Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Egypt pay heavy price for errors and lack of Salah factor

Egypt pay heavy price for errors and lack of Salah factor

The 2018 World Cup has already seen five own goals so far, already as many as the 2014 World Cup witnessed in whole.

He scored on his World Cup debut to pull one back for Egypt. Salah with his composed strike became only the third Egyptian player to score at the World Cup.

Egypt head coach Hector Cuper said Mohamed Salah was "100 per cent" fit for the World Cup, but his absence in training ahead of the tournament due to injury was hard. The Egypt keeper was beaten to the bottom right corner with that deflection as Mohamed Salah looked dejected.

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.

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Unfortunately, that's where it all ended for the Egyptians, who went down for the successive time in Group A to leave their tournament hanging by a thread.

Egypt made plenty of missteps in the second half, a surprise because its defence shut down Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani - two of the world's best strikers - in its 1-0 loss to Uruguay.

The first half of the thriller went goalless, however, both the team scored four goals in the rest of 45-minutes, entertaining the crowd. Playing in front of their home crowd, Russian Federation have looked imperious on the attack and assured in defence, and will be boosted by the home support to ensure they become the first team to qualify for the Round of 16 with a comfortable win.

Sergey Ignashevich, Aleksandr Golovin and Denis Cheryshev had attempts for Russian Federation during a bright start as Egypt took time to find their feet. I don't think majority expected, well certainly they didn't expect eight goals and two wins.

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Salah has been working his way back towards full fitness after having picked up a shoulder injury in the first half of the Champions League final against Real Madrid last month. "We did not defend well", said Cuper.

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"It is hard to say this but in the World Cup you have to wait until the very last minute, although it's true that our chances are minimal". I played against [Egypt head coach Hector] Cuper's teams before, he is the most tactical coach, you never know how to approach his teams.

Yury Gazinsky weighed in with his first worldwide goal to open the scoring at the Luzhniki Stadium, but he and other central midfielder Roman Zobnin have just 20 caps between them.

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