2018 FIFA World Cup Group A

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Group A of the 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place from 14 to 25 June 2018.[1] The group consists of Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Uruguay. The top two teams will advance to the round of 16.[2]

Teams[change | change source]

Draw position Team Pot Confederation Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
FIFA Rankings
October 2017[nb 1] June 2018
A1  Russia 1 UEFA Hosts 2 December 2010 11th[nb 2] 2014 Fourth place (1966)[nb 3] 65
A2  Saudi Arabia 4 AFC AFC Third Round Group B runners-up 5 September 2017 5th 2006 Round of 16 (1994) 63
A3  Egypt 3 CAF CAF Third Round Group E winners 8 October 2017 3rd 1990 First round (1934), Group stage (1990) 30
A4  Uruguay 2 CONMEBOL CONMEBOL Round Robin runners-up 10 October 2017 13th 2014 Winners (1930, 1950) 17
Notes
  1. The rankings of October 2017 were used for seeding for the final draw.
  2. This is the 4th appearance of Russia at the FIFA World Cup. However, FIFA considers Russia as the successor team of the Soviet Union, who qualified on 7 occasions.
  3. Russia's best result is group stage in 1994, 2002, and 2014. However, FIFA considers Russia as the successor team of the Soviet Union.

Standings[change | change source]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Uruguay 3 3 0 0 5 0 +5 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  Russia (H) 3 2 0 1 8 4 +4 6
3  Saudi Arabia 3 1 0 2 2 7 −5 3
4  Egypt 3 0 0 3 2 6 −4 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host.

In the round of 16:

  • The winners of Group A will advance to play the runners-up of Group B.
  • The runners-up of Group A will advance to play the winners of Group B.

Matches[change | change source]

All times listed are local time.[1]

Russia vs Saudi Arabia[change | change source]

14 June 2018 (2018-06-14)
18:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Russia  5–0  Saudi Arabia Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
Attendance: 78,011[3]
Referee: Néstor Pitana (Argentina)
Cheryshev Goal 43'90+1'
Gazinsky Goal 12'
Dzyuba Goal 71'
Golovin Goal 90+4'
Report
Russia[4]
Saudi Arabia[4]
GK 1 Igor Akinfeev (c)
RB 2 Mário Fernandes
CB 3 Ilya Kutepov
CB 4 Sergei Ignashevich
LB 18 Yuri Zhirkov
CM 8 Yury Gazinsky
CM 11 Roman Zobnin
RW 19 Aleksandr Samedov Substituted off in the 64th minute 64'
AM 9 Alan Dzagoev Substituted off in the 24th minute 24'
LW 17 Aleksandr Golovin YC 88'
CF 10 Fyodor Smolov Substituted off in the 70th minute 70'
Substitutions:
MF 6 Denis Cheryshev Substituted on in the 24th minute 24'
MF 7 Daler Kuzyayev Substituted on in the 64th minute 64'
FW 22 Artem Dzyuba Substituted on in the 70th minute 70'
Manager:
Stanislav Cherchesov
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GK 1 Abdullah Al-Mayouf
RB 6 Mohammed Al-Breik
CB 3 Osama Hawsawi (c)
CB 5 Omar Hawsawi
LB 13 Yasser Al-Shahrani
DM 7 Salman Al-Faraj
CM 14 Abdullah Otayf Substituted off in the 64th minute 64'
CM 17 Taisir Al-Jassim YC 90+3'
RW 18 Salem Al-Dawsari
LW 8 Yahya Al-Shehri Substituted off in the 72nd minute 72'
CF 10 Mohammad Al-Sahlawi Substituted off in the 85th minute 85'
Substitutions:
FW 19 Fahad Al-Muwallad Substituted on in the 64th minute 64'
MF 9 Hattan Bahebri Substituted on in the 72nd minute 72'
FW 20 Muhannad Assiri Substituted on in the 85th minute 85'
Manager:
Spain Juan Antonio Pizzi

Man of the Match:
Denis Cheryshev (Russia)[5]

Assistant referees:[4]
Hérnan Maidana (Argentina)
Juan Pablo Bellati (Argentina)
Fourth official:
Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
Fifth official:
Emerson de Carvalho (Brazil)
Video assistant referee:
Massimiliano Irrati (Italy)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Mauro Vigliano (Argentina)
Carlos Astroza (Chile)
Daniele Orsato (Italy)

Egypt vs Uruguay[change | change source]

The two teams have only played each other once, in a friendly game back in 2006 won by Uruguay 2–0.


