Mohamed Salah in starting line-up for Russia showdown

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Egypt’s national team squad arrived in Saint Petersburg city on Sunday afternoon ahead of their second group game against Russia

Russia's 5-0 win against Saudi Arabia was the biggest victory by a host nation in an opening game since Italy beat the United States of America 7-1 in 1934.

Denis Cheryshev, meanwhile, is expected to start after impressing off the bench against Saudi Arabia.

Egypt, whose final group game is against the Saudis, have only the slimmest of chances of staying in the tournament although they will at least be hopeful of picking up a first win in what is their third World Cup.

This was the case ahead of the opening fixture against Uruguay as well; Cuper confirmed Salah's fitness beforehand, but evidently did not pass the fitness test and thus didn't play a minute against the South Americans.

Remarkably, it was the fifth own goal of the tournament so far.

Meanwhile, Russia manager Stanislav Cherchesov dismissed suggestions that his side would target Salah should he play in the crucial tie tonight.

By then, Russian Federation were already home and dry, an own-goal from Ahmed Fathi and strikes from Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba putting the hosts on the brink of the last 16.

Dzyuba, a throw-back physical center forward who troubled Egypt's defense all night, celebrated in manic fashion.

This was Salah making the best of things, hoping to deliver a single, match-winning moment even if he knew a complete performance was never on the cards.

"Salah is a player who has enormous skill and I have to say when we don't have him, we feel his absence".

We use the term "effectively" because Egypt hasn't been mathematically eliminated from Group A, but it's a near certainty.

And all eyes will be on Salah, who enjoyed a record-breaking season for Liverpool with 42 goals in all competitions. "We did not defend well", said Cuper. With the "Fubo Premier" bundle, you will get access to all four of the World Cup soccer TV channels in most markets.

After consulting his video assistant, referee Enrique Caceres upgraded the free-kick into a penalty and Salah made no mistake.

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