2018 FIFA World Cup Group A

Group A of the 2018 FIFA World Cup will take 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]

TeamsEdit

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 Fourth place (1966)[nb 3] 65
A2   Saudi Arabia 4 AFC AFC Third Round Group B runners-up 5 September 2017 5th 2006 Round of 16 (1994) 63
A3   Egypt 3 CAF CAF Third Round Group E winners 8 October 2017 3rd 1990 First round (1934), Group stage (1990) 30
A4   Uruguay 2 CONMEBOL CONMEBOL Round Robin runners-up 10 October 2017 13th 2014 Winners (1930, 1950) 17
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.

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Uruguay 3 3 0 0 5 0 +5 9 Advance to knockout stage
2   Russia (H) 3 2 0 1 8 4 +4 6
3   Saudi Arabia 3 1 0 2 2 7 −5 3
4   Egypt 3 0 0 3 2 6 −4 0
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.

MatchesEdit

All times listed are local time.[1]

Russia vs Saudi ArabiaEdit

Russia  5–0  Saudi Arabia
Cheryshev   43'90+1'
Gazinsky   12'
Dzyuba   71'
Golovin   90+4'
Report
Attendance: 78,011[3]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Russia[4]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Saudi Arabia[4]
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   64'
AM 9 Alan Dzagoev   24'
LW 17 Aleksandr Golovin   88'
CF 10 Fyodor Smolov   70'
Substitutions:
MF 6 Denis Cheryshev   24'
MF 7 Daler Kuzyayev   64'
FW 22 Artem Dzyuba   70'
Manager:
Stanislav Cherchesov
 
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   64'
CM 17 Taisir Al-Jassim   90+3'
RW 18 Salem Al-Dawsari
LW 8 Yahya Al-Shehri   72'
CF 10 Mohammad Al-Sahlawi   85'
Substitutions:
FW 19 Fahad Al-Muwallad   64'
MF 9 Hattan Bahebri   72'
FW 20 Muhannad Assiri   85'
Manager:
  Juan Antonio Pizzi

Man of the Match:
Denis Cheryshev (Russia)[5]

Assistant referees:[4]
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 UruguayEdit

The two teams have only played each other once, in a friendly game back in 2006 won by Uruguay 2–0.

Egypt  0–1  Uruguay
Report Giménez   89'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Egypt[7]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Uruguay[7]
GK 23 Mohamed El-Shenawy
RB 7 Ahmed Fathy (c)
CB 2 Ali Gabr
CB 6 Ahmed Hegazi   90+6'
LB 13 Mohamed Abdel-Shafy
CM 8 Tarek Hamed   50'
CM 17 Mohamed Elneny
RW 22 Amr Warda   82'
AM 19 Abdallah Said
LW 21 Trézéguet
CF 9 Marwan Mohsen   63'
Substitutions:
MF 5 Sam Morsy   90+4'   50'
FW 11 Kahraba   63'
FW 14 Ramadan Sobhi   82'
Manager:
  Héctor Cúper
 
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   58'
CM 15 Matías Vecino   87'
CM 6 Rodrigo Bentancur
LM 10 Giorgian De Arrascaeta   59'
CF 9 Luis Suárez
CF 21 Edinson Cavani
Substitutions:
MF 5 Carlos Sánchez   58'
MF 7 Cristian Rodríguez   59'
MF 14 Lucas Torreira   87'
Manager:
Óscar Tabárez

Man of the Match:
Mohamed El-Shenawy (Egypt)[8]

Assistant referees:[7]
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 EgyptEdit

Russia  3–1  Egypt
Fathy   47' (o.g.)
Cheryshev   59'
Dzyuba   62'
Report Salah   73' (pen.)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Russia[10]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Egypt[10]
GK 1 Igor Akinfeev (c)
RB 2 Mário Fernandes
CB 3 Ilya Kutepov
CB 4 Sergei Ignashevich
LB 18 Yuri Zhirkov   86'
CM 11 Roman Zobnin
CM 8 Yury Gazinsky
RW 19 Aleksandr Samedov
AM 17 Aleksandr Golovin
LW 6 Denis Cheryshev   74'
CF 22 Artem Dzyuba   79'
Substitutions:
MF 7 Daler Kuzyayev   74'
FW 10 Fyodor Smolov   84'   79'
DF 13 Fyodor Kudryashov   86'
Manager:
Stanislav Cherchesov
 
GK 23 Mohamed El-Shenawy
RB 7 Ahmed Fathy (c)
CB 2 Ali Gabr
CB 6 Ahmed Hegazi
LB 13 Mohamed Abdel-Shafy
CM 8 Tarek Hamed
CM 17 Mohamed Elneny   64'
RW 10 Mohamed Salah
AM 19 Abdallah Said
LW 21 Trézéguet   57'   68'
CF 9 Marwan Mohsen   82'
Substitutions:
FW 22 Amr Warda   64'
FW 14 Ramadan Sobhi   68'
FW 11 Kahraba   82'
Manager:
  Héctor Cúper

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

Assistant referees:[10]
Eduardo Cardozo (Paraguay)
Juan Zorrilla (Paraguay)
Fourth official:
Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
Fifth official:
Bahattin Duran (Turkey)
Video assistant referee:
Massimiliano Irrati (Italy)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Mauro Vigliano (Argentina)
Carlos Astroza (Chile)
Szymon Marciniak (Poland)

