Russia again showed its strength and became the first team to qualify for the elimination rounds of the World Cup, by beating Egypt 3-1 in the second match in Group A.
Mohame Salah’s return lifted Egypt expectation; the player could not be present in the loss to Uruguay because of the shoulder injury suffered during the Champions League final.
And at least during the first half the team managed to make up the result, with a goalless draw in a duel in which none was clear dominator.
When the second half just started, Ahmed Fathi poked the ball into his own net in action with Russia’s Aleksandr Golovin. So, the tone of the match changed, and the Russians decided to go for more, to score a goal in the 59th minute led by Denis Cheryshev, his third in the tournament, putting him tied with Cristiano Ronaldo atop the scoring charts.
The third goal was scored by Artem Dzyuba three minutes later, taking advantage of the confusion of an Egyptian team that could not yet assimilate 2-0.
Already on the 73rd minute, Mohamed Salah was dragged down in the box by defender Roman Zobnin winning the penalty upon confirmation of the video assistant, so that the attacker of Liverpool made the maximum penalty and reduced the distances.
With the victory, Russia has six points, with eight goals in favor and one against in front of Group A, with a mathematical ticket to the next round.
Senegal survives Poland and takes Group H leadership
Senegal became the second surprise of Group H, after Japan, by winning 2-1 against their counterpart from Poland, who in the opinion of the experts should be the clear winner of the match.
The Senegalese bet to impose their physique on Poland’s technique, and forced the European errors leading to victory.
There was an error in the first goal, in the 37th minute, when a shot by Idrissa Gueye was deflected by defender Thiago Cionek to leave his goalkeeper unbalanced. The mistake was not the defense by an unexpected detour, but the training to leave alone Gueye.
Also, in the second goal Poland gave many freedoms, in the 60th minute, when a bad pass from Grzegorz Krychowiak, who fell back badly to his goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who hesitated and left the space for Mbaye Niang practically sentenced the game.
However, there was time for more, and in the 86th minute Krychowiak scored the 2-1 that made up the result with a header in the center of the area. However, the result compromises Poland, who now must play to death the next two games, especially on June 24 against Colombia, knowing that the loser will be out of the World Cup.