Winning their opening game in a convincing fashion by beating Saudi Arabia 5-0, Russia are hoping that they can immediately secure their path into the knock out stage, which could happen with a win against Egypt this Tuesday.
It’s certainly staggering to see how quickly the expectation changed for Sbornaya following their big win on opening day.
Their success over Saudi, certainly brings out an improved beliefs and confident, not only among the players but also fans as they now expect their side to get out of their without much fuss.
Having to face Uruguay in the final game, certainly it’s much more save for Stanislav Cherchesov’s side to bad all three points against Egypt and collect six points before the third and final group game.
Nevertheless, it will certainly be much tougher job for Russia to take down their African based opponent, especially with strong reports claiming that Mohamed Salah is finally fit enough to play.
Salah was certainly missed by The Pharaohs during their 1-0 defeat from Uruguay, and his presence, should he really play against Russia can definitely bring something more for his teammates.
Nevertheless, it remains to be seen on how ready would the Liverpool star is this Tuesday, seeing that it was not long since he recovered from the injury he picked during Champions League final not long ago.
With both teams hungry for victory, this second game in group A, could really be an intriguing and exciting battle to watch.
Probable starting line up:
Russia: Igor Akinfeev(g); Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Yuri Zhirkov; Roman Zobnin, Yury Gazinsky, Daler Kuziaev; Aleksandr Golovin, Denis Cheryshev; Fedor Smolov.
Egypt: Mohammed El Shenawy(g), Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Ahmed Fathi, Mohammed Abdelshafy; Tarek Hamed, Mohammed El Neny, Mahmoud Trezeguet, Abdullah Al Said; Mohammed Salah, Marwan Mohsen.