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20 Jun

RUSSIA 3-1 EGYPT: 4 Things We Learned As Russia Humiliates Egypt

Russia have all but booked their place in the Last 16 of their own World Cup cruising to a 3-1 victory over Egypt. An own goal from Egypt’s captain Ahmed Fathi before Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba got one each to put the game beyond the Pharoahs. 
 
Mohammed Salah scored from the spot on his return to give Egypt their first goal of the competition.
 
Below are 4 things we learned from exciting clash.
 
Egypt start well but finish badly
 
Before this game, Hector Cuper’s charges had lost their previous game to Uruguay. They did not look like a team low on confidence in the opening exchanges on Tuesday, though. 
 
The North Africans were calm and composed throughout the first half, sitting back in a compact defensive shape and holding Russia at arm’s length. 
 
Cherchesov’s men were allowed plenty of  possession but their lack of cutting edge made life comfortable for the Egyptinas, who retained a threat on the counter-attack.
 
Things changed after the interval, though, as Egypt conceded three times to leave the stadium empty-handed.
 
Salah return not enough for Pharoahs
 
Following his return to the starting XI after being forced to sit out the opening defeat at the hands of Uruguay last Friday. 
 
The Liverpool man struggled, understandably so given his near month-long layoff, but he and Trezequet both fizzed dangerous efforts narrowly wide in the first half. 
 
Egypt needed much more than Salah to succeed. He will likely leave the tournament early robbed of his chance to make a real impact.
 
Cheryshev gives Russia new lease of life
 
It’s been a familiar trope of Russia’s campaign. The World Cup hosts have regularly been undermined by a lack of pace and goalscoring prowess in the final third. All too often, Stanislav Cherchesov’s men have offered too little-to-no threat when it really mattered. 
 
Not now. For with Denis Cheryshev, the Villarreal CF star- the Russian team have finally have at least one player capable of hitting the back of the net with some sort of regularity. Russia have scored eight goals in two games with Cheryshev scoring three.
 
His example in pressing intelligently from the front encouraged others to follow suit. Cherchesov will need more of such displays from Cheryshev to take the hosts far in the competition.
 
The underdog tag on Russia could see them thrive in the face of adversity
 
Russia are not the bookmakers favourite to win the coveted trophy. Not many expected them to make it to the Last 16 but Russia is technically there after winning two games and scoring an incredible eight goals, conceding one; turning doubters into believers.
 
They have officially made the best start of any host eve and the atmosphere in Saint Petersburg was stunning. 
 
Life will get tougher once the knockout stages commence, but the turnaround for Russia has been amazing for Russia. There aren’t too many sides who will want to play them.
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