EGYPT 0 (0)
URUGUAY 1 (0) – Gimenez 90′
FULL TIME 90+7′ – Yekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg – 15th June
(4-2-3-1) Egypt: El-Shenawy; Fathy, Gabr, Hegazi, Shafy; Elneny, Hamed (Morsy ’50), Warda (Sobhi 82′), El Said, Trézéguet; Mohsen (Kahraba 63′)
Subs: El Hadary, El Mohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Salah, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdi, Ekramy, Shikabala, Samir
(4-4-2) Uruguay: Muslera; Varela, Giménez, Godin, Caceres; Nández (Sanchez 60‘), Betancur, Vecino (Torreira 88′), De Arrascaeta (Rodriguez 60′); Cavani, Suarez.
Subs: Silva, Campana, Coates, Pereira, G Silva, Laxalt, Rodriguez, Torreira, Urretaviscaya, Sanchez, Gomez, Stuani
Kick-off: Uruguay get us under way, but immediately lose possession to Egypt. Probably not a sign of things to come.
7 Minutes: Nothing to write home about so far – Egypt doing enough to keep the dangerous duo of Cavani and Suarez quiet but not really threatening when going forward.
19 Minutes: El-Said with a clear dive but is lucky not to receive a card for the attempt. Egypt showing glimpses of attacking threat, but not enough so far.
25 Minutes: BBC Commentators are left confused after Suarez seemingly slots home from close range. They celebrate the goal, before realising a goal hasn’t been awarded. They figure out the goal has been ruled out – before replays put them out of their misery and show Suarez fluffing his lines, sending the ball into the side netting and letting Egypt off the hook.
35 Minutes: So far, so good for the Pharaohs. They’ll need to keep this going until half-time, and into the second-half, but Suarez looks under the weather. There’s the small task of keeping his strike partner quiet, however.
38 Minutes: Despite Egypt’s immense height at the back, a majority of the goals they concede come from crosses- which you would think would play into the hands of Suarez and Cavani, who are no strangers to using their heads. However, every cross floated in has been caught by El-Shenawy in the Egyptian goal.
40 Minutes: Mo Salah’s replacement, Omar Warda, has attempted an overhead kick, and ended up in a hump on the pitch. Uruguay kick the ball out, and Warda springs back to his feet.
43 Minutes: Egypt are slowly growing in confidence – but both teams not producing anything too dangerous. It is leading towards the game opening up – which should see some goals.
HALF TIME: Another small attack from the Egyptians, but it leaves Hamed injured on the floor. Uruguay try a counter attack but the Pharaohs’ defence easily mops up and clears before the referee blows for Half time.
As it stands, this will be a very good point for Egypt – but nothing is certain so far.
AS IT STANDS
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46 Minutes: No subs for either side yet, but as the game advances – and remains the same scoreline – we might see Mo Salah brought on to open up Uruguay’s defence.
46 Minutes: Suarez has come to life – but El-Shenawy spreads himself to ensure Egypt retain their cleansheet. He’ll need to produce more of that if Egypy are to get anything out of this game.
49 Minutes: Hamed has received another knock and it looks like this one will take him out of the game. Wigan captain Sam Morsy will take his place alongside Elneny.
53 Minutes: Egypt are unfazed by one of their midfield pillars being switched out – they’re still testing the South Americans on the counter. Remains 0-0.
56 Minutes: Trézéguet tries an ambitious drive from outside the box – goes well wide. Still a tight affair.
57 Minutes: The underdogs are still probing forward but they can’t find a way to break the South Americans down.
63 Minutes: Mohsen relies on a few long balls to truly be effective; he hasn’t done poorly but it’s time for Hector Cuper to switch things up. On comes Kahraba – Arabic for Electric. Let’s hope for some high voltage energy!
72 Minutes: Egyptian Captain, leader, legend Fathi almost opens the scoring with a powerful, rasping drive – but a strong save from Muslera means we’re still waiting for a first goal.
73 Minutes: Another impressive save as El Shenawy thwarts Suarez in the box. It appeared the Barca star was in acres of space to pull the trigger. He evades the defender, but EL Shenawy is quick and brave to smother the ball. It’s getting exciting.
77 Minutes: Just like at the end of the first half, Uruguay captain Diego Godin is bearing forward in search for a goal. Potential for gaps to be left at the back? Only time will tell.
79 Minutes: Potential counter for Egypt comes to a premature end – the ball finds Kahraba on the left flank, who breaks – but his cut-back is cut-out before it can reach the arriving attackers. Egypt still can win this.
81 Minutes: A short spell of sustained possession outside of the box for Egypt ends with Elneny attempting a cheeky chip that sails over the bar.
82 Minutes: No Mo! Fellow Prem winger Ramadan Sobhi comes on for Warda.
83 Minutes: El Shenawy proves why he deserves to start after producing a fine full stretch save to deny Cavani. It’s going to be an intense finish here.
87 Minutes: Cavani is brought down on the edge of the area. With the quality standing over the ball, it might prove costly.
88 Minutes: Cavani can only hit the post, and despite all of the free white shirts in the box, Uruguay block their own shot! Egypt given a lifeline!
90 Minutes: It isn’t to be for Egypt! Another free-kick is whipped in, and Jose Maria Gimenez floats in to head across.
90+2 Minutes: Five minutes of added time. There surely isn’t another late twist?
90+5 Minutes: Late pressure from Egypt but it is not enough. Hegazi tangles with Suarez on the breakaway and receives the first booking for Egypt.
90+7 Minutes: FULL TIME. Oh so close for Egypt, but this is not the end of their World Cup. Wins against Russia and Saudi Arabia will be vital for the Egyptians.