Alexander Samedov pushed the ball out wide to Mario Fernandes, the Brazilian born right back who had powered forward from deep to deliver a flawless pull-back into the path of Denis Cheryshev who slotted home his third goal of the tournament.
Salah's goal against Russian Federation is Egypt's fourth one in their World Cup history after Abdulrahman Fawzi's brace against Hungary in 1934 and Magdi Abdelghani's penalty against the Netherlands in 1990.
The scoreline was a heavy deception of a game that was thoroughly engaging with an incredible end-to-end stuff but in the end, it was all tale of contrasting emotions with the host happy to progress and Egypt on the brink of an early exit. But that will be a tall order.
Cheryshev, who entered the World Cup as a fringe player, is proving lethal in front of goal, with his latest a side-footed effort from close range from Mario Fernandes' cross in the 59th. Tonight's clash with Russian Federation, who opened their home campaign with a stunning 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia, will be crucial to their hopes of progression to the round of 16.
However, he signed off 2017-18 on a note of bitter disappointment as a shoulder injury sustained in a grappling challenge with Sergio Ramos saw the 26-year-old substituted 30 minutes into last month's 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.
He was an unused substitute in Egypt's first Group A game - a 1-0 loss to Uruguay last week.
But ahead of tonight's World Cup clash, Salah's profile has been dismissed as his opponents look to get in his head. We knew if he recovered in time it would be a good thing. "I don't think it was lack of concentration. Sometime mistakes happen", the Egypt coach added.
"Whether I continue with the team or not, we'll have to see".
"I guess each coach has his or her strategy and they prepare matches according to their philosophy", Cuper said.
"Maybe you have a question about the match we just played". As a result, soccer fans are effectively deprived of Salah's brilliance the rest of the World Cup.