FIFA World Cup 2018, Egypt vs Uruguay Highlights: Gimenez’s goal helps Uruguay beat Egypt 1-0

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New Delhi | Updated: June 15, 2018 7:44:09 pm

FIFA World Cup 2018: Mohamed Salah to play for Egypt in the opener against Uruguay at Ekaterinburg Arena.

FIFA World Cup 2018, Egypt vs Uruguay: Mohammed Salah to play in the opener.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Highlights: In a good news for Egypt, their talismanic striker Mohamed Salah has been declared fit to play the opener against Uruguay at Ekaterinburg Arena. The Pharaohs under coach Hector Cuper, are built on a solid defence and they conceded only 20 goals in his first 35 games in charge. Also, with the comeback of Egyptian Messi, and Marwan Mohsen in the mix, they have a good attacking partnership which can keep Godin and men on toes at all times. Ramadan Sobhi is a young talent to look out for. Also known as ‘Ramadona’ by al-Ahly fans, he is a deadly dribbler and can stun defenders with his trickeries. He is fast and agile and has also a good support to the wing backs.

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Talking about the former World Champions, Uruguay have developed in recent years, with more creative midfielders such as Federico Valverde, Rodrigo Bentancur and Matías Vecino. It is a good thing as the strength for the blue and white lies up front with Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez forming one of the tournament’s most deadly strike partnership.

There is no obvious weakness in Uruguayan squad, however, the left midfielder Cristian Rodriguez, at 32, is not as fast as he was before and that might leave full-back Martin Caceres exposed.

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19:25 (IST)15 Jun 2018

90 3 min: There will be at least five minutes of added time in all, and Uruguay have spent much of it repelling crosses so far. But Hegazi gives them a get-out by committing a needless foul on Suarez.

19:22 (IST)15 Jun 2018

90 min: Almost as soon as the goal went in the rather ungallant cameraman panned straight to Salah, who suddenly wasn’t smiling. Cuper must be wondering now whether he should have chucked him on, after all. You can be sure many millions of Egyptians are.

19:20 (IST)15 Jun 2018
GOAL! Egypt 0-1 Uruguay (Gimenez 89)

Sanchez delivers a freekick from the right and Gimenez rises like Mark Wright to nod the ball into the net from seven yards! Uruguay have surely won it!

19:18 (IST)15 Jun 2018

89 min: Cavani curls the freekick over the wall ... past the despairing dive of the goalkeeper ... and against the post! And Egypt’s defenders react smartly to scramble the ball away.

19:15 (IST)15 Jun 2018

85 min: Sanchez delivers a corner. Godin gets a head to it but not firmly enough to threaten. Shafy wellies the ball to safety.

19:13 (IST)15 Jun 2018

83 min: Suarez tees up Cavani, who lets fly with a banger of a volley from just outside the box, bringing a brilliant one-handed save from Elshenawy! It’s only his fourth cap but the keeper has certainly justified his selection.

19:09 (IST)15 Jun 2018

76 min: A terrible pass by Sanchez - a basic mis-hit - ruins a promising move for Uruguay. I wouldn’t go so far as to say Saudi Arabia will be fancying their chances but Uruguay have been dross.

19:04 (IST)15 Jun 2018

73 min: Chance for Suarez! He spins his man in the box and is through on goal. But Elshenaway rushes off his line to close him down smartly. Suarez looked like he was expecting the keeper to over-commit but he didn’t.

19:00 (IST)15 Jun 2018

69 min: A weak corner makes it as far as Cavani short of the near post. Cavani tries to turn and get off a shot but he’s crowded out by about five players.

18:52 (IST)15 Jun 2018

Uruguay substitution: Rodriguez on, De Arrascaeta off. Let’s see if the double change sparks Uruguay into action. Egypt have had their number so far.

18:42 (IST)15 Jun 2018

52 min: Egypt have responded to that injection of vim by Uruguay early in the second half. So this remains a tight and intense battle.

18:40 (IST)15 Jun 2018

48 min: Hamed is lying on his back in midfield. He’s in obvious pain after receiving a knee in the lower back from De Arrascaeta during a challenge. Accidental, no doubt. it does not look like Hamed will be able to continue.

