The Latest: Russians want to face a fit Salah at World Cup
MOSCOW (AP) The Latest on Monday at the World Cup (all times local):
FIFA says its panel of former coaches and players analyzing World Cup games judged that Australia defender Aziz Behich got the decisive final touch in the 81st minute.
After Pogba stretched to shoot, the ball looped up from Behich’s attempted clearance and struck the crossbar on its way down to land over the goal-line.
The decision means an assist for France forward Olivier Giroud is also cancelled.
FIFA’s technical study group reviews each goal as part of its work preparing a report of tactical trends at the tournament.
Saturday’s game was contentious when France scored from the spot after being awarded a penalty following a VAR review.
Millions of Russians will be watching when their team plays Egypt in its second World Cup game – but not President Vladimir Putin.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says that ”it’s hardly likely that (Putin) will manage to watch the game live” during a visit to neighboring Belarus for talks.
However, Peskov says ”he probably will watch some kind of highlights in a news format and will probably be interested in the result of the game.”
Putin was at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium last week to see Russia beat Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the tournament’s opening games, but football isn’t his No. 1 sport. His favorite sports are judo, which he trained in as a teenager, and ice hockey, which he sometimes plays in televised exhibition games.
There was only one TV show that mattered in Iceland when the national team kicked off its first World Cup.
According to figures obtained by the Icelandic FA, 99.6 percent of all people in Iceland watching television during the Iceland-Argentina match on Saturday were watching the game.
It begs the question: What did the other 0.4 percent of the TV-viewing population have on their screens?
They would have missed Iceland earning a 1-1 draw against the Argentine team captained by Lionel Messi, a player widely regarded as the best in the game.
Iceland has a population of about 335,000 and is the least populous nation to play at a World Cup.
A Kremlin spokesman says the Russian government is relieved nobody died in a weekend taxi crash in Moscow that injured two Mexican soccer fans and six other pedestrians.
A taxi veered onto the sidewalk near Red Square on Saturday, striking pedestrians. The man identified as the taxi driver later told interrogators that he hadn’t slept for 20 hours and accelerated accidentally.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov tells reporters Monday that ”we breathed a sigh of relief” upon learning that there were no fatalities. He wished the injured a speedy recovery.
City authorities identified the driver as a 28-year-old man from Kyrgyzstan.
Sweden starts with Marcus Berg and Ola Toivonen in attack in its opening game at the World Cup against South Korea. Berg and Toivonen lead Sweden’s forward line in the country’s first World Cup appearance since 2006. Sweden is now without striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who retired after the 2016 European Championship and ultimately failed in a bid to make a comeback to the squad for Russia.
Sweden is led by captain and central defender Andreas Granqvist and also has attacking midfielder Emil Forsberg in the starting lineup on Monday. But, in a surprise, defender Victor Lindelof missed out on a starting spot and Pontus Jansson takes his place.
South Korea has pinned its hopes on an attacking trio of Son Heung-min of Tottenham, Kim Shin-wook and Hwang Hee-chan, who all start the Group F match in Nizhny Novgorod. Captain Ki Sung-yueng is in midfield for South Korea, which has won just two games at the World Cup since its run to the semifinals at home in 2002.
Jo Hyeon-woo will start in goal for the Koreans.
South Korea: Jo Hyeon-woo, Lee Yong, Park Joo-ho, Son Heung-min, Kim Shin-wook, Hwang Hee-chan, Koo Ja-cheol, Ki Sung-yueng, Lee Jae-sung, Kim Young-gwon, Jang Hyun-soo.
Stanislav Cherchesov’s lineup faces Egypt in its next World Cup game, but that isn’t stopping the Russia coach wishing the injured Mohamed Salah is fit to play.
He wants Egypt’s biggest star to play because it will heighten the contest.
Cherchesov says ”God willing, he’ll be fit and entertain the fans, not just of Egypt but the whole world. He’s the kind of player who lights up games and tournaments like this.”
Salah was injured playing in the Champions League final for Liverpool last month and missed Egypt’s opening 1-0 loss to Uruguay on Friday, a day after Russia opened the tournament with a 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia.
Cherchesov isn’t giving away any details of how Russia will play with or without Salah on the field in St. Petersburg, but says Egypt isn’t necessarily doomed to a second defeat if Salah’s not fit.
He says ”It’s clear they have other players who play at a good level with pretty modern football.”
William Kvist posted a video on Facebook from the hospital in Saransk to say he was travelling home Monday for further checks. He said there was ”tiny opportunity” he would return to the Danish squad, adding ”we will get a long way.”
Denmark beat Peru 1-0 on Saturday in its opening game and next plays Australia in Group C.
Denmark coach Ake Hareide said after the game that if Kvist has a fractured rib, ”he’s out of the World Cup for sure.”