Russia as always very athletic, reasonably well organised but lacking in individual talent and a leader on the park.
They'll progress to the ko stages with ease but will lose against decent opposition.
I don't know if we can assume Russia are through, Egypt have an excellent defensive record and Uruguay obviously the favourites for the group. Really looking forward to Salah vs Cavani and Suarez later on.
I actually liked what Saudi Arabia tried to do yesterday. They tried to play football, getting the ball down and stringing some nice passes together. They just lacked a quality of player to do it well enough.
Couple of decent games today - looking forward to Spain vs Portugal tonight, and Egypt vs Uruguay could be decent. I know nothing of either Morocco or Iran, but I'll probably catch the first half at work.
Did you see the game a couple of weeks ago when the Tunisia goalkeeper went down with a slightly suspect injury just as the sun was setting?
All the players went off and started munching dates and guzzling water.
It's a bit pish for Egypt to be playing at this time.
It must be really tough for muslims with ramadan falling at this time of year, when the days are so long.
The game is being held in Yekaterinburg which currently has daylight between 4am and 10pm. They can't really have them playing at 2am.
I might be wrong on this but I believe Muslims who live in the extreme north or south of the world, and who will therefore have periods during the summer of almost entire sunlight, have the option of fasting during the hours of daylight in Mecca so maybe they could be observing that.