15 June 2018 (2018-06-15)
17:00 YEKT (UTC+5)
Egypt  0–1  Uruguay Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg
Attendance: 27,015[6]
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
Report Giménez Goal 89'
Egypt[7]
Uruguay[7]
GK 23 Mohamed El-Shenawy
RB 7 Ahmed Fathy (c)
CB 2 Ali Gabr
CB 6 Ahmed Hegazi YC 90+6'
LB 13 Mohamed Abdel-Shafy
CM 8 Tarek Hamed Substituted off in the 50th minute 50'
CM 17 Mohamed Elneny
RW 22 Amr Warda Substituted off in the 82nd minute 82'
AM 19 Abdallah Said
LW 21 Trézéguet
CF 9 Marwan Mohsen Substituted off in the 63rd minute 63'
Substitutions:
MF 5 Sam Morsy YC 90+4' Substituted on in the 50th minute 50'
FW 11 Kahraba Substituted on in the 63rd minute 63'
FW 14 Ramadan Sobhi Substituted on in the 82nd minute 82'
Manager:
Argentina Héctor Cúper
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GK 1 Fernando Muslera
RB 4 Guillermo Varela
CB 2 José Giménez
CB 3 Diego Godín (c)
LB 22 Martín Cáceres
RM 8 Nahitan Nández Substituted off in the 58th minute 58'
CM 15 Matías Vecino Substituted off in the 87th minute 87'
CM 6 Rodrigo Bentancur
LM 10 Giorgian De Arrascaeta Substituted off in the 59th minute 59'
CF 9 Luis Suárez
CF 21 Edinson Cavani
Substitutions:
MF 5 Carlos Sánchez Substituted on in the 58th minute 58'
MF 7 Cristian Rodríguez Substituted on in the 59th minute 59'
MF 14 Lucas Torreira Substituted on in the 87th minute 87'
Manager:
Óscar Tabárez

Man of the Match:
Mohamed El-Shenawy (Egypt)[8]

Assistant referees:[7]
Sander van Roekel (Netherlands)
Erwin Zeinstra (Netherlands)
Fourth official:
Milorad Mažić (Serbia)
Fifth official:
Milovan Ristić (Serbia)
Video assistant referee:
Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Paweł Gil (Poland)
Cyril Gringore (France)
Clément Turpin (France)

Russia vs Egypt[change | change source]

19 June 2018 (2018-06-19)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Russia  3–1  Egypt Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
Attendance: 64,468[9]
Referee: Enrique Cáceres (Paraguay)
Fathy Goal 47' (o.g.)
Cheryshev Goal 59'
Dzyuba Goal 62'
Report Salah Goal 73' (pen.)
Russia[10]
Egypt[10]
GK 1 Igor Akinfeev (c)
RB 2 Mário Fernandes
CB 3 Ilya Kutepov
CB 4 Sergei Ignashevich
LB 18 Yuri Zhirkov Substituted off in the 86th minute 86'
CM 11 Roman Zobnin
CM 8 Yury Gazinsky
RW 19 Aleksandr Samedov
AM 17 Aleksandr Golovin
LW 6 Denis Cheryshev Substituted off in the 74th minute 74'
CF 22 Artem Dzyuba Substituted off in the 79th minute 79'
Substitutions:
MF 7 Daler Kuzyayev Substituted on in the 74th minute 74'
FW 10 Fyodor Smolov YC 84' Substituted on in the 79th minute 79'
DF 13 Fyodor Kudryashov Substituted on in the 86th minute 86'
Manager:
Stanislav Cherchesov
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GK 23 Mohamed El-Shenawy
RB 7 Ahmed Fathy (c)
CB 2 Ali Gabr
CB 6 Ahmed Hegazi
LB 13 Mohamed Abdel-Shafy
CM 8 Tarek Hamed
CM 17 Mohamed Elneny Substituted off in the 64th minute 64'
RW 10 Mohamed Salah
AM 19 Abdallah Said
LW 21 Trézéguet YC 57' Substituted off in the 68th minute 68'
CF 9 Marwan Mohsen Substituted off in the 82nd minute 82'
Substitutions:
FW 22 Amr Warda Substituted on in the 64th minute 64'
FW 14 Ramadan Sobhi Substituted on in the 68th minute 68'
FW 11 Kahraba Substituted on in the 82nd minute 82'
Manager:
Argentina Héctor Cúper

