Live commentary, World Cup: Egypt 0 - 1 Uruguay -Full Time

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Live commentary, World Cup: Egypt 0 - 1 Uruguay -Full Time

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15 June 2018 Friday 15:03
Live commentary, World  Cup: Egypt 0 - 1 Uruguay -Full Time

87: Suarez and Cavani link again about 20 yards out...Fathy brings Cavani down. This is prime Suarez/Cavani range....dead centre.

86: Varela pushes on and heads a ball back to Sanchez. He hooks a ball into the box but Hegazi is there again to head it clear. Time running out.

83: WHAT A SAVE! Elshenawy could have just become the new Egyptian King. Suarez nods down a ball to Cavani who strikes a first-time volley that is heading for the net. The goalkeeper flings himself across and makes a brilliant one-handed save.

82: CLOSE! Elneny wriggles free in the box and he tries to reverse a clever chipped effort into the far corner. Wrong club - just a little bit too much juice. It sails over the crossbar.

SUB! Final sub. Sobhi replaces Wanda. We won't be seeing Salah today.

80: Still no pressure from Uruguay - if anything it's Egypt doing all the pressing now. Kahraba finds space to run into down the left but his final ball across goal is cleared away. That's where they could do with Salah's quality.

77: Godin intercepts the play and drives forward. He continues his run down the channel but Sanchez plays a terrible pass straight out of play. The skipper is fuming

74: CHANCE! Suarez just isn't at it for whatever reason. Brilliant ball by Cavani sends him in behind. He waits, waits, waits for the goalkeeper to go down but he doesn't and ends up allowing Elshenawy to smother ball. Very poor from the striker

73: SHOT! Switch of play from Egypt - Wanda dummies it for Fathy on the overlap who fancies his chances from 25 yards. He catches the strike with plenty of power but it flashes straight at Muslera.

69: Sanchez tries to get going down the right flank and wins a corner - up come the big lads from the back.

The corner is poor but Cavani makes the most of it. He turns, shoots but it hits Caceres on the arm. Free-kick Egypt, who clear their lines.

66: Still no pace in Uruguay's play. Egypt are defending deep but defending brilliantly. Rodriguez had Fathy one-on-one down the left but just didn't have the pace

 SUB! Mohsen off. Kahraba replaces him - he'll bring more pace up top. Salah looks on still.

62: Real lack of pace in this Uruguay team. They just can't Egypt turned. Hegazi and Gabr have been mopping most things up.

58: SUB! Suarez runs the ball out for a goal kick. Time for some changes.De Arrascaeta and Nandez replaced by Sanchez and Rodriguez.

56: SHOT! Egypt keeping the ball nicely. They work it forward and it drops to Trezeguet about 30 yards. He's got confidence...but lacks quality. His effort goes miles over the crossb

50: SUB! What a moment for Wigan's Sam Morsy! Hamed - unfortunately - has suffered a blow to his back and has to be replaced.

47: SAVE! Cavani and Suarez show their class. The PSG man lifts the ball over the top for Suarez, who races through. The angle is tight but he connects well from 12 yards. Elshenawy stays big and blocks the ball away. Good goalkeeping. 

46: We are back! Egypt get the match going - Salah - still - watches on from the bench....  

Wigan's Sam Morsy is on the bench for Egypt - what could he bring to this game? Hit the video....

Egypt are playing well, and may not need to take the risk.

HT: Uruguay have not met pre-tournament expectations here. There is not a lot between these two on this showing - Egypt are very organised through the centre which is frustrating Suarez. He missed the best chance when firing into the side netting from a tight angle

45: One minute added on.

43: Late rally to the half by Egypt - Fathy provides a good outlet on the right and is found by Elneny. His cross is overhit though. 

40: INJURY! Warda tries a completely unnecessary overhead kick in midfield, completely misses the ball and then stays down with a touch of the embarrassments. Play is stopped and he'll aim to walk this one off.

37: Lack of cohesion being shown here by Uruguay. Varela gets down the line but curls a cross straight into the hands of Elshenawy. The Egyptian fans send out a huge cheer - they'll be liking what they see. Their team look organised.

34: Abdelshafy finds plenty of space down the left and tries to hook a ball into the middle. There's only one attacker in there - easily taken by Muslera.

31: Suarez tries to turn but loses possession - not for the first time. He looks very sluggish - and he knows it, to the extent where you can see him literally having a word with himself. 

29: Hamed is doing a mighty destructive job in the centre. Suarez has been robbed a few times by the nippy midfielder.

26: SHOT! Warda jinks forward and finds Mohsen on the edge. He's quick to turn and try to get a shot away. Poor execution. Straight at Muslera.

24: CHANCE! Godin wins the flick at the near post corner and it rolls all the way to Suarez at the back post. He's only six yards out. He slides one towards goal but hooks it into the side netting. Big opportunity missed - Suarez can't believe he's not hit the target.

23: SHOT! Better tempo from Uruguay - a corner is cleared and it drops to Cavani who flicks one over the defender's head. He smacks one from 22 yards and it's travelling....but it's headed over the crossbar. Unlucky.

20: Uruguay are finding the red wall hard to break down here. Suarez drops deep and tries to link with Cavani but it's snuffed out. Lots of sideways passing without much spark.

17: Good spell of territory for Egypt. Warda is seeing plenty of the ball - he's very Salah-like in appearance but has yet show the same level of silk as the Liverpool man. 

14: SHOT! Suarez at the heart of this move. He plays it out to Varela who gives it back to him about 18 yards out. He tries a first-time strike but it bobbles off the turf and a few yards wide. Not his bestY

12: SHOT! Egypt aren't frightened to push players on. Eleney flicks the ball into the box and it drops to Trezeguet on the half-turn. He hits a low effort that is straight at Muslera.

A few empty seats in view of the cameras here, but a decent atmosphere. The Egyptian fans are whistling every time Uruguay get the ball.

9: SHOT! Cavani again moves out to the left and receives the play. He comes inside and pulls the trigger from 20 yards. It's low and pretty tame. Easy for Elshenawy.

7: Cavani drops out to the left and is found by Bentancur, who has started well. He looks for Suarez in the middle but Hegazi is there to head clear.

5: Better from Egypt. Trezeguet and Mohsen try to work a ball down the line but Godin is there.

3: De Arrascaeta and Suarez try to link on the edge of the box but Hegazy gets in the way. Cagey start, but Uruguay do look more comfortable with the ball.

3: De Arrascaeta and Suarez try to link on the edge of the box but Hegazy gets in the way. Cagey start, but Uruguay do look more comfortable with the ball.

1: KICK-OFF! The coin has been tossed, we are go, go, go! Remember, VAR is in play. I can confirm the referees in the studio are in full kit! Suarez has the first kick


The coin has been tossed, we are go, go, go! Remember, VAR is in play. I can confirm the referees in the studio are in full kit! Suarez has the first kick.

The anthems conducted, it's now time for football. Mohamed Salah stands proud for the Egyptian anthem - let's hope we see him later, although both Gimenez and Godin won't give him an easy ride.

Egypt have never won a World Cup game – can they shock Uruguay?

The teams are out at the Yekaterinburg Arena – it’s a sea of Egyptians! Time for the anthems. 

Egypt come into the tournament as Africa’s most successful side – winning seven African Nations cups. However, they haven’t as yet transformed that form to the World Cup – this is their first appearance at the tournament for 28 years.

They sauntered through a qualifying group of Ghana, Uganda and Congo to get here – although their defensive style has drawn criticism from the locals. 

Updated: 15.06.2018 22:22
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