2018-06-19 14:08:08
Russia vs. Egypt: World Cup 2018 Live

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Russia and Egypt meet in St. Petersburg in a battle of Group A teams. They’re the first teams to play a second game at the 2018 World Cup. Russia can clinch a spot in the round of 16 with a win, while Egypt desperately needs at least a point to avoid an early exit.

Oh, and Mo Salah is making his World Cup debut.

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How to watch: In the U.S., Fox and Telemundo have the broadcast at 2 p.m. Eastern, but you can stream it here.

Egypt controlling more of the ball early, but the best chance went to Russia, who intercepted a wayward crossfield pass and almost slipped Dzyuba in on goal.

Russia is in red, Egypt in white.

To hold the Russians to fewer than the five goals they scored against Saudi Arabia, Egypt will be relying on goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy, who plays for Al Ahly, Egypt’s best domestic club. El-Shenawy was named man of the match against Uruguay, as he coped well with constant pressure and parried away three shots.

1. Igor Akinfeev

4. Sergey Ignashevich

3. Ilya Kutepov

18. Yury Zhirkov

2. Mario Fernandes

17. Aleksandr Golovin

11. Roman Zobnin

8. Iury Gazinsky

22. Artem Dzyuba

6. Denis Cheryshev

19. Aleksandr Samedov

23. Mohamed El-Shenawy

6. Ahmed Hegazi

2. Ali Gabr

13. Mohamed Abdel-Shafy

7. Ahmed Fathi

19. Abdalla Said

8. Tarek Hamed

17. Mohamed Elneny

9. Marwan Mohsen

21. Trezeguet

10. Mohamed Salah

• “Allez allez allez, Mohamed Salah will start!” Egypt’s talisman was an unused substitute during their opening loss against Uruguay, after suffering a shoulder injury in the Champions League final last month. But after seeing his team lose 1-0 to the Uruguayans, Egyptian manager Hector Cuper has decided Salah is fit enough to play 90 minutes.”

• Without Salah’s, Egypt’s attack looked barren against Uruguay, and they lost 1-0. But The Pharoahs almost escaped with a point thanks to brave goalkeeping by Mohamed El-Shenawy, only to lost on an 89th minute header.

• Egypt’s coach, the Argentine Héctor Cúper, built his reputation with a safety-first style, but the team will be worth watching solely because of Salah’s offensive prowess.

• Russian winger Denis Cheryshev made the most of his World Cup opportunity. Subbing in for the injured Alan Dzagoev in the 24th minute, he promptly scored two of Russia’s goals against Egypt.

• Egypt is hoping to become the second African team to win a game at this World Cup, as well as break a dubious streak. All three North African teams (Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia) have lost on a goal in the 89th minute or later.

• Saudia Arabia was widely regarded as the worst team in the tournament, but still, Russia’s 5-0 thrashing of them in the opening game was impressive. Alexsandr Golovkin was Russia’s maestro in the midfield against Saudia Arabia, assisting two goals, providing a hockey assist on a third and scoring his own for good measure.

• Russian midfielder Alan Dzagoev left the match against Saudi Arabia in the first half clutching his hamstring. He’s been ruled out of the group stage.

• Catch up on how Russia and Egypt performed in their opening matches.

• In Cairo, Mohamed Salah is everywhere you look.

• Where did you watch Russia’s opening match? At home? At work? In a bar? Our correspondent watched it from a war zone in eastern Ukraine.