Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Egypt manager explains absence of Salah

Egypt manager explains absence of Salah

The Pharaohs were unable to hold Uruguay as Jose Giminez scored the lone goal at the death to complicate the matrix for the Pharaohs in the unpredictable group that also has host Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia.

Without Salah, the Egyptian team seemed to lack the cutting edge.

Egypt's coach Hector Cuper has explained that he opted to keep Mohammed Salah out Egypt's opening game against Uruguay to avoid risks.

Egypt battled hard and rode their luck before Jose Gimenez finally scored the first and only goal of the game in injury time, leaving Egypt needing a win against Russian Federation to have any realistic chance of making it out of Group A.

In a team that boasts one of the World Cup's most potent attacks, two defenders combined to give Uruguay a late 1-0 victory over Egypt on Friday.

After the match, Cuper said: "Mo Salah is an extremely important player for us, nobody can deny that, but you need to have a good team, and we have a good team".

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. Uruguay is now second, also with three points.

With Egypt coach Hector Cuper saying on the eve of the clash that Salah had recovered from the injury sustained three weeks ago in the Champions League final, Egyptians will be desperately hoping their talisman is back for the game with Russian Federation on Tuesday, now a must-win.

"We've tried to play in a very orderly fashion", Tabarez said.

"A risk of playing a match is something we can't hide".

This was Suarez's first World Cup game since biting Chiellini but he failed to leave an impact for his side and would expect a better outing in Uruguay's next encounter against Saudi Arabia.

The daughter of Essam El-Hadary, Egypt's 45-year-old goalkeeper and the oldest player at the World Cup, was once engaged to his global team-mate Kahraba. "We've broken the spell".

With the game tailing off into a goalless draw, the Argentine took the decision to save Salah for the two weaker opponents in the group, Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia.

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