A last-minute strike from Jose Gimenez condemned Hector Cuper’s men to a 1-0 defeat to Uruguay in their opening game – and the north Africans must avoid defeat against the hosts and Saudi Arabia should they hope to progress in the championship.
Despite the arduous task that awaits the Egyptians, the Arsenal star has vowed that his side will fight hard to navigate their way through to the Round of 16.
يارب 🙏🏻🙏🏻 — Mohamed ELNeny (@ElNennY) June 19, 2018
"We didn't qualify for the World Cup after such a long time away to play three games and go home,” Elneny told Fifa website.
“We won't leave Russia before we realise our ambitions and objectives. We'll fight hard to get out of the group.
"We are focused on the crucial game against Russia, which is the most difficult and most important for us.
“But all the guys are in good shape and high spirits. We all believe that we're able to beat them."
A win for Russia will see them become the first team to reach the knockout round, and the 25-year-old is aware of the huge fan base that will be rooting for the Sbornaya at Saint Petersburg Stadium.
"We realise that this is going to be a very tough game against a host nation supported by thousands of Russian fans,” he continued.
“We are well aware of that, but we have no option other than winning, which means we need to keep our calm and focus."