Football fans hail Egypt despite 0-1 loss to Uruguay

Football fans hail Egypt despite 0-1 loss to Uruguay

Egypt lost 1-0 to Uruguay in heartbreaking fashion as Jose Maria Gimenez scored a towering header in the dying minutes following a phenomenal defensive performance from both sides.

Atletico Madrid star José Giménez was the hero as his 90th minute header from a set-piece gave the South Americans all three points.

Egypt's coach Hector Raul Cuper gestures from the touchline during their Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group A match against Uruguay at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Ekaterinburg on June 15, 2018.

Oscar Washington Tabarez's men need to be at their best, given their poor World Cup opener record - they have not started their quadrennial tournament finals campaign with a win since 1970.

Mohamed Salah is "almost 100 per cent" certain to play in Egypt's opening World Cup match against Uruguay, according to manager Hector Cuper.

Uruguay's Luis Suarez entered this World Cup in search of redemption following a championship history checkered with bad boy moments on the pitch. It was the first time since 1934 that the inaugural game of football's biggest prize had witnessed five goals and the electrifying start surely bodes well for the games to come.


It has been something of a overemotional build-up for Egyptian football delegates after the shoulder injury suffered by their superstar forward Mohamed Salah. "He's recovered very, very quickly - we've paid a lot of attention to him", the veteran coach told a news conference before the squad's last training session ahead of Friday's match.

And Salah isn't the only reason why Egypt could be your dark horses pick for Russian Federation.

Cavani then struck a post with a free-kick as Egypt held on with increasing desperation, before Gimenez´s dramatic late intervention.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported how the Russian national team dismantled Saudi Arabia in the opening match of the tournament.

"We wanted to avoid risks in this match [with Salah], but I think he will be fine for the next game".

Egypt's next game is against the hosts Russian Federation on Tuesday 19th June at 8PM Egyptian time, before facing off against Saudi Arabia on Monday 25th June at 5PM Egyptian time. "Even though we did not win, we hope we will have better results in the future".

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