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.