Man of the Match:
Denis Cheryshev (Russia)[11]

Assistant referees:[10]
Eduardo Cardozo (Paraguay)
Juan Zorrilla (Paraguay)
Fourth official:
Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
Fifth official:
Bahattin Duran (Turkey)
Video assistant referee:
Massimiliano Irrati (Italy)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Mauro Vigliano (Argentina)
Carlos Astroza (Chile)
Szymon Marciniak (Poland)

Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia[change | change source]

20 June 2018 (2018-06-20)
18:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Uruguay  1–0  Saudi Arabia Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don
Attendance: 42,678[12]
Referee: Clément Turpin (France)
Suárez Goal 23' Report
Uruguay[13]
Saudi Arabia[13]
GK 1 Fernando Muslera
RB 4 Guillermo Varela
CB 2 José Giménez
CB 3 Diego Godín (c)
LB 22 Martín Cáceres
RM 5 Carlos Sánchez Substituted off in the 82nd minute 82'
CM 15 Matías Vecino Substituted off in the 59th minute 59'
CM 6 Rodrigo Bentancur
LM 7 Cristian Rodríguez Substituted off in the 59th minute 59'
CF 9 Luis Suárez
CF 21 Edinson Cavani
Substitutions:
MF 17 Diego Laxalt Substituted on in the 59th minute 59'
MF 14 Lucas Torreira Substituted on in the 59th minute 59'
MF 8 Nahitan Nández Substituted on in the 82nd minute 82'
Manager:
Óscar Tabárez
URU-KSA 2018-06-20.svg
GK 22 Mohammed Al-Owais
RB 6 Mohammed Al-Breik
CB 3 Osama Hawsawi (c)
CB 4 Ali Al-Bulaihi
LB 13 Yasser Al-Shahrani
DM 14 Abdullah Otayf
CM 7 Salman Al-Faraj
CM 17 Taisir Al-Jassim Substituted off in the 44th minute 44'
RW 9 Hattan Bahebri Substituted off in the 75th minute 75'
LW 18 Salem Al-Dawsari
CF 19 Fahad Al-Muwallad Substituted off in the 78th minute 78'
Substitutions:
MF 16 Housain Al-Mogahwi Substituted on in the 44th minute 44'
MF 12 Mohamed Kanno Substituted on in the 75th minute 75'
FW 10 Mohammad Al-Sahlawi Substituted on in the 78th minute 78'
Manager:
Spain Juan Antonio Pizzi

Man of the Match:
Luis Suárez (Uruguay)[14]

Assistant referees:[13]
Nicolas Danos (France)
Cyril Gringore (France)
Fourth official:
John Pitti (Panama)
Fifth official:
Gabriel Victoria (Panama)
Video assistant referee:
Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Paweł Gil (Poland)
Pawel Sokolnicki (Poland)
Daniele Orsato (Italy)

Uruguay vs Russia[change | change source]

