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Confirmed : FIFA World Cup Group A | Egypt vs Uruguay key players to watch out for and Starting XI

Egypt Vs Uruguay, FIFA World Cup 2018, Russia

The FIFA World Cup officially began yesterday with hosts Russia sqauring off against Saudia Arabia. The hosts easily thrashed Arabia 5-0 to begin their campaign in style.

The fiesta continues today as the other teams from Group A, Egypt and Uruguay will face each other. While Uruguay have been powerhouse in South American football, Egypt have slowly risen through ranks on the back of excellent performances by talisman Mo Salah.

The South American side will have superiority going into match while Egypt will be hoping on fitness and return of Salah.

While Uruguay go into the tie undefeated in their last three international encounters. Egypt have not tasted victory in their last six international fixtures and will be hoping for some of the World cup magic to rub off on them and reverse their fortunes right where it matters the most. 

The African nation were beaten 3-0 by Belgium in a friendly before the tournament, and will look to rectify that in the Egypt vs Uruguay clash of Group A in order to progress from the group stages. 

Key players to watch out for..

Egypt

Mo Salah Winger 26

The Egyptian coach has confirmed the  the inclusion of Salah on Thursday. However, it remains to be seen how many minutes he can play and at what fitness level. A fit Salah can prove head ache to Uruguay as his recent goal scoring form suggests.

Mohammed Elneny Midfielder 25

The Premier league fans are aware of this midfielder who plays for Arsenal. At 5 foot 11 he stands tall and can be a good provider of balls. His most important role would be to convert defence into counter attacks with his solidity and vision.

Uruguay  

 Luis Suarez  striker 31

He is one of the most contoversial player to ever play World Cup. In 2010 edition, he was sent off for hand ball to which helped his team to semi finals. In last edition, he faced ban after biting Chillieni on his shoulder. Having said all that, his goal scoring prowess is second to none.

Edison Cavani Striker 31

Cavani will be striker partner for Suarez. The man who leads one of the most costliest attacking trio in football history in PSG is a complete striker with his ability and skills in feet and aerially.

Confirmed Starting XI for Uruguay vs Egypt : 

Egypt: El Shenawy, Fathy, Gabr, Hegazy, Abdel-Shafi, Elneny, Hamed, Warda, Elsaid, Trezeguet, Mohsen 

Uruguay: Muslera, Varela, Giménez, Godin, Cáceres, Bentancur, Vecino, Nandez, De Arrascaeta, Cavani, Suárez.

Following Russia’s impressive 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia on Thursday, both sides will feel a need to stamp out a win over the other if they need to have any chance of qualifying. 

In the absence of Salah, Egypt have a tough task on their hands to stand any chance of progressing through to the next round. The Egypt vs Uruguay clash is of utmost importance to both the teams and a win would either side would prove immensely beneficial in determining the outcome of the group. 


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