World Cup Gp A 1:00pm Friday 15th June Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg
The first of today’s three World Cup games sees Egypt take on Uruguay in Yekaterinburg’s Ekaterinburg Stadium.
All the focus in the build-up to the game has been on Egypt’s Mohamed Salah and his fitness level ahead of the game
Egypt have sweating on the Liverpool forward’s fitness after he suffered a shoulder injury in the Champions League final last month but there was some encouragement for Hector Cuper’s side as Salah trained with the team on Wednesday.
Salah has recovered and will play tomorrow. And nothing prevents him from competing for the title of the Golden Boot,” he told his pre-match press conference. “I assure you 100 per cent that he will be with us tomorrow, barring unforeseen circumstances, Egypt manager Hector Cuper said
“Doctors are giving him the option. If he does decide to play he will have full guarantee [about his condition] and I am sure that he will be fine.
“If we see at the last minute that there is an issue then we will see if it can be resolved, but certainly he does not feel afraid.”
Uruguay has won the only previous meeting between the two countries 2-0 in 2006.
Uruguay’s source of inspiration will come from Barcelona striker Luis Suarez, and PSG’s Edison Cavani.
Cavani was the top-scorer in South American qualifying for the World Cup with 10 goals, while Suarez has five World Cup goals to his name, including two against England in 2014.
With World Cup hosts Russia thrashing Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening game the day before, The Pharaohs and The Sky Blue both face a tough test in their first game of the tournament.
- Uruguay are unbeaten against African opposition at the World Cup (W1 D2).
- This is Egypt’s third World Cup appearance, their first since 1990. Their last game in the competition dates back to 21 June 1990, when they lost 1-0 against England in the group stage.
- Egypt are so far winless at the World Cup, drawing two and losing two of their four games. In fact, no African team has played as many games in the competition without winning a single one.
- Uruguay were the first World Cup winners, in 1930. They also won on their second participation in 1950. However, they have progressed past the round of 16 only once in their last six appearances (4th place in 2010).
Egypt 1 Vs 2 Uruguay