25 June 2018 (2018-06-25)
18:00 SAMT (UTC+4)
Uruguay  3–0  Russia Cosmos Arena, Samara
Attendance: 41,970[15]
Referee: Malang Diedhiou (Senegal)
Suárez Goal 10'
Cheryshev Goal 23' (o.g.)
Cavani Goal 90'
Report
Uruguay[16]
Russia[16]
GK 1 Fernando Muslera
CB 19 Sebastián Coates
CB 3 Diego Godín (c)
CB 22 Martín Cáceres
DM 14 Lucas Torreira
CM 15 Matías Vecino
CM 6 Rodrigo Bentancur YC 59' Substituted off in the 63rd minute 63'
RW 8 Nahitan Nández Substituted off in the 73rd minute 73'
LW 17 Diego Laxalt
CF 9 Luis Suárez
CF 21 Edinson Cavani Substituted off in the 90+3rd minute 90+3'
Substitutions:
MF 10 Giorgian De Arrascaeta Substituted on in the 63rd minute 63'
MF 7 Cristian Rodríguez Substituted on in the 73rd minute 73'
FW 18 Maxi Gómez Substituted on in the 90+3rd minute 90+3'
Manager:
Óscar Tabárez
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GK 1 Igor Akinfeev (c)
RB 23 Igor Smolnikov Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 27', 36'
CB 3 Ilya Kutepov
CB 4 Sergei Ignashevich
LB 13 Fyodor Kudryashov
CM 11 Roman Zobnin
CM 8 Yury Gazinsky YC 9' Substituted off in the 46th minute 46'
RW 19 Aleksandr Samedov
AM 15 Aleksei Miranchuk Substituted off in the 60th minute 60'
LW 6 Denis Cheryshev Substituted off in the 38th minute 38'
CF 22 Artem Dzyuba
Substitutions:
DF 2 Mário Fernandes Substituted on in the 38th minute 38'
MF 7 Daler Kuzyayev Substituted on in the 46th minute 46'
FW 10 Fyodor Smolov Substituted on in the 60th minute 60'
Manager:
Stanislav Cherchesov

Man of the Match:
Luis Suárez (Uruguay)[17]

Assistant referees:[16]
Djibril Camara (Senegal)
El Hadji Samba (Senegal)
Fourth official:
Bamlak Tessema Weyesa (Ethiopia)
Fifth official:
Hasan Al Mahri (United Arab Emirates)
Video assistant referee:
Clément Turpin (France)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Paweł Gil (Poland)
Cyril Gringore (France)
Daniele Orsato (Italy)

Saudi Arabia vs Egypt[change | change source]

25 June 2018 (2018-06-25)
17:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Saudi Arabia  2–1  Egypt Volgograd Arena, Volgograd
Attendance: 36,823[18]
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
Al-Faraj Goal 45+6' (pen.)
Al-Dawsari Goal 90+5'
Report Salah Goal 22'
Saudi Arabia[19]
Egypt[19]
GK 21 Yasser Al-Mosailem
RB 6 Mohammed Al-Breik
CB 3 Osama Hawsawi (c)
CB 23 Motaz Hawsawi
LB 13 Yasser Al-Shahrani
DM 14 Abdullah Otayf
CM 7 Salman Al-Faraj
CM 16 Housain Al-Mogahwi
RW 9 Hattan Bahebri Substituted off in the 65th minute 65'
LW 18 Salem Al-Dawsari
CF 19 Fahad Al-Muwallad Substituted off in the 79th minute 79'
Substitutions:
FW 20 Muhannad Assiri Substituted on in the 65th minute 65'
MF 8 Yahya Al-Shehri Substituted on in the 79th minute 79'
Manager:
Spain Juan Antonio Pizzi
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GK 1 Essam El-Hadary (c)
RB 7 Ahmed Fathy YC 86'
CB 2 Ali Gabr YC 45+5'
CB 6 Ahmed Hegazi
LB 13 Mohamed Abdel-Shafy
CM 17 Mohamed Elneny
CM 8 Tarek Hamed
RW 10 Mohamed Salah
AM 19 Abdallah Said Substituted off in the 45+7th minute 45+7'
LW 21 Trézéguet Substituted off in the 81st minute 81'
CF 9 Marwan Mohsen Substituted off in the 64th minute 64'
Substitutions:
FW 22 Amr Warda Substituted on in the 45+7th minute 45+7'
FW 14 Ramadan Sobhi Substituted on in the 64th minute 64'
FW 11 Kahraba Substituted on in the 81st minute 81'
Manager:
Argentina Héctor Cúper

Man of the Match:
Mohamed Salah (Egypt)[20]

Assistant referees:[19]
Alexander Guzmán (Colombia)
Cristian de la Cruz (Colombia)
Fourth official:
Ricardo Montero (Costa Rica)
Fifth official:
Hiroshi Yamauchi (Japan)
Video assistant referee:
Artur Soares Dias (Portugal)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Tiago Martins (Portugal)
Carlos Astroza (Chile)
Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)

References[change | change source]

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  2. "Regulations – 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia" (PDF). FIFA.com.
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