Cuper's Salah gamble backfires as Egypt fall short

Mohamed Salah

And the national team of Uruguay was seen as a much more solid: Luis Suarez of Barcelona is 70 million euros, Edinson Cavani of PSG - 60, Jose Maria Gimenez from Atletico Madrid is 45, his teammate Diego Godin - 35.

Mohamed Salah is set to feature in Egypt's second World Cup game against hosts Russian Federation on Tuesday.

Salah's absence is a blow to Egypt's hopes of making a strong start to their World Cup assault in Russian Federation, against a talented Uruguay side boasting former Liverpool forward Luis Suarez.

Egypt will be hoping to collect some points when they face tournament hosts Russian Federation, with Salah waiting in the wings.

Salah will be hoping to make his mark against Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia as Egypt look to qualify for the World Cup knockout stages from Group A.

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Egypt play Uruguay - tipped by some to be dark horses - in Yekaterinburg in just the second game of the tournament, following Russian Federation against Saudi Arabia in the opening match later Thursday.

Incredible footage of a Montevideo primary school celebrating Uruguay's victor over Egypt has emerged, and it reinforces just how much the World Cup means across the globe.

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

Despite being without star man Mohammed Salah, a determined Egypt side frustrated their South American opponents for long periods of the game.

He left the Champions League final in tears on May 26 after he was injured during a collision with Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos.

Salah can be seen to move on swiftly without any discomfort and he does not try to stop his shoulder being touched when another ball boy taps him.

On Salah's absence, he added: "If Mo Salah had been on the pitch, I'm sure Egypt would have benefited".

"All I can say is that we hope he will play in this match". He has 42 goals for Uruguay and poses a significant threat to the Egyptian defense.

Suarez and his team-mates were quickly back on the front foot following the restart, though, and Cavani fed his strike partner for a low drive that El-Shenawy blocked bravely.

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