Mohamed Salah made his debut at the World Cup on Tuesday and also scored a goal from the penalty spot but it was not enough to save Egypt from going down to a 3-1 defeat and the brink of elimination from the World Cup.

After their opening day loss to Uruguay, it was instructive that the Egyptians avoided another defeat against the hosts but they could not do that in Tuesday's tie at the Krestovsky Stadium.

Egypt gave the World Cup hosts a firmer test than Saudi Arabia but still pulled away with a vital win after Denis Cheryshev scored his third goal in two matches.

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An Ahmed Fathi own goal after half-time put Russia within reach of a second successive victory, only for Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba to score within three minutes of each other and effectively seal their team's place in the round of 16.

Russia are next in action at Samara Arena on Monday against top Group A challengers Uruguay, who are facing Saudi Arabia on Wednesday as they look to keep pace at the top of the pool.

Egypt will also return to play on Monday against the Green Falcons at Volgograd Arena, where they hope to sign off their Group A campaign with their first victory of the World Cup.