Egypt Coach Cuper: Why Salah Was Benched

  • Egypt Coach Cuper: Why Salah Was Benched

Egypt Coach Cuper: Why Salah Was Benched

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

If the opening three matches reeked of mediocrity, the battle between the two Iberian rivals has instantly become a World Cup group stage classic.

"He was fit to play against Uruguay but the coach did not want to take the risk", said the EFA. "I'm very proud of the team and the attitude they played with throughout the match".

Russian Federation leads Group A on goal difference after beating Saudi Arabia 5-0 on Thursday in the tournament's opening match.

Salah's omission from the first XI is something of a surprise given Cuper's comments on Thursday, when he said: "We still have to see how training goes today, but I can nearly assure you 100 percent that he'll play, we are all very optimistic that he will be on the pitch". "But I think he will be OK for the next match".

El-Shennawy, who plies his trade for Al Ahly, denied Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani a couple of times, including a great save to stop Cavani's belter.

Iran left back Ehsan Hajsafi whipped in a free kick five minutes into added time and Bouhaddouz launched himself at the ball, flashing a header past his own keeper Munir Mohamedi.

"My players are down, but we can only blame ourselves", was all Morocco coach Herve Renard could say. "I don't think some of the players played as well as they can". Uruguayans wanted the same thing, to win the match.

"Salah will participate in tomorrow's match by 100% unless there is a radical change today or tomorrow", Egypt Coach Hector Cuper told the press. "If Mo had been on the pitch it may have been different but we can't know that".

"In good times, everything goes into the back of the net while at other times the goal seems smaller".

Salah's final was cut short after a nasty landing following a tussle with Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos and doubt was immediately cast over his involvement in the World Cup.

The Egyptians will start with Marwan Mohsen, who plays for domestic side Al Ahly, as the lone out-and-out striker.

Anything but a win against Saudi Arabia on Wednesday would be a surprise.

Egypt fans will be hoping to see Salah in their second match of the tournament, against hosts Russian Federation on Tuesday, 19 June.

The La Celeste won their opening encounter against Egypt 1-0 to square off their campaign on a winning note. Tabarez called it "secondary statistics".

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Jose Gimenez has scored in consecutive appearances for Uruguay, also scoring in a friendly against Uzbekistan. "This is not a sin", Tabarez said. "We've broken the spell".