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Russia beat Egypt 3-1

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By ITN News Editor June 20, 2018 13:30

Russia beat Egypt 3-1

World Cup hosts Russia virtually booked their place in the second round with a 3-1 win over Egypt that moved them to top of Group A with six points from two games. Three goals in the space of 15 minutes early in the second half put the Russians firmly in command before Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, who had a subdued game on his return from injury, struck from a penalty, awarded after a video review.

Senegal took full advantage of their opponents’ errors to beat Poland 2-1 in their opening Group H match, finally giving Africa something to cheer about at the World Cup as the group favourites failed to fire. Leading thanks to a clumsy Thiago Cionek own-goal in a poor first half, M’Baye Niang put the game beyond the disjointed Poles on the hour, seizing on goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny’s decision to race out of his area to gather a long back pass.

In Group H match Japan beat 10-man Colombia 2-1. It is the first time an Asian team has overcome a South American one at the World Cup. Colombia midfielder Carlos Sanchez was sent off in the third minute for deliberate handball the second fastest red card in World Cup history. Shinji Kagawa scored the resulting penalty to put Japan 1-0 up in the sixth minute, but Juan Quintero equalised with a low free kick which squeezed over the line shortly before halftime.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor June 20, 2018 13:30
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