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E' sempre lui, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, il grande obiettivo della ​Juventus per il centrocampo. I bianconeri potrebbero decidere di cedere Miralem Pjanic per arrivare al forte mediano della Lazio ma potrebbero anche trattenere il bosniaco, trovando i 120-130 milioni per il serbo in un'altra maniera. Ieri Sergej è sceso in campo in occasione della sfida tra Serbia e Svizzera, terminata con la vittoria della Nazionale di capitan Lichtsteiner. ​Il centrocampista della Lazio, obiettivo di mercato...
Milinkovic-Savic: "Io alla Juve? Ora penso al Mondiale ma sorrido..."
E' sempre lui, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, il grande obiettivo della ​Juventus per il centrocampo. I bianconeri potrebbero decidere di cedere Miralem Pjanic per arrivare al forte mediano della Lazio ma potrebbero anche trattenere il bosniaco, trovando i 120-130 milioni per il serbo in un'altra maniera. Ieri Sergej è sceso in campo in occasione della sfida tra Serbia e Svizzera, terminata con la vittoria della Nazionale di capitan Lichtsteiner. ​Il centrocampista della Lazio, obiettivo di mercato...
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic refused to be drawn on speculation surrounding his club future with Lazio after Serbia's defeat to Switzerland.
Milinkovic-Savic plays down Juventus speculation
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic refused to be drawn on speculation surrounding his club future with Lazio after Serbia's defeat to Switzerland.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic parla del possibile approdo alla Juventus: "Ora penso solo alla Nazionale, non a cosa farò dopo".
Calciomercato Lazio, Milinkovic-Savic: "Juventus? Prima i Mondiali"
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic parla del possibile approdo alla Juventus: "Ora penso solo alla Nazionale, non a cosa farò dopo".
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic parla del possibile approdo alla Juventus: "Ora penso solo alla Nazionale, non a cosa farò dopo".
Calciomercato Lazio, Milinkovic-Savic: "Juventus? Prima i Mondiali"
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic parla del possibile approdo alla Juventus: "Ora penso solo alla Nazionale, non a cosa farò dopo".
<p>ACQUISTI: <br>CESSIONI:<br>OBIETTIVI: Berardi (a, Sassuolo), Lazzari (c, SPAL), Soucek (c, Slavia Praga), Grassi (d, SPAL), Wallace (c, Lazio), Meret (p, SPAL), Skhiri (c, Montpellier), Pjaca (a, Juventus), Valente (c, Estoril), El Sharaawy (c, Roma), Brignola (a, Benevento) </p>
Fiorentina

ACQUISTI:
CESSIONI:
OBIETTIVI: Berardi (a, Sassuolo), Lazzari (c, SPAL), Soucek (c, Slavia Praga), Grassi (d, SPAL), Wallace (c, Lazio), Meret (p, SPAL), Skhiri (c, Montpellier), Pjaca (a, Juventus), Valente (c, Estoril), El Sharaawy (c, Roma), Brignola (a, Benevento)

<p>ACQUISTI: Emre Can (c, Liverpool), Perin (p, Genoa)<br>CESSIONI: Asamoah (d, Inter)<br>OBIETTIVI: Icardi (a, Inter), Martial (a, Manchester United), Rabiot (c, Psg), Morata (a, Chelsea), Szoboszlai (c, Salisburgo), Milinkovic-Savic (c, Lazio), Kovacic (c, Real Madrid), Dembelè (c, Tottenham) </p>
Juventus

ACQUISTI: Emre Can (c, Liverpool), Perin (p, Genoa)
CESSIONI: Asamoah (d, Inter)
OBIETTIVI: Icardi (a, Inter), Martial (a, Manchester United), Rabiot (c, Psg), Morata (a, Chelsea), Szoboszlai (c, Salisburgo), Milinkovic-Savic (c, Lazio), Kovacic (c, Real Madrid), Dembelè (c, Tottenham)

<p>ACQUISTI: Asamoah (d, Juventus), Lautero Martinez (a, Racing Avellaneda), De Vrij (d, Lazio)<br>CESSIONI:<br>OBIETTIVI: Higuain (a, Juventus), Politano (c, Sassuolo), Verdi (c, Bologna), Morata (a, Chelsea), Nainggolan (c, Roma), Barella (c, Cagliari), Chiesa (c, Fiorentina), Dembelè (c, Tottenham), Malcom (c, Bordeaux) </p>
Inter

ACQUISTI: Asamoah (d, Juventus), Lautero Martinez (a, Racing Avellaneda), De Vrij (d, Lazio)
CESSIONI:
OBIETTIVI: Higuain (a, Juventus), Politano (c, Sassuolo), Verdi (c, Bologna), Morata (a, Chelsea), Nainggolan (c, Roma), Barella (c, Cagliari), Chiesa (c, Fiorentina), Dembelè (c, Tottenham), Malcom (c, Bordeaux)

Juventus membutuhkan tenaga baru di lini tengah.
Juventus Terbuka Lebar Bajak SMS dari Lazio
Juventus membutuhkan tenaga baru di lini tengah.
Juventus membutuhkan tenaga baru di lini tengah.
Juventus Terbuka Lebar Bajak SMS dari Lazio
Juventus membutuhkan tenaga baru di lini tengah.
​Il serbo Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, fantasista di proprietà della ​Lazio, è nel mirino di moltissimi club europei di prima fascia (Juventus, Manchester United e Real Madrid in particolar modo) ma ad oggi non si sa ancora con certezza che ne sarà di lui in vista della prossima stagione. La Lazio dal canto suo non ne vuole sapere di perdere il proprio gioiello e per questo spara alto: per acquistare il fantasista serbo servono almeno 100 milioni di euro ma tale cifra potrebbe non bastare. Il...