Uruguay vs Saudi ArabiaEdit

Uruguay  1–0  Saudi Arabia
Suárez   23' Report
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Uruguay[13]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Saudi Arabia[13]
GK 1 Fernando Muslera
RB 4 Guillermo Varela
CB 2 José Giménez
CB 3 Diego Godín (c)
LB 22 Martín Cáceres
RM 5 Carlos Sánchez   82'
CM 15 Matías Vecino   59'
CM 6 Rodrigo Bentancur
LM 7 Cristian Rodríguez   59'
CF 9 Luis Suárez
CF 21 Edinson Cavani
Substitutions:
MF 17 Diego Laxalt   59'
MF 14 Lucas Torreira   59'
MF 8 Nahitan Nández   82'
Manager:
Óscar Tabárez
 
GK 22 Mohammed Al-Owais
RB 6 Mohammed Al-Breik
CB 3 Osama Hawsawi (c)
CB 4 Ali Al-Bulaihi
LB 13 Yasser Al-Shahrani
DM 14 Abdullah Otayf
CM 7 Salman Al-Faraj
CM 17 Taisir Al-Jassim   44'
RW 9 Hattan Bahebri   75'
LW 18 Salem Al-Dawsari
CF 19 Fahad Al-Muwallad   78'
Substitutions:
MF 16 Housain Al-Mogahwi   44'
MF 12 Mohamed Kanno   75'
FW 10 Mohammad Al-Sahlawi   78'
Manager:
  Juan Antonio Pizzi

Man of the Match:
Luis Suárez (Uruguay)[14]

Assistant referees:[13]
Nicolas Danos (France)
Cyril Gringore (France)
Fourth official:
John Pitti (Panama)
Fifth official:
Gabriel Victoria (Panama)
Video assistant referee:
Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Paweł Gil (Poland)
Pawel Sokolnicki (Poland)
Daniele Orsato (Italy)

Uruguay vs RussiaEdit

Uruguay  3–0  Russia
Suárez   10'
Cheryshev   23' (o.g.)
Cavani   90'
Report
Attendance: 41,970[15]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Uruguay[16]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Russia[16]
GK 1 Fernando Muslera
CB 19 Sebastián Coates
CB 3 Diego Godín (c)
CB 22 Martín Cáceres
DM 14 Lucas Torreira
CM 15 Matías Vecino
CM 6 Rodrigo Bentancur   59'   63'
RW 8 Nahitan Nández   73'
LW 17 Diego Laxalt
CF 9 Luis Suárez
CF 21 Edinson Cavani   90+3'
Substitutions:
MF 10 Giorgian De Arrascaeta   63'
MF 7 Cristian Rodríguez   73'
FW 18 Maxi Gómez   90+3'
Manager:
Óscar Tabárez
 
GK 1 Igor Akinfeev (c)
RB 23 Igor Smolnikov   27'   36'
CB 3 Ilya Kutepov
CB 4 Sergei Ignashevich
LB 13 Fyodor Kudryashov
CM 11 Roman Zobnin
CM 8 Yury Gazinsky   9'   46'
RW 19 Aleksandr Samedov
AM 15 Aleksei Miranchuk   60'
LW 6 Denis Cheryshev   38'
CF 22 Artem Dzyuba
Substitutions:
DF 2 Mário Fernandes   38'
MF 7 Daler Kuzyayev   46'
FW 10 Fyodor Smolov   60'
Manager:
Stanislav Cherchesov

Man of the Match:
Luis Suárez (Uruguay)[17]

Assistant referees:[16]
Djibril Camara (Senegal)
El Hadji Samba (Senegal)
Fourth official:
Bamlak Tessema Weyesa (Ethiopia)
Fifth official:
Hasan Al Mahri (United Arab Emirates)
Video assistant referee:
Clément Turpin (France)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Paweł Gil (Poland)
Cyril Gringore (France)
Daniele Orsato (Italy)

Saudi Arabia vs EgyptEdit

Saudi Arabia  2–1  Egypt
Al-Faraj   45+6' (pen.)
Al-Dawsari   90+5'
Report Salah   22'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Saudi Arabia[19]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Egypt[19]
GK 21 Yasser Al-Mosailem
RB 6 Mohammed Al-Breik
CB 3 Osama Hawsawi (c)
CB 23 Motaz Hawsawi
LB 13 Yasser Al-Shahrani
DM 14 Abdullah Otayf
CM 7 Salman Al-Faraj
CM 16 Housain Al-Mogahwi
RW 9 Hattan Bahebri   65'
LW 18 Salem Al-Dawsari
CF 19 Fahad Al-Muwallad   79'
Substitutions:
FW 20 Muhannad Assiri   65'
MF 8 Yahya Al-Shehri   79'
Manager:
  Juan Antonio Pizzi
 
GK 1 Essam El-Hadary (c)
RB 7 Ahmed Fathy   86'
CB 2 Ali Gabr   45+5'
CB 6 Ahmed Hegazi
LB 13 Mohamed Abdel-Shafy
CM 17 Mohamed Elneny
CM 8 Tarek Hamed
RW 10 Mohamed Salah
AM 19 Abdallah Said   45+7'
LW 21 Trézéguet   81'
CF 9 Marwan Mohsen   64'
Substitutions:
FW 22 Amr Warda   45+7'
FW 14 Ramadan Sobhi   64'
FW 11 Kahraba   81'
Manager:
  Héctor Cúper

Man of the Match:
Mohamed Salah (Egypt)[20]

Assistant referees:[19]
Alexander Guzmán (Colombia)
Cristian de la Cruz (Colombia)
Fourth official:
Ricardo Montero (Costa Rica)
Fifth official:
Hiroshi Yamauchi (Japan)
Video assistant referee:
Artur Soares Dias (Portugal)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Tiago Martins (Portugal)
Carlos Astroza (Chile)
Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)

ReferencesEdit

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  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Tactical Line-up – Group A – Russia-Saudi Arabia" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 14 June 2018. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
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