Mo Salah, Egyptian king and Liverpool star, scores on World Cup debut

first_imgMohamed Salah made the much-awaited World Cup debut against Russia on Tuesday but could not turn the fortunes of his side as they slumped to a 3-1 defeat at the Saint Petersburg Stadium.Egypt, having lost the first match to Uruguay 1-0, are now virtually knocked out of the tournament and Salah could do little to better a sloppy performance from the Pharaohs.After getting injured in Liverpool’s Champions League final against Real Madrid, Salah was forced to warm the bench during their first match loss.He started the second, must-win encounter on Tuesday, but the result out to be the same, in fact, worse.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEWhile there were only glum faces of Egyptians all over the stadium, the only silver lining was the fact that Salah scored Egypt’s first goal at the World Cup since 1990.In the 72nd minute, Salah was brought down in the penalty area but the referee pointed to a free kick at the edge of the box. However, this is where Video Assistant Referee (VAR) came into play and showed that the challenge happened just within the box and it was given a penalty.Salah calmly converted from the spot to give Egypt some consolation. Mohamed Salah could score only a consolation goal as Egypt slumped to a 3-1 loss against Russia. (Reuters Photo)FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEThis is only the third time Egypt are participating in the World Cup Finals and the last time they played at the tournament was 28 years ago in 1990.advertisementEgypt’s last goal at the World Cup, which came in 1990, was scored Magdi Abdelghani in their 1-1 draw against Netherlands. Incidentally, that was also a penalty.Also read – World Cup 2018: Russia on brink of last 16, joy for Africa, history for SalahSalah hardly saw the ball in Egypt’s loss to Russia but every time he had the ball in a crucial area, it looked like he would make it count.He had two chances to score as well but the big man failed to find the net but he was eventually rewarded for being a constant threat in the box.Interestingly, he became the fourth straight Premier League Golden Boot winner to score at subsequent World Cup.Also read – World Cup 2018: Russia in sight of knockouts after crushing EgyptLuis Suarez had scored twice at the 2014 World Cup, Didier Drogba had found the net once at the 2010 World Cup and Thierry Henry scored three goals for France at the 2006 World Cup.There were a lot of hopes and expectations resting on Salah, in regards to Egypt’s World Cup campaign and in the end, it proved to be too much.Salah still has a long way to go. If he continues to play the way he is, he will surely feature in the coming World Cups and there will have the chance to rectify and better his 2018 performance.On Tuesday, Salah mostly spent all his time on the right, waiting for the ball to come to him. What he did not realise was this was not Liverpool. For Egypt to create chances, he needs to work deeper, create chances and finish them too.He will learn what he has to from this and in fact, against Saudi Arabia, he will have a chance to shine through and one never knows, he may write another chapter in his already famous tale.last_img

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