to be too blatant with his tugging in the box.

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42: JUST WIDE FROM SALAH! The Liverpool man picks the ball up on the edge of the box and bamboozles Zhirkov before curling a glorious shot, narrowly, narrowly wide. What a goal that might have been.

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41: CORNER! A cross from Samedov is, predictably, aimed towards the bonce of Dzyuba and he nods it just over the bar.

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39: Cheryshev’s latest shot hits the referee and the rebound allows Egypt to hit them on the break. Elneny brilliantly tees up Mohsen and the striker should be getting a firm head on that.

The official would have felt bad if they’d scored then!

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37: Gazinsky crosses and El Shenawy rises to beat Dzyuba to the ball. Good goalkeeping.

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36: Mo Salah is at the World Cup at last, but he’s yet to make a telling contribution.

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35: CROSS! Fatih whips one in and Mohsen rises and heads just wide. Better from Egypt.

RUSSIA 0-0 EGYPT

34: CLOSE! Salah almost gets on the end of a wicked ball into the box from Abdel-Shafy, but Zhirkov does well to get to the ball ahead of him and concede a corner, which comes to nothing. Egypt are growing into this.

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33: A good spell of possession from Egypt, but it ultimately breaks down when Fathi delivers a poor ball.

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31: Russia have been superior in this half. Egypt are playing conservatively, seemingly reliant on talisman Salah to provide some magic for them.

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28: Salah hunts down the ball on the right, but his cross is too high for Said. He’s increasingly finding pockets to work in, but Russia are breaking at pace.

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26: Big Dzyuba is a menace in the middle and Russia are really targeting him. Cheryshev’s cross forces a punch from El Shenawy and the goalkeeper is forced into action again seconds later when the rebound is steered back towards the head of Dzyuba.

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25: Salah, who has not seen much of the ball so far, chests it down and tees up Hassan in a shooting position on the edge of the box. He takes a touch when he should shoot and the opportunity fades.

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23: Gazinsky’s cross is just too high for the big striker Dzyuba and Fernandes can’t deliver from the opposite flank. Russia are turning up the heat.

RUSSIA 0-0 EGYPT

21: The roars when Cheryshev touches the ball are only matched when Salah touches it. The atmosphere is electric in St Petersburg

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19: CHANCE! Egypt need to stop giving away silly free-kicks. Zhirkov latest set-piece is cleared to Cheryshev on the edge of the area and his first-time shot isn’t far off target.

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18: Samedov curls a right-footed free-kick, which is over-hit and gathered by El Shenawy. The goalkeeper looks to go long and hit Salah with a long ball straight away!

RUSSIA 0-0 EGYPT

16: CHANCE! A great run from Hassan (known as Trezeguet) and he curls a fine shot from the edge of the box, which floats across the goalkeeper and wide.

RUSSIA 0-0 EGYPT

15: CHANCE! Said takes Egypt’s first corner of the game and big striker Mohsen gets his head to it and it deflects narrowly wide. Not far away at all…

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13: Salah’s first real involvement sees him play a one-two on the edge of the area with Said. The move breaks down, but the volume increases inside the stadium.

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11: Samedov’s cross finds Dzyuba in the middle, but the defending is strong and he can’t get a shot away. From the clearance, Salah has his first chance to stretch his legs, but is beaten to the ball by Kutepov.

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10: After a confident start, Egypt have been pushed back by their hosts in these first 10 minutes. Russia clearly on top right now.

RUSSIA 0-0 EGYPT

8: Samedov whips in a free-kick from the left and striker Mohsen does well to head it out for a corner, which Zhirkov receives short. However, his cross lacks direction and flies over the head of everybody.

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7: SLOPPY! Egypt concedes possession and Golovin has the chance to run and shoot. It flashes just wide.

RUSSIA 0-0 EGYPT

6: Zobnin’s deflected strike from 20 yards earns the first corner of the game. Samedov takes it short and whips in the return ball, which Ignashevich heads straight at the goalkeeper.

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4: Dzyuba is penalised for a tug on Abdel-Shafy/ Tonight’s ref is Enrique Caceres of Paraguay.

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2: Russia are in red shirts and white shorts, while Egypt have white shirts and black shorts and are controlling the possession in the opening stages. However, an early through ball is just behind Dzyuba for Russia. If he’d held his run he’d have been clean through.

RUSSIA 0-0 EGYPT

1: KICK-OFF. The matches involving the World Cup hosts always mean so much. The return of Mo Salah means so much to Egypt. This is huge. Away we go.

ALMOST TIME

Two anthems belted out with passion by players and fans alike. There’s been rain in St Petersburg today, so we’ll see if that has any impact on the match. Kick-off is a few moments away now.

HERE COME THE TEAMS

The St Petersburg Stadium erupts as the two teams take to the pitch. A great atmosphere tonight. Here come the anthems.

PRE-MATCH STATS

  • This will be the first ever encounter between Russia and Egypt
  • Since the break-up of the Soviet Union, Russia are unbeaten against African opposition at the World Cup (W2 D1).
  • Egypt have never beaten European opposition at the World Cup.
  • Russia (5) have already scored more goals in this tournament than they did in both 2014 (2) and 2002 (4).
  • No African team has played as many World Cup games without winning a single one than Egypt (D2 L3)

TEAM NEWS

EGYPT TEAM NEWS

Team to play Russia: Elshenaway, Fathy, Abdelshafy, Gabr, Hegazi, Elneny, Hamed, Salah, Elsaid, Treziguet, Mohsen

RUSSIA TEAM NEWS

Team to play Egypt: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Gazinskiy, Zobnin, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba

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