Uruguay's Gimenez heads in late victor against Egypt
Uruguay's Gimenez heads in late victor against Egypt
Mohamed Salah could be fit to start Egypt's World Cup opener
20 June, 2018, 02:17
It was especially tough on Egyptgoalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy, who produced two good saves from Luis Suarez and one from Edinson Cavani before he was finally beaten.
They will get the chance to watch Salah in action next week after the Liverpool forward was declared fit to face Russian Federation in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday night.
The 25-year-old was a doubt leading up to the match with a shoulder injury he picked up in the Champions League final with Real Madrid last month.
Salah is crucial to Egypt's hopes of making it out of a weak-looking group also featuring hosts Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia.
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Suarez was sent home and banned for four months following the incident, says the Daily Mail, and heads to Russian Federation knowing that this World Cup "could be his last chance to be remembered for the right reasons".
Mohamed Salah is in a high-profile race to be fit for Egypt's World Cup opener against Uruguay on Friday and even opponents are hoping the Liverpool ace could yet play a role in Russian Federation. Salah got injured during the finals of the Champions League while playing against Real Madrid after a tackle with Sergio Ramos in Kiev.
On a team that boasts one of the World Cup's most potent attacks, a defender lifted Uruguay to its first opening-match victory at the World Cup in 48 years.
Lingard confident of 'fearless' England showing at World Cup England, meanwhile, won both of their warm-ups against Nigeria and Costa Rica on the back of lively first-half performances. England begin their World Cup campaign against Group G opponents Tunisia on Monday, before taking on Panama and Belgium.
Salah can be seen going up the steps at the Ekaterinburg Arena to take his place on Egypt's bench. Whether the manager will risk him for their opener remains to be seen, but without him they will really struggle to make an impact here.
"We've tried to play in a very orderly fashion", Tabarez said.
"But we had matches in qualifying without Suarez and Cavani, and that's just how it is".
Cavani had five shots across the 90 minutes, but only hit the target on two occasions - the Paris Saint-Germain marksman seeing a late free-kick thud into the post.
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"We have been preparing a long time ago to play the World Cup and it does not depend on a player", Godin told reporters on Thursday.
Kimmich nearly netted with an over-head kick from 12 yards before Julian Draxler saw a deflected effort go wide of the far post. They have been battering teams in World Cup openers for as long as any of the players on this pitch could remember.
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