Uruguay beat Salah-less Egypt to end 48-year jinx

Egypt will lose to Uruguay won’t make it out of their group predicts Lawrenson

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Egypt attacking talisman Mohamed Salah will start against Uruguay in their FIFA World Cup opener and has been backed to contest for the Golden Boot award.

The result means Russian Federation are top of Group A after their 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in the tournament's opening game on Thursday.

Egypt are back in the World Cup finals for the first time since 1990 and their progress to the last 16 could hinge on Salah enjoying the form that saw him voted England's Player of the Year by his fellow professionals.

"I would like to thank all the players and the team, they have played in an excellent manner, they have given their best efforts and they have implemented all Mr. Hector Cuper's instructions", the goalkeeper said.

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. I know him very well, and I'm sure he's not afraid.

Cuper said officials would continue to monitor Salah during their training session Thursday.

Salah's final was cut short after a nasty landing following a tussle with Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos and doubt was immediately cast over his involvement in the World Cup.

We can confirm that the official attendance for the match between Egypt and Uruguay in Ekaterinburg is 27,015. The stadium capacity is 33,061.

He was making his 99th global appearance and was playing in a World Cup finals game for the first time since being banned from all football related activity for four months for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during Brazil 2014. "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.

As Egypt is reputable for being the "Brazil of Arabs" since winning the African Cup of Nations three consecutive times in 2006 and 2008 and 2010, Egyptians consider Egypt's qualification to World Cup as an event that should not be missed.

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