Mohamed Salah left out of Egypt's starting XI against Uruguay

May JohnsonJun 17, 2018

Many thought Mohamed Salah would make a brief appearance for Egypt in their opening game of the World Cup this afternoon, but clearly his fitness levels did not suffice and as a result, the team suffered.

"It would be a much different discussion if they take a point and it's a 0-0 game, but when you give that late goal and you're still looking at Russia's 5-0 win against Saudi Arabia".

Uruguay snatched a late victor as they began their World Cup campaign with a dramatic victory over Egypt, who left Mohamed Salah on the bench.

A poor game looked likely to end in stalemate but with Uruguay cranking up the pressure late on, defender Gimenez rose to power a header into the top corner and break Egypt hearts.

Egypt came within minutes of surviving largely thanks to the heroics of goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy, who bravely dived to snatch the ball from Luis Suarez' feet and then flung himself through the air to tip a Edinson Cavani volley wide.

The World Cup Egypt vs Uruguay match will be played at Ekaterinburg Arena, Russia.

Egypt, competing in a first World Cup since 1990, also expected to have midfielder Tarek Hamed available following a back problem.

Despite the one missed save, El-Shenawy's performance earned him the coveted Man of the Match award for his incredible performance.

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Named man-of-the-match for his performance in Egypt's 1-0 defeat, there was nothing he could do about Jose Gimenez's 90th minute headed victor.

Egypt have failed to score in each of their last three World Cup matches.

In the best match of Group A, both teams may be cautious, but should have enough talent to make for a thrilling second game of the World Cup. "He has contributed a great deal to the team and will in future matches".

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Hector Cuper insists that he could not risk Mohamed Salah against Uruguay, but he expects the Liverpool forward to feature against Russian Federation next week.

"In good times, everything goes into the back of the net while at other times the goal seems smaller".

"We thought perhaps he might get another injury and we want to avoid that so we decided not to take that risk".

On Salah's absence, he added: "If Mo Salah had been on the pitch, I'm sure Egypt would have benefited".

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