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RELIVE: Egypt v Russia (World Cup 2018, Group A)
Published in Ahram Online on 19 - 06 - 2018

Full time: Egypt 1-3 Russia

The referee blows his final whistle, Egypt are virtually out of the World Cup after a second straight defeat.
90' The referee adds four minutes of stoppage time.
90' Warda hits an angled low shot wide from the edge of the area. He could have crossed instead of trying his luck from that position.
88' Mohamed Salah mis-hits his kick on the edge of the area.
84' Russia's Smolov receives a yellow card for tugging Ramadan Sobhi.
82' Egypt make their final substitution, Mahmoud Kahraba replaces Marwan Mohsen.
79' Egypt's Mohsen wrestled to the ground in the area but the referee waves play on.
76' Akinfeev handles a cross from Ramadan Sobhi as Egypt push forward.
75' Can Egypt stage a remarkable comeback in the last 15 minutes?
73' Salah rifles the spot kick into the top far corner to net Egypt's first World Cup goal since 1990.
72' The referee changes his mind after consulting the VAR! It's a penalty for Egypt!
72' Egypt appeal for a penalty but the referee signals a foul although Salah falls just inside the area!
70' Abdallah El-Said blasts a poor shot high over.
68' Egypt make their second substitution. Ramadan Sobhi replaces Mahmoud Trezeguet.
67' A chance for Egypt! Trezeguet shoots just wide from the edge of the area.
67' Egypt's only hope is to narrow the gap and restore some pride. They inexplicably collapsed in 15 minutes.
64' Egypt make their first substitution. Winger Amr Warda replaces Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny.
63' Ali Gabr heads wide at the other end. Egypt are having a night to forget.
62' Artem Dzyuba adds the third, controlling a long ball after it evades Ahmed Hegazi, nutmegs Ali Gabr and rifle home after leaving Egypt's defence in tatters.
62' Goal for Russia!
59' Denis Cheryshev makes it 2-0 for Russia, slotting home from a pull-back after some slack marking.
59' Goal for Russia!
57' Egypt's Trezeguet is booked for dissent.
56' A long ball falls at the feet of Salah but his shot from inside the area is blocked by the defence.
53' Ali Gabr clears a Russian cross for a corner.
52' Egypt try to push forward to equalise, will they be able to turn things around against a resolute Russian side?
49' Egypt now have an uphill climb to overturn the deficit and keep their hopes alive.
47' Egypt keeper El-Shennawi pushes away a cross and it falls into the path of Aleksandr Golovin, whose low shot is converted by the sliding Ahmed Fathi into his own net for a sudden own goal.
47' Goal for Russia!
46' Neither side make any changes for the second half.
The second half is underway
The referee blows his halftime whistle
42' A chance for Egypt!! Salah turns and sends a left-footer from the edge of the area after a dummy from Mohsen but it narrowly misses the target.
41' A corner finds Artem Dzyuba but his header goes high over.
39' Marwan Mohsen tries to flick a cross into the path of Salah but he only directs it towards keeper Akinfeev.
39' Egypt are now pegged back.
37' Aleksandr Samedov makes a marauding run towards the area but blasts his shot poorly wide.
34' A cross is flicked into the path of Salah at the far post but a last-ditch interception from a Russian defender clears the danger.
33' Egypt are finding it difficult to pinpoint any gaps in a tight Russian backline.
30' Both sides are struggling to carve out openings in the first half an hour. The match is evenly-balanced so far.
28' A cross from Golovin is cleared by Egypt's full-back Abdel-Shafi.
26' A mix-up between Egypt defender Hegazi and keeper El-Shennawi could have been costly but El-Shennawi redeems himself to handle a cross.
25' Salah feeds Trezeguet on the edge of the area but the latter's shot is blocked by the defence.
23' A Russian cross goes begging. Egypt's defence looks watertight but the Pharaohs need to up their game at the other end.
19' Russia's Cheryshev pounces on a loose ball on the edge of the area to fire a powerful drive that goes over the bar.
16' A golden chance for Egypt!! Trezeguet sends a delightful curling shot from just inside the area that goes just wide.
15' Egypt gradually get into the game after a shaky opening as Russia dominated the early exchanges.
15' Marwan Mohsen heads just wide from a corner in Egypt's first attempt.
13' The Russian defence intercepts the first exchange of passes between Salah and Abdallah El-Said.
12' Egypt make too many mis-placed passes in their own half!
10' Russia press Egypt high up the pitch, making things difficult for the Pharaohs to get out of their own half.
8' A free kick is floated into the area but Egypt's Marwan Mohsen heads it away for a corner. Russia are piling on pressure in the early stages.
7' A chance for Russia! Tarek Hamed gives away possession in midfield and a low shot from Aleksandr Golovin goes jut wide.
6' A tame header from Sergei Ignashevich goes into the hands of keeper Mohamed El-Shennawi.
5' A Russian shot is deflected, going out for a corner.
