Egypt's Cuper may live to regret Salah omission

17 June, 2018, 01:42 | Author: Anita Tucker
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From 1970 until Friday, Uruguay had lost three games and drawn another three in its opening World Cup games.

Jose Gimenez was the unlikely 89th-minute match victor as Uruguay defeated an Egypt side shorn of star man Mohamed Salah 1-0 in their World Cup opener on Friday.

After 89 minutes with limited opportunities, the Uruguayans won a risky free kick in the Egyptian area, which Gimenez headed into the back of the net to break the deadlock.

Uruguay now has three points in Group A, but still trails Russian Federation on goal difference after the host nation's 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia on Thursday.

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The Saudi Arabia team promise to be a good match for the hosts as they have enjoyed a slightly better form than their opponents. Subs: Hatan 6, Fahad 6, Muhannad 6. 21' - But here come Saudi , Yasser nashing down the left and crossing well into the middle.

Luis Suarez missed an opportunity to put Uruguay ahead against Egypt as he hit the side netting from close range. But Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed El Shennawy stopped Suarez on both occasions.

Jose Gimenez's late header earned Uruguay a 1-0 win over Mohamed Salah's Egypt, Iran gained a dramatic stoppage-time victory against Morocco and Spain and Portugal shared a memorable 3-3 draw.

"Salah did not ask to play against Uruguay".

"Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, he said: "[I'd rather have] Salah in my team. What a wonderful game we played!

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The former Chelsea and Roma player was embroiled in a dispute with the Egyptian FA Salah over his image which featured prominently on the outside of the Egypt national team's plane provided by sponsors WE.

Afterward, even Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez conceded that the result might have been different had Salah been on the field.

Australian football fans were left fuming on Friday night as Optus failed to deliver a stable live video stream of the World Cup match between Uruguay and Egypt. "We've broken the spell".

And ahead of Egypt's must-win clash with Russian Federation on Tuesday, the Egyptian Football Association have announced Salah is ready for Tuesday's game.

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