Africa's much-awaited and coveted tilt at World Cup glory looks as far off as ever after a dismal round of opening fixtures.
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Can any Pharaohs hold their heads high after they were dispatched 3-1 by the hosts on Tuesday?
Mohamed Salah's absence in the build-up to Egypt's World Cup has played its part in their woes in Russia, but his fitness is not the only factor.
The last 16 looms for the hosts after another impressive display, while Egypt are on the verge of elimination despite the return of their talisman.
Free-scoring Russia's World Cup dream continued with an emphatic 3-1 victory over Egypt in their second Group A match in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.
Mohamed Salah will make his return from injury to start for Egypt in their Group A World Cup game against Russia on Tuesday.
After Japan stunned 10-man Colombia and Senegal saw off Poland, Mohamed Salah starts for Egypt vs. hosts Russia.
With Mohamed Salah back, can Egypt expose a Russia side who weren't tempted in their World Cup opener?
Egypt need Mohamed Salah vs. Russia given that it's a must-win game. There's no better time for him to show he's one of the world's best right now.
Egypt coach Hector Cuper is ready to gamble on Mohamed Salah and is hoping the striker comes through a final fitness test.
Russia's opening day World Cup win over Saudi Arabia has settled nerves within the squad.
An Egypt team official confirmed goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy declined a player of the match trophy at the World Cup for religious reasons.
Russia's opening day World Cup win over Saudi Arabia has settled nerves within the squad and the hosts are confident they can contain Mohamed Salah.
Mohamed Salah's representative has confirmed that the Liverpool forward will be fit for the Pharaohs' second World Cup game.
A group of fans from Chechnya brought a smile to Mohamed Salah's face with a 100kg birthday cake decorated with a golden boot on Saturday.
The Argentinian coach opted not to risk fit-again Mohamed Salah against Uruguay, and may now come to regret his decision.