A buoyant Russia will take on Egypt in the 2nd game week matches of the Group A. Russia, the hosts who have had a colossal start will be aiming to seal their berth in the knock out stages of the tournament.
Match Details: Russia vs Egypt
Date: 19th June
Time: 23.30 IST
Venue: Krestovsy Stadium, St. Petersburg
Russia will miss one of their stars Alan Dzagoev, who injured his hamstring in the last match against Saudi Arabia. Denis Cheryshev who came on for him and scored a brace in the last match is expected to start, while youing sensation Aleksandr Golovin will also be playing his number 10 role.
Egypt talisman Mohamed Salah didn’t play their last match against Uruguay but has been declared fit to start against Russia. The African side have more good news as Tarek Hamed is also available for tomorrow.
Russia demolished the Saudi side in the last match and they will have to continue their blistering start to the campaign. They were highly criticized before the start of the world cup and players were accused of not giving enough for the country, but they came back strongly in the first match. Russia will also look to avoid a negative history of them, as the alst time they won by 5 goal margin in World Cup, they were bowed out of the tournament from the group stages. They beat Cameroon 6-1 in 1994, but were eliminated from the group stages after loosing the next two matches.
Egypt hearts were broken in the dying minutes of the last game and the African side will have to win on Tuesday to keep themselves alive. Salah’s return is a massive boost and the African giants will be hoping to ride on Salah’s class and get a positive result against the hosts. They will be looking to win the match, which they have never done in their previous appearances.
Probable Line Up:
Russia: Akinfeev; Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov; Yerokhin, Gazinskiy; Miranchuk, Golovin, Cheryshev; Dyzuba
Egypt: El-Shenawy; Fathy, Gabr, Hegazy, Abdel-Shafy; Elneny, Said, Hamed; Warda, Salah; Mohsen
The match will be televised live on SONY TEN 2 and TEN 3 from 23.30 IST on Tuesday for Indian viewers.