After crushing Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opener, they beat Egypt 3-1 on Tuesday to put themselves on the brink of qualifying for the round of 16. Now he's the breakout star, tied with Cristiano Ronaldo as the World Cup's top scorer.
A shoulder injury kept Salah out of Egypt's opening game against Group A favourites Uruguay, in which the team from north Africa were beaten 1-0.
As the hosts of the 2018 World Cup, Russia's minimum goal is to reach the knockout stage.
Egypt must win against the tournament's hosts if they have any hope of progressing to the next stage.
Egypt is hoping for an improbable win for Saudi Arabia.
Though Salah won't feature in those domestic clashes, he is now likely to make an early appearance in the International Champions Cup, potentially against Borussia Dortmund on July 22. I was told by the medical team he was fit.
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Two minutes into the second half, Russian Federation got the breakthrough thanks to an own goal by Ahmed Fathy, who was unfortunate to see a low shot come off his knee and sail into his own net. I don't think the coach will focus just on Salah. Obviously, it didn't happen, but we'll see against Russian Federation in a matter of minutes. We expect at least one goal from Egypt. Bet the over.
"Mo Salah was feeling good to play today". Many watching the match at cafes left in tears or in rage after the third goal, a predictable reaction given the hype that has surrounded Salah and the national team since qualification was secured in October.
Egypt is set up to play on the counter-attack, with Cuper asking his midfielders and defenders to stick close together in two rigid banks of four and restrict the spaces that opponents seek to exploit.
"We are aware that Egypt doesn't always manage what they need to do because they can not be number one at all times, so sometimes they just need to settle for number two".
"He is important to us and I say that with all due respect to the other players in the Egyptian squad".