This year's World Cup finals kicked off with Russia vs Saudi Arabia playing the first fixture on June 14 in a Group A tie in Moscow.
Russia got things under way as they are the home nation, and Group A is one of the more memorable of the competition – featuring Egypt, Uruguay, and Saudi Arabia.
Salah found himself in a race against time to be fully fit for the opener after sustaining a shoulder injury in Liverpool's Champions League final, and was absent for the Pharaohs opening match against Uruguay.
Goal will take a look at the rundown of the Group A fixtures ahead of the June start, as well as what to expect from each team and more.
World Cup 2018 - Group A Fixtures
|June 14||Russia 5-0 Saudi Arabia||4pm UK / 11am US ET||Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow|
|June 15||Egypt 0-1 Uruguay||1pm UK / 8am US ET||Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg|
|June 19||Russia 3-1 Egypt||7pm UK / 2pm US ET||Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg|
|June 20||Uruguay 1-0 Saudi Arabia||4pm UK / 11am US ET||Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don|
|June 25||Saudi Arabia 2-1 vs Egypt||3pm UK / 10am US ET||Volgograd Arena, Volgograd|
|June 25||Uruguay 3-0 vs Russia||3pm UK / 10am US ET||Samara Arena, Samara|
Russia got the tournament off to a thrilling start by putting five goals past Saudi Arabia before Uruguay followed that up with a narro - and late - victory over an Egypt side sans Salah.
The hosts continued their excellent start to the competition by inflicting a 3-1 defeat on Egypt, who failed to secure a crucial result despite welcoming Salah back into the starting XI.
Uruguay then secured their qualification to the last 16 by edging out Saudi Arabia 1-0, and then winning against the host nation by 3-0 thanks to strikes by Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani as well as a Denis Cheryshev own goal.
Saudi Arabia managed to finish third in their group after they scored a stoppage time winner against Egypt in their final group game to register a 2-1 victory.
World Cup 2018 - Group A Table Standings
|3||Saudi Arabia (E)||3||1||0||2||-5||3|
World Cup 2018 - Group A Squads
Russia's 23-man squad: Igor Akinfeev, Vladimir Gabulov, Andrey Lunev; Sergei Ignashevich, Mario Fernandes, Vladimir Granat, Fyodor Kudryashov, Andrei Semyonov, Igor Smolnikov, Ilya Kutepov, Aleksandr Yerokhin, Yuri Zhirkov, Daler Kuzyaev, Aleksandr Golovin, Alan Dzagoev, Roman Zobnin, Aleksandr Samedov, Yuri Gazinsky, Anton Miranchuk, Denis Cheryshev, Artyom Dzyuba, Aleksei Miranchuk, Fyodor Smolov
Saudi Arabia's 23-man squad: Mohammed Al-Owais, Yasser Al-Musailem, Abdullah Al-Mayuf; Mansoor Al-Harbi, Yasser Al-Shahrani, Mohammed Al-Burayk, Motaz Hawsawi, Osama Hawsawi, Ali Al-Bulaihi, Omar Othman; Abdullah Alkhaibari, Abdulmalek Alkhaibri, Abdullah Otayf, Taiseer Al-Jassam, Hussain Al-Moqahwi, Salman Al-Faraj, Mohamed Kanno, Hatan Bahbir, Salem Al-Dawsari, Yahia Al-Shehri; Fahad Al-Muwallad, Mohammad Al-Sahlawi, Muhannad Assiri
Egypt's 23-man squad: Essam El Hadary, Mohamed El-Shennawy, Sherif Ekramy; Ahmed Fathi, Abdallah Said, Saad Samir, Ayman Ashraf, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy, Ahmed Hegazi, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Elmohamady, Omar Gaber; Tarek Hamed, Mahmoud Shikabala, Sam Morsy, Mohamed Elneny, Mahmoud Kahraba, Ramadan Sobhi, Trezeguet, Amr Warda; Marwan Mohsen, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Elwensh
Uruguay's 23-man squad: Fernando Muslera, Martin Silva, Martin Campana, Diego Godin, Sebastian Coates, Jose Maria Gimenez, Maximiliano Pereira, Gaston Silva, Martin Caceres, Guillermo Varela, Nahitan Nandez, Lucas Torreira, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Carlos Sanchez, Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Diego Laxalt, Cristian Rodriguez, Jonathan Urretaviscaya, Cristhian Stuani, Maximiliano Gomez, Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez