Egypt's Salah to face late fitness test

Egypt's Salah to face late fitness test

Russian Federation will look to build on their opening game win at Saint Petersburg Stadium on Tuesday night, when they take on Egypt.

"Salah is crucial, a vital player for the squad".

A dream first season at Liverpool helped establish the 26-year-old as one of the star names at these finals, with expectations heightened as his country strutted out on the global stage for the first time since 1990.

The shoulder injury he suffered at the hands of Sergio Ramos kept Salah out of Egypt's unfortunate 1-0 defeat to Uruguay, and he was clearly rusty in St Petersburg.

"Nobody can be distracted when playing at a World Cup". I'm happy to have been with him since the beginning and he has not changed in nine years. He was hardly bad, there were just several instances in which his touch let him down or he got his own feet tangled.

"Salah is one of the best players in the world".

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The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system proved its worth to give Egypt a glimmer of hope when referee Enrique Caceres had initially awarded a foul outside the box rather than a penalty when Salah was pulled by Zhirkov. Many watching the match at cafes left in tears or in rage after the third goal, a predictable reaction given the hype that has surrounded Salah and the national team since qualification was secured in October. To be frank, the likelihood of each result happening is in order of difficulty, but also descending order.

He replace Amr Warda in the only change to the side that lost to Uruguay.

"Every company has the right to sponsor stars to travel, but why are they all staying so close to a team that is supposed to be in a state of focus and readiness?" tweeted famous Egyptian sports expert Yasser Ayoub.

Ahmed Fathi poked the ball into his own net - for the fifth own-goal of the tournament already - to put Russian Federation ahead in the 47th. He hardly reacted to Russia's opener, an own-goal. For reference's sake, the record for an overall World Cup is six, set in France '98.

Joey Gulino is the editor of FC Yahoo and moonlights as a writer.

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