Wednesday 14 November, 2018

World Cup schedule for Thursday, June 21

Egypt's Mohamed Salah leaves the pitch without going to his fans, disappointed after losing the group A match against Russia at the 2018 football World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Egypt's Mohamed Salah leaves the pitch without going to his fans, disappointed after losing the group A match against Russia at the 2018 football World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Egypt arrived in Russia with Mohamed Salah and some high expectations.

The team, playing at the World Cup for the first time since 1990, was sure it had the ability to grind out results, even with Salah still recovering from a shoulder injury. But after two matches, the Egyptians were eliminated.

"I always say that behind a player there must be a team," Egypt coach Hector Cuper said after Tuesday's 3-1 loss to Russia, their second straight.  "I feel proud we had a team, but perhaps we weren't decisive enough."

Those two losses combined with wins for both Russia and Uruguay over Saudi Arabia confirmed the team's elimination despite one final Group A match on Monday.

The results in Russia have divided the millions of fans in Egypt who have been captivated by the squad since qualification in October, with one side being harshly critical while others resign themselves to the limitations of the team.

THURSDAY'S MATCHES

GROUP C
Denmark vs Australia (7:00 am Jamaica time)
France vs Peru (10:00 am Jamaica time)

GROUP D
Argentina vs Croatia (1:00 pm Jamaica time)

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