This is the 17th Match going on in Russia the FIFA World Cup 2018 holding in Russia.
Russia will take on Africa’s Football Giant, Egypt in the Group A at 7 p.m. BST/2 p.m. ET.
______Score: Russia 3 1 Egypt_______
FULL-TIME! RUSSIA 3-1 EGYPT.
90′ + 3′ Egypt still fighting right until the end but their World Cup looks set to end in heartbreak. They’ll have one final chance to end a long wait for a World Cup victory against Iran but they will surely be on an early flight back to Cairo.
90′ + 1′ Into four minutes of added time in St. Petersburg.
90′ Russia now just moments away from a win that will surely seal their place in the knockout stages, something that not many expected before the tournament.
88′ Egypt remain on the front foot as we enter the later stages and Salah nicks the ball off Kuzyaev on the edge of the area but his effort flies well wide of the target.
86′ Now it’s time for Russia to make their last substitution, introducting Kudryashov to replace Zhirkov.
84′ Smolov has his name taken by the referee, committing a foul to prevent an Egypt counter attack.
82′ Egypt make their change of the game, taking Mohsen off for Kahraba.
81′ Smolov leads the counter for Russia before playing across the box to Golovin, who is too hesitant on the ball and wastes the opportunity to have a shot on goal.
79′ Second change of the game for Russia, as Dzyuba makes way for the introduction of Smolov.
78′ Another penalty shout for Egypt! Mohsen falls to the ground under pressure from Kutepov but the referee waves away the protests.
77′ Russia still look capable of adding more goals before the final whistle, although Egypt may now fancy their chances of clawing their way back into the game.
75′ Russia immediately threaten down the other end, where Ignashevich sees a header comfortably collected by El-Shenawy.
74′ First change for Russia, as Cheryshev is replaced by Zenit’s Kuzyaev.
73′ GOAL! 3-1! Egypt cut the deficit! Salah makes no mistake with his finish, firing past Akinfeev from the spot. The Liverpool star gets his World Cup goal!
73′ PENALTY! It’s confirmed and Egypt will have their chance to pull a goal back. No surprises as to who is stepping up to take it.
72′ Salah tumbles inside the box but the referee has issued a free-kick outside the area. It’s time for VAR!
70′ Egypt are starting to find more room in Russia’s half but the damage has already been done. Akinfeev is still yet to truly be tested.
68′ Second change for Egypt, as Sobhi replaces Trezeguet.
67′ WIDE! Almost a moment to savour for Trezeguet, who takes the ball from Salah on the edge of the area but drills an effort wide of the post.
65′ Russia have now scored more goals in this World Cup (8) than they had in their previous two World Cup tournaments combined (6).
64′ Egypt need a response and they turn to the bench. Warda, the man Salah replaced in the starting line-up, replaces Elneny.
62′ Kutepov is the man with the assist but Dzyuba had a lot of work to do. Russia are flying once again.
62′ GOAL! It’s 3-0! Russia have turned on the style and Dzyuba gets his second goal of the tournament! The striker excellently takes a ball from Kutepov down inside the area, cutting past Gabr and giving El-Shenawy no chance with his finish.
61′ Cheryshev is standing out as Russia’s hero so far this tournament and his goal means he’s now level at the top of the scoring charts with Cristiano Ronaldo, who plays tomorrow.
59′ Excellent play from Fernandes and Russia have one foot in the knockout stages.
59′ GOAL! Russia double their advantage, it’s 2-0! Fernandes brilliant makes room on the right to cut a ball back into the middle, where Cheryshev slots home his third goal in two games.
57′ Frustration growing for Egypt, as Hassan picks up a yellow card for a clumsy foul.
56′ BLOCKED! That’s the moment Salah would have wanted as he picks up the ball in a dangerous area inside the box. However, his effort is put behind for a corner and that delivery whistles across the face of goal without a decisive touch.
55′ Egypt are understandably rattled, it’s a really cruel way to fall behind in a match and they need vast improvements if they’re to turn the tie around. I highly doubt just a single point from this game would be enough to help them advance to the next round, so they’ll surely need two.
53′ That goal has blown the roof off the stadium and it means we’re still without a goalless draw at the World Cup!
51′ There have been five own goals so far at the 2018 World Cup – the only tournament to see more in the competition was 1998 (6).
49′ That goal could be curtains for Egypt’s World Cup campaign. They can’t officially be eliminated after this match but, with this score, victory for Uruguay tomorrow would seal their fate.
47′ GOAL! Russia take the lead 1-0! It’s a nightmare start to the second half for Egypt. Zobnin fires a poor shot at goal but it took a huge deflection of Fathy, putting it into the bottom right-hand corner.
46′ KICK-OFF! Back underway in St. Petersburg, hopefully someone will remember where the goal is.
Russia have certainly been the better side but they look short of ideas in the final third, where they’re yet to play a decent cross into Dzyuba. Egypt have been similarly frustrated in their own attempts to craft attacks, as they come face-to-face with a resilient Russian defence.
45′ HALF-TIME! RUSSIA 0-0 EGYPT! Russia have dominated proceedings but haven’t been able to craft a clear-cut opening in the game and Egypt have struggled to get going in the final third. Cheryshev and Golovin look lively for the hosts, while Egypt need to get Salah on the ball more after the break.
44′ Elneny was one of Egypt’s best performers in the defeat to Uruguay on Friday but he’s yet to establish himself in the game so far.
42′ WIDE! It’s taken a while but Salah has just had his first attempt at goal. From just inside the box, he tries to find the left-hand corner of Akinfeev’s goal but it’s curled wide of the mark.
40′ We’ve gone through all of the matchday one fixtures at the World Cup without a goalless draw. If that run is to be extended here, both sides need to improve in the final third.
