2018 FIFA World Cup Group A

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Group A of the 2018 FIFA World Cup takes place from 14 to 25 June 2018.[1] The group consists of Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Uruguay. The top two teams will advance to the round of 16.[2]

Teams

Draw position Team Pot Confederation Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
FIFA Rankings
October 2017[nb 1] June 2018
A1  Russia 1 UEFA Hosts 2 December 2010 11th[nb 2] 2014 (group stage) Fourth place (1966)[nb 3] 65 70
A2  Saudi Arabia 4 AFC AFC Third Round Group B runners-up 5 September 2017 5th 2006 (group stage) Round of 16 (1994) 63 67
A3  Egypt 3 CAF CAF Third Round Group E winners 8 October 2017 3rd 1990 (group stage) First round (1934), Group stage (1990) 30 45
A4  Uruguay 2 CONMEBOL CONMEBOL Round Robin runners-up 10 October 2017 13th 2014 (round of 16) Winners (1930, 1950) 17 14
Notes
  1. ^ The rankings of October 2017 were used for seeding for the final draw.
  2. ^ This is the 4th appearance of Russia at the FIFA World Cup. However, FIFA considers Russia as the successor team of the Soviet Union, who qualified on 7 occasions.
  3. ^ Russia's best result is group stage in 1994, 2002, and 2014. However, FIFA considers Russia as the successor team of the Soviet Union.

Standings

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Russia (H) 1 1 0 0 5 0 +5 3 Advance to knockout stage
2  Uruguay 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3
3  Egypt 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0
4  Saudi Arabia 1 0 0 1 0 5 −5 0
Updated to match(es) played on 15 June 2018. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host.

In the round of 16:

  • The winners of Group A will advance to play the runners-up of Group B.
  • The runners-up of Group A will advance to play the winners of Group B.

Matches

All times listed are local time.[1]

Russia vs Saudi Arabia

The two teams had met only once, a friendly game in 1993 won by Saudi Arabia 4–2.[3]

In the 12th minute, Yury Gazinsky headed the first goal for Russia from a cross from the left before substitute Denis Cheryshev evaded several challenges and smashed home at the near post close to half-time. The tempo slowed and the atmosphere flattened after the restart, giving the whole thing the feel of a friendly match. But substitute Artem Dzyuba illuminated a match of often dubious quality with a precise header from a cross from the right to extend his team's lead just minutes after replacing Fyodor Smolov.[4] As the match moved into injury time, Cheryshev smashed home with a crisp left-foot strike into the top right corner before Aleksandr Golovin curled a free-kick around the wall and into the right of the net.[5]

Alan Dzagoev limped off with a hamstring injury in the 24th minute. "Alan Dzagoev damaged the muscles in the back of the thigh," Russia said in a brief statement.[6]

For the first time in World Cup history, two players – Gazinsky and Cheryshev – scored their first international goals in the opening match.[7] Russia's victory means that the host nation has never lost their opening match in any of the 21 editions of the World Cup (won 16, drew six). Russia (5–0) recorded the second biggest victory by a host nation in their opening match at a World Cup, after Italy v USA in 1934 (7–1); while it is also the second largest victory of any host nation, only behind Italy vs USA at 1934 and Brazil vs Sweden at 1950, both ended 7–1. Russia's Denis Cheryshev became the first substitute to score a goal in the opening match of a World Cup tournament. In this game, Sergei Ignashevich became the oldest player to ever appear in a World Cup match for Russia/USSR (38 years & 335 days old).[5][8]

For Saudi Arabia, this was their second biggest defeat in World Cup, after the 0–8 defeat to Germany in 2002.

