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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

FIFA World Cup 2018: Russia inch closer to Round of 16 as stunning second-half show floors Egypt

Saint Petersburg: Three weeks and three days after Sergio Ramos turned and hammered Egypt's best World Cup trust into the grass, Mohamed Salah returned. 

He won a punishment, and scored it, tearing the ball with his left foot into the best corner. 

Be that as it may, by at that point, Russia were at that point three up and this diversion was tantamount to gone. 
Russia inched closer to spot in Round of 16 after 3-1 win over Egypt. AP

Russia crawled nearer to spot in Round of 16 after 3-1 prevail upon Egypt. APRussia crawled nearer to spot in Round of 16 after 3-1 prevail upon Egypt. AP 

On appear here was not the Salah that had tormented Roma and Manchester City, or scored 32 objectives in the Premier League and 10 to control Liverpool to the Champions League last. 

This was Salah making the best of things, wanting to convey a solitary, coordinate winning minute regardless of whether he knew an entire execution was never on the cards. 

The way he rearranged off toward the end, as Russia's substitutes surged on to praise a 3-1 triumph in Group A, recommended even he knew it was a long shot. 

Absolutely, he was not 100 for each penny fit, that much had been sure about Monday when Salah ran around the Saint Petersburg Stadium pitch, trying out his left shoulder with a progression of provisional scows yet quitting when his partners swung their arms in circles. 

It was clear too in the initial 30 minutes, when the 26-year-old scarcely contacted the ball, and when he did, turned back, glimpsed inside or, time and again, gave it away. 

Egypt mentor Hector Cuper had little alternative however to play him, obviously, given a second back to back match missed would almost certainly mean Salah being fitter just for a dead elastic against Saudi Arabia. 

Sensibly, Egypt needed to win here and in playing Salah, Cuper played his trump card. 

There was a mental lift to be picked up as well, as Egyptian fans, hung in banners and covered in confront paint, skiped and cheered at whatever point Salah's face showed up on the extra large screen. 

"I say this with all regard to my different players," Cuper had said on Monday. "When we don't have him, we feel his nonappearance." 

Russian supporters knew his significance. One even arrived wearing a Real Madrid shirt, with Ramos' name imprinted on the back. 

Thus too completed 34-year-old left-back Yuri Zhirkov. At the point when cross-field balls drifted towards Salah, Zhirkov headed them clear. At the point when Salah gathered the ball further in midfield, Zhirkov rattled his second touch. At the point when Salah pulled free at the back post, Zhirkov made the leeway, scrambling the ball over his own bar. 

"We have a mission and we will achieve the mission," Russia's mentor Stanislav Cherchesov had promised on Monday. 

Salah indicated witnesses however his touch was never fresh, his manner of thinking hesitant. 

Toward the finish of the main half, he at last had Zhirkov squared up on the edge of the territory yet his footwork was jumbled and a shot on the turn shrieked past the post. 

Maybe the single minute did, at last, touch base in the 73rd moment. Egypt filled the container and as Salah hoped to keep running past, Zhirkov pulled him back. 

In the wake of counseling his video associate, official Enrique Caceres updated the free-kick into a punishment and Salah committed no error. 

By at that point, Russia were at that point home and dry, a possess objective from Ahmed Fathi and strikes from Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba putting the hosts on the very edge of the last 16.

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