World Cup host Russia reduced Egypt’s hope of qualifying for the round of 16 with an emphatic 3-1 victory that saw Russia clinch six points and move top of the table.
An own-goal opened the scoring for Russia through Fathy in the 47th minutes, before Cheyshev and Dzyuba increased the tally in the 59th and 62nd minutes respectively, putting Russia in a comfortable lead that makes them stay on top of the table even on goal difference.
The VAR system came to Egypt’s advantage and Mohammed Salah converted a spot kick to give the Pharaoh’s their first goal in Russia and what looked like a consolation goal in the 73rd minutes.
The loss means Egypt are technically out of the competition, but would have to see the outcome of the result between Uruguay and Saudi Arabia to know if any hope can still be kept alive.
If Saudi Arabia defeats Uruguay, Egypt’s hope may be kept alive but they will also need to wait till last day and hope Russia does them a favour by beating Uruguay to enable them know their faith.
However, should Uruguay emerge victorious in today’s match, Egypt and Saudi Arabia are out of the tournament and whatever they play in their last group match would basically be a game of pride, while Russia and Uruguay will have to slug it out to determine who finishes top of the table.