Uruguay break Egypt hearts
Posted: 15 June 2018 Time: 04:00 pm
Egypt produced a spirited performance in their Group A opener against Uruguay but fell to a 1-0 defeat with a stoppage-time winner from the South Americans at the Yekaterinburg Arena.
The first-half proved to be a drab affair with the African giants preferring to sit back against the attacking line-up of Uruguay with Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez up-front.
The Pharoes failed to produce a single shot on target in the opening half but their tireless work-ethic was commendable in a fixture they were widely expected to struggle in - upon their first World Cup showing since 1990.
Without Mohamed Salah in the starting XI, it was seemingly unlikely Hector Cuper's men would end the unwanted record of not scoring in a FIFA World Cup fixture - but their opponents were equally frustrated by their lack of clear-cut chances.
Suarez had the best opportunities of the opening half but he scuffed two efforts wide from inside the area.
In the second-half, the FC Barcelona striker saw an effort from point-blank range saved by goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy within an opening couple of minutes.
Displaying incredible reflex saves throughout, the 29-year-old from Al Ahly man looked unbeatable against the world-class attacking duo of Suarez and Cavani.
With the game evenly poised, Cuper's decision to keep Mohamed Salah on the bench seemed to be a masterstroke saving him for the Russia and Saudi Arabia games.
The Pharaohs were issued a real scare when Cavani forced another world-class save from El Shenawy and hit the post in quick succession - going into the last ten minutes of the encounter.
And in the end, the tactical decision of Cuper backfired as the late attacking rally from La Celeste saw Atletico Madrid defender José Giménez rise highest to power a smashing header in stoppage-time.
The result sees the South Americans draw level with Russia on three points at the top of Group A.