Russia has enjoyed a positive start in its 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia, followed by the host team’s 3-1 win over Egypt.
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The return of Mohamed Salah from injury couldn't prevent World Cup hosts Russia from virtually sealing their place in the last 16 by beating Egypt 3-1 Tuesday.Salah did net Egypt's first goal at a World Cup since 1990 from the penalty spot after he had been hauled down 17 minutes from time, but it was too little, too late for the Pharaohs.However, Russia had enjoyed a far more positive start in thrashing Saudi Arabia 5-0 to snap a seven-game run without a win heading into the tournament and their greater confidence showed early on.Salah smashed the 10th penalty of the tournament into the roof of the net, but it was little consolation as Russia took a huge step towards the knockout phase of a World Cup for the first time 32 years.
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