Russia’s incredible World Cup form has continued on home soil with a 3-1 win over Egypt; a result that puts Mohamed Salah’s Pharaohs on the brink of first-round elimination.

After scoring five goals and blowing away Saudi Arabia in the World Cup curtain raiser, Russia now face a tougher test to show their emphatic win on the opening day was not a fluke.

Egypt are likely to be boosted by the return of Mohamed Salah who watched on from the bench as Uruguay put two past them without reply. Salah was said to be fit to start against Uruguay but was not risked, now his agent has piled further pressure on Egypt by claiming, “he is fine.”

Saudi Arabia’s role as Group A’s whipping boys leaves a qualification place open for either Russia or Egypt, presuming that Uruguay continue their winning start, and the result of this game will go a long way to deciding who will face Spain or Portugal in the round of 16.

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