Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Mohamed Salah absent, Luis Suarez woeful & a Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Iberian classic

Mohamed Salah absent, Luis Suarez woeful & a Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Iberian classic

The Group A encounter featured few good chances for either side before a late surge from Uruguay culminated in Gimenez's 89th-minute victor.

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.

Without Salah - who broke the Premier League record for goals shortly before exiting the UEFA Champions League final with a shoulder injury last month - Egypt was unable to equalize before time expired.

However, Salah looks set to return to action for Egypt's vital second group game, against the host nation, although previous insistence that he would play against Uruguay will plant seeds of doubt in many minds.

The 26-year-old has until Tuesday to get himself in a fit enough state to play and his nation will be desperate to see him perform after a crushing defeat by Uruguay left them fighting to make it to the knockout rounds.

Mohamed Salah is "ready to play against Russia" after taking part in full training on Saturday, says Egypt manager Ihab Leheta.

"I can nearly assure you 100 per cent he will play, save unforeseen circumstances at the very last minute", said Cuper.

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Whatever the outcome, it is clear that Egyptians all over the world are proud of their players and will be out in the stands, in cafes, and at home watching closely and standing in support of their team.

Egypt now have a mountain to climb and must avoid defeat in their next clash against hosts Russian Federation to avoid an early exit from the tournament.

Cuper made the remarks after a 1-0 loss to Uruguay in their World Cup group A match here.

Suarez endured a nightmare game by his standards, missing three glorious chances including one open goal. "I think we do have good forwards and good players to do a good job here at the World Cup".

Salah injured shoulder ligaments in the collision with Ramos in Kiev, which led to the Egypt global leaving the pitch in tears in the first half.

In the build up to this game, Cuper said he was "100 per cent" confident the Liverpool star would be fit to feature, though he didn't specify whether it would be from the start or off the bench.

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