Yekaterinburg: Jose Giminez's late header in the second half gave Uruguay a 1-0 win over Egypt in their FIFA World Cup 2018 opener here on Friday.
After a goalless first-half, it was an 89th minute winner which gave the former champions a full three points.
It was heartbreak for Egypt, but joy for Uruguay. Egypt was without star man Mohamed Salah who was benched and did not play any part.
As it happened
90 + 5' FULL TIME! Heartbreak for Egypt, joy for Uruguay. Jose Gimenez scores the winner late in the second half to give Uruguay a 1-0 win over Egypt and earn full three points.
89' Jose Gimenez gives Uruguay a 1-0 lead in the match, with just minutes to play for. His teammates come onto the fi4eld to congratulate him! What a moment!
82' Ramadan Sobhi (Egypt) comes in for Amr Warda.
58' Carlos Sanchez (Uruguay) comes in for Nahitan Nandez as they make a substitition.
Also to be substituted is Giorgian De Arrascaeta who gives way for Cruistian Rodriguez
50' Tarek Ahmed of Egypt is substitued off for Sam Morsy after picking up an injury
32' Suarez takes a free kick, but is denied a goal by the Egyptian defenders.
14' Luis Suarez creates a chance for Uruguay, but the ball goes off target.
2' Uruguay trying to win the ball early on and feed the two forwards. But the opponents are sitting deep to avoid any threat.
Hosts Russia hammered Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opener and the pressure is now on the two teams to stake a claim for the top two spot, which will ensure qualification to the next round.
The South Americans are touted as the favourites to win the group but Egypt also pose a threat led by star man Mohamed Salah. The Liverpool FC forward is struggling for full fitness after enduring a shoulder injury in the final of the UEFA Champions League against Real Madrid.
Uruguay have a more balanced side with the likes of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani in attack followed by a enthusiastic midfield. The side is also known to concede a loathe of goals at the back, spearheaded by Atletico Madrid duo Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez.
Can the Egyptians spark a surprise or will the Blues prove to be too good for their opponents?
Egypt: Essam El Hadary, Mohamed El-Shennawy, Sherif Ekramy, Ahmed Fathi, Saad Samir, Ayman Ashraf, Mahmoud Hamdy, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy, Ahmed Hegazi, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Elmohamady, Omar Gaber, Tarek Hamed, Shikabala, Abdallah Said, Sam Morsy, Mohamed Elneny, Kahraba, Ramadan Sobhi, Trezeguet, Amr Warda, Marwan Mohsen, Mohamed Salah
Uruguay: Fernando Muslera, Martin Silva, Martin Campana, Diego Godin, Sebastian Coates, Jose Maria Gimenez, Maximiliano Pereira, Gaston Silva, Martin Caceres, Guillermo Varela, Nahitan Nandez, Lucas Torreira, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Carlos Sanchez, Cristian Rodriguez, Diego Laxalt, Giorgian de Arrascaeta, Jonathan Urretaviscaya, Maximiliano Gomez, Cristhian Stuani, Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez
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