Russia  5–0  Saudi Arabia
Report
Attendance: 78,011[9]
Russia[10]
Saudi Arabia[10]
GK 1 Igor Akinfeev (c)
RB 2 Mário Fernandes
CB 3 Ilya Kutepov
CB 4 Sergei Ignashevich
LB 18 Yuri Zhirkov
CM 8 Yury Gazinsky
CM 11 Roman Zobnin
RW 19 Aleksandr Samedov Substituted off 64'
AM 9 Alan Dzagoev Substituted off 24'
LW 17 Aleksandr Golovin YC 88'
CF 10 Fyodor Smolov Substituted off 70'
Substitutions:
MF 6 Denis Cheryshev Substituted in 24'
MF 7 Daler Kuzyayev Substituted in 64'
FW 22 Artem Dzyuba Substituted in 70'
Manager:
Stanislav Cherchesov
RUS-KSA 2018-06-14.svg
GK 1 Abdullah Al-Mayouf
RB 6 Mohammed Al-Breik
CB 3 Osama Hawsawi (c)
CB 5 Omar Hawsawi
LB 13 Yasser Al-Shahrani
DM 7 Salman Al-Faraj
CM 14 Abdullah Otayf Substituted off 64'
CM 17 Taisir Al-Jassim YC 90+3'
RW 18 Salem Al-Dawsari
LW 8 Yahya Al-Shehri Substituted off 72'
CF 10 Mohammad Al-Sahlawi Substituted off 85'
Substitutions:
FW 19 Fahad Al-Muwallad Substituted in 64'
MF 9 Hattan Bahebri Substituted in 72'
FW 20 Muhannad Assiri Substituted in 85'
Manager:
Spain Juan Antonio Pizzi

Man of the Match:
Denis Cheryshev (Russia)[11]

Assistant referees:[10]
Hérnan Maidana (Argentina)
Juan Pablo Bellati (Argentina)
Fourth official:
Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
Fifth official:
Emerson de Carvalho (Brazil)
Video assistant referee:
Massimiliano Irrati (Italy)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Mauro Vigliano (Argentina)
Carlos Astroza (Chile)
Daniele Orsato (Italy)

Egypt vs Uruguay

The two teams had met only once, a friendly game in 2006 won by Uruguay 2–0.[3]

Egypt frustrated Uruguay with a deep defensive line, staying compact, dealing with danger competently and threatening on the counter-attack to maintain the scoreline goalless, nearing the end of the match.[12] Luis Suárez looked increasingly at a loss but remained prominent in the few opportunities that were created. When he had just the goalkeeper to beat, he dithered too long and allowed Mohamed El-Shenawy to muffle the ball at his feet. With three minutes remaining, Edinson Cavani pulled rank over his strike partner over a free kick on the edge of the area. Having earlier exerted El-Shenawy to the maximum with a fine volley, Cavani left the post shaking with what was undoubtedly the game’s best moment to that point.[13] José Giménez headed powerfully into the net in the 89th minute as he met Carlos Sánchez's free-kick from the right to give the South Americans a winning start in Russia.[14]

Uruguay won their opening match at the World Cup tournament for the first time since 1970, when they beat Israel 2–0.[14][15]

Egypt  0–1  Uruguay
Report
Egypt[17]
Uruguay[17]
GK 23 Mohamed El-Shenawy
RB 7 Ahmed Fathy (c)
CB 2 Ali Gabr
CB 6 Ahmed Hegazi YC 90+6'
LB 13 Mohamed Abdel-Shafy
CM 8 Tarek Hamed Substituted off 50'
CM 17 Mohamed Elneny
RW 22 Amr Warda Substituted off 82'
AM 19 Abdallah Said
LW 21 Trézéguet
CF 9 Marwan Mohsen Substituted off 63'
Substitutions:
MF 5 Sam Morsy YC 90+4' Substituted in 50'
FW 11 Kahraba Substituted in 63'
FW 14 Ramadan Sobhi Substituted in 82'
Manager:
Argentina Héctor Cúper
EGY-URU 2018-06-15.svg
GK 1 Fernando Muslera
RB 4 Guillermo Varela
CB 2 José Giménez
CB 3 Diego Godín (c)
LB 22 Martín Cáceres
RM 8 Nahitan Nández Substituted off 58'
CM 15 Matías Vecino Substituted off 87'
CM 6 Rodrigo Bentancur
LM 10 Giorgian De Arrascaeta Substituted off 59'
CF 9 Luis Suárez
CF 21 Edinson Cavani
Substitutions:
MF 5 Carlos Sánchez Substituted in 58'
MF 7 Cristian Rodríguez Substituted in 59'
MF 14 Lucas Torreira Substituted in 87'
Manager:
Óscar Tabárez

