- Russia entered the tournament as the lowest-ranked nation and in dismal form
- They have won their first two games at the tournament after beating Saudi Arabia and Egypt
- The host country are now the best host nation with the best start of any host side in World Cup history
Russia has made the best start ever among all the host nations in the history of World Cup. Having been paired in group A with Uruguay, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, the Russians have so far surprised many.
A 5-0 opening day victory over Saudi Arabia set the tone for what has so far been a perfect tournament for the hosts.
Prior to the start of the World Cup, Russia had not won any of their last seven games but they seem to have found form at the right time.
Tuesday’s 3-1 win over Egypt was historic for Russia, as they entered the history books as the host nation to have made the best start ever to a World Cup.
In two games, the hosts have six points and a positive goal difference of seven, having conceded just once so far.
The closest any nation has come to such a record was Italy in 1934, who also won their opening two games.
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And although the Azzuri also scored eight goals, they ended up conceding twice, leaving their goal difference at +6.
Currently, Russia’s goal difference of +7 is superior. With a tougher clash against Uruguay to come in their final group game, it remains to be seen if Russia can extent this record.
Russia have the best start ever among all the host nations in the history of World Cups.
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In 1934, Italy also won two games, scored 8, but conceded 2. Russia’s goal difference is +7.
NAIJ.com previously reported that Russia qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament round of 16 after beating the Pharaohs of Egypt 3-1 in their second Group A game.
Egypt welcomed Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah to their squad after missing the first game against Uruguay, but he could not save his country from an embarrassing defeat against Russia.
This defeat for Egypt means that they are on the verge of crashing out of the 2018 World Cup, and their only hope is if Saudi Arabia beat Uruguay in the second Group A game.
Russia took the lead in this match in the 47th minute when Egyptian defender Ahmed Fathi scored against his own goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawi.
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