In a much awaited comeback, Mohamed Salah failed to carry Egypt to their first ever World Cup win as they lose 3-1 to Russia.
Russia opened the scoring early in the second half with an own goal by Ahmed Fathi. They added another two within the next 15 minutes as they led 3-0 around the 60 minute mark.
Although Salah failed to lead Egypt to a victory, he did score a consolation goal for them via a penalty in the 73rd minute. This was Salah’s first ever goal in a World Cup but it did not mean anything as it came in a losing cause.
Salah was easily Egypt’s best player on the pitch but he received little support from his team-mates as Egypt look all set to crash out in the group stage.
Russia were the better team throughout the match as they created many chances and were clinical with their finishing, unlike Egypt.
Russia’s star player from last match, Denis Cheryshev, was on the score sheet yet again as he joins Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of goal scoring charts with three goals each.
Striker Artem Dzyuba scored the third goal for Russia as he takes his World Cup tally two goals.
Russia now lead Group A with six points and are confirmed of a spot in the knockout stages. On the other hand, Egypt are practically out of the World Cup and if Saudi Arabia fail to defeat Uruguay tomorrow, their exit will be confirmed.
Egyptian fans were left heartbroken towards the end as they face Saudi Arabia in their next match where they will be hoping for a consolation win to at least open their World Cup account.