Denis Cheryshev capped a brace in Russia's opening 5-0 rout of Saudi Arabia with a superb stoppage-time finish but the Spanish-raised midfielder knows all about an esteemed tactician who he expects to make life hard for his teammates.
All eyes will be on Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah, who is returning from an injury. Whereas, Salah's absence in the first match turned out to be advantageous for Uruguay, who beat Egypt by 1-0.
The Egyptian Football Federation (EFA) laid that decision exclusively at Cuper's door, maintaining the 26-year-old was fit to face Uruguay but deemed not ready for the risk.
Russian Federation pressed Egypt high up the pitch, forcing their opponents into mistakes, one of which gifted the hosts an early chance when Aleksandr Golovin dispossessed Tarek Hamed and fired a low shot just wide.
Russia's first-ever World Cup will be held at 12 arenas across 11 cities with the final set to be played at Luzhniki on 15 July.
"Perhaps we weren't decisive enough, perhaps we lacked that little extra thing to get there, but I must recognise the great effort that they have done after 28 years where Egypt had not taken part in a World Cup".
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Yet it was to no avail for Egypt, as the hosts made it two wins from two to close in on a place in the next round.
Certainly, he was not 100 per cent fit, that much had been clear on Monday when Salah jogged around the Saint Petersburg Stadium pitch, testing out his left shoulder with a series of tentative barges but opting out when his team-mates swung their arms in circles.
How will Egypt line up against Russian Federation? But for a large majority of the game, the Egyptian king seemed to have lost his sceptre of influence.
They needed just three more minutes to add a third. When Salah pulled free at the back post, Zhirkov made the clearance, scrambling the ball over his own bar.
The Egypt keeper was beaten to the bottom right corner with that deflection as Mohamed Salah looked dejected.
The sudden goal took the wind out of Egypt's sail and they dramatically collapsed, allowing Russia's Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba to score two quick-fire goals and end the match as a contest.
The African side will be hoping Salah gives them more of an attacking threat following their first group match, in which they failed to cause Uruguay any danger.
Aleksandr Golovin scored his first World Cup goal and registered two assists on his debut in the competition. The team scored just 12 minutes into Thursday's opener against Saudi Arabia and cruised to a 5-0 victory.