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World Cup 2018: Russia thrashes Egypt 3-1

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World Cup 2018: Russia thrashes Egypt 3-1

World Cup 2018: Russia thrashes Egypt 3-1
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Russia has held Egypt to a 3-1 win after all four goals came in the second half.

Russia opened the scoring two minutes into the first half when they had an own goal scored by Ahmed Farthy, after Russia played the ball in a perfect area that came off his foot.

Denis Cheryshev and Artyom Dzyuba then added to the score sheet, bringing Cheryshev's tally of goals up to three after two games.

Egypt looked the weaker side in the second half but a penalty from Mohamed Salah gave them a welcome burst of energy.

But unfortunately for Egypt, it was not enough and Russia held on to the lead and look set to make the last 16.

Here are five key takeaways from the match:

Mohamed Salah seems nervous

Throughout the regular Premier League season, Mohamed Salah has played very offensive football who isn’t afraid to throw his weight into someone. However, during this game, he has been more cautious about going one-on-one or even driving forward into the defence. This may be because of his injured shoulder that he received in the Champions League final over three weeks ago, or it could be Egypt’s attacking plan. Either way, Salah seems more hesitant than normal.

Russia is a confident side

While Russia may have scored five goals against Saudi Arabia in their opening match, they brought renewed confidence to this game. They put lots of crosses in and took a shot as they are hoping to replicate their goals from the Saudi Arabia match, and they had varying success with these. While some crosses fell nicely to Artyom Dyzuba, others where hit incorrectly or went straight for the keeper.

Teams can score against Russia

Until Russia conceded the penalty, Egypt were couldn't really dent the Russian defence. However, after the penalty was scored, the defence began to weaken and let chances happen. While Saudi Arabia also struggled to make a challenge, they still applied pressure. If a team is able to apply constant pressure on the defence then cracks will start to show and goals can be scored.

Russia could win the group

Russia has won their first two games and netted eight goals in the process. This sets them in a good position to finish top of the group as they not only have six points, but also a goal difference of seven. It is likely that they will still make the last 16 and it looks like they will top their group, but where they finish will depend on the remaining three games.

Egypt is still in the World Cup

Much like Russia, Egypt can still get through to the last 16. It will be much harder now, but if they beat Saudi Arabia and the results go their way, they could make it.