Gimenez gives Uruguay last-gasp win against Egypt

Gimenez gives Uruguay last-gasp win against Egypt

Gimenez gives Uruguay last-gasp win against Egypt

The forward was in a race against time to be ready for Egypt's opener against Uruguay but Cuper said on Thursday there was nothing stopping him from playing.

Godin, who was making his 117th global appearance, sent a free kick from the right into the area.

Gimenez jumped in the area and headed home a free kick from Atletico Madrid teammate Diego Godin.

"Sometimes the ball will go to the back of the net, sometimes it won't", Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said. "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.

Uruguay's Jose Gimenez celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the group A match between Egypt and Uruguay at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018.

Egypt and Uruguay will face off in the second match of the World Cup on Friday.

Salah, who scored 44 times for Liverpool this season, remained an unused substitute as he continues to recover from a shoulder injury sustained in last month's Champions League final.

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

It's easy to understand why Egypt manager Hector Cuper didn't want to risk his star man. "But I think he will be OK for the next match".

In an evenly contested first half, Edinson Cavani had the first shot on target but Egypt goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shenawy saved it comfortably.

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Many empty seats were scattered across the Soviet-era stadium, which was reconstructed for the tournament by adding two huge temporary stands behind each goal.

With its focus on defense, Egypt failed to capitalize on several mistakes from the Uruguay midfield.

"I can nearly 100 percent say he will play, save for any unforeseen factors at the last minute", said Cuper, according to ESPN.

The Sky Blue team has prepped quite well over the recent week at the Sports Center Borsky back in Uruguay, with all footballers at the disposal of their veteran head coach.

Against a combined strike force of Suarez and Edinson Cavani, the African nation may end up doing a little more defending than they would have liked.

Cuper was even willing to entertain a question from a reporter about Salah's prospects of emerging as the top scorer at the tournament.

The Egyptians will start with Marwan Mohsen, who plays for domestic side Al Ahly, as the lone out-and-out striker. Uruguay, which also has three points, is now second.

Tabarez praised his side's performance while calling on them to improve in their next game against Saudi Arabia.

Egypt, a no-frills side who play on the counterattack under the wily Cuper, face hosts Russian Federation on Tuesday and the Saudis on June 25 in their last group game.

Egypt offered little in Salah's absence and are now under pressure heading into a clash with Russian Federation, while Uruguay - and particularly Suarez - can breathe a sigh of relief.

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He has done so while battling a debilitating neurological condition, Guillain-Barre syndrome, which severely restricts his movement - and in Russian Federation may possibly become the first coach in World Cup history to use a wheelchair. That was followed by appearances in 2010 and 2014.

"I don't like to practise at the World Cup with things we haven't done before". Beyond Salah, though, there really is no other obvious outlet for the Egyptians to use that can carry a genuine threat.

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