Egypt vs Uruguay; Can Mo Salah inspire the Pharaohs to victory?

Marcus Newton
June 20, 2018

A goal from Jose Maria Gimenez shocked the Pharaohs of Egypt who did well to keep Cavani and Suarez from having much space.

The 25-year-old was a doubt leading up to the match with a shoulder injury he picked up in the Champions League final with Real Madrid last month.

After Uruguay, Egypt will face Saudi Arabia and hosts, Russia.

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Egypt coach Hector Cuper said this week Salah had a "great chance" of playing against Uruguay, but the seven-times African champions chose to keep him on the substitutes' bench to rest before the game against hosts Russian Federation on Tuesday.

With the game evenly poised, Cuper's decision to keep Mohamed Salah on the bench seemed to be a masterstroke saving him for the Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia games. Salah got injured during the finals of the Champions League while playing against Real Madrid after a tackle with Sergio Ramos in Kiev.

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Egypt coach Hector Cuper said he could assure fans "almost 100 per cent" Salah will play some part in Yekaterinburg.

At the other end, Uruguay strikers Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani missed their chances.

He said: "Sometimes we change our plans depending on the nature of the game, but we have achieved a lot and will not change the way we play". The ball found its way to Luis Suarez at the back post but he screwed his shot tamely into the side netting.

Salah will be monitored until kick-off but should start for Egypt, while defender Ali Gabr is in contention despite bruising his face in training.

Two saves from Suarez and a powerful volley from Cavani earned him Man of the Match award after the game.

Uruguay ran away as winners in their opener but would expect a better show from their attackers next when they go up against Saudi Arabia in their second game on Wednesday.

The result is slightly scrappy, underwhelming football, short of fluidity or goalmouth action - and, correspondingly, a premium on the sort if dynamic attacking player who can transform games.

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