Despite Mo Salah's return for Egypt, the real story today was Russia's continued domination over group A with a 3-1 win. The hosts have now scored a tournament high 8 goals in 2 matches and are one step closer to advancement in the tournament.
It took Russia 47 minutes to score their first goal, an own goal deflected off the foot of Egyptian captain Ahmed Fathi. This year's World Cup is just 1 own goal shy of tying the 1998 tournament record of 6.
In the 59th minute, Denis Cheryshev scored his third goal of the tournament, a beautiful nutmeg through the legs of Egyptian goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy.
3 minutes later, Artem Dzyuba made it 3-0 for the tournament hosts.
Although Salah did return to action from a shoulder injury sustained in the Champions League final, the Liverpool winger was not back to his old self. He did respond, however, in the 72nd minute, scoring on a penalty to make it 3-1, but the effort was far too late. Egypt began this tournament expected to battle for their group's top spot, but their chances for advancement are now virtually over.
With a Uruguay win tomorrow against a struggling Saudi Arabia, Russia will seal their spot for advancement into the knockout round. Russia's will face off on Monday, June 25th against Uruguay, which will most likely decide the top spot in the group.