Egypt vs Uruguay live stream.the World Cup, a routine victory over Uzbekistan, but enter the tournament on the back of a five-match unbeaten run. However, they won just one of their last seven qualiying matches.Egypt vs Uruguay: Live blog, text commentary, line-ups, stream & TV channel
African side Egypt come in to this world cup led by manager Hector Cuper but with many of the hopes hanging on their star player, Mohamed Salah. Uruguay make the trip from South America with a greater prospect of success and with long-term coach Oscar Taberez pulling the strings, and a relatively kind group to ease the players in, optimism back home is high that the sky blue shirts will be seen in the latter stages of the competition.
Salah has been making the headlines all season in the build-up to Fifa’s showpiece tournament. Premier League top scorer, individual awards, runner-up in the Champions League (a final where his injury may have been decisive) and then the clock ticking to his return from that knock. All eyes have been on the man who has put Egyptian football on the map over the last 12 months. There are, of course, several others in the squad capable of making a name for themselves, and they’ll all have to play their part if the African side is to make it out of this group.
With a front line of Barcelona’s Luis Suárez and PSG’s Edison Cavani, goals are not expected to be in short supply for this Uruguay side. But it is in other areas of the pitch that Tabarez has been building across his 12 years in charge (since returning for another spell). If he can get the supporting cast to function effectively then Uruguay could be a contender out of the second or third level of teams at this year’s tournament to surprise a few. Keep an eye out for Juventus’ Rodrigo Bentancur in the middle of the park.
Egypt don’t enter the World Cup in the best of form, as Cuper’s side have not won any of their six games since the win over Congo that sealed their spot in Russia. In their warm up games, The Pharaohs drew 0-0 with Colombia and were defeated 3-0 by Belgium – an improvement on those results in needed.
Cavani (40) and Suarez (31) scored a combined 71 goals at club level during the 2017-18 season. Suarez has scored five goals in total at the World Cup previously, with Cavani netting twice.
After losing to South American rivals Colombia in Brazil four years ago, Uruguay are looking for success this time around. 68 years after La Celeste last won the World Cup, it would be a major surprise to see Suarez and company go all the way in Russia but they’re expected to be present in the latter stages of the competition.
Egypt expects ahead of The Pharaoh’s first World Cup match in 28 years but the absence of Salah, who scored five of Egypt’s eight goals in the third-round of qualifying for the tournament, will hit Cuper’s side hard. However, it’s a chance to show that they’re not all about one player in what is on paper their hardest game in Group A.
Salah (33) is the top-scorer in Egypt’s World Cup squad. No other player in the African side’s ranks have hit double figures for The Pharaohs.
Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez names a strong line-up and the one that many would expect to see, with experienced strikers Cavani and Suarez leading the line. Arsenal fans should keep an eye on substitute Torreira, who’s widely linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium from Sampdoria.
The big news from Egypt’s perspective is that, despite being tipped as almost certain to start, Hector Cuper only names Salah on the bench as the Liverpool star pushes for a return from injury. In his absence, The Pharaohs will look towards Al Ahly’s Mohsen to get the goals but he’s scored just four for his nation prior to the World Cup.
Uruguay subs: Martin Campana, Martin Silva, Cristhian Stuani, Sebastian Coates, Diego Laxalt, Jonathan Urretaviscaya, Gaston Silva, Carlos Sanchez, Maxi Gomez, Lucas Torreira, Maxi Pereira, Cristian Rodriguez.
Egypt subs: Essam El Hadary, Sherif Ekramy, Ahmed El Mohamady, Omar Gaber, Sam Morsy, Mohamed Salah, Kahraba, Ayman Ashraf, Ramadan Sobhi, Mahmoud Hamdi, Shikabala, Saad Samir.
Uruguay XI: Fernando Muslera; Guillermo Varela, Jose Gimenez, Diego Godin, Martin Caceres; Nahitan Nandez, Rodrigo Bentancur, Matias Vecino, Giorgian de Arrascaeta; Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez.
Egypt XI: Mohamed El-Shenawy; Ahmed Fathy, Ahmed Hegazi, Ali Gabr, Mohamed Shafy; Mohamed Elneny, Tarek Hamed; Amr Warda, Abdallah El Said, Trezeguet; Marwan Mohsen.