4' Both sides are trying to assert control in the early stages.
2' An upfield pass from Mahmoud Trezeguet is intercepted by Russia, who try a through ball which eludes defender Ahmed Hegazi but fails to find any forwards in the area.
The match is underway
Egypt's starting line-up: Mohamed El-Shennawi, Ahmed Fathi, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazi, Mohamed Abdel-Shafi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Mahmoud Trezeguet, Abdallah El-Said, Mohamed Salah, Marwan Mohsen
Russia's starting line-up: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Yuri Zhirkov, Roman Zobnin, Yuri Gazinskiy, Aleksandr Samedov, Aleksandr Golovin, Denis Cheryshev, Artem Dzyuba
19:50 Both sides step onto the pitch for the national anthems.
19:30 Egyptian fans interviewed at the stadium tell beIN Sports they are optimistic Salah would guide the Pharaohs to a precious win.
19:10 Russia's Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba, who scored off the bench against Saudi Arabia, are included in the starting line-up tonight.
19:00 Players are warming up now.
18:30 It seems there is torrential downpour in Saint Petersburg, 90 minutes before kick-off! We will see if the rain will affect the condition of the pitch.
18:20 Egypt wing-back Ahmed Elmohamady tells "The return of Mohamed Salah supports the team. He is a different player who forces the opponent to leave spaces and opens the way for our players to attack the opposition goal."
18:00 Two hours remaining before kick-off. Egyptians are starting to take their seats in cafes to watch one of the most crucial games in the history of the national team.
17:10 In Egypt's only change from the Uruguay clash, Salah will replace Greek-based winger Amr Warda on the right flank, playing alongside playmaker Abdallah El-Said and left winger Mahmoud Trezeguet to support lone striker Marwan Mohsen.
16:45 Egypt announce their starting line-up for the game, with Mohamed Salah leading the attack.
16:20 Russia will miss key playmaker Alan Dzagoev, who was ruled out of the game after sustaining an injury in the opening win over Saudi Arabia.
15:15 Egypt can take heart from an inspired display by inexperienced keeper Mohamed El-Shennawi, who earned the man of the match award with a series of impressive stops against Uruguay, thwarting Suarez twice in two one-on-ones and producing a splendid one-handed save to smother a fierce volley from Cavani.
14:50 "He is a good player who determines his team's game. We will see what he is capable of showing against us," he added.
14:40 "Egypt's game with Salah is different from the one they play without him," said Russia forward Alexei Miranchuk.
14:30 Egypt have no option but to beat Russia and secure their first-ever World Cup win after the hosts gained a considerable advantage by hammering Saudi Arabia 5-0 in their opening game, making it difficult for anyone to contest their goal-difference superiority.
14:00 However, boosted by the expected return of Salah to their starting line-up, Egypt will have a chance to redeem themselves and keep alive their hopes of advancing to the round of 16 on their first World Cup appearance in 28 years.
13:15 “I think we had what we had and tried to do our best," he said of the toothless attack.
13:00 The red-hot winger Salah looked on from the bench with agony as Gimenez rose between a couple of defenders to send a bullet header home at the death. It was not the best of birthdays for Salah, who turned 26 on that day.
"Salah is an important player but we need to have a good team. If he had been on the pitch the result might have been different," Cuper said.
12:15 Egypt are in third place of their group with zero points, three behind leaders Russia.
12:10 Following their 1-0 loss to Uruguay in the group opener, Egypt have to avoid a loss against Russia to keep their hopes alive in continuing in the World competition.
12:00 They were clearly shorn of creativity without talisman Salah, who coach Hector Cuper opted not to rush back into action after he recovered from a shoulder injury that he picked up in Liverpool's 3-1 defeat by Real Madrid in last month's Champions League final.
11:50 They barely tested Uruguay keeper Fernando Muslera despite launching some of their trademark breakaways, giving away possession in the final third with some poor passes or predictable moves.
11:15 The Pharaohs were widely praised for a solid defensive display against a mighty Uruguay side featuring the likes of fearsome attacking duo Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, but they had their resistance broken by a 90th-minute winner from defender Jose Gimenez on Friday.
11:00 Egypt will turn to probably the only man who can finish off their counter attacks - Mo Salah, of course - when they meet hosts Russia in a make-or-break World Cup clash in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday.

Stay tuned as match is due to start at 20:00 Cairo time (GMT+2)

Venue: Saint Petersburg Stadium, St. Petersburg
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