Egypt play third-placed Russia in Toyama


·    Russia (including its predecessor) beat Egypt in all three previous World Cup meetings - 3-0 in 1985 and 2007 and 3-1 in 2011.
·    They most recently met at the 2014 World Championship, when Russia beat Egypt 3-0 in the first round.
·    Egypt are yet to win their first match against Russia in all international tournaments. The closest they came to a victory was in their 3-2 defeat at the 2010 World League.

·    Egypt have lost three matches in a row without winning a set.
·    They lost four in a row in straight sets at a single World Cup for the last time in 1995.
·    Captain Ahmed Abdelhay has scored 149 points already, more than twice as many points as Abd Elhalim Mohamed Abou (65).

·    Russia claimed another straight-set victory against Canada and they can win four consecutive straight set matches for the first time since 2007, when they won five in a row.
·    They have won 13 of their last 14 World Cup matches (lost to Poland this year).
·    Russia have won seven of their eight competitive matches after having lost the first 11 this year.
·    Ilyas Kurkaev scored five of Russia's eight block points in the 3-0 win against Canada.


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