Egypt 0-1 Uruguay: Jose Gimenez scores 90th-minute victor

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Suarez was saved embarrassment by a late header from centre-back Jose Gimenez, earning Uruguay a victory in a World Cup opener for the first time.

After Cavani's through ball, Suarez did well to get goal-side of Ahmed Hegazi at close range, but goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy spread himself wide enough to deflect wide with an outstretched leg. Moments earlier, a matter of inches denied Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani a goal of the tournament contender when his long-range free kick rattled the post.

But Gimenez popped up to score, giving Uruguay all three points.

"I took Salah's shirt as a gift for my children, who also see him as a star", he said via King Fut.

Salah was forced to leave the stadium teary-eyed after the first 30 minutes of the game.

However, Salah was an unused substitute as Egypt were undone by a Jose Gimenez header in the 89th minute in Ekaterinburg, where Marwan Mohsen laboured on his own in attack for Cuper's side.

According to oddsmakers, Uruguay is a -179 favorite to win on the moneyline.

"A draw would have left a bitter taste because Uruguay deserved to win".

Aside from Liverpool ace Salah failing to get off the bench with his shoulder injury, another major talking point was also off the pitch - large portions of empty seats in one main stand at the Yekaterinburg Arena were an embarrassing sight for Federation Internationale de Football Association and local organisers.

Cavani and Suarez didn't receive the support they needed and at times dropped back to midfield as playmakers, not a role for a duo that has combined for 93 global goals. We are happy although we know that we have things to improve. "We are all individuals and we all think differently, but the collective idea is the same - we are here to go for the World Cup".

"We could have celebrated more", Leheta said, alluding to the loss to Uruguay.

Speaking on the BBC coverage of the game, Jenas noted Uruguay's physicality as one of the main factors in the decision to save Salah for later fixtures against Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia. While Egypt gave it a real go, they now have to beat Russian Federation to stand a chance at qualifying given that the hosts have a superior goal difference.

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