This Tuesday, James and Falcao’s Colombia enters the pitch of the World Cup 2018, as well as Lewandoski’s Poland, before the meeting between Russia and Egypt.
End of act I, beginning of act II. The matches of the World Cup are already decisive, with Russia-Egypt where Mohamed Salah is expected as savior of the “Pharaohs”, while Colombian strikers James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao or the Polish Robert Lewandowski also enter the pitch on Tuesday.
Absent in the late defeat as cruel (1-0) against Uruguay for the entry in the running of Egypt, the striker of Liverpool is still not guaranteed to tread the turf of the World Cup against the host country in St. Petersburg at 8:00 pm (Paris time).
Question of life or death
It is an understatement that the “Messi of the Nile” is expected. It’s almost a matter of life and death in this competition for the Egyptians. Any other result than a victory over easily-won Saudi Russians (5-0) in the opening of the competition, would almost eliminate the Egyptian odds.
For the “Tiger” Falcao, the emotion may be important at the start of the match at Saransk (14:00 Paris time), he who had to give up – say “death in the soul” would be a soft understatement – June 2, 2014 at the previous edition, due to injury.
He’s been waiting for four years, including the last two years in Monaco, where he has slammed a goal on goal, sparing himself a bit on the end of the season, aware that at 32, this is his last chance to shine at this level.
With James Rodriguez, top scorer in Brazil with 6 goals, they represent the double barrel rifle of a team that could annoy favorites if they reach the knockout phase.
“The opponents focus on me” in this type of competition, he explained, adding that his teammates should enjoy. “I willingly do this dirty work in the service of the team, to create spaces for my partners.”
Opposite, there will be the enigmatic Senegal led by Sadio Mané, teammate of Salah in Liverpool, who participates in his second World Cup only.
Sixteen years ago, in South Korea and Japan, his first attempt was transformed into a master stroke, as the Lions of Teranga had beaten and contributed to the elimination of the Blues World Champions in title, before pushing to the quarter and yield to the Turks.
“We can not compare” the teams of 2002 and 2018, judged Aliou Cissé, captain of the first and coach of the second.
“The 2002 generation has made history and has provided tremendous satisfaction and happiness. The 2018 generation is in this dynamic (…) I have a lot of confidence in them, “he said.