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Egypt suffer late defeat to Uruguay in World Cup opener

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lost 1-0 to in heartbreaking fashion as scored a towering header in the dying minutes following a phenomenal defensive performance from both sides. Star forward Mohamed Salah did not make an appearance despite speculation that he may be fit.

Egypt XI: El Shennawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazy, Abdelshafy, Elneny, Hamed, Warda, El Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen.

Uruguay XI: Muslera, Varela, Gimenez, Godin, Caceres, Vecino, Bentacur, Nandez, Arrascaeta, Suarez, Cavani.

Uruguay’s last World Cup game was in 2014 when they lost 2-0 to Colombia thanks to a stunning James Rodriguez volley that went on to win the Puskas award. On that day, La Celeste were without their key man Luis Suarez who had been suspended for an infamous bite on Giorgio Chiellini in the group stage. Egypt’s last World Cup was in 1990 in a tough group with England, Ireland and the Netherlands, and coincidentally Oscar Tabarez was manager of the Uruguay national team in that tournament, as he is this year at 71 years old.

With both sides taking a defensive approach, it created a tense, cagey start to the match with neither side creating much in the way of chances. While Edinson Cavani produced a shot from just outside the box it did not trouble the goalkeeper.

The best chance of the half fell to Uruguay’s all time top scorer Luis Suarez when the ball ricocheted to him at the far post from a corner, and while the crowd thought he had broken the deadlock from close range he in fact dragged his shot wide and hit the side netting which created the illusion of a goal.

Despite Uruguay being heavy favourites, Egypt remained in the game throughout the first half but struggled to create much in the way of clear chances with Trezeguet and Mohsen barely testing Muslera.

The second half continued as the first half finished, with the final ball being the only thing separating Egypt from breaking the deadlock. Both Trezeguet and Ahmed Fathi were at the forefront of counter attacks that did not result in anything.

Cavani almost made it 1-0 when a quick piece of inter-play with Suarez created a chance for a volley from the edge of the box and while he struck the volley well it produced a stunning save from El Shennawy to keep it 0-0.

As Egypt tired towards the end of the game, there were some unnecessary fouls given away around the box. One of these was in an incredibly dangerous position which was taken by Edinson Cavani however his stunning strike hit the post and while it fell to a Uruguayan player it did not result in a goal.

Soon later, the deadlock was eventually broken when Abdel Shafy gave away a foul on Uruguay’s right hand side and the ball was played in to Jose Maria Gimenez who towered over Ahmed Hegazi to send his header into the top corner and break Egyptian hearts.

Uruguay went on to play down the clock and hold off Egypt’s attempts at an equaliser to win 1-0.

The result, combined with Russia’a 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia yesterday, means that Egypt are third in the group after one game played. Uruguay are in second place but have a comparatively easier fixture schedule than leaders Russia.

Egypt’s next game is against the hosts Russia on Tuesday 19th June at 8PM Egyptian time, before facing off against Saudi Arabia on Monday 25th June at 5PM Egyptian time.

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  1. Adam

    June 15, 2018 at 4:20 PM

    Haha good for you silly Egyptians. Because of you Ghana did not qualify we would have made for a more entertaining game. Haha you will not make it out of the group stage with your useless players.

    • El Pharaoh

      June 15, 2018 at 4:46 PM

      Man fuck your corrupted country and federation. They will never play world cup again, your black rats.

      • Reef

        June 15, 2018 at 5:45 PM

        Don’t give this little boy the attention he’s craving. He obviously doesn’t have a lot of intellect, but he does have enough time to blame another team for Ghana not qualifying. He’ll probably be on a boat to Europe within a few years.

  2. Mark A

    June 15, 2018 at 7:47 PM

    I remember when people were saying that Morocco and Saudi are the best middle eastern teams while Egypt are the worst.

    3 matches into the world cup, as expected, that was nonesense. Morocco bar a miracle will probably get knocked out in a bad fashion, same with Saudi.

    Also…Renard is a terrible manager. For all the pseudo-attacking play, Iran had the most dangerous chance and the win. We have seen similar matches from them before so I blame the manager.

  3. Gogi

    June 15, 2018 at 10:28 PM

    People saying that don’t know anything about football. Egypt obviously have the biggest potential. But if Renard is terrible there are no words to describe Cúpers incompetence.
    If you field no players to score goals all the pressure you put on the opponent in the midfield is of no use. I mean, you could smell from a mile that we’ll lose from a late header in similar fashion to the Portugal match.
    Marwan Mohsen is motivated, but ridiculously and almost embarrasingly bad. His pace and his “shots” are such a joke that I’d rather have the Saudi Sahlawi upfront. Al-Ahly has to get rid of him as soon as possible.
    Salah was available on the bench, so I guess he was to be used in an emergency. But Cúper didn’t learn anything from past experiences and failed to see the urgent need to introduce him in the second half. He strangely semt quite content with the run of play.

    P.S.: Well, one Middle Eastern team HAS won. 😉

    • Mahmoud

      June 16, 2018 at 5:49 PM

      Iran is not middle east

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