Uruguay struggles to beat resolute Egypt 1-0

Mazino Dickson

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A very late header from a free kick by center-back Jose Giminez gave Uruguay a hard-fought 1-0 win over a highly organized Egypt at the ongoing 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Time and time again, the Uruguayans were frustrated by a highly mobile Egyptian defence and an inspired keeper Mohammed El-Shenawy who backed the man of the match award.

Barcelona forward Luis Suarez was pocketed by Egypt’s defenders and also had a goal attempt thwarted by El-Shenawy in the second half.

His strike partner Edson Cavani forced the Egyptian keeper to make a finger-tip save; then just before the goal saw his free kick smash the post.

It may have been a different outcome had Egyptian coach Hector Cuper been bold enough to take a risk on Mohammed Salah, who had earlier been declared fit to face the South Americans.

The win marked the first time Uruguay would win their opening group match in decades.

Egypt must beat hosts Russia in their second group match, and it would not be a surprise to see Salah leading the attack.