ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) - Russia play Egypt in a World Cup Group A match on Tuesday:
Where: Saint Petersburg Stadium, St Petersburg
When: Tuesday, June 19, 21:00 local (1800 GMT/1400 ET)
- Hosts Russia scored more goals in their first game of the World Cup against Saudi Arabia (five) than in the whole of the 2014 tournament in Brazil, where they netted twice in three group matches.
- Russia’s margin of victory was the joint-best at an opening match at a World Cup alongside Brazil’s 5-0 thumping of Mexico in 1954 in Geneva.
- Egypt have appeared in three World Cups - in 1934, 1990 and 2018 - but are yet to win a match in five attempts, losing three times, including Friday’s 1-0 defeat by Uruguay, and drawing twice.
- Forward Mohamed Salah, who is set to start against Russia after recovering from a shoulder injury, scored 71 percent of the team’s goals during qualification.
Previous meetings: The teams have never met.
Compiled by Simon Jennings in St Petersburg, editing by Ed Osmond