Russian Federation sour Salahs return to close in on last 16

Mohamed Salah

Hosts Russia look to continue their winning momentum gained after a resounding win in their opening game of FIFA World Cup 2018 when they take on Egypt in their second Group A fixture at the St Petersburg Stadium tonight.

The pair meet in the World Cup this evening as Russian Federation take on Egypt in their second Group A game. Denis Cheryshev capped a brace in Russia's opening 5-0 rout of Saudi Arabia with a superb stoppage-time finish but the Spanish-raised midfielder knows all about an esteemed tactician who he expects to make life hard for his team-mates.

Egypt coach Hector Cuper has announced his side's squad, with Mohamed Salah returning to global action, having missed the Pharaohs' last five games, including the Uruguay defeat.

The tricky striker stayed on the bench in Egypt's 1-0 defeat to Uruguay.

Ignashevich's experience is an asset but his age counts against him and any attempt to double up on Salah will free up Mahmoud Hassan, better known by his nickname "Trezeguet", on the opposite flank.

He will be the man the Pharaohs look to for inspiration, but former Russian Federation global Cheryshev doubts that a man sparking Ballon d'Or talk will be the same player for his country as he is at club level.

The win gives the hosts six points from their opening two games and puts them in pole position to advance after outscoring their opponents 8-1 thus far in the tournament.

The Egyptian Football Federation (EFA) laid that decision exclusively at Cuper's door, maintaining the 26-year-old was fit to face Uruguay but deemed not ready for the risk.

For Egypt to have any hope of an impressive performance against the World Cup elite, they need him. We have just had some very agreeable team news if you are an Egypt fan.

Making his first appearance since going off injured in the Champions League final on May 26, Salah was often on the periphery at the Krestovsky Stadium, but still managed to mark his World Cup debut with a consolation on 73 minutes.

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While Russia already have three points to their name in Group A, Egypt will be looking to get their first points on the board.

Hello! Welcome to the Live Updates of Russia Vs Egypt. EFA declarations over Salah's fitness are one thing, but whether his stellar 44-goal form from Liverpool this season can be rediscovered is the major source of intrigue.

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