Federation Internationale de Football Association probes empty seats at Egypt Uruguay match

Kristopher Nichols
June 17, 2018

Uruguay strikers Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, the pair of players who make up that potent offense, missed their chances at the Yekaterinburg Arena.

Egypt will be hoping for a victory in both games, particularly as Russian Federation managed to score five goals against a goalless Saudi Arabia in the opening match.

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez echoed his captain's views.

Just one match on the opening day of the 2018 World Cup left us feeling shortchanged, but three back-to-back games on Friday felt like the true start of the tournament.

Marwan Mohsen played as a lone forward for Egypt, but with Salah missing and Uruguay skipper Diego Godin imperious, he hardly had a sniff.

"A risk of playing a match is something we can't hide".

Cuper has attempted to dismiss the notion that Egypt are a one-man side, but with 44 goals in all competitions this season for Liverpool, Salah's badly timed injury became a national obsession back home and made global headlines.

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It was a big decision by Egypt head coach Hector Cuper to give the 29-year-old goalkeeper his fourth cap, starting him ahead of the 45-year-old Essam El-Hadary. "We tried to do that by creating frustration and blocking all their creative players", said Iran's coach Carlos Queiroz, the former assistant to Alex Ferguson at Manchester United and ex-Real Madrid coach.

The double-stacked cake with candles was taken to a hotel where the Egyptian team is staying for the World Cup.

"Perhaps if Mo had been on the pitch today, the outcome would have been different but we can't know that", Cuper told reporters after the game.

Egypt are now third in group A and will face hosts, Russian Federation in their next game on Tuesday.

"Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, he said: "[I'd rather have] Salah in my team.

Uruguay finished second in the South American qualifying and are considered favourites to top Group "A", despite the presence of hosts Russian Federation. "We've broken the spell".

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