Egypt’s first World Cup finals since 1990 ended just as quickly as it began, with the Pharaohs succumbing to their second loss in as many games, this time 3-1 to hosts Russia.
After a scoreless first half, Russia netted three times in the first 20 minutes of the second interval, making Egypt the first team to be officially eliminated from the 2018 World Cup unless Saudi Arabia defeats Uruguay on Wednesday.
Mohamed Salah scored a consolation goal for Egypt with a 73rd-minute penalty in his first match back from a shoulder injury.
Egypt was in the game until Ahmed Fathi’s scored a bizarre own goal after he looked to be nudged by Russian striker Artem Dzyuba.
Dzyuba himself later got on the scoresheet along with Dennis Cherychev.
Egypt is now winless in their last eight matches under Argentine manager Hector Cuper.
The team broke a three-match scoreless streak with Salah’s penalty.
Egypt will likely bid the 2018 FIFA World Cup farewell with their final Group A match against Saudi Arabia on Monday.