Host nation Russia took on Egypt in Group A of the 2018 World Cup in Saint Petersburg knowing that three points would put Stanislav Cherchesov's charges on the brink of qualifying for the knockout stages.
It took 47 minutes for Russia to find a lead when Egypt full-back Ahmed Fathy turned a shot into his own net, but there was no mistaking the emphatic finishes of both Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba who quickly made it 3-0.
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"We all believe that we're able to beat them. We realise that this is going to be a very tough game against a host nation supported by thousands of fans. We are well aware of that, but we have no option other than winning, which means we need to keep our calm and focus. In the match against Russia we will go for it because we want to stay here for as long as we can. To play in a World Cup and experience this atmosphere is a dream you hope will never end."
RUSSIA STARTING XI: Akinfeev; Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov; Gazinskiy, Zobnin; Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev; Dzyuba
EGYPT STARTING XI: Elshenawy; Fathy, Gabr, Hegazy, Abdelshafy; Elneny, Hamed; Salah, Elsaid, Treziguet; Mohsen