Mo Salah did pass a fitness test before the game, though there has to be a doubt about whether his shoulder will stand up to what could be a bruising game.
Russia - Egypt
World Cup - 19 June 2018
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A win tonight would take Russia to the cusp of the knockout stages. They haven't got out of their World Cup group since the break up over the Soviet Union in the early nineties.
The first set of group games produced 38 goals in 16 matches - it's been entertaining as only the World Cup can be, but there is plenty of room for improvement.
Some interesting news from the Brazil camp: Neymar left their training session early with an ankle injury. He was booted all over the place by Switzerland on Sunday night.
In case you missed it, Group H got off to a lively start today, with Japan beating Colombia 2-1 and Senegal overcoming Poland by the same scoreline.
Egypt lost their opening match 1-0 to Uruguay, whose winning goal came in injury time. They played fairly well in that game, but lacked the sparkle of Mo Salah. Russia’s goal difference means that Egypt probably need a win tonight, assuming all the teams in the group beat Saudi Arabia.
The hosts Russia started the tournament with that thumping win over Saudi Arabia. Their opponents were so poor that it’s hard to know what to make of Russia; this match should give us a much better idea.
Russia (4-2-3-1) Akinfeev; Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov; Gazinskiy, Zobnin; Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev; Dzyuba.
Egypt (4-2-3-1) El Shenaway; Fathi, Hegazi, Ali Gabr, Abdel-Shafy; Elneny, Hamed; Salah, El-Said, Trezeguet; Marwan.
Team news: Mo Salah starts for Egypt! We don’t know how fit he is but there’s no point waiting for tomorrow, because it probably won’t come if Egypt lose tonight. Denis Cheryshev, who scored two lovely goals as substitute in Russia's 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia, starts on the left wing.
Hello and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE text commentary of the World Cup Group A clash between Russia and Egypt in Saint Petersburg. This is the start of the second round of group matches, the moment where things get really serious. A defeat tonight for Russia or particularly Egypt would leave them in serious danger of going out of the tournament.