Uruguay Face Egypt, Morocco To Meet Iran

Uruguay Face Egypt, Morocco To Meet Iran

Uruguay Face Egypt, Morocco To Meet Iran

The Liverpool forward will not start against a full-strength Uruguay, in a setback for millions of Egyptians who are pinning their tournament hopes on the striker.

However, they will desperately need Salah, who was kept on the bench having just recovered from a shoulder injury, in their next Group A clash against hosts Russian Federation on Tuesday if they are to keep alive their chances of advancing to the next round on their first World Cup appearance since 1990.

Uruguay now places second in Group A with three points behind the leader and the host nation, Russia, with three points but with five goals in their bank.

Russian Federation put pressure on the rest of the group with a 5-0 win against Saudi Arabia in the opening match on Thursday.

Watch the highlight of the goal below.

Now we get down to the real business of the World Cup, with more than one game.

Hector Cuper's decision to allow Mohamed Salah more time to recover by leaving him on the bench against Uruguay nearly paid off, but in the end it backfired on the Egypt coach.

"I took Salah's shirt as a gift for my children, who also see him as a star", Cavani was quoted as saying by Sports Illustrated.

Luis Suarez missed an easy chance to open his World Cup account against Egypt.

Salah can be seen to move on swiftly without any discomfort and he does not try to stop his shoulder being touched when another ball boy taps him. Luis Suarez spurned two excellent opportunities either side of half-time and Edinson Cavani went close twice, forcing a fine save from Mohamed El-Shenawy and hitting the post with a free-kick.

Russian Federation put five past Saudi Arabia, who are probably the worst team I've ever seen play in an worldwide tournament, and really aren't up to much.

It's worrying signs for Egypt as they scored only one goal in the absence of Mo Salah.

Cavani and Suarez didn't receive the support they needed and at times dropped back to midfield as playmakers, not a role for a duo that has combined for 93 worldwide goals.

The two soaring temporary seating sections at either end of the pitch appeared to be nearly completely full, with one dominated by Egyptian fans and the other by the Uruguayans.

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