Salah smashed the 10th penalty of the tournament into the roof of the net, but it was little consolation as Russian Federation took a huge step towards the knockout phase of a World Cup for the first time 32 years. "They are my strength and the driver for my creations". Alternatively, Russia knew that a win would see them through to the round of 16 with a game to spare. Much of Egypt's chances will depend on the performance of Salah, and his recovery from injury.
After the opening games saw Russia defeat Saudi Arabia 5-0 and Egypt lost 1-0 to Russia, Egypt went into the game knowing that the game as a must win. He oversaw a budget of more than $13 billion (11.2 billion euros) while spearheading preparations for Russia's first World Cup at home. "We always carry out a last physical test before we announce our line-up and today we will have an important test for him to see how he does".
While Russia already have three points to their name in Group A, Egypt will be looking to get their first points on the board.
Russian Federation got their World Cup campaign off to a dream start with a 5-0 thumping of Saudi Arabia but face an entirely different beast in the form of Egypt, who should be revitalized by the return of their talismanic striker Mohamed Salah.
Egypt count right-back Ahmed Fathi as a minor doubt with muscular tightness, while team manager Ihab Leheta is keen to present a united front.
Finally, Mourinho concluded that Russia's match against Egypt is crucial as the Uruguay match is a hard one, "The game against Egypt is the crucial match of the group".More news: Britain condemns Israel bias at United Nations rights council
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"Our culture as Egyptians means that all our hearts beat as one, and that is what we feel", he said.
Egypt lost by the single goal to Uruguay the other day and can not afford another slip up.
While Egypt suffered a heartbreaking last-minute defeat to Group A favorites Uruguay, despite an impressive display without their attacking talisman Mohamed Salah.
Egypt were strong on the defence against Uruguay as the likes of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani were kept at bay for majority of the game.
At the weekend he needed the help of three team-mates to put a shirt on during a training session in Grozny. The forward also single-handedly carried Egypt into the World Cup for the first time since 1990. EFA declarations over Salah's fitness are one thing, but whether his stellar 44-goal form from Liverpool this season can be rediscovered is the major source of intrigue.