Mohamed Salah scores but Egypt face World Cup heartbreak

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It was his first game back, only three weeks after sustaining an injury to his shoulder in the Champions League final.

Shearer, who was working as a pundit for the BBC's coverage of the game in St Petersburg, said: 'He was really struggling. He was majestic on Tuesday night and is the only player in the squad to have clear memories of the 1986 World Cup when Russian Federation - back then under the USSR banner - last qualified from the group stage.

Shearer added that the Liverpool player should also be applauded for his desire to get back playing, particularly when his country needed him most.

"Egypt has, I don't want to say the fastest, but I have to say, one of the fastest players in the world", transcription courtesy of the Liverpool Echo.

"Our players were aggressive from the start and I think that worked very well for us".

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His presence in the starting line-up after sitting out Friday's 1-0 defeat to Uruguay provoked a feverish excitement from the thousands of Egyptian fans that poured into the 65,000-capacity Saint Petersburg stadium to nearly even up the numbers in the stands with the hosts.

GW: Seriously, I mean I think Salah will stay at Liverpool and I think that's the right choice, but you know, he was just such an unbelievable player all season long.

Salah started in Egypt's second World Cup clash with Russian Federation on Tuesday, the first time he has played since injuring his shoulder in the Champions League final with Liverpool.

A string of injuries and a perception that, as a stylish winger, he didn't fit Russia's typically rugged, defensive style combined to keep him out of the national team under successive coaches.

The North Africans came into their second group game, on the back of a 1-0 loss to Uruguay and were hoping to record points on the table, especially with the return of talisman Mohammed Salah.

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"The most important thing is we won". Egypt is still without a victory in six World Cup matches.

"We had some good chances, but we were lacking that extra something", Cuper said.

"We prepare matches not basing ourselves exclusively on how to stop one player such as Salah".

"Perhaps we made some mistakes we didn't make against Uruguay", Cuper acknowledged.

"Whether I should stay or not does not depend on me and we still have another match".

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