18:36 (IST)15 Jun 2018

46 min: No changes in personnel during the break, but a marked change in Uruguay’s tempo: within 45 seconds of the resumption Cavani slips in Suarez for a chance. Nothing wrong with the striker’s shot on the run this time, but ElShenawy makes a fine save!

18:20 (IST)15 Jun 2018
Half-time: Egypt 0-0 Uruguay

An unscrupulous man would suggest should kick someone to wake themselves up. There’ll certainly be angry words exchanged during the interval because the SOuth American haven’t been oddly subdued. Some credit for that must go to Egypt, who have been dynamic and well organised. Cuper do not look capable of winning simply because they have been blunt up front: but they do have Salah on the bench ...

18:17 (IST)15 Jun 2018
18:16 (IST)15 Jun 2018

43 min: Egypt launch a promising attack. But their final ball into the box twice lets them down.

18:11 (IST)15 Jun 2018

40 min: Warda gets helped up by the referee after claiming to hurt his back following a fresh-air-overhead kick.

18:07 (IST)15 Jun 2018

34 min: Egypt take up residence deep in the Uruguayan half. The threat from them is growing as they look to have more energy and more precision than Uruguay. So far there’s been no sign of sharpness up front from them, however. But they’ve been the better team so far, no doubt.

18:05 (IST)15 Jun 2018

32 min: Freekick to Uruguay, 30 yards out. Suarez reckons this is the time for his luck to change But he curls the short straight into the wall.

18:04 (IST)15 Jun 2018
A glimpse of what has happened so far.
18:03 (IST)15 Jun 2018

30 min: Fathy nicks the ball off Suarez as Uruguay threatened to mount an attack. Suarez looks furious with himself: he’s just can’t get going today.

18:01 (IST)15 Jun 2018

29 min: Elneny has begun well here but has just given the ball away with a stray pass. No matter, Egypt win it back again. They’re starting to make Uruguay look sluggish. Tabarez is looking very agitated on the sideline.

17:57 (IST)15 Jun 2018
17:53 (IST)15 Jun 2018

23 min: De Arrascaeta curls in a corner for Uruguay. El Shenaway punches it clear.

17:50 (IST)15 Jun 2018

19 min: El Said gets a lecture for diving over the leg of Caceres as Egypt tried to infiltrate the Uruguayan box. He should have been booked for that. The VAR official will have to retrospectively admonish the ref at half-time.

17:47 (IST)15 Jun 2018
Mo Salah on TV. Wohooooooooo!

13 min: The big screen in the stadium shows Salah sitting on the bench. The crowd goes wild. A born entertainer.

17:46 (IST)15 Jun 2018

12 min: Uruguay work Varela into space down the right wing. The former Manchester United winger pulls back a low cross to Suarez, who had held his run. But Suarez doesn’t catch his shot right and it wobbles several yards wide from a difficult angle.

17:44 (IST)15 Jun 2018

10 min: It’s tight. Egypt are compact and energetic without the ball and tidy with it. Uruguay have yet to find any kind of inspiration and, indeed, are probably spending more time chasing the ball than anticipated. “It’s a mixed bag today for my mate SuperKev.,” reveals Steve Monkey. “His toddler nearly took his eye out in a nappy-changing incident last night but he has been signed off work for a week and at least gets to watch all the games through his one good eye. And the eye patch makes him look like a pirate. Give him a shout out will you.”

17:44 (IST)15 Jun 2018
Putin's reaction after Russia scoring against Saudi Arabia

Russia on Day 1 thrashed Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening match of FIFA World Cup. The funny part is every time the hosts scored, President Vladimir Putin had a taunting smile over his face.


17:36 (IST)15 Jun 2018

3 min: Cavani is down clutching his handle after getting a whack from Hamed as they challenge for a loose ball near half-way. But the referee is not interested in his complaints.

17:35 (IST)15 Jun 2018
17:32 (IST)15 Jun 2018
Kick Off!

1 min: Uruguay, wearing angelic white, kick off. Immedaitely they lose possession to Egypt, clad in red tops and black shorts and socks.

17:28 (IST)15 Jun 2018

Uruguay’s anthem is more a sedate tune but no one’s going to be fooled by that.

17:26 (IST)15 Jun 2018

The Egyptian national anthem benefits from enthusiastic accompaniment from their fans and players. They’re in the mood alright!

