It’s been a weekend of contrasting emotions for Russians and Egyptians. The former were beaming with national pride after the opening ceremony in Moscow, a feeling that was bolstered as their side thrashed a poor Saudi Arab 5-0 in the opening game of the tournament.
The latter experienced the type of heartbreak that only football can inflict. First ‘Egyptian King’ and this season’s Premier League top scorer Mo Salah was deemed unfit to start (ultimately, he didn’t even make it on the pitch) and then they suffered a cruel defeat by an 89th minute winner from Uruguay.
Egypt will see this match as a chance at redemption, they’ve yet to win a World Cup match in their history, though they’ll be sweating on Salah’s fitness. His return would give the side a much-needed boost and dramatically increase their quality. Should he be unable to play a significant part, their World Cup campaign would be in serious jeopardy.
Russia on the other hand will want to keep the party rolling. Winger Denis Cheryshev will be hungry to add more goals to his tally after a brace in the opener. Should Salah remain out of contention then expect a tight affair as both teams will view this game as a vital three points to keep pace with group favourites Uruguay.
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