England’s World Cup campaign began with a turning point: the Gareth Southgate’s side beat Tunisia in Volgograd and won their debut match at a major tournament for the first time in 12 years.
It was a match in which the victory was England’s minimum demand, and the way it was achieved corresponded to one of Southgate’s crucial pre-match messages.
The head coach insisted that England should be ready to achieve a victorious outcome in “the 93rd or 94th minute, if required”, trying to bring some wisdom to the inexperienced team.
And England will admire Southgate for how his troops coped with the unsuccessful periods in the second half, when their powerful attitude for victory had been largely suppressed by the stubborn Tunisia players.
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Harry Kane saved England by heading the winning goal in the last minutes, and not only brought a very necessary victory to England, but also proved to be special taking into account his calmness and the predator’s instinct.
Russia – Egypt, World Cup 2018, Group A, June 19
After defeating Saudi Arabia on the opening day of the World Cup, Russia are now facing a more severe test and must demonstrate that their first sure victory was not a fortuity.
Egypt, undoubtedly, will be encouraged by the return of Mohamed Salah, who missed the first match of his team against Uruguay. Now, according to the head coach of Egypt, Hector Cuper, their best football player has recovered and is ready to appear on the field.
Taking into account the frank weakness of Saudi Arabia in Group A, who will play their next match against Uruguay, Russia and Egypt are likely to compete in the in-person confrontation who will qualify in the round of 16 and face Spain or Portugal.
The latest World Cup odds from the top bookmakers:
Potential Russia lineup: Igor Akinfeev; Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Yuri Zhirkov; Roman Zobnin, Yury Gazinsky, Daler Kuziaev; Aleksandr Golovin, Denis Cheryshev; Fedor Smolov
Potential Egypt lineup: Mohammed El Shenawy; Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Ahmed Fathi, Mohammed Abdelshafy; Tarek Hamed, Mohammed El Neny, Mahmoud Trezeguet, Abdullah Al Said; Mohamed Salah, Marwan Mohsen