Russia On Verge Of World Cup Last 16 After Beating Egypt

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Salah trotted out for his pre-match warmup to roars from Egypt fans, who at times appeared to outnumber their Russian counterparts.

With no points to show from their first two matches, only an extraordinary set of results could now keep Egypt in the competition.

Host nation Russian Federation played Saudi Arabia in the first World Cup 2018 match last Thursday. The best expectations in the weeks ahead of the tournament were that Salah would miss Uruguay but be able to return by the second Group A match.

Salah, who had not played since going off injured in Liverpool's Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid last month, managed some consolation when he converted from the spot after a video assistant referee (VAR) ruling that he had been brought down by Zobnin inside the area.

"It's hard to say what would have happened had he been on top form".

Meanwhile, Russia manager Stanislav Cherchesov dismissed suggestions that his side would target Salah should he play in the crucial tie tonight.

Unfortunately, that's where it all ended for the Egyptians, who went down for the successive time in Group A to leave their tournament hanging by a thread.

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"Nobody can argue about Salah's importance to the team and we've been anxious since he got injured and it would have been preferable to have had him at our training camp in the build-up to the tournament", Cuper said.

"Nobody can argue about Salah's importance to the team and we've been anxious since he got injured and it would have been preferable to have had him at our training camp in the build-up to the tournament", said Cuper. I believe he was in good shape and optimal condition. Then he would have been able to train with the same intensity as the rest of the team. I don't think majority expected, well certainly they didn't expect eight goals and two wins. He suffered an injury and we have been anxious. "But sometimes a mistake can be made, a miscalculation, a bad step". His teammates were seen helping him pull on a shirt in training, although that shouldn't be an indicator of the runs he would be able to make when the actual game arrives.

The game plan is simple - get the ball into Salah's feet quickly and let him do what he does best.

The 62-year-old Argentine has been in charge since 2015 and built a team around solid and reliable defence.

"Whether I should stay in my post or not does not only depend on me".

"I am happy to be here. In a World Cup you have to wait till the very last minute although our chances are minute", he added.

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