Second Round Beckons For Cup Hosts Russia


Russia are all but certain to make the second round of thSecond Round Beckons For Cup Hosts Russiae World Cup in front of their home fans after a 3-1 victory against Egypt.

Only days after the country came in to this tournament as the lowest-ranked team, they have scored eight times in their first two matches, following a 5-0 first-up drubbing of Saudi Arabia.

Against Egypt, a three-goal blitz in the space of 15 minutes early in the second half put the Russians firmly in command before Mohamed Salah, who had a subdued game on his return from injury, struck from a penalty, awarded after a video review.

Should Uruguay beat Saudi Arabia on Wednesday it will ensure the South Americans and the Russians go through to the round of 16 with a game to spare. A draw will also send the hosts through.
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Salah was out of form for the Egyptians, and coach Hector Cuper admits his job is at risk after a disappointing tournament.

“Whether I should stay or not does not depend on me and we still have another match. In a World Cup you have to wait till the very last minute although our chances are minute,” he said.


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