Friday afternoon (GMT), Egypt played Uruguay in their first group game after Russia won 5-0 against Saudi Arabia.
Egypt without Mohammed Salah, who scored 3 of the last 4 last goals for the Pharoahs did not start while Uruguay consisted of high goal scorers Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez with experienced full backs as well as Diego Godin.
Suarez hit the side net from a corner in the 23rd minute with a lot of space but it seemed like a goal from the stands. A player of his calibre should have scored and should have put one goal up for Uruguay.
The Barcelona forward wasted another pass and looked like he was not in the game fully, so he had a word to himself.
In the 31st minute, Uruguay won a freekick from a reasonable distance and Suarez was over the ball but it hit directly at the wall.
13 of the last 21 goals have been conceded by crosses for Egypt so Uruguay should’ve taken advantage, especially with Cavani’s aerial capabilities.
Abdallah Said committed to a shocking dive and should have received a yellow card.
A terrible touch by Godin on an attack near the box at the 37th-minute showed.
Amr Warda injured himself after a failed overhead kick in the 38th minute and the game was paused but he bounced back up again.
Once again Godin is Charged the attack in the closing minutes, but the whistle blows to end the first half.
First half ends
The favourites Uruguay seemed like they had not shown up to the game with many wasteful chances, slow build-up and no width while Egypt’s defence was brilliant winning 50-50 tackles but no threat in front of goal.
At half-time, Uruguay manager Óscar Tabárez will probably have had some words and for Egypt, their talisman Salah’s time to come on was ticking down.
No goals so far but this could have changed in the second half.
Second half begins
Straight away from the kick off after a poor clearance by the Egyptian defence, Cavani took advantage of it and placed a through ball to Suarez and had his shot in the face of goal saved.
In the 48th minute Egypt number 8, Tarkek Hamed was forced off after getting another injury.
72nd minute Suarez once again was in front of the keeper but took too long in the box to allow the keeper to swoop the ball.
Egypt used up all their subs so no Salah today.
In the 82ND minute Cavani fired a beautiful strike and the keeper El Shenawy did probably the best World Cup save so far in the tournament.
A Cavani freekick from the right-hand side outside the box hit the post and the rebound was quickly converted but was blocked by his own teammate.
GOAL – Jose Gimenez – 89th Minute – Egypt 0-1 Uruguay
Jose Gimenez scored a header from a freekick by Carlos Sanchez from a set piece.
Since the 82nd minute, the Egyptian team lossed their faith after the manager subbed on his final player which was not Salah. Even though throughout the game the fans and the players wanted him on.
A terrible mistake by the Egyptian manager after a poor game by both teams.
Game over Egypt 0-1 Uruguay
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