Bad news for Egypt on Tuesday, as they did welcome back superstar Mohamed Salah into the lineup after his shoulder injury suffered in the Champions League final, but not much else went their way, as they lost 3-1 to 2018 World Cup hosts Russia in Saint Petersburg.
Russia raced out to a 3-0 lead in the second half, courtesy of an own goal from Egyptian defender Ahmed Fathy, and goals from Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba. While Salah did score Egypt’s first goal of the tournament from the penalty spot in the final quarter-hour, it was not enough, and Russia cruised to victory.
On a local note, Los Angeles Football Club midfielder/defender Omar Gaber was an unused substitute for Egypt for the second game in a row. Egypt manager Hector Cuper made a few changes to the lineup that lost 1-0 to Uruguay on Saturday, but Gaber was not drafted into action again.
The result means Russia are nearly guaranteed passage to the knockout stage, while Egypt are nearly out of the running, with one matchday to go. If Uruguay beat Saudi Arabia tomorrow, the teams moving on and eliminated will be decided, and that will mean Egypt will be out. Egypt’s final game will be against Saudi Arabia on Monday — will Gaber get to play under bittersweet circumstances? We’ll see.
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