Lazio, Lotito su Milinkovic-Savic: "Piace a tanti ma non l'ho mai messo in vendita"
​Il serbo Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, fantasista di proprietà della ​Lazio, è nel mirino di moltissimi club europei di prima fascia (Juventus, Manchester United e Real Madrid in particolar modo) ma ad oggi non si sa ancora con certezza che ne sarà di lui in vista della prossima stagione. La Lazio dal canto suo non ne vuole sapere di perdere il proprio gioiello e per questo spara alto: per acquistare il fantasista serbo servono almeno 100 milioni di euro ma tale cifra potrebbe non bastare. Il...
​Il serbo Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, fantasista di proprietà della ​Lazio, è nel mirino di moltissimi club europei di prima fascia (Juventus, Manchester United e Real Madrid in particolar modo) ma ad oggi non si sa ancora con certezza che ne sarà di lui in vista della prossima stagione. La Lazio dal canto suo non ne vuole sapere di perdere il proprio gioiello e per questo spara alto: per acquistare il fantasista serbo servono almeno 100 milioni di euro ma tale cifra potrebbe non bastare. Il...
Lazio, Lotito su Milinkovic-Savic: "Piace a tanti ma non l'ho mai messo in vendita"
​Il serbo Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, fantasista di proprietà della ​Lazio, è nel mirino di moltissimi club europei di prima fascia (Juventus, Manchester United e Real Madrid in particolar modo) ma ad oggi non si sa ancora con certezza che ne sarà di lui in vista della prossima stagione. La Lazio dal canto suo non ne vuole sapere di perdere il proprio gioiello e per questo spara alto: per acquistare il fantasista serbo servono almeno 100 milioni di euro ma tale cifra potrebbe non bastare. Il...
Lazio Roms Sergej Milinkovic-Savic ist im Moment heißt begehrt. Sein Vater hält Juventus Turin für den perfekten Klub für den 23-Jährigen.
Vater von Sergej Milinkovic-Savic: "Juventus der perfekte Klub"
Lazio Roms Sergej Milinkovic-Savic ist im Moment heißt begehrt. Sein Vater hält Juventus Turin für den perfekten Klub für den 23-Jährigen.
Il grande obiettivo del calciomercato bianconero resta Milinkovic Savic, per arrivare al centrocampista la Juventus è pronta a sacrificare Rugani.
Calciomercato Juventus, non si molla Milinkovic Savic: Pjaca e Rugani alla Lazio
Il grande obiettivo del calciomercato bianconero resta Milinkovic Savic, per arrivare al centrocampista la Juventus è pronta a sacrificare Rugani.
A Jose Gimenez header on the verge of 90 minutes gave Uruguay a hard-fought 1-0 win over Egypt at the Yekaterinburg Arena, as what could have been a tale of two strikers was decided by a centre-back. There were high hopes for the Egyptians before kick-off as birthday boy Mohamed Salah was named among the substitutes, having recovered ahead of schedule from an injury sustained in the Champions League final. Every single time his face was shown on the big screens around the stadium the noise levels amplified, but Hector Cuper remained unswayed by emotion and stayed resolute in his decision making. Salah has other, more winnable fights to be prepared for, and keeping Egypt's star player rested may prove to be the right one going forward, especially considering how vulnerable Saudi Arabia looked on Thursday and how average Russia should prove to be. Another (now ex) star of Liverpool was instead the focus of much of this game and not for good reason. Luis Suarez summed up Uruguay's struggles to find anything like cohesion or fluency with an awful performance, losing possession all over the pitch, passing to the wrong people and hitting the side netting in the first half when it looked easier to score. Later, with only the goalkeeper to beat, Suarez held on the ball for too long and allowed goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shenawy the opportunity to smother inside the six yard box. For the umpteenth time in the game, Suarez berated himself, apparently unsure as to how just why nothing he attempted was working. If Egypt missed Salah, Uruguay were actively hindered by the presence of their misfiring Suarez imposter. Suarez misses a great chance inside the six yard box Credit: REUTERS Egypt frustrated Uruguay with a deep defensive line, staying compact, dealing with danger competently and threatening on the counter-attack but as they grew tired towards the end, Uruguay showed their quality and slowly squeezed the neck of the game. Edison Cavani came closest to breaking the deadlock with a curling free-kick in the 87th minute that came back off the post - the rebound blocked by Suarez against his own teammates - before a free-kick wide right resulted in the deadlock being broken. Egypt looked rattled and against the ropes, their desperate clearances the equivalent of a boxer gripping onto his opponent while trying to draw breath. The waves of attack kept coming and having knocked on the door for a sustained period of time, Uruguay finally opened the scoring as Gimenez rose highest to head home a cross from substitute Carlos Sanchez to secure the victory. Salah looked on despondently, Uruguay players rushed from the bench to celebrate their goal. In the end it was a just-about-deserved victory for Oscar Tabarez's side, but had Salah been available and Suarez actually turned up, this could have been oh so different. 3:33PM No Salah Credit: AP No Salah today but after what we've seen today and yesterday, I think he'll have a great time against Russia and Saudi Arabia. Egypt were solid defensively and need to rely on quick counter-attacks - there are few players better at exactly that than Salah. 3:15PM Uruguay's reaction to that goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES I think it's fairly safe to say they were excited. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 3:10PM Some more stats on Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay have won their opening match at a World Cup tournament for the first time since 1970, when they beat Israel. Egypt are still winless at the World Cup finals, failing to win five matches (D2 L3). José Giménez’s winning goal in the 90th minute was Uruguay’s latest winning goal in a World Cup match since Daniel Fonseca’s 92nd minute winner against South Korea in June 1990. Egypt have failed to score in each of their last three World Cup matches. Uruguay have won each of their last three World Cup group stage games with a goal scored in the last 10 minutes of matches. Three of Uruguay’s last four World Cup goals have been scored via headers – only three of their previous 22 World Cup goals had been headed. 