Egypt were caught out early on two successive occasions but were riding their luck as both scenarios saw them go unpunished, with Aleksandr Golovin fumbling the clearest of the chances.
However, in a surprising turn of events, the second half started with Ahmed Fathy scoring his own goal - giving Russian Federation the upper-hand.
Mourinho while continuing his gig as a World Cup analyst for the Kremlin network Russia Today, offered this bit of punditry in regards to the PFA and Premier League player of the year.
"With the ball, without the ball, he can dribble, he can attack spaces behind defenders".
Salah looked far from the player who scored 44 goals in his debut season for Liverpool and former Chelsea left-back Yuri Zhirkov wasn't afraid to test his fitness with a series of robust challenges.
The Russians continue to occupy top spot in Group A with six points, three ahead of second-place Uruguay, who face Saudi Arabia tomorrow.
The defeat stunned Egypt, a soccer insane nation of some 100 million people whose hopes have been pinned on Salah delivering the desired result.
Following the result, reports surfaced that the country's showing in their first two games had caused conflict between the players, staff and the fans watching at home.
In response to the controversy, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) stated on their official Facebook page late on Monday that "the football team does not interact with the Egyptian celebrities staying at the same hotel, and they use different entrances". We knew if he recovered in time it would be a good thing.
The tournament hosts came away with a 3-1 win in St Petersburg.
"This is very bad for Mo, very bad for us, very bad for Egypt", said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, minutes after seeing his side lose 3-1 in the Ukrainian capital. "We did not defend well", he said. "It's hard to say this but in a World Cup you have to wait until the very last minute, although it's true that our chances are minimal".