Mo Salah failed to rescue the Egyptians as they lose 3-1 to Russia in the second game of their Group A World Cup campaign at Krestovsky Stadium on Tuesday.
Following many anticipations from fans, Mohamed Salah finally started against Russia after seating on the bench and watching Uraguay grab three points from the Pharaohs at the opener.
The first half of the game ended in goal barrenness until a second-half own goal by Ahmed Fathy at the 47th minute followed closely by Denis Cheryshev who netted at the 59th minute.
Dzyuba made it three for Russia at the 62nd minute until Salah redeemed his name with a penalty inspired lone goal at the 73rd minute.
It was an entertaining 45 minutes at Krestovsky which ended in a goalless draw. Mohamed Salah didn’t impress much as expected; the Premier League highest goal scorer had fewer touches than any other player in the game against Russia in the first half, 5.
Russian midfielder Roman Zobnin made the most tackles in the first half, folwing his most tackles in the Saudi Arabia clash, 6.Russia opened scoring 2 minutes into the second half, at the 47th minute precisely.
Unfortunately for the Egyptian side, it was an own goal from Fathy which put the Russian side on the lead. Denis Cheryshev netted the second goal for Russia at the 59th minute before Artem Dzyuba completed it three for the host nation to make it 3-0 on the scoreline.
Salah was hauled down at the 71st minute, thanks to the VAR which came to the rescue after much confusion and a penalty was granted.
Mo Salah slotted the penalty at the back of the net to get a tip close to Russia’s three. The scoreline read 3-1 this point.
Russia grabbed their second win in their Group A World Cup campaign as Egypt suffered yet another loss despite Mo Salah’s return at the showdown.