39′ There’s just not enough movement in the final third for Russia to create an opportunity at the moment and Cheryshev has just fired a shot from distance against the referee, leading to an Egypt counter. He’ll be the most relieved man in the stadium to see Mohsen foul a defender in the box.
37′ Russia’s performance has slipped in the last few minutes but they’re still trying to find Dzyubawith crosses floated into the box but he’s unable to get on the end of them.
35′ WIDE! Another sight at goal for Egypt, as Mohsen rises above his marker but is unable to direct a header at goal.
34′ CHANCE! Almost the moment for Egypt and Salah, as a cross into the middle from Shafy is flicked on but Zhirkov manages to get a foot to the ball before the Liverpool star can tap home and the resulting corner is wasted.
32′ Egypt are yet to get going and Russia have certainly been the better of the two sides. However, we’re not seeing too many clear-cut chances.
30′ Akinfeev has the best seat in the house at the moment. He’s had nothing to do but watch his side dominate the play.
28′ Cheryshev is having a whale of the time down the left as he’s exploiting the space he’s been awarded, with Salah unsurprisingly not tracking back to help Fathy behind him.
26′ Russia continue to focus their attacks on the wide areas but their final ball into the middle has been lacking.
24′ It’s all going Russia’s way so far but El-Shenawy is yet to be tested properly, although the hosts are getting closer and closer.
22′ Russia are doing really well to close Salah down as soon as he picks up the ball, preventing the Liverpool star from having time to do anything.
20′ Egypt have not scored a goal from open play at a World Cup since 1934.
19′ OVER! The ball drops to Cheryshev on the edge of the area and he takes one touch inside before letting a fierce shot loose, which whistles over the top of the bar.
18′ Salah looks in the mood but he’s struggling to find room to work with, while Egypt remain under seige from the Russian attacks.
16′ WIDE! Trezeguet tries to curl an effort into the right-hand corner of Akinfeev’s net but it’s wide of the mark.
15′ Egypt’s first corner of the game gives El Said a chance to whip it into the middle and Mohsen rises on the edge of the six-yard box to head at goal, winning another corner. This time it’s played short and Russia, eventually, hook the ball away.
13′ First we’ve seen of Salah as he tries to dance his way through the Russian defence but the hosts remain firm.
12′ Russia are looking particularly dangerous out wide, which is a concern for Egypt as that’s the area where they’ve struggled defensively.
10′ Egypt are struggling to get out of their own half at the moment, leaving their front men very isolated. Russia, having hit five against Saudi Arabia, look in the mood.
8′ Another opportunity for Russia to whip the ball into the middle as Golovin wins a free-kick on the left, which Samedov stands over but his delivery is headed behind for a corner off Mohsen – which comes to nothing.
6′ A corner for Russia is taken by Samedov and it’s played short, before he curls a ball into the middle that Ignashevich heads towards goal but it’s an easy save for El-Shenawy.
4′ Egypt seeing plenty of the ball in the opening minutes but Salah is yet to find room to work with. A lot of the play has been defensively, with Russia plugging any gaps in their half.
2′ Sloppy from Trezeguet as he tries to switch play, conceding possession to Cheryshev. He drives forward but his through ball doesn’t quite make it to Dzyuba.
1′ KICK-OFF! Egypt get us underway in St. Petersburg, as matchday two of the World Cup group stages begin!
It’s not all about Salah of course and Russia have some stars who could shine, including young Golovin. He pulled the strings in midfield against Saudi Arabia and capped his performance off with a superb free-kick. A number of European giants are said to be eyeing his services, so it’s another chance for him to grab the headlines.
Egypt have never won a match at the World Cup, drawing two and losing three. Can Salah provide hope to an entire region tonight?
Egypt’s only change is one I’m sure you’ve heard about, as Salah is passed fit to make his World Cup debut. Warda is the player who drops to the bench, while Fathy and Hamed retain their spots despite picking up minor knocks.
Russia make two changes to the side that thrashed Egypt, handing starts to goalscorers Dzyuba and Cheryshev. Smolov drops to the bench, while Alan Dzagoev will miss the remainder of the tournament through injury.
Egypt subs: Essam El Hadary, Sherif Ekramy, Ramadan Sobhi, Kahraba, Shikabala, Ahmed El Mohamady, Omar Gaber, Ayman Ashraf, Amr Warda, Mahmoud Hamdi, Sam Morsy, Saad Samir.
Russia subs: Andrey Lunev, Vladimir Gabulov, Fedor Smolov, Aleksey Miranchuk, Igor Smolnikov, Aleksandr Erokhin, Fedor Kudryashov, Daler Kuzyaev, Andrey Semenov, Vladimir Granat, Anton Miranchuk.
Egypt XI: Mohamed El-Shenawy; Ahmed Fathy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazi, Mohamed Shafy; Mohamed Elneny, Tarek Hamed; Mohamed Salah, Abdallah El Said, Trezeguet; Marwan Mohsen.
Russia XI: Igor Akinfeev; Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Yuri Zhirkov; Yuri Gazinskiy, Roman Zobnin; Aleksandr Samedov, Aleksandr Golovin, Denis Cheryshev; Artem Dzyuba.
After that defeat against Uruguay, Egypt know they are in real danger if they lose to Russia today as that could leave the Pharaohs exiting the competition prematurely if results tomorrow go against them. Thankfully, the return of Mohamed Salah will provide a huge boost and he could be the match winner.
After a thumping victory in the opening game, Russia know another win tonight will all but seal their spot in the knockout stages. However, the hosts can expect a significantly harder test up against an Egypt side looking for redemption after losing their first group match against Uruguay on Friday.
Hello and welcome to live text commentary of the Group A match between Russia and Egypt at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.