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.
When is the Russia v Egypt World Cup 2018 Group A game being played?
The game will take place on Tuesday 19th June.
What time is kick off?
The match begins at 7pm BST.
What stadium is hosting the tie?
Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
Is it live on BBC or ITV on TV in the UK?
Full match coverage will be aired on BBC.
Which players are in the Russia and Egypt World Cup squads?
Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Gabulov (Club Brugge), Andrey Lunev (Zenit St Petersburg).
Defenders: Vladimir Granat (Rubin Kazan), Fedor Kudryashov (Rubin Kazan), Ilya Kutepov (Spartak Moscow), Andrey Semenov (Akhmat Grozny), Sergei Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow), Mario Fernandes (CSKA Moscow), Igor Smolnikov (Zenit St Petersburg).
Midfielders: Yuri Gazinskiy (Krasnodar), Alexsandr Golovin (CSKA Moscow), Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow), Aleksandr Erokhin (Zenit St Petersburg), Yuri Zhirkov (Zenit St Petersburg), Daler Kuzyaev (Zenit St Petersburg), Roman Zobnin (Spartak Moscow), Alexsandr Samedov (Spartak Moscow), Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal).
Strikers: Artem Dzyuba (Arsenal Tula), Aleksey Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Fedor Smolov (Krasnodar).
Goalkeepers: Essam El Hadary (Al Taawoun), Mohamed El-Shennawy (Al Ahly), Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly).
Defenders: Ahmed Fathi (Al Ahly), Saad Samir (Al Ahly), Ayman Ashraf (Al Ahly), Mahmoud Hamdy (Zamalek), Mohamed Abdel-Shafy (Al Fateh), Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion), Ali Gabr (Zamalek), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa), Omar Gaber (Los Angeles FC).
Midfielders: Tarek Hamed, (Zamalek), Abdallah Said (Al Ahli), Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City), Mahmoud Hassan (Kasimpasa).
Strikers: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly), Shikabala (Zamalek), Amr Warda (Atromitos), Mahmoud Kahraba (Al Ittihad).
Who are the other teams in World Cup 2018 Group A?
Group A is made up of Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay
Do you have all the World Cup 2018 fixtures by group?
- Complete World Cup 2018 guide – including every match fixture, kick-off time, TV channel, venue and more
Sure we do…
- Group A fixtures – Teams: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay
- Group B fixtures – Teams: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran
- Group C fixtures – Teams: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark
- Group D fixtures – Teams: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria
- Group E fixtures – Teams: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
- Group F fixtures – Teams: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea
- Group G fixtures – Teams: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England
- Group H fixtures – Teams: Poland, Senegal, Columbia, Japan