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Starting XI: Russia vs Egypt

Host nation Russia will play African giants Egypt in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group A clash on Tuesday night, and Mohamed Salah has returned for the Pharaohs! Here is how the teams will line up!

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FIFA World Cup, Group A

Teams: Russia vs Egypt

Date: 19 June 2018

Time: 20:00

Venue: Saint Petersburg Stadium

Russia were superb in their opening game against Saudi Arabia this past Friday, when the likes of Aleksandr Golovin and Denis Cheryshev inspired them to a 5-0 win.

Against the Saudis, the hosts were fluent in attack but untested in defence, something Egypt superstar Mohamed Salah will be aware of.

The Liverpool attacker returns to the Pharaohs' starting XI following the shoulder injury he picked up in the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League final against Real Madrid, but the Egyptians will have wished he was available for their first game, which they lost 1-0 to Uruguay.

Egypt head into the clash on the back of two consecutive defeats, and have also failed to score a goal in their past three matches.

The African side will be hoping Salah gives them more of an attacking threat following their first group match, in which they failed to cause Uruguay any danger. The 26-year-old has scored 33 goals in 57 games for his country, and might be fired up after his lengthy lay-off.

If Egypt are to get a positive result, they will have to stop midfielder Golovin from getting the ball in space. The 22-year-old scored once and assisted twice in Russia's opening match, and depending on how far his team goes, he could be an early contender for one of the best young players of the tournament.

While Russia already have three points to their name in Group A, Egypt will be looking to get their first points on the board.

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Here's how the teams line up:

Russia: Akinfeev; Fernandes, Ignasevich, Kutepov, Zhirkov; Gazinskiy, Zobnin;  Samedov, Golovin, Cheryschev; Dyzuba.

Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathy, Gabr, Hegazy, Abdelshafy; Elneny, Hamed; Salah, Elsaid, Trezeguet; Mohsen.

Do you think Egypt can stun the hosts? Let us know in the comments section below. 



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