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Bob Bradley gives verdict on Egypt defeat against Uruguay

Bob Bradley gives his verdict on Egypt defeat against Uruguay

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Former manager has revealed he is still hopeful that will reach the round of 16 despite the Uruguay defeat.

Egypt lost 1-0 to Uruguay in heartbreaking fashion as Jose Maria Gimenez scored a towering header in the dying minutes following a phenomenal defensive performance from both sides.

The Pharaohs played the entire game without the services of their star player Mohamed Salah, and Bradley looked at how much the Liverpool winger was missed and how are Egypt’s chances in the group.

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“In a tight first game, you hope that they can still come away with a point. In that regard, the late goal is a tough blow,” Bradley told MLSsoccer.com

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“Uruguay is a team that’s always a threat on set pieces.

“When you take [Mohamed] Salah out of the team, the attack loses its focus, its danger man.

“It would be a much different discussion if they take a point and it’s a 0-0 game, but when you give that late goal and you’re still looking at Russia’s 5-0 win against Saudi Arabia.

“That means Egypt goes into the next game knowing their chance to move out of the group is on the line,” he added.

Current LAFC manager Bradley has also revealed that he is still communicating with his former players, saying: “I hear from different guys.

Bob Bradley

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“When Omar [Gaber] goes there, he will mention that a number of guys send their best,” Bradley said.

“They all know that I loved my time in Egypt and I loved working with them. I’m supporting every one of them in the World Cup,” he concluded.

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Bob Bradley took charge of the Egyptian national team in 2011, leading them to the final round of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, before losing to Ghana 7-3 on aggregate.

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