3:05PM Tonight's match After Morocco vs Iran we've got Spain vs Portugal and it's going to be an absolute belter. Here are my tactical thoughts on each side ahead of the game: Spain World Cup tactics article Portugal World Cup tactics 3:03PM Bad stat for Egypt fans 5 - No African team has played as many World Cup games without winning a single one than Egypt (D2 L3). Hurdle. #EGYURU#EGY#WorldCup— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 3:00PM Who impressed Godin was Uruguay's best player, Cavani and Gimenez next, while Bentancur controlled the first half. Suarez was about a three out of a 10 - if that - and Egypt, as a whole, were really strong. No individual standouts but as a unit, they defended really well, broke forward as a team and were so close to getting a result. 2:57PM Great game That was really enjoyable. Two teams evenly matched but Uruguay had the quality and stamina to see it through - and deserved the win. But it's only the first game of the day! Next up is Morocco vs Iran. Follow it here with Ben Coles. 2:55PM FULL TIME That's it! Heartbreak for Egypt! Uruguay have a hard-earned three points! 2:55PM 90 mins +5 Egypt want an equaliser! Two crosses in a row into the box and now Uruguay look like they're in trouble. Hegazi fouls Suarez (who's looking for it...) and Suarez rolls around the floor a little bit. There are theatre groups less dramatic than Luis Suarez when he's trying to win a free-kick. 2:53PM 90 mins +4 Oh this isn't good. Trezeguet has gone down with cramp so bad he can hardly even walk. His legs are straight like Herman Munster as he's hauled off the turf and back to his feet. 2:51PM 90 mins +2 Uruguay keeping the ball now. Egypt are rocked by that goal - they've defended so well all game long but have really tired in the final part of this game. 2:48PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! GIMENEZ HAS SCORED! OOOHHHHH there it is! Egypt just couldn't hold on! A free-kick is hit in from wide right, Gimenez jumps higher than everyone else in the middle of the box and powers a header past the goalkeeper. Brilliant from the centre-back! Egypt 0 - 1 Uruguay (José Giménez, 90 min) 2:47PM 89 mins CAVANI HITS THE POST! The ball pings back off the upright and any of four Uruguay players can convert the rebound! But Suarez blocks it by being in the way! He's ruining everything today. Egypt are on the ropes, the heavyweight Uruguay are really taking the game to them here. 2:46PM 88 mins Ooooohhhhhhhhh free-kick on the edge of the area! Cavani is taken out by Fathy as he's about to run into the box. That could either be a game-saving move or it could end up with Uruguay hitting the back of the net. Torreira - Arsenal's new signing - is on for Vecino. Cavani stands over the free-kick. 2:45PM 87 mins Gimenez is the last man and absolutely nobody moves to give him the option for a pass. It's such poor movement and Egypt don't even have to try to win the ball back - Gimenez chips it forward and hands it back to them. That's Uruguay's period of pressure over then! Egypt are clearing their lines now. They want the 0-0. 2:43PM 85 mins Credit: AFP This photo more or less sums up Uruguay's match so far. They're pushing for a winner now. Another corner. 2:42PM 84 mins CAVANIIIIIIII! What a save! Wow. Where did that come from?! Suarez heads into Cavani, who hits on the volley and blooters the ball at rocket speed towards goal. El-Shenawy dives to his left and gets a strong palm behind it. The corner is rubbish. 2:41PM 82 mins Egypt win a turnover in their own half, break forwards... and hold the ball until reinforcements arrive. Elneny joins in, looks for a quick one-two but it doesn't come off. Then Elneny gets another shot at things and chips over the bar. No Mo Salah for us today - Egypt are making their final substitution. Warda comes off for Sobhy. 2:38PM 80 mins The break is on! Kahraba has the entire left wing to run into! He gets to the box, looks up and picks his pass... but Caceres stretches and blocks just before it becomes a massive problem. I'm not sure Varela has beaten the first man with any of his crosses from wide right. If he has they haven't been very good. 2:37PM 78 mins You know when you're playing Football Manager and your star player is on a 5 but you just don't want to take him off because you *know* all it takes is one chance and he'll make a difference? Suarez is around that at the moment. Every touch, pass, dribble... everything - none of it has worked. I think they put Alvaro Recoba on at some point. That'd be lovely. 2:35PM 76 mins Credit: FIFA Great play from Gimenez who takes a risk drawing in the Egyptian press but skips past it and sends Varela on his way. Varela has spent most of this half as a right winger. 2:32PM 73 mins Uruguay are leaving space at the back now as they look for a winner. Egypt hit the ball into that space, work the passing across the area and then a strike is smashed at goal from a tight angle! Muslera saves well at his near post and holds onto the ball. Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Ahmed Fathy, 72 min) SUAREZ IS IN! The pass comes in ahead of him, only the goalkeeper to beat! And it's as if he's waiting for someone to foul him! He just needs to jab that at goal and it's... a goal. Instead, he takes too long and the goalkeeper smothers. 2:29PM 71 mins Uruguay win a corner. Godin comes up. Egypt marking man to man... the ball lands with Cavani who swipes at it, hits Caceres in the general region of his hands/arms and the referee says free-kick. Seems harsh to me, I'm not sure what he's meant to do in that situation. 2:27PM 69 mins Uruguay get to the final third, slow right down... and Sanchez tries a hit from 25 yards which hits a defender. Martin Keown has just revealed that he would definitely have targeted Mo Salah, had he been playing against him today. "Of course I would have done. I once played against Ruud Gullit with a bandaged knee - it was like a dartboard for me!" 2:25PM 67 mins Rodriguez takes forever to decide what to do with the ball at his feet in the final third and Egypt easily win possession... then launch it long and concede once more. Egypt seem more in control of this game without the ball than they do with it! There's no movement in this Uruguay team, no purpose with the passing and they seem reluctant to really test the Egyptian defence. 