The Silver Lining to Mo Salah’s World Cup Exit


The Silver Lining to Mo Salah’s World Cup Exit

Illustration: Shruti Yatam


y the time Mo Salah whipped his penalty kick past Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, he was already playing for a lost cause. Stepping onto the pitch for his first game of the tournament, having missed Egypt’s opening game through injury, there was a lot riding on his barely recovered shoulders. But the hosts could not be denied, and Russia produced a dominant team effort to beat Egypt 3-1, a result that nearly cements the victor’s advancement and the loser’s elimination.

But that’s just bad news – lemme tell you the real bad news. With Egypt unlikely to advance further than the group stage, Salah’s World Cup campaign will come to an end on Monday, and the immensely popular striker will bow out of the tournament. After a dream season that saw him reach the Champions League final with Liverpool and valiantly lead his nation through the World Cup qualifiers, Salah will have to swallow this bitter defeat and accept his fate.