We are at Day 6 of the FIFA World Cup 2018 and what a game we are about to witness! EGYPT VS RUSSIA
Russia and Egypt arrive in Saint Petersburg with contrasting emotions following their opening games at the World Cup. The hosts dealt with the pressure of the curtain-raiser in a stunning style. On the other hand, Egypt saw their long-awaited return start off with a gut-wrenching defeat.
Russia’s 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia, punctuated by a couple of fine Denis Cheryshev goals, has transformed expectations. Three points could even be enough to seal a Round of 16 spot. To see what went right for Russia in their opening match, click here.
Egypt, on the other hand, have no time to waste. Thankfully for them, Mo Salah looks set to return from injury. He is the obvious attacking threat. Having been a dominating presence in England this season, the return of his talismanic stature will lift their spirits after their opening match defeat. To see what went wrong for Egypt on their opening match, click here.
Russia is over the moon after the magnificent and quite unexpected goal shower in the opening game. But the players have not rested on their laurels. Everyone in the Russian camp has put the result against Saudi Arabia behind them and Egypt is a totally different story. With or without Mohamed Salah on the pitch, the hosts are determined to fight hard. They want to get another victory to put at least one foot in the next round, if not two.
The Uruguay result has imposed a clear state of mind on the Egyptian team: beating Russia is the only option. With Mohamed Salah’s readiness, Hector Cuper he has a selection headache on his hands. After the hosts’ opening result, and with home support, the pressure will be on the Pharaohs, but they can overcome it.
Did you know?
Thursday was the first time that two players have scored their first goals for the national team in the Opening Match of a World Cup. Yury Gazinsky struck before Denis Cheryshev went one better, scoring his first two for Russia.
Russia: Igor Akinfeev; Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Yuri Zhirkov; Roman Zobnin, Yury Gazinsky, Daler Kuziaev; Aleksandr Golovin, Denis Cheryshev; Fedor Smolov
Egypt: Mohammed El Shenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Ahmed Fathi, Mohammed Abdelshafy; Tarek Hamed, Mohammed El Neny, Mahmoud Trezeguet, Abdullah Al Said; Mohamed Salah, Marwan Mohsen
SPORTSANALYST SCORE LINE PREDICTION:
EGYPT 2 – 1 RUSSIA
WHERE TO WATCH:
Today’s game will be a major decider in which two teams from the group will move on to the Round of 16. Catch live action on Sony LIV website (https://www.sonyliv.com/ ).