Egypt, with Salah back, hold hosts Russia goalless at halftime

ST PETERSBURG, Russia: Mohamed Salah’s belated entry to the World Cup added a more confident edge to Egypt as they traded blows with hosts Russia in a flowing, but goalless, first half in their Group A match at the Saint Petersburg Stadium on Tuesday.

Salah started after missing last Friday’s defeat to Uruguay and had a half chance on the turn near the break as Russia, at the other end, concentrated most of their efforts on trying to find the head of targetman Artem Dzyuba.

(Reporting by Mark Gleeson in Nizhny Novgorod; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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