Russian Federation vs Egypt Tips - Must-win game for Mohamed Salah's Pharaohs

World Cup 2018, Russia vs Egypt: What time is kick-off tomorrow, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?

Russia v Egypt: Key talking points

Widely expected to crash out of Group A, the hosts are instead it on the brink of progress to the knockout phase after following the 5-0 thrashing of Saudi Arabia with another comprehensive win.

Those two scenarios would also eliminate Egypt, which started with a 1-0 loss to Uruguay.

Crowned by Liverpool record-breaker Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian team has shown determination to qualify for the round of 16 stage at the World Cup, raising expectations for the football-obsessed country even higher after a solid performance in the opener.

Salah has been working his way back towards full fitness after having picked up a shoulder injury in the first half of the Champions League final against Real Madrid last month.

Remarkably, it was the fifth own goal of the tournament so far.

If he is match fit, Russian Federation will be hard pressed to stop him helping Egypt to their first victory at a World Cup.

Dzyuba, a throw-back physical center forward who troubled Egypt's defense all night, celebrated in manic fashion.

Paris Saint-Germain frontman Cavani managed to track the African star down after the final whistle and exchanged shirts with him for one solid reason. "We know how to play against him", Cherchesov stated.

Egypt midfielder Mohamed Elneny: "We all believe that we're able to beat them".

Salah scored 44 goals in a remarkable debut season at Liverpool.

Egypt are set up to play on the counter-attack, with Cuper asking his midfielders and defenders to stick close together in two rigid banks of four and restrict the spaces that opponents seek to exploit.

After consulting his video assistant, referee Enrique Caceres upgraded the free-kick into a penalty and Salah made no mistake. A strong World Cup by Golovin will be necessary to advance out of Group A. It would also open up the pocketbooks of Europe's top clubs looking to secure his services.

"Whether I should stay or not does not depend on me and we still have another match".

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