And the Egypt global had to watch on as Uruguay claimed a 1-0 win over his side in their group stage opener.
"We are ready to stop Salah and we will".
"We need to leave this victory behind us".
Many in Egypt have expressed outrage over the celebrity delegation - which includes athletes, journalists, TV presenters, actors, actresses and even a belly dancer - staying at the same hotel as the national football team members. He's an important player for us. And Cheryshev believes it will be tough for the hosts to prepare.
"Every company has the right to sponsor stars to travel, but why are they all staying so close to a team that is supposed to be in a state of focus and readiness?" tweeted famous Egyptian sports expert Yasser Ayoub. "Any chance we might have we should use in that match".
Denis Cheryshev, meanwhile, is expected to start after impressing off the bench against Saudi Arabia.
The win means that Russian Federation have already scored more goals in this tournament than they did at each of their last two World Cup appearances - they netted twice in 2014, and four times in 2002.
However the 26-year-old is desperate to start in what is a must-win game on Tuesday for the Pharoahs, who are playing in the World Cup for the first time since 1990.
Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Russia are unbeaten against African teams at the World Cup (W2, D1), including a 6-1 win over Cameroon in 1994 in which Oleg Salenko scored five.
Third-ranked Belgium meanwhile beat World Cup newbies Panama 3-0, with Romelu Lukaku bagging a second-half brace in Sochi.
"That first goal was going to be essential", said Martinez.