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Hector Cuper ‘disappointed’ following late defeat to Uruguay

Hector Cuper 'disappointed' following late defeat to Uruguay

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Egypt national team manager Hector Cuper has revealed he is heartbroken after his side’s late defeat against Uruguay in the first round of the World Cup.

The Pharaohs were close to earning a point in their World Cup opener, but a last-minute header from Jose Gimenez earned a massive three points for Uruguay and made Egypt leave the game empty-handed.

READ: Mohamed El-Shennawy named man of the match in Uruguay defeat

Hector Cuper said he is pleased with his players’ performances, but couldn’t hide his disappointment after the late defeat.

“It was a tough game against a big opponent. It’s heartbreaking to concede from a set-piece, but I am pleased with our performance,” Cuper said following the Uruguay game.

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“We have done everything possible in this game against a big opponent with giant forwards and good defenders. That’s why we are disappointed.

“We know that they are set-piece specialists, but I am happy with my players,” he added.

The Argentinan manager also spoke about Mohamed Salah, who remained on the bench, saying: “Mohamed Salah is an important player for us.

“We preferred not to risk him and instead leave him for the upcoming two games,” he added.

Egypt are currently third in group A behind Russia and Uruguay, with their next game taking place against the hosts on Tuesday, June 19.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Henry

    June 15, 2018 at 8:02 PM

    We are putting too much pressure on our defense. They’re great. But we need to start asking more from our attack 0 goals in 4 games is not going to get us ahead. We need some points on the board.

  2. Ali G.

    June 15, 2018 at 10:16 PM

    Gohary 90’s same tactic

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