After their 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia, the Russians beat Egypt with a score of 3-1 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup™, wowing football fans around the world. Russia certainly wasn’t the group favorite. And yet, there’s hope for the first time in history that it might enter the playoffs - but only if it secures a victory against Uruguay on June 25.
Meanwhile, Russia fans still refuse to believe this second home triumph. The game with Egypt has practically set the Russian Twittersphere ablaze.
“This is not our team!”
When Russia took the lead thanks to a bizarre own goal by Ahmed Fathi, Russian fans were still skeptical about the match ending in success.
Не забивает сборная России, забивает за нее Египет— Илья Барабанов (@barabanch) 19 июня 2018 г.
“It’s not the Russian team doing the scoring - but Egypt.”
However, the 50th-minute finally saw moods soar with Denis Cheryshev’s goal, putting the Russians at 2-0.
РОНАЛДУ ЛОХ— Здесь Шепелин (@ilya_shepelin) 19 июня 2018 г.
“Ronaldo is a loser, Cheryshev is god!!”, wrote one fan.
На этот раз даже сами— 𒀭𒁕𒃶 (@Kokuyama) 19 июня 2018 г.
“2-0, no way ... even did it ourselves this time.”
This, of course, didn’t stop some Russians from suspecting something seriously foul going on: “Guys I don’t believe, it must be a miracle of some sort… Are you sure it’s the Russian national team playing?”
ПАЦАНЫ, Я НЕ ВЕРЮ, ЧУДЕСА КАКИЕ-ТО, ЭТО ТОЧНО СБОРНАЯ РОССИИ ИГРАЕТ?— пломпи (@fawnplompi) 19 июня 2018 г.
“The Russian team isn’t even the Russian team at all,” said another user.
It was only three minutes after that second goal that striker Artem Dzyuba - ‘Russian goal machine’ - hammered in the third. From then on, the fans were in a frenzy.
РАЗБУДИТЕ МЕНЯ СРОЧНО ЧТО ВООБЩЕ ПРОИСХОДИТ— Никита Белоголовцев (@belogolovcev) 19 июня 2018 г.
“Wake me up right now what on Earth is going on here,” exclaimed one fan.
Вызывайте пожарных, эта сборная — огонь!🇷🇺⚽️🔥— Маарио Дахарис (@teushine) 19 июня 2018 г.
“Call 911, that team is on fire!”
“I still suspect this is just our hockey team playing football in disguise,” wrote another fan.
“This is me deleting tweets about how bad our team is,” the humorous caption reads.
Other popular fan theories about Russia’s triumph have included suspicions that tomorrow is the end of the world, and we are all going to die, or that the Russian team has been using an ingenious strategy: “Play like sh*t for two years to make the whole world
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