Sunday 18 November 2018

Russia create a plan for Salah

Mohamed Salah takes control of the ball during an Egyptian training session in Saint Petersburg. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Mohamed Salah takes control of the ball during an Egyptian training session in Saint Petersburg. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

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Russia's opening-day World Cup win over Saudi Arabia has settled nerves within the squad and the hosts are confident they have a tactical plan capable of keeping Egypt striker Mohamed Salah quiet, their coach Stanislav Cherchesov said yesterday.

Russia face Egypt in their second match in St Petersburg tonight after a resounding 5-0 victory over the Saudis that has catapulted them to the top of Group A.

"We're preparing ourselves, we're training according to a plan. We have done everything we planned to do," Cherchesov said.

"We are studying Egypt and we should be able to exploit their weaknesses."

Egypt elected not to use Salah in their first match against Uruguay and lost 1-0. The Africans need a result against Russia to keep their hopes of progressing to the knockout stages alive.

Salah, who came into the tournament carrying a shoulder injury is the crucial component in his country's attacking arsenal, and has scored 33 goals in 57 appearances.

Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov talks to his team during training at the Saint Petersburg Stadium. Photo: REUTERS/Anton Vaganov
Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov talks to his team during training at the Saint Petersburg Stadium. Photo: REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

"Every team has players that you need to pay special attention to. Egypt is a balanced team and, of course, Mo Salah is the strongest one in the team, we understand this," Cherchesov added.

"But we aren't playing against one player, we have to take into consideration all the players."

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