Egypt's Cuper may live to regret Salah omission

Mohamed Salah

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Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez echoed his captain's views. "Certainly he has contributed a great amount to the team and will contribute in future matches".

Egypt faces host Russian Federation in St. Petersburg on Tuesday, and then take on Saudi Arabia on June 25 in the team's final group stage match.

Salah, who turned 26 on Friday, came out with other players to inspect the pitch in Yekaterinburg. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Lionel Messi (Argentina) and Neymar Jr (Brazil) are the big boys of world football, but the Liverpool forward Salah has waltzed through to fans' hearts with his exquisite left foot.

"A risk of playing a match is something we can't hide".

Luis Suarez has been slammed by football fans after the striker appeared to attempt to get Ahmed Hegazi sent off in the final minute of Uruguay's win over Egypt. "I think at least four or five plays ended right there, we just lack the final touch to be able to score the goal", Cuper noted. "He thought he could have played and made a contribution".

Suarez missed three clearcut chances in the World Cup clash but his blushes were spared by the Atletico Madrid defender as Salah watched from the bench after the Egypt boss opted not to risk the Liverpool FC star.

With its focus on defense, Egypt failed to capitalize on several mistakes from the Uruguay midfield.

"Salah will have an important role for us in the future matches".

Uruguay won but doubts about the team's attacking qualities remain.

Cavani celebrates Uruguay's goal. Marwan Mohsen as a lone striker is not likely to be enough for the team at this year's tournament.

That result, coupled with Egypt's defeat, means that they cannot afford another defeat on the biggest stage, and they will be hopeful that Salah can replicate his 2017-18 club form against Russian Federation.

Egypt are now third in group A and will face hosts, Russian Federation in their next game on Tuesday.

More than 5,000 people with tickets skipped Uruguay's 1-0 win over Egypt in the opening game at Yekaterinburg. Tabarez called it "secondary statistics".

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