13 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0
That’s it! Salah gets a long ball on the right, gives it inside and goes into the box. It’s just cut out…
11 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0
Samedov and Figueira Fernandes link up well down the right but the latter cannot quite find the final ball.
10 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0
Very encouraging start from the hosts. Egypt pinned back. Salah hasn’t featured. Also: Salah is not tracking back, which is fine in and of itself but somebody else needs to help out the right back in which case.
6 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0
Defensive blunder by Egypt! Sloppy, dawdling play out from the back, Golovin pinches it and races forward. He is disappointed not to have done better with the shot.
5 mins: Russia 0 Egypt 0
Russia have the game’s first corner.. Taken short, and it is played in by Samedov, headed by the veteran Ignashevich. Not troubling anyone, that.
Plenty of atmos, some beefy challenges but neither side able to dominate so far. Russia looking for raking balls to their hefty forward Artem Dzyuba.
Who’s having a good tournament?
Where’s your money, then?
Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs: Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov.
Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy, Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy.
Referee: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay)
The Premier League’s top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday.
On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday’s tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia.
Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen.
Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov.
Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Blatter posed for photographs with people on his arrival at a five-star hotel downtown. The 82-year-old former FIFA president is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule.
This is Blatter’s first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg.
Blatter shared the stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian president this week.
The FIFA ban does not prevent Blatter attending games and he is expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium.
More on Mo
Egypt striker Mohamed Salah will make his first appearance at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for tonight’s match with Russia, the Egyptian Football Association has announced.
The Liverpool forward has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder during last month’s Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid.
Salah, who was an unused substitute in Egypt’s Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday, will lead his side as they face hosts Russia at Krestovsky Stadium in an attempt to bounce back from that defeat with a result.
All hail the Egyptian King!
Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of the first of the second round of group games. Everyone, with the exception of the Russian football team and fans, is surely hoping that Mo Salah is fit enough to play in this match, and fit enough to give a good account of himself.
Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament, Messi was poor, Suarez looked a bit fat and off the pace, De Bruyne had his moments, and now it is the chance for one of the other top, top, top, top players to make his mark, we hope. his Egypt side will play the hosts badly needing a result.
Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and cannot afford another slip up.
As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia. Of all the teams I have seen in the competition only the Saudis could be said to be without merit or ability, and I full expect all the other teams in this group to have the full three points off them. But anyone will be doing well to better the goal difference good times that Russia have got for themselves.
In all likelihood, Uruguay are going to have six points within the next 24 hours and that means that this game is a very important fixture for Egypt.
We will have the team news as soon as it comes in, the match itself starts at 7pm UK time. Meanwhile, why not follow the end of Poland V Senegal here with JJ Bull?
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