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World Cup Day 6: Russia nearly through, unexpected results in Group H

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Couldn't keep up with the happenings in Russia today? Don't worry, BostonSportsJournal.com has you covered with all the day's action in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis.

FIVE THOUGHTS FROM TUESDAY'S ACTION

Hosts win 3-1, are almost through to the knockouts, while Egypt's pretty much out: Eight goals scored and one allowed is just dominating through two games. Russia owned this match and did a solid job of containing Liverpool's Mo Salah, preventing him from getting a sniff of the football. An Egypt own goal (the fifth of the tourney) early in the second half got the scoring started for Russia, and just before the hour mark, Denis Cheryshev scored his third goal of the tournament as the Russians picked up a loose ball, cycled toward the end line, and Cheryshev buried one from 15 yards away to put the host nation on the verge of the knockouts; two minutes later, Artem Dzyuba scored the third. Lots of if onlys surrounding this Egypt side, like if Spain's Sergio Ramos didn't take Salah down with an armbar during the Champions League Final last month. Salah, who scored on a VAR-aided penalty (and really, he didn't need his arm held back) with 17 minutes left, didn't get that much of an opportunity to do anything on the world stage.

Japan downs 10-man Colombia, 2-1: Bayern Munich's James Rodriguez did not start, but he had a half-hour run-out for Los Cafeteros.