2:24PM 65 mins Egypt vs Uruguay You can see here that Egypt are focusing their passes down the wide areas while Uruguay have made the majority of theirs in central positions. However, Uruguay have attempted way more crosses... which doesn't seem to make sense. Uruguay crosses Egypt are catching up now: Egypt crosses 2:21PM 63 mins It's really slow now. Egypt defending in a 4-4-2, the first line of press is the halfway line and the second is about 25 yards deeper than that. Uruguay cautiously approach the Egypt half, then reconsider things and pass backwards or sideways. Uruguay win a free-kick, hook it into the box... it's headed away and then Suarez is offside. What has happened to Suarez? 2:19PM 61 mins A three act tragedy: Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES 2:17PM 59 mins Change for Uruguay. Nandez off, Sanchez on and De Arrascaeta is replaced by Rodriguez. That might be a wee change of shape to a 4-2-3-1. 2:16PM 58 mins Varela gets high up the right, Nandez overlaps, passes back, goes wide, goes back... the passing's really predictable and Egypt just put 8million men behind the ball so there's nowhere to go... then spring a counter-attack. Now Uruguay drop deep. They need to put Suarez in the bin. He's been useless. He'd struggle to get in the Saudi Arabia team on this form. 2:14PM 55 mins Possession: Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay are attacking with more of a forward three now, with Nandez pushing high up the pitch on the right. Like a lopsided 4-4-2. 2:12PM 54 mins Suarez is still off the pace. It's his linkup play that's poor, waiting for the ball to arrive at his feet rather than moving towards it. Uruguay are forward now though... and Suarez has lost the ball on the edge of the box. 2:10PM 52 mins Morsy plays for Wigan... so he's not quite - perhaps - at the same international elite level as some of the Uruguay players but we'll see how he gets on. Hamed was played superbly before that and will be missed in the midfield. Uruguay are far more aggressive in this half and it's really working. Egypt have to keep kicking long and aren't keeping possession at all. 2:08PM 49 mins Disaster for Hamed. He's picked up an injury, being kneed right in the spine (one of the worst places to be kneed). His pals are signalling that this will probably be the end of his game... and he hobbles off the pitch. Morsy will come on to replace him. 2:05PM 47 mins It's a higher press from Uruguay now... and SUAREZ IS IN! Great move from Uruguay, Cavani plays in Suarez with a through-ball and the goalkeeper gets off his line quickly to block inside the six yard box! Early action! Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 46 min) 2:04PM KICK OFF 2 We're back! Egypt start the second half. 2:01PM Bentancur's first half We spoke about him before kick-off and sure enough, Bentancur has been excellent: Most interceptions: 5 Most passes completed: 42 Highest pass accuracy: 98% 1:59PM Inside the stadium Half time and have gone for a walk round the iconic temporary grandstands. Truly have never seen anything like it. pic.twitter.com/xWy90B84kS— Eli (@ElMengem) June 15, 2018 There's not a huge amount to see there but it is really impressive. 1:56PM Cavani can't get in the game 17 - Edinson Cavani had the fewest touches (17) of any Uruguay player in the first half, with none of those coming in the opposition's box. Restricted. #EGYURU#URU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXlby59phP— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 1:55PM Tac Tix Some halftime reading? Here's loads! World Cup 2018 tactics | JJ Bull analyses formations, line-ups and more This game is a battle of two deep defences. Uruguay are playing four central midfielders and lack a bit of width as a result but if they could just get their strikers into the game, and Suarez wasn't playing like he's broken, they'd be a lot better off. Honestly, if you'd bought this Suarez from a shop you'd be on your way back now to get a refund. 1:51PM This stadium is pretty crazy Ignore the empty seats - look at the amazing stand this place has. Ekaterinburg Arena: The crazy Russia World Cup 2018 stadium where you pay to sit outside to watch the football 1:48PM Team shapes Average touch positions (33 min) Uruguay aren't at it today. Strong words will be exchanged at half-time. 1:47PM HALF TIME Two pretty even teams! Egypt are organised, defending well and look menacing on the counter-attack, Uruguay should be 1-0 up and seem solid... but nothing like their usual selves. Suarez needs to have a word with himself - and actually, only Godin, Bentancur and Gimenez have really turned up here. 1:46PM 45 mins Uruguay come forward but the cross from wide right is poor and just hands possession back. Bentancur is having a really good game in the centre of midfield... but Suarez has lost the ball again. Pretty sure Suarez is on one of the downward arrows from Pro Evo games here. 1:44PM 43 mins Credit: REUTERS Look at all the empty seats. It's not nice :-( Uruguay are now looking for a way to score before half time and have Egypt pinned back. I think Egypt are happy with 0-0 at the moment, and that wall of defence is working extremely well. And now the counter-attack is on! Fathy comes down the right, crosses in... but the defence deal with it. 1:42PM 42 mins Warda goes for an overhead kick, misses the ball, falls to the ground then lies on the floor 'injured' until Uruguay break up their promising attack and put the ball out of play for him. Miraculously, he has recovered. Diagnosis: wounded pride. 1:41PM 40 mins Superb by Godin. He brings the ball out from the back on his own, dribbles past one man and gets all the way to the final third. He threads a through-pass into De Arrascaeta... whose first touch is embarrassing. Goal kick. 1:40PM 38 mins Good pressing by Egypt but Uruguay's passing has much improved and they are able to bring the ball out to the Egypt final third. Look at the defensive shape. What are you even supposed to do against that? They're really well organised. 1:36PM 36 mins There's quite a lot of empty seats in the stadium here... which is pretty surprising for the second game of the World Cup. Apparently tickets are expensive... almost as if not everyone can afford £300ish to watch 90 minutes of one sporting event. Who'd have thought it? FIFA are about as in-tune with the average human as I am to dolphins. 