Watch Mo Salah at FIFA World Cup 2018 on TV, online

20 June, 2018, 02:21 | Author: Greg Lawrence
  • Mohamed Salah

Salah, who turns 26 on the day of the game, gave 100 million frantic Egyptians a massive boost on Wednesday when he joined a squad training session at their Grozny base.

Egypt were dealt a blow before kick-off when Liverpool star Mohamed Salah was only deemed fit enough for the bench.

With the Russia's strong goal differential as a result of that match, the Pharaohs may well need all three points to keep them in contention for the knock-out stage of the tournament.

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

Watch the highlight of the goal below. Salah got injured during the finals of the Champions League while playing against Real Madrid after a tackle with Sergio Ramos in Kiev.

Still, Egyptians, who have been on tenterhooks over news of whether Salah would recover from a shoulder injury in time to play, said the battling performance was a positive omen. We'll see how it goes today.

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In contrast, Uruguay are at full-strength with Edinson Cavani partnering Suarez up front for Oscar Tabarez's side, tipped by some as outsiders to win the tournament.

Mahmoud Hassan had a half chance for Egypt after just over 10 minutes in Yekaterinburg, the eastern-most Russian city hosting games at this World Cup. "I will be very happy for him if he plays in a dream match for him, the injury was a great shame and we all felt great solidarity for him", said the 71-year-old.

Cavani and Suarez didn't receive the support they needed and at times had to return to the middle of the field as playmakers, not a role for a duo which has combined for 93 global goals. We think it's unlikely that Salah will be risked in a game they are likely to lose anyway, especially when coming up against the mean defence of Godin and Gimenez.

The South American side are heavy favourites to progress as group winners but face an Egypt side whose hopes nearly rely entirely upon one player.

Finally, Uruguay broke the dead-lock from an unlikely source of defender Jose Gimenez who jumped to meet a cross from the right side of the pitch to sent the ball nestling in the net.

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