17:26 (IST)15 Jun 2018
Match Day 2 Promo - Watch Video
17:25 (IST)15 Jun 2018

Cavani and Suarez have 93 international goals between them. You’ve got to fancy them to reach the century during this tournament (isn’t that right, Saudi Arabia). But Egypt’s approach today will most likely be to concentrate on shutting them out. They’re unlikely to devote much time to attacking, at least until Salah comes on - though they are probably hoping to keep the score to 0-0 so they can save him for the next match.

17:23 (IST)15 Jun 2018
Egypt and Uruguay Formation

Uruguay have opted to play the traditional 4-4-2 formation while Egypt have gone for 4-2-3-1. Mohamed Salah has been benched for the match and might feature for in the second half of the match.

17:17 (IST)15 Jun 2018
Fact file

Egypt and Uruguay might have met at the 1934 World Cup ... if Uruguay hadn’t refused to defend their title because only four European teams bothered to travel to South America for the first tournament. Egypt took up the invitation in ‘34 and sailed over to Italy under a Scottish manager, James McCrae. They only lasted one match, beaten 4-2 by Hungary after having two goals controversially disallowed and conceding one following a challenge that left their goalkeeper with a broken nose. If only VAR had been around then, eh?

17:07 (IST)15 Jun 2018
Egypt Playing XI

Egypt: Mohamed El Shenawy, Ahmed Fathi, Ahmed Hegazi,  Ali Gabr, Mohamed Abdel-Shafi, Mohamed Elneny, Tarek Hamed,  Abdallah El Said, Marwan Mohsen, Amr Warda, Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’

16:59 (IST)15 Jun 2018
Happy Birthday Oliver Kahn!

If people are going crazy over Mo Salah, back in the days Oliver Kahn also had the same buzz around himself. The German goalkeeper is the only goalkeeper ever to win a golden ball in FIFA World Cup. His impressive performance in 2002 WC helped Germany reach the final where they lost to Brazil 2-0.


Goalkeepers: Essam El Hadary (Al Taawoun/KSA), Mohamed El Shenawy (Al Ahly), Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly)

Defenders: Ahmed Fathi (Al Ahly), Saad Samir (Al Ahly), Ayman Ashraf (Al Ahly), Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion/ENG), Ali Gabr (West Bromwich Albion/ENG), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa/ENG), Mohamed Abdel-Shafi (Al Fateh/KSA), Omar Gaber (Los Angeles/USA), Mahmoud Hamdy (Zamalek)

Midfielders: Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal/ENG), Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Sam Morsy (Wigan/ENG), Mahmoud Abdel Razek (Al Raed/KSA), Abdallah El Said (Al Ahly), Mahmoud Hassan (Kasimpasa/TUR), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City/ENG), Amr Warda (Atromitos/GRE), Mahmoud Abdel-Moneim (Al Ittihad/KSA)Forwards: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool/ENG), Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly)


Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray/TUR), Martin Silva (Vasco da Gama/BRA), Martin Campana (Independiente/ARG)

Defenders: Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Sebastian Coates (Sporting Lisbon/POR), Jose Maria Gimenez (Atletico Madrid/ENG), Maximiliano Pereira (FC Porto/POR), Gaston Silva (Independiente/ARG), Martin Caceres (Lazio/ITA), Guillermo Varela (Penarol)

Midfielders: Nahitan Nandez (Boca Juniors/ARG), Lucas Torreira (Sampdoria/ITA), Matias Vecino (Inter Milan/ITA), Federico Valverde (Real Madrid/ESP), Rodrigo Bentancur (Juventus/ITA), Carlos Sanchez (Monterrey/MEX), Giorgian De Arrascaeta (Cruzeiro/BRA), Diego Laxalt (Genoa/ITA), Cristian Rodriguez (Penarol), Jonathan Urretaviscaya (Monterrey/MEX), Nicolas Lodeiro (Seattle Sounders/USA), Gaston Ramirez (Sampdoria/ITA)

Forwards: Cristhian Stuani (Girona/ITA), Maximiliano Gomez (Celta Vigo/ESP), Edinson Cavani (PSG/FRA), Luis Suarez (Barcelona/ESP)

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