1:35PM 34 mins Credit: AFP You can see Suarez already running off to celebrate before he missed that chance earlier! Egypt vs Uruguay shots on goal 1:33PM 33 mins Suarez has lined up a free-kick 30 yards from goal. This will be one of those knuckle-ball attempts and having beaten himself up a minute ago for losing possession, maybe he'll be right on this one... Hits the wall. A lot of power in that one and it's hurt Trezeguet. 1:31PM 31 mins Oocha! Vecino goes for an early goal of the tournament attempt with a powerful drive from about 30 yards but it zips wide of the far post. Suarez has been awful so far. It's like he can't read the play at all - a pass towards him, he turns to chase and completely gives it away. It's as though he doesn't realise he isn't as fast as he was when he was 27 anymore and hasn't adjusted. 1:30PM 29 mins Uruguay look a little more comfortable on the ball now and are trying to make things happen in the final third. Egypt are in counter-attack mode but are sprinting forward to allow the team the chance to move up the pitch as a unit, rather than going for goal. Muslera grabs a cross out of the air and sends Uruguay on their way... but Suarez has given it away again. "He's not there mentally today," says Martin Keown. Godin has just gone absolutely nuts at his midfield for giving the ball away in their own half. He's had to clear up a few messes so far already. 1:27PM 27 mins It sounds like a few in the commentary area of the stadium thought that Suarez effort was a goal. To be fair, from where he was standing you'd expect him to convert it. Miss: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 24 min) 1:26PM 24 mins GOOOOOAAAAAL - oh that's a bad miss. Suarez has hit the side-netting from six yards! It's basically an open goal. Jonathan Pearce has done one of his classic misreadings of the situation. "He's disallowed it!" says the star of Robot Wars, when it's clearly not gone in the goal. I don’t understand much Russian, but I’m pretty sure by the tone that the TV commentator here thought that was in from Suarez and had been disallowed. He has my total sympathy. All been there!— Guy Mowbray (@Guymowbray) June 15, 2018 Still, Uruguay look dangerous from set pieces. 1:24PM 23 mins Fathi defends well in the corner but De Arrascaeta has a chance to get the ball in the box now for Uruguay's big men to attack. The goalkeeper punches... the ball goes back to the centre-circle... and is then launched wide back to the Uruguay number 10. Cavani takes over, skips the ball over one tackle and then fires a left-footed volley at goal! It hits the head of Gabr - otherwise that was heading towards goal! Another corner. 1:21PM 21 mins Uruguay's Rodrigo Bentancur, left, and Egypt's Amr Warda challenge for the ball Credit: AP Uruguay are being really sloppy in possession. Egypt are picking the ball off their feet at times and attacks are breaking down in the final third each time. Varela sprints down the right wing and Gimenez tries a direct pass into the space ahead of him. Goal kick. 1:19PM 19 mins Said skins Bentancur near the box but throws himself to the ground looking for a free-kick. A clear dive and a stupid one at that - he was about to dribble into the penalty area. Why go down? Uruguay come forward again but Egypt drop deep, holding a line on the 18 yard box and denying any space. 1:18PM 17 mins The free-kick is chipped in though - no shot - and Hegazi tries to head back across goal. Uruguay are massive, strong and organised though and easily see it out for a goal kick. Decent start to this game by Egypt though - they're really taking the game to Uruguay. Egypt vs Uruguay 1:16PM 16 mins The crowd roars as the stadium TV screens cut to pictures of Mo Salah sitting on the bench. I think the Egyptian fans like him. Warda wins a free-kick 25 yards out - this is a great position to shoot from... 1:15PM 14 mins Uruguay's defensive shape a pretty obvious 4-4-2. Cavani is dropping deeper at times though to make it a 4-4-1-1 - Suarez primed to chase anything that gets hit into space ahead of him. The ball is moved through the lines by Uruguay's passing, Varela is wide right and passes inside to Suarez. He's unmarked! But his shot is poor and well wide. 1:13PM 12 mins Egypt win a free-kick, Uruguay defend nervously and the header by Varela is hit into a central area. You're not supposed to that! Elneny thinks about hitting a volley, can't quite get there in time, so goes for a one-two, then Trezeguet forces his way into the box chasing the bouncing ball and gets a snap shot away. Muslera saves low. 1:10PM 9 mins CAVANIIIII tries an effort from distance but it's easy for the goalkeeper to save. He'll just be calibrating his shooting with that one. 1:09PM 8 mins Great passing from Uruguay. They work the ball quickly with one touch passes and some excellent movement off the ball but Egypt drop back and head clear. 1:06PM 6 mins Decent attack for Egypt. They break the midfield line with a pass between two Uruguay players and Trezeguet wins a throw-in near the corner flag. Caceres is fortunate to get away from Warda with the ball after some clumsy dribbling... but Suarez tries to switch the play and ends up booting it directly to the goalkeeper. Egypt are pressing the Uruguay defence high up the pitch. 1:04PM 4 mins Varela, ex of Manchester United, has seen a bit of the ball on the Uruguay right so far. Egypt now look to keep possession for a bit, Uruguay press near the centre-circle but are mostly behind the halfway line. Cavani stretches to go into a tackle early on and goes down in some pain. Let's hope he hasn't twisted his ankle. The replay seems to suggest he's alright. 1:02PM 2 mins Uruguay get us started, pass back to the defence and then kick it long... then win possession back straight away. Egypt sitting deep to block forward passes but you'd expect Uruguay to try and just get everyone a touch of the ball early on to get them calmed down. 1:01PM KICK OFF HERE WE GO! 12:57PM Starting lineups Uruguay should be in a 4-4-2 diamond, Egypt are a fairly conventional 4-2-3-1. 12:55PM National anthems Both of these are superb. 12:54PM Players in the tunnel Can you even imagine how nervous these guys are? The crowd is pumped too. And here they come out onto the pitch! Kick-off is five minutes away! 12:50PM The Uruguay manager 4 - This is Uruguay's manager ���� Oscar Tabárez’s fourth World Cup appearance (after 1990, 2010 and 2014); more than any other manager at this year’s tournament. Boss. #EGYURU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXxCJIcCeN— OptaJean (@OptaJean) June 15, 2018 12:48PM Egypt have been fasting for Ramadan Could this affect their chances? An imam tells a BBC investigator: "There are exceptions. The World Cup is in Russia, they're travelling to Russia, so they don't need to fast while they're playing." Many players do still choose to fast. "There's quite a drop in performance, up to 25 per cent," says an expert on the field. A lot of it is to do with temperament apparently. Hangar. 