Birthday cake for Salah at Egypt team hotel at World Cup

20 June, 2018, 02:17 | Author: Judy Cobb
  • Mohamed Salah

The ball found its way to Luis Suarez at the back post but he screwed his shot tamely into the side netting.

Egypt was within touching distance from securing what may have been a crucial point, but their performance in the latter stages had dropped, inviting the pressure from Uruguay against players like Gimenez and Cavani. Egypt is now the third before Saudi Arabia, the fourth.

It was one of those games in which both sets of defences came out on top.

Uruguay's Jose Gimenez headed in a free-kick in the 89th minute to seal a 1-0 win over Egypt in their World Cup Group A clash on Friday.

Goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary, 45, missed out on the chance to become the oldest man to play in the World Cup finals, with Cuper naming Mohamed El-Shenawy in his place.

Russian Federation won their game against Saudi Arabia with an emphatic 5-0 victory which puts them at the top of the group.

The key to Egypt's campaign will be Mohamed Salah's fitness as he recovers from the shoulder injury he suffered during May's UEFA Champions League final. "I know Salah very well, he's not fearful, we always know we're running a risk when playing a match, that's something we can't hide", he said.

Oscar Tabarez's side, meanwhile, drew with Poland and lost to Austria ahead of successive wins over the Czech Republic, Wales and Uzbekistan in their friendly matches after qualification.

Former Egypt manager Bob Bradley has revealed he is still hopeful that Egypt will reach the round of 16 despite the Uruguay defeat.

Suarez did better with his next chance just after half-time.

Suarez was sent home and banned for four months following the incident, says the Daily Mail, and heads to Russian Federation knowing that this World Cup "could be his last chance to be remembered for the right reasons".

The 26-year-old often starts on the right for Egypt but is given the license to remain high upfield when his team are defending, with the centre-forward instead dropping back to help out defensively. With a victory, Uruguay could reach the next stage with a game in hand against host Russian Federation on June 25.

Edinson Cavani scored ten goals in 18 games during World Cup qualification, topping the South American scoring charts.

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