Gimenez scores to lift Uruguay over Egypt 1-0 in Group A

Gimenez scores to lift Uruguay over Egypt 1-0 in Group A

Egypt attacking talisman Mohamed Salah will start against Uruguay in their FIFA World Cup opener and has been backed to contest for the Golden Boot award.

Salah is one of the biggest names at the World Cup.

Uruguay's Jose Gimenez delivered an 89th minute heartbreak header to put his team up 1-0 over Egypt and eventually win the match Friday.

Former USMNT star Landon Donovan broke down Egypt's downfall on Twitter.

In the second match of the day, Portugal begin their tournament on Friday against Iberian neighbours Spain and are aiming to do something that only three teams have ever done before by winning the World Cup immediately after winning the Euros.

"Salah is decisive but our preparation does not depend on the status of one player", defender Godin added.

I can nearly assure you 100 per cent he'll play.

Uruguay's Jose Gimenez right celebrates with his teammates after scoring his side's opening goal during the group A match between Egypt and Uruguay at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Russia
Gimenez scores to lift Uruguay over Egypt 1-0 in Group A

"At the end of the training session we examined him and there was some doubt if he fell or was hit by another player, and we wanted to avoid a risk today", Cuper said.

With its traditional defensive tactics preferred by coach Hector Cuper, Egypt badly needs Salah and his goals to succeed.

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said yesterday: "What happened in Brazil is part of real life and it's been a lesson for him to achieve greater maturity, not only as a footballer but also in other areas away from the football pitch".

"We want to have him in top form for Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia". "Certainly he doesn't feel afraid".

Salah netted the decisive goals to fire Egypt to a first World Cup since 1990, as well scoring 44 times for Liverpool this season in all competitions.

"We have a young and focussed team and an ambitious team that is aiming high".

"I think we do have good forwards and good players to do a good job here at the World Cup".