12:43PM Today's stadium Ekaterinburg Stadium It looks absolutely brilliant inside. Doesn't it make you want to go out and run around on the pitch? It's so green! Credit: GETTY IMAGES And a handy little graphic for you. World Cup 2018 stadium: Ekaterinburg Arena 12:40PM The modern football fan How do you consume your football news? Do you do it... on Whatsapp? Well you can now! Personally, I'm a big fan of this. World Cup whatsapp promo Loads of interesting things get sent your way and it's dead easy to set up. 12:33PM BBC titles One of the best thing about the World Cup is finding out what the themed intros from the TV stations will be. ITV did well yesterday but now it's time for the old BBC to show them how it's done. It's a dance music-led intro with lots of clever little computer graphic transitions showing things around Russia, nothing too extravagant... and it's short. And now an Egyptian themed VT to get things rolling. Gary Linieker says: "The Pharoahs are back in a World Cup for the first time in 28 years" and we're off! 12:24PM Stay up to date We've got so many great things to keep you up to date and informed this World Cup, and one of the best of them is our newsletter. Sign up for some lovely reading to help the time pass a little easier between games. 12:15PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:09PM Arsenal's new Uruguayan signing Who is he? Why did they buy him? How much?! Torreira puff Dan Zeqiri has the answers. 12:05PM Who to watch for Uruguay ���� @RodriiBentancur prepares to become our first ���� to take part in #WorldCup 2018 as #TeamUruguay face Egypt, buena suerte! ��#JuveWorldCup#ForzaJuvepic.twitter.com/Ko7TiEmVUA— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 15, 2018 You know about Suarez and Cavani but Uruguay are (almost) equally strong in defence as well. Godin and Gimenez are a powerful centre-back duo (who both play for Atletico Madrid too...) while Fernando Muslera is a reliable goalkeeper. Caceres, the left-back, plays for Lazio and isn't bad either. There is one player who could really make a name for himself this summer, and that is Rodrigo Bentancur. He's a midfielder who plays for Juventus, who used to be a wide right but now acts as either a holding midfielder or advanced playmaker. He sees the game really well and is composed in possession and at 20-years-old, is expected to achieve big things. Bentancur is dead cheap on Fantasy Football too - stick him in your team if you need to save some cash and can't figure out where! 11:58AM There he is Credit: AP Egypt are an OK team but Salah is by far and away the best player. Trezeguet is a promising forward who can play on the left or right of attack, Ahmed Hegazi is a thoroughly underrated centre-back (the same one who plays for West Brom) and Mohamed Elneny is the next best. He might not have played an awful lot for Arsenal but he's absolutely superb at keeping things ticking over in midfield, winning the ball back and linking passes. Apart from those three... there's not an awful lot for Uruguay to worry about. I'd expect a cagey start from the Egyptians. Credit: AP 11:47AM Liverpool lending support to Mr Salah Good luck to @MoSalah as his #EGY side start their #WorldCup campaign this afternoon. �� pic.twitter.com/KZq1Mp7CRm— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 15, 2018 Of course, this is not the only ex-Liverpool favourite on show today. Luis Suarez is playing his first World Cup game since he tried to eat Giorgio Chiellini during a match against Italy in Brazil back in 2014. 11:44AM Pre-match buildup Credit: REUTERS The fanzones at these types of tournaments are always so, so, so fun and the photos for everyone building up to this one look exactly the same. It's a lovely day outside the Ekaterinburg Arena (and I suspect probably the same inside it too) and I am thoroughly jealous of everyone in these photos. Credit: REUTERS And just as an added bonus, here's a happy doggo for you to enjoy. Credit: REUTERS 11:38AM Starting lineups Egypt (4-2-3-1) Elshenawy; Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdelshafy; Elneny, Hamed; Warda, Said, Trezeguet; Mohsen Uruguay (4-3-1-2) Muslera, Varela, Godin, Gimenez, Caceres, Nandez, Bentancur, Vecino, De Arrascaeta, Suarez, Cavani 11:31AM Happy World Cup Friday to you Hello everyone! Are you excited too? It's Friday, there are three World Cup games to watch - THREE - and the first features some of the best players on the planet. Diego Godin, Luis Suarez (well, maybe not anymore...), Edinson Cavani and even Egypt have some lad who's meant to be pretty tidy too. #EGYURU | Alineación confirmada de @Uruguay para el encuentro que disputará ante @Pharaohs a la hora 9 (Uy) por la 1a fecha del Grupo A de #Rusia2018.#ElEquipoQueNosUnepic.twitter.com/LVE4q5kSJg— Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) June 15, 2018 Speaking of that lad, who is of course, Mo Salah, and he has made it onto the bench for today's game! إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة اليوم �� @Uruguay#روسيا2018#ThePharaohs#egypic.twitter.com/3p5NDudg7A— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 15, 2018 I'd imagine he'll only actually play the final few minutes to get some match fitness but could be thrown on at some time in the second half if the game is tight and Egypt reckon they can grab a point or three. That said, we don't know yet if he is actually on the team sheet but team news should be in extremely shortly. Disappointingly, we won't be forced to listen to 'Robbie Williams's greatest hits, featuring Opera Lady' today and instead there will be no grand ceremony. Only football. Football football football. And whoever wins the football must know they have a massive chance of qualifying for the knock-out stages. Russia put five past Saudi Arabia, who are probably the worst team I've ever seen play in an international tournament, and really aren't up to much. If today's match ends up as a draw, I could see both Egypt and Uruguay finishing in the top two slots. If not - and it's most likely that Uruguay win - Egypt's match against Russia will be enormous. Stay with us for all the updates and action from today's match! It's going to be brilliant.
