Mohamed Salah on bench for Egypt's World Cup opener against Uruguay

Mohamed Salah on bench for Egypt's World Cup opener against Uruguay

Suarez and Cavani's partnership did not really hit it off.

Egypt manager Hector Cuper expects talisman Mohamed Salah to be fit for their second World Cup match against Russian Federation on Tuesday.

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

With Salah - who has been battling a shoulder injury - watching on from the sidelines, Egypt's approach was largely compact and somewhat rugged and the first chance came as Cavani worked El-Shenawy from 20 yards. Uruguay defender Diego Godin, who plays in Spain for Atletico Madrid, did not take kindly to an "inopportune" question in a subsequent press conference asking if he meant to follow Ramos in giving Salah some roughhouse treatment.

He scored five goals in six games in the first round of the qualifiers, including a late penalty that earned the seven-time African champions their first World Cup berth since 1990.

Salah carried Egypt to their first World Cup since 1990, scoring five of their eight goals in qualifying, including a dramatic stoppage-time penalty against Congo to seal their place in Russian Federation.

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

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

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Uruguay are in the second spot after Friday's victory against Egypt.

I might think about this a little if Salah was healthy, but with him being downgraded it severely limits the Egypt offense.

"But we had matches in qualifying without Suarez and Cavani, and that's just how it is".

Uruguay should provide their most hard test in the group stage, as they are packed with quality at both ends of the pitch.

Cavani and Salah meet at the end of the game.

The result is slightly scrappy, underwhelming football, short of fluidity or goalmouth action - and, correspondingly, a premium on the sort if dynamic attacking player who can transform games.

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