Uruguay leave it late as Jose Gimenez downs Egypt

Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah

In quotes reported on fifa.com, Cuper said: "Mo Salah is an extremely important player for us, nobody can deny that, but you need to have a good team, and we have a good team".

Liverpool forward Salah recovered from the shoulder injury he sustained in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid just in time to be named to the roster for Egypt, with the attacker believing he would ready for the opener.

Uruguay now places second in Group A with three points behind the leader and the host nation, Russia, with three points but with five goals in their bank.

"[Salah] is a big, decisive player and we prepare ourselves in the same way whether he is [available] or not".

But his World Cup dream was left on the brink when he exited the Champions League final three weeks ago in tears after Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos wrestled him to the ground.

After their clash with Egypt, Uruguay face Saudi Arabia and host nation Russian Federation in Group A.

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However, their attempt to create history got off the worst possible start as they feel to a shock opening game defeat to Mexico . Serbia beat Costa Rica 1-0 thanks to a brilliant Aleksandar Kolarov free-kick in Samara in the first game of the day.

Suarez and Cavani's partnership did not really hit it off.

"If he does decide to play he will have full guarantee (about his condition) and I am sure that he will be fine."

Their defence coped very well against the attacking duo of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, but Uruguay were able to break the deadlock when Jose Gimenez headed in on the 90th minute. He was an unused substitute in Egypt's 1-0 loss to Uruguay on Friday - his birthday.

After the match Cuper claimed while Salah would have a welcome addition, he did not want to take any risks with his star man and stated his belief Salah would feature in future contests.

With its traditional defensive tactics preferred by Cuper, Egypt badly needs Salah and his goals to succeed.

Uruguay were guilty of being overly pedestrian and pedestrian with their passing, though, while they were also hampered by a lack of natural width as Nahitan Nandes and Giorgian De Arrascaeta continually drifted infield. With a victory, Uruguay could reach the next stage with a game in hand against host Russian Federation on June 25. "In the history of football we have broken a spell (winning the opening game)", he added.

And Cuper hinted on Thursday that it was the player who had the final decision whether to play.

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