Hosts Russia will continue their World Cup charge whatever the outcome of their final Group A game on Monday.

They take on Uruguay in Samara with top spot up for grabs, but progression to the last 16 already in the bag.

A dream start to the competition has made a mockery of Stanislav Cherchesov’s side’s status as the lowest-ranked side in the showpiece.
Russia’s midfielder Denis Cheryshev celebrates scoring the 2-0 goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group A football match between Russia and Egypt at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on June 19, 2018. Photo: / AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS /

Their 5-0 opening day thumping of Saudi Arabia was backed up by a 3-1 success over Egypt in St. Petersburg.

Luis Suarez and Co need a win if they want Uruguay to top the pile and take on the runners-up from Group B in the first knockout stage.

That could well prove to be either of the European heavyweights Spain or Portugal.

The South Americans have quite clicked yet in sneaking a pair of 1-0 wins over both pool strugglers.

Egypt have endured a miserable tournament, despite boasting the talent of Mohamed Salah in their ranks.

Defeats to Russia and Uruguay have left only pride to play for as they face Saudi Arabia before heading home.

The Saudis also have passports in pockets ahead of their departure, despite an improved performance in their second fixture against Uruguay.

Their thumping by Russia in the curtain-raiser will live long in the memory – and not in a good way.

Goal difference will see the Pharaohs finish third if the pair reach a stalemate at the Volgograd Arena.