LIVE UPDATE: Russia 3 vs 1 Egypt
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.
- 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)
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