Excellent display by host nation ensure Egypt exit tournament

Excellent display by host nation ensure Egypt exit tournament

A poor punch by goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy saw Roman Zobnin try his luck from distance, with captain Ahmed Fathy inadvertently turning the ball into his own goal while attempting to clear.

We discuss the Russians' 3-1 win over Egypt and our sadness for Egyptian star Mohamed Salah during our World Cup Day 6 recap on the Planet Futbol podcast.

"We had a good first half then we had 10-15 really bad minutes and that's why we lost", said Cuper, who immediately faced questions over his future.

Denis Cheryshev extended Russia's lead on the hour-mark after keeping his composure to drill home a low strike against the run of play.

Egypt is hoping for an improbable win for Saudi Arabia.

In the opening game last Thursday they embarrassed Saudi Arabia and the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings by beating the side three places above them 5-0.

The country selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

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With 23/20 odds, Russian Federation are the favourites to win this contest comfortably, especially after their strong performance against Saudi Arabia, while the chances of Egypt coming through with a victory is is placed at 13/5.

Having not fully recovered from the shoulder injury sustained in the Champions League final against Real Madrid, the 25-year-old missed Egypt's opening game defeat by Uruguay.

Egypt is set up to play on the counter-attack, with Cuper asking his midfielders and defenders to stick close together in two rigid banks of four and restrict the spaces that opponents seek to exploit.

"We had some good chances, but we were lacking that extra something", Cuper said. "I don't think it was lack of concentration".

GW: Seriously, I mean I think Salah will stay at Liverpool and I think that's the right choice, but you know, he was just such an fantastic player all season long.

Just as all seemed loss for Salah and the rest of the Egyptians the Premier League's top scorer last season was brought down outside the area for a free kick but a check with VAR proved the incident continued inside the area and it was a penalty. Not to mention the 90 million Egyptians back home. "In a World Cup you have to wait till the very last minute", he added after the game.

At the weekend he needed the help of three team-mates to put a shirt on during a training session in Grozny.

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