This is the first Russia 2018 outing for both teams and just the second match in the tournament, being the opening action on Day 2. Both sides will be desperate to begin Group A in positive style, following the Opening Match between Russia and Saudi Arabia.
The match is highly anticipated in Egypt where the country will come to a virtual stand-still for the Pharaohs’ first FIFA World Cup™ match for nearly three decades. It has been something of a melodramatic build-up for Egypt after the shoulder injury suffered by superstar forward Mohamed Salah. Much focus will centre on the part played by the Liverpool man during the match, if any.
Shouldering the burden making a splash on their World Cup return, the two-time World Cup winners Uruguay present a formidable opening hurdle for Egypt. The South Americans impressed at the last two World Cups, most notably finishing fourth in 2010. At 2014 Cup, they exited at the Round of 16 headlined by star attacking pair Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani. Uruguay’s qualifying campaign was mixed at times, but they always bring their famed Charrua spirit to the big occasion.
Since 1970, Uruguay have not opened a World Cup campaign with a win. In those intervening 48 years, they have collected three draws and three defeats.
Egypt: Mohamed El Shenawy; Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Ahmed Fathi, Mohamed Abdel Shafi; Tarek Hamed, Mohamed El Neny, Mahmoud Trezeguet, Abdulla Said; Ramadhan Sobhi, Marwan Mohsen.
Uruguay: Fernando Muslera; Guillermo Varela, Jose Maria Gimenez, Diego Godin, Martin Caceres; Nahitan Nandez, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Giorgian De Arrascaeta; Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez.u
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