Salah declared fit to face Russian Federation

Salah declared fit to face Russian Federation

Salah declared fit to face Russian Federation

Part of the first round in group A match in Yekaterinburg was completed by the national teams of Egypt and Uruguay (45th and 14th team in the Federation Internationale de Football Association ranking), who played at an empty stadium.

The South Americans were largely disappointing but late pressure eventually told as defender Gimenez headed in a free-kick to seal a 1-0 win which moves them level on three points with hosts Russian Federation at the top of Group A. Certainly he has contributed a great amount to the team and will contribute in future matches.

After first matches in Group A, Russian Federation are leading this group as the World Cup hosts hammered Saudi Arabia 5-0 on Thursday.

He had been sidelined since suffering a shoulder injury in Liverpool's Champions League final loss to Real Madrid on May 26, casting severe doubt on his World Cup participation.

Salah was outstanding as he helped propel Liverpool to the Champions League final.

On the eve of the Uruguay match, Egypt coach Hector Cuper said Salah was fit, raising Egyptian hopes that he would start the Group A clash.

"We wanted to avoid risks in this match, but I think he will be fine for the next game".

Jose Gimenez spared the blushes of Uruguay's all-star forwards with a 90th-minute victor to see off Egypt 1-0 in their World Cup opener.

Meanwhile, Suarez could only test Mohamed El-Shenawy once, and wasted the clearest chance of the first half when he dragged a 23rd-minute effort wide from six yards.

"I like the best players to play, I train with the best and I want the best players to play", said Muslera.

Suarez, while tussling with Egyptian defenders for the ball, dived asking for a foul which obviously wasn't given by the match referee. It managed two draws at the 1990 tournament and lost its only match in 1934.

Egypt without their talisman Mohamad Salah defended in numbers to thwart Uruguay attack for an extended period but crumbled in the dying minutes of the game.

"Perhaps if Mo had been on the pitch today the outcome would have been different but we can't know that".

Cavani added: "We won and that is what matters". Marwan Mohsen as a lone striker is not likely to be enough for the team at this year's tournament.

Anything but a win against Saudi Arabia on Wednesday would be a surprise.

It is hard to overstate Salah's importance to this Egypt side, and his likely availability for next week's pivotal meeting with Russian Federation will make a huge difference.

Tabarez praised his side's performance while calling on them to improve in their next game against Saudi Arabia.

Uruguay, though, are a team used to starting slowly in World Cups. Tabarez called it "secondary statistics". Looking for repemption, Suarez also prevented a goal with his hands against Ghana in 2010, which played a huge role in Uruguay advancing to the semifinals. "We've broken the spell".

He thumped the turf on 73 minutes when Elshenawy smothered at his feet, and seven minutes from the end the stopper was at it again, palming Cavani's drive over. Cuper didn't use it as an excuse.

And Cuper hinted on Thursday that it was the player who had the final decision whether to play. The Egyptian players are used to it. His involvement in today's match is in question.

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