World Cup Day 2: Egypt vs Uruguay Preview
With the hope of a nation on his shoulders, Mohamed Salah has been passed fit for Egypt’s first game in a World Cup in 28 years.
“Salah has recovered and will play tomorrow. And nothing prevents him from competing for the title of the Golden Boot,” said Héctor Cuper, while speaking at the pre-match press conference.
This will be a huge sigh of relief to millions of fans following the Prince of Egypt/The Pharaohs of Egypt.
In their path to winning their first game of the tournament stands an Uruguay team who are no slouches. They are actually one of the dark horses of the tournament.
Luís Suárez, scorer of 5 World Cup goals, cannibal of Brésil 2014, and the top goalkeeper of the 2010 edition has been in great form, and along with Edison Cavani, will be looking to wreck havoc on weaker Egyptian defence.
On the other hand Uruguay boasts a mean central pairing in Diego Godin and José Giménez, and they will certainly be looking to keep Mohamed Salah quiet.
When both sides met in 2006, Uruguay was the victor, winning by a 2-0 margin.
Star Player(s) to watch (Egypt): Mohamed Salah, Mohamed Elneny
Star Player(s) to watch( Uruguay): Luís Suárez, Edison Cavani and Diego Godin
I expect Suárez and Cavani to stamp their authority on this one. On the other hand, the central pairing might just be too much for the Egyptian front line, and chances will be few and in between.
Egypt 1-4 Uruguay.