Mohamed Salah not in Egypt starting line-up for first World Cup match

Mohamed Salah not in Egypt starting line-up for first World Cup match

Egypt appeared on pace to earn a draw until Jose Gimenez's late victor.

Godin, who was making his 117th global appearance, sent a free kick from the right into the area. The FIFA World Cup stadium capacity is 33,061.

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez echoed his captain's views.

The brief celebration took place upon the team's arrival back in their Grozny hotel after the flight from Yekaterinburg, where they played their opening match.

With two games remaining of the group stage, Egypt need to beat Russian Federation, who thrashed Saudi Arabia 5-0 in their opening fixture, if they are to stand a realistic chance of progressing to the knockout phases of the World Cup.

Star forward Mohamed Salah was on the bench for Egypt's first World Cup match since 1990 after injuring his shoulder while playing for Liverpool in last month's Champions League final.

"Salah is decisive but our preparation does not depend on the status of one player", defender Godin added.

The Egyptians at the Moscow FIFA Fan Fest cheered on Portugal when the European champions locked horns with Spain later on Friday, showing the joy of humiliation mercurial Cristiano Ronaldo was subjecting Ramos to, as he scored a hat-trick in the 3-3 stalemate.

Unfortunately for Egypt, Salah was apparently not ready to go yet, leaving the team to face Uruguay, the toughest team they'll play in the group stage of the tournament, without their star player.

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"In my opinion Salah could have been given a run by the coach even if it was just 10 minutes to the end of the match because he needs a little bit of game time and match fitness as he hadn't played for a long time".

FC's Nick Ames reports from Ekaterinburg following Uruguay's win over Egypt and feels Luis Suarez's poor finishing may be a cause for concern.

Suarez hit the side netting in the first half and twice failed to beat Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy from close range in the second. The work we do all the time is precisely to make our players understand that they have to work harder.

Which team are you supporting in the 2018 World Cup? "Perhaps if Mo had been on the pitch today the outcome could have been different, but we'll never know that". Considering how Russian Federation exposed the Asian side's defence in their 5-0 humbling in the opener, Suarez would be excited to test the fragile backline alongside his partner Edinson Cavani. Marwan Mohsen as a lone striker is not likely to be enough for the team at this year's tournament.

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.

The Argentine coach explained that he expects Salah to be back ahead of their next game against hosts Russian Federation.

He was an unused substitute in Egypt's 1-0 loss to Uruguay on Friday - his birthday.

Some had expected him to step down after the last World Cup, but Tabarez continues. That was followed by appearances in 2010 and 2014. "We've broken the spell".

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