Egypt 0-1 Uruguay

Kristopher Nichols
June 16, 2018

The Uruguay defender jumped in the area and headed home a free kick late in the 89th minute.

"I can nearly assure you 100 per cent that he will play, save unforeseen circumstances at the very last minute", Cuper said ahead of Friday's Group A match.

It has been something of a overemotional build-up for Egyptian football delegates after the shoulder injury suffered by their superstar forward Mohamed Salah.

Speaking to reporters after the match, Cuper stressed that he could not risk Salah ahead of games against Saudi Arabia and tournament hosts Russian Federation.

The winger has been struggling to prove his fitness after sustaining a shoulder injury in Liverpool's Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid. "We always know we're running a risk when playing a match, that's something we can't hide [from]".

Egypt's Tarek Hamed (right) slides in for the tackle on Uruguay's Edinson Cavani during their Group A match in Yekaterinburg.

Uruguay´s defender Jose Gimenez (C) celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group A football match between Egypt and Uruguay at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Ekaterinburg on June 15, 2018.

Mohamed Salah fitness latest ahead of World Cup

Uruguay left it late to secure a vital 1-0 victory against Egypt as day two of the World Cup got underway at the Ekaterinburg Arena on Friday, June 15.

Brazilian footballing legend Pele sent a touching tweet to Salah moments before Egypt's World Cup opener.

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.

However, it was surprising to see thousands of seats empty in the stadium despite the prospect of seeing two of the biggest stars in the tournament go head-to-head in the shape of Mo Salah and Luis Suarez.

Suarez was immobile for large parts of the game had three glorious opportunities, hitting the side netting in the first half and failing to beat Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy twice in the second from close range.

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