World Cup 2018: Jose Gimenez grabs late winner for Uruguay to break Egyptian hearts
A Jose Gimenez header on the verge of 90 minutes gave Uruguay a hard-fought 1-0 win over Egypt at the Yekaterinburg Arena, as what could have been a tale of two strikers was decided by a centre-back. There were high hopes for the Egyptians before kick-off as birthday boy Mohamed Salah was named among the substitutes, having recovered ahead of schedule from an injury sustained in the Champions League final. Every single time his face was shown on the big screens around the stadium the noise levels amplified, but Hector Cuper remained unswayed by emotion and stayed resolute in his decision making. Salah has other, more winnable fights to be prepared for, and keeping Egypt's star player rested may prove to be the right one going forward, especially considering how vulnerable Saudi Arabia looked on Thursday and how average Russia should prove to be. Another (now ex) star of Liverpool was instead the focus of much of this game and not for good reason. Luis Suarez summed up Uruguay's struggles to find anything like cohesion or fluency with an awful performance, losing possession all over the pitch, passing to the wrong people and hitting the side netting in the first half when it looked easier to score. Later, with only the goalkeeper to beat, Suarez held on the ball for too long and allowed goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shenawy the opportunity to smother inside the six yard box. For the umpteenth time in the game, Suarez berated himself, apparently unsure as to how just why nothing he attempted was working. If Egypt missed Salah, Uruguay were actively hindered by the presence of their misfiring Suarez imposter. Suarez misses a great chance inside the six yard box Credit: REUTERS Egypt frustrated Uruguay with a deep defensive line, staying compact, dealing with danger competently and threatening on the counter-attack but as they grew tired towards the end, Uruguay showed their quality and slowly squeezed the neck of the game. Edison Cavani came closest to breaking the deadlock with a curling free-kick in the 87th minute that came back off the post - the rebound blocked by Suarez against his own teammates - before a free-kick wide right resulted in the deadlock being broken. Egypt looked rattled and against the ropes, their desperate clearances the equivalent of a boxer gripping onto his opponent while trying to draw breath. The waves of attack kept coming and having knocked on the door for a sustained period of time, Uruguay finally opened the scoring as Gimenez rose highest to head home a cross from substitute Carlos Sanchez to secure the victory. Salah looked on despondently, Uruguay players rushed from the bench to celebrate their goal. In the end it was a just-about-deserved victory for Oscar Tabarez's side, but had Salah been available and Suarez actually turned up, this could have been oh so different. 3:33PM No Salah Credit: AP No Salah today but after what we've seen today and yesterday, I think he'll have a great time against Russia and Saudi Arabia. Egypt were solid defensively and need to rely on quick counter-attacks - there are few players better at exactly that than Salah. 3:15PM Uruguay's reaction to that goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES I think it's fairly safe to say they were excited. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 3:10PM Some more stats on Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay have won their opening match at a World Cup tournament for the first time since 1970, when they beat Israel. Egypt are still winless at the World Cup finals, failing to win five matches (D2 L3). José Giménez’s winning goal in the 90th minute was Uruguay’s latest winning goal in a World Cup match since Daniel Fonseca’s 92nd minute winner against South Korea in June 1990. Egypt have failed to score in each of their last three World Cup matches. Uruguay have won each of their last three World Cup group stage games with a goal scored in the last 10 minutes of matches. Three of Uruguay’s last four World Cup goals have been scored via headers – only three of their previous 22 World Cup goals had been headed. 3:05PM Tonight's match After Morocco vs Iran we've got Spain vs Portugal and it's going to be an absolute belter. Here are my tactical thoughts on each side ahead of the game: Spain World Cup tactics article Portugal World Cup tactics 3:03PM Bad stat for Egypt fans 5 - No African team has played as many World Cup games without winning a single one than Egypt (D2 L3). Hurdle. #EGYURU#EGY#WorldCup— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 3:00PM Who impressed Godin was Uruguay's best player, Cavani and Gimenez next, while Bentancur controlled the first half. Suarez was about a three out of a 10 - if that - and Egypt, as a whole, were really strong. No individual standouts but as a unit, they defended really well, broke forward as a team and were so close to getting a result. 2:57PM Great game That was really enjoyable. Two teams evenly matched but Uruguay had the quality and stamina to see it through - and deserved the win. But it's only the first game of the day! Next up is Morocco vs Iran. Follow it here with Ben Coles. 2:55PM FULL TIME That's it! Heartbreak for Egypt! Uruguay have a hard-earned three points! 2:55PM 90 mins +5 Egypt want an equaliser! Two crosses in a row into the box and now Uruguay look like they're in trouble. Hegazi fouls Suarez (who's looking for it...) and Suarez rolls around the floor a little bit. There are theatre groups less dramatic than Luis Suarez when he's trying to win a free-kick. 2:53PM 90 mins +4 Oh this isn't good. Trezeguet has gone down with cramp so bad he can hardly even walk. His legs are straight like Herman Munster as he's hauled off the turf and back to his feet. 2:51PM 90 mins +2 Uruguay keeping the ball now. Egypt are rocked by that goal - they've defended so well all game long but have really tired in the final part of this game. 2:48PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! GIMENEZ HAS SCORED! OOOHHHHH there it is! Egypt just couldn't hold on! A free-kick is hit in from wide right, Gimenez jumps higher than everyone else in the middle of the box and powers a header past the goalkeeper. Brilliant from the centre-back! Egypt 0 - 1 Uruguay (José Giménez, 90 min) 2:47PM 89 mins CAVANI HITS THE POST! The ball pings back off the upright and any of four Uruguay players can convert the rebound! But Suarez blocks it by being in the way! He's ruining everything today. Egypt are on the ropes, the heavyweight Uruguay are really taking the game to them here. 2:46PM 88 mins Ooooohhhhhhhhh free-kick on the edge of the area! Cavani is taken out by Fathy as he's about to run into the box. That could either be a game-saving move or it could end up with Uruguay hitting the back of the net. Torreira - Arsenal's new signing - is on for Vecino. Cavani stands over the free-kick. 2:45PM 87 mins Gimenez is the last man and absolutely nobody moves to give him the option for a pass. It's such poor movement and Egypt don't even have to try to win the ball back - Gimenez chips it forward and hands it back to them. That's Uruguay's period of pressure over then! Egypt are clearing their lines now. They want the 0-0. 