Egypt's player ratings vs Russia: Salah scores Pharaohs' first World Cup goal in 28 years

Check how each Egypt player fared in their 3-1 defeat against Russia in the World Cup group stage game on Tuesday

Ahram Online , Tuesday 19 Jun 2018,
Mohamed Salah
Egypt's Mohamed Salah scores their first goal from the penalty spot (Photo: REUTERS)

Mohamed El-Shennawi (6.5): The goalkeeper failed to reproduce the form that saw him win the match of the match award against Uruguay. After a goalless first half, he conceded three goals although he was not to blame for any of them. However, he was shaky in aerial duels and couldn't make any impressive stretches or saves to deny Russia.

Ahmed Fathi (6.5): The versatile right-back was guilty of scoring an own goal in the 47th minute that dealt a massive blow to the team. Fathi and the rest of the team totally lost concentration to ship two more goals in the space of 15 minutes.

Ahmed Hegazi (6.5): The West Brom defender was below-par tonight, allowing Russia's forwards to skip past him far too easily. He was one of the players to blame for the third goal when he allowed a cross to elude him and find Dzyuba, who chested down the ball, turned and fired home.

Ali Gabr (6.5): The towering defender was powerless in the face of the Russian attacks, and could do nothing to stop Dzyuba from skipping past him for Russia's third goal. His poor positioning also allowed Cheryshev to strike comfortably from inside the box for the second goal. 

Mahmoud Abdel-Shafi (6.5): The left back didn't have any attacking impact and also hardly closed down spaces down the flank, allowing several crosses to be launched past him. The second goal came as Samedov crossed low without being pressured by Abdel-Shafi. 

Tarek Hamed (7): The holding midfielder was the best performer for Egypt due to his tireless display. He produced a solid defensive display, cutting short passes and repeatedly dispossessing Russia's players.

Mohamed Elneny (6.5): The Arsenal midfielder was a shadow of his usual self. He was ineffective in defence and build-up play and was guilty of letting Cheryshev escape and score unmarked from inside the box. He was replaced in the 62nd minute for Amr Warda.

Abdallah El-Said (6.5): The playmaker lacked imagination and creativity as he failed to dictate the rhythm, struggling to escape his markers. The 33-year-old couldn't create any chances nor feed Salah in empty spaces.

Mohamed Salah (7): Playing his first game since the Champions League final in 26 May due to his shoulder injury, the flamboyant winger was under strict surveillance by the Russian defence. He was always surrounded by two or three defenders, leaving him with little space to operate. However he earned a penalty after being fouled in the area to score Egypt's first World Cup goal in 28 years.

Mahmoud Trezeguet (6.5): The energetic winger ran a lot but had little impact. He had three attempts but they lacked accuracy. He was replaced for Ramadan Sobhi in the 68th minute.

Marwan Mohsen (6.5): He almost had no impact as a lone striker. Egypt's frontman only tried two tame headers and was mostly overpowered by Russia's defenders.

Amr Warda (6.5): Coming onto the pitch in the 63rd minute, Warda was deployed on the right flank as Salah was moved to a second striker role. But the Atromitos winger could only send ineffective crosses that went begging.

Ramadan Sobhi (6.5.): Again, the once hot prospect of Egyptian football failed to shine. He was brought on in the 68th minute instead of Trezeguet but did not make his presence felt in almost half an hour.

Mahmoud "Kahraba" Abdel-Moneim (6.5): The natural winger replaced Mohsen in the 82nd minute but had little space and time to make any impact against a packed Russian defence.

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