Egyptian Football Association declares Mo Salah fit to face Russian Federation

Unfortunately for Egypt, Salah was apparently not ready to go yet, leaving the team to face Uruguay, the toughest team they'll play in the group stage of the tournament, without their star player.

Egypt will face a Russian Federation side who won their opening match against Saudi Arabia 5-0, and the Pharaohs need a positive result to keep them in contention for the knock-out stage of the tournament.

Without Salah, the Egyptian team seemed to lack the cutting edge.

Egypt's coach Hector Cuper said following the game that Egypt did all it could against a "very strong opponent" and that the last minute goal was "difficult to take".

There were rows of empty orange seats at the freshly rebuilt arena in the industrial city, situated in the Ural Mountains, in a match that Uruguay won 1-0 thanks to an 89th minute victor.

The Egyptian soccer association's spokesman, Osama Ismail, said the cake was meant as a surprise for Salah, whose birthday fell on Friday, when Egypt lost 1-0 to Uruguay in the opening match of its World Cup campaign in Russian Federation.

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez echoed his captain's views.

Egypt had only eight shots on goal and three on target against Uruguay as it struggled to create opportunities inside Uruguay's well-organized defense.

A shoulder injury, however, following a tangle with Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos during the Uefa Champions League final in Kiev on May 25 nearly ended his World Cup campaign. "I personally think we won!" said one user on Twitter in Arabic.

"He's certainly important, nobody can deny that, but you need a good team too - and we are a good team", said Cuper.

To have any hopes of advancing, Egypt needs to avoid a loss against Russian Federation on Tuesday and probably beat Saudi Arabia on June 25 in its final group game.

Egypt, which had zero corner kicks in the match, has yet to win a World Cup game.

In the history of football we have broken a spell.

  • Angelo Rivera