- Russia goals: Fathy o.g. (48′), Cheryshev (59′), Dzyuba (62′)
- Egypt: Salah (PK, 73′)
- Next: Russia-Uruguay, Egypt-Saudi Arabia
Hosts Russia scored a trio of second half goals to all but seal the first spot in the 2018 World Cup’s Round of 16 with a 3-1 win over Egypt on Tuesday in Saint Petersburg.
The loss means Egypt is 0-2, the Pharoahs unable to find momentum despite the return of Mohamed Salah. Egypt needs a wild combination of factors to stay alive for the knockout rounds, and is likely heading home.
Salah won and converted a penalty for Egypt, while Denis Cheryshev, Artem Dzyuba, and an Egyptian own goal accounted for Russia’s goals.
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Some sloppy play out of the back allowed Golovin a shot from outside the 18 but he hit his effort wide of the frame.
Egypt stayed in the mix though, and a Russian mistake deep in its own end forced Zhirkov to concede a corner with a desperation intervention that stopped Mo Salah from a doorstep opportunity.
Salah then won a yard of space but fired wide in the 42nd minute after Zhirkov stopped him from going to his right peg.
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Russia went ahead through an Egypt own goal from Fathy, who was jostling for position with Artem Dzyuba and turned Roman Zobnin’s mishit inside his net.
After Cheryshev made it 2-0, Dzyuba took an Ilya Kutepov long ball out of the air with his chest before turning past Ahmed Hegazy and blasting Russia’s third goal home.
Salah won a penalty in the 73rd minute, one initially ruled a free kick, and the Liverpool man blasted his shot home.