Russland siegt gegen Ägypten bei der WM 2018

Russia Has Efficient World Cup Squad - Egypt Head Coach

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Egypt head coach Hector Cuper said Monday that he was “happy to resign” if anyone was displeased with his training methods after Egypt suffered their second straight World Cup defeat.

Egypt lost 3-1 to Russia in St. Petersburg on Tuesday, meaning they have yet to register a point as they also lost their opening game 1-0 to Uruguay.

"First of all, if I stay on or not depends not only on me. There are people who are responsible for it. If someone is displeased, I'm happy to resign. We still have one match ahead, although our chances [to win] are minimal. As for the defense, I can repeat: we made many mistakes in the course of 10-12 minutes. We controlled… our opponents in the first half, we defended well," Cuper told journalists.

Hector Cuper also said that Russia had an efficient team.

"The Russians showed that they are an efficient team. They run a lot and cover a lot of ground. However, I can't predict how Russia will get on at this World Cup," Cuper told journalists during his post-match press conference.

Egypt will try to end their participation at the 2018 World Cup campaign in the best possible way, the team’s head coach added.

“We’ll try end our World Cup campaign in the best possible way, all the players want to play, there’s no question about that. Every single player is interested, is keen, has the expectation and the motivation to play,” Cuper said at the post-match press conference.

Egypt has yet to register a point in Group A, having lost their opening two matches. They will play the third and final group game in Volgograd on June 25 against Saudi Arabia.

Russia has now six points from two games and has scored overall eight goals. Russia head coach Stanislav Cherchesov's team is almost certain to qualify for the round of 16.

Meanwhile, Cherchersov said Tuesday night that his team executed their game plan perfectly.

"The equation is simple: we had to win in order to achieve our goals, Egypt also had to win in order to keep their chances alive. These tasks are polar… Obviously, the problem of [Mohamed] Salah had to be solved. [Yuri] Zhirkov gave the go-ahead for the match in the morning as he had been suffering from a leg problem for several days. We elaborated a plan for the game. And we managed to put it into practice," Cherchesov told journalists.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off on June 14 and will continue until July 15, with the matches being played in 11 cities across Russia.

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