Man of the Match:
Mohamed El-Shenawy (Egypt)[18]

Assistant referees:[17]
Sander van Roekel (Netherlands)
Erwin Zeinstra (Netherlands)
Fourth official:
Milorad Mažić (Serbia)
Fifth official:
Milovan Ristić (Serbia)
Video assistant referee:
Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Paweł Gil (Poland)
Cyril Gringore (France)
Clément Turpin (France)

Russia vs Egypt

The two teams have never met before.[19]

Russia  Match 17  Egypt
Report

Assistant referees:
Eduardo Cardozo (Paraguay)
Juan Zorrilla (Paraguay)
Fourth official:
Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
Video assistant referee:

Assistant video assistant referees:


Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia

The two teams have met in two games. Their most recent meeting was a friendly in 2014, ending in a 1–1 draw.[20]

Uruguay  Match 18  Saudi Arabia
Report

Uruguay vs Russia

The two teams have met in one previous game, a friendly in 2012, which ended in a 1–1 draw. Playing as the Soviet Union national football team, the two teams faced each other seven times, including two matches at the World Cup, one in the 1962 FIFA World Cup group stage, won by the Soviet Union 2–1, and the other one at the 1970 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals, won by Uruguay 1–0.[20]

Uruguay  Match 33  Russia
Report

Saudi Arabia vs Egypt

The two teams have met in six previous matches, the most recent one in the 2007 Pan Arab Games, won by Egypt 2–1.[3]

Saudi Arabia  Match 34  Egypt
Report

References

  1. ^ a b "FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 – Match Schedule" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 20 December 2017. 
  2. ^ "Regulations – 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 16 November 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c "2018 FIFA World Cup – Statistical Kit" (PDF). FIFA.com. p. 3. 
  4. ^ "Russia coast past Saudi Arabia and leave them all smiling in Putin's place". Guardian. 14 June 2018. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  5. ^ a b Fletcher, Paul (14 June 2018). "Russia 5 Saudi Arabia 0". BBC Sport. 
  6. ^ "Blow for Russia as Dzagoev limps off with hamstring injury in World Cup opener". Goal.com. 14 June 2018. 
  7. ^ "Hosts Russia kick off World Cup in style". FIFA.com. 14 June 2018. 
  8. ^ Staunton, Peter (14 June 2018). "Golovin genius caps dream World Cup start for 'worst Russia' ever". Goal.com. 
  9. ^ "Match report – Group A – Russia-Saudi Arabia" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 14 June 2018. Retrieved 14 June 2018. 
  10. ^ a b c "Tactical Line-up – Group A – Russia-Saudi Arabia" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 14 June 2018. Retrieved 14 June 2018. 
  11. ^ "Russia v Saudi Arabia – Man of the Match". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 14 June 2018. Retrieved 14 June 2018. 
  12. ^ "Jose Gimenez grabs late winner for Uruguay to break Egyptian hearts". The Telegraph. 15 June 2018. 
  13. ^ Bairner, Robin (15 June 2018). "No Salah, no party as Suarez sinks on World Cup return". Goal.com. 
  14. ^ a b Emons, Michael (15 June 2018). "Egypt 0 Uruguay 1". BBC Sport. 
  15. ^ "Pain for returning Egypt as Uruguay earn late win". FIFA.com. 15 June 2018. 
  16. ^ "Match report – Group A – Egypt-Uruguay" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 15 June 2018. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  17. ^ a b c "Tactical Line-up – Group A – Egypt-Uruguay" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 15 June 2018. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  18. ^ "Egypt v Uruguay – Man of the Match". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 15 June 2018. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  19. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup – Statistical Kit" (PDF). FIFA.com. 
  20. ^ a b "2018 FIFA World Cup – Statistical Kit" (PDF). FIFA.com. p. 4. 

External links

  • 2018 FIFA World Cup Group A, FIFA.com
Retrieved from "https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=2018_FIFA_World_Cup_Group_A&oldid=846380952"
This content was retrieved from Wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_FIFA_World_Cup_Group_A
This page is based on the copyrighted Wikipedia article "2018 FIFA World Cup Group A"; it is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY-SA). You may redistribute it, verbatim or modified, providing that you comply with the terms of the CC-BY-SA