2:43PM 85 mins Credit: AFP This photo more or less sums up Uruguay's match so far. They're pushing for a winner now. Another corner. 2:42PM 84 mins CAVANIIIIIIII! What a save! Wow. Where did that come from?! Suarez heads into Cavani, who hits on the volley and blooters the ball at rocket speed towards goal. El-Shenawy dives to his left and gets a strong palm behind it. The corner is rubbish. 2:41PM 82 mins Egypt win a turnover in their own half, break forwards... and hold the ball until reinforcements arrive. Elneny joins in, looks for a quick one-two but it doesn't come off. Then Elneny gets another shot at things and chips over the bar. No Mo Salah for us today - Egypt are making their final substitution. Warda comes off for Sobhy. 2:38PM 80 mins The break is on! Kahraba has the entire left wing to run into! He gets to the box, looks up and picks his pass... but Caceres stretches and blocks just before it becomes a massive problem. I'm not sure Varela has beaten the first man with any of his crosses from wide right. If he has they haven't been very good. 2:37PM 78 mins You know when you're playing Football Manager and your star player is on a 5 but you just don't want to take him off because you *know* all it takes is one chance and he'll make a difference? Suarez is around that at the moment. Every touch, pass, dribble... everything - none of it has worked. I think they put Alvaro Recoba on at some point. That'd be lovely. 2:35PM 76 mins Credit: FIFA Great play from Gimenez who takes a risk drawing in the Egyptian press but skips past it and sends Varela on his way. Varela has spent most of this half as a right winger. 2:32PM 73 mins Uruguay are leaving space at the back now as they look for a winner. Egypt hit the ball into that space, work the passing across the area and then a strike is smashed at goal from a tight angle! Muslera saves well at his near post and holds onto the ball. Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Ahmed Fathy, 72 min) SUAREZ IS IN! The pass comes in ahead of him, only the goalkeeper to beat! And it's as if he's waiting for someone to foul him! He just needs to jab that at goal and it's... a goal. Instead, he takes too long and the goalkeeper smothers. 2:29PM 71 mins Uruguay win a corner. Godin comes up. Egypt marking man to man... the ball lands with Cavani who swipes at it, hits Caceres in the general region of his hands/arms and the referee says free-kick. Seems harsh to me, I'm not sure what he's meant to do in that situation. 2:27PM 69 mins Uruguay get to the final third, slow right down... and Sanchez tries a hit from 25 yards which hits a defender. Martin Keown has just revealed that he would definitely have targeted Mo Salah, had he been playing against him today. "Of course I would have done. I once played against Ruud Gullit with a bandaged knee - it was like a dartboard for me!" 2:25PM 67 mins Rodriguez takes forever to decide what to do with the ball at his feet in the final third and Egypt easily win possession... then launch it long and concede once more. Egypt seem more in control of this game without the ball than they do with it! There's no movement in this Uruguay team, no purpose with the passing and they seem reluctant to really test the Egyptian defence. 2:24PM 65 mins Egypt vs Uruguay You can see here that Egypt are focusing their passes down the wide areas while Uruguay have made the majority of theirs in central positions. However, Uruguay have attempted way more crosses... which doesn't seem to make sense. Uruguay crosses Egypt are catching up now: Egypt crosses 2:21PM 63 mins It's really slow now. Egypt defending in a 4-4-2, the first line of press is the halfway line and the second is about 25 yards deeper than that. Uruguay cautiously approach the Egypt half, then reconsider things and pass backwards or sideways. Uruguay win a free-kick, hook it into the box... it's headed away and then Suarez is offside. What has happened to Suarez? 2:19PM 61 mins A three act tragedy: Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES 2:17PM 59 mins Change for Uruguay. Nandez off, Sanchez on and De Arrascaeta is replaced by Rodriguez. That might be a wee change of shape to a 4-2-3-1. 2:16PM 58 mins Varela gets high up the right, Nandez overlaps, passes back, goes wide, goes back... the passing's really predictable and Egypt just put 8million men behind the ball so there's nowhere to go... then spring a counter-attack. Now Uruguay drop deep. They need to put Suarez in the bin. He's been useless. He'd struggle to get in the Saudi Arabia team on this form. 2:14PM 55 mins Possession: Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay are attacking with more of a forward three now, with Nandez pushing high up the pitch on the right. Like a lopsided 4-4-2. 2:12PM 54 mins Suarez is still off the pace. It's his linkup play that's poor, waiting for the ball to arrive at his feet rather than moving towards it. Uruguay are forward now though... and Suarez has lost the ball on the edge of the box. 2:10PM 52 mins Morsy plays for Wigan... so he's not quite - perhaps - at the same international elite level as some of the Uruguay players but we'll see how he gets on. Hamed was played superbly before that and will be missed in the midfield. Uruguay are far more aggressive in this half and it's really working. Egypt have to keep kicking long and aren't keeping possession at all. 2:08PM 49 mins Disaster for Hamed. He's picked up an injury, being kneed right in the spine (one of the worst places to be kneed). His pals are signalling that this will probably be the end of his game... and he hobbles off the pitch. Morsy will come on to replace him. 2:05PM 47 mins It's a higher press from Uruguay now... and SUAREZ IS IN! Great move from Uruguay, Cavani plays in Suarez with a through-ball and the goalkeeper gets off his line quickly to block inside the six yard box! Early action! Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 46 min) 2:04PM KICK OFF 2 We're back! Egypt start the second half. 2:01PM Bentancur's first half We spoke about him before kick-off and sure enough, Bentancur has been excellent: Most interceptions: 5 Most passes completed: 42 Highest pass accuracy: 98% 1:59PM Inside the stadium Half time and have gone for a walk round the iconic temporary grandstands. Truly have never seen anything like it. pic.twitter.com/xWy90B84kS— Eli (@ElMengem) June 15, 2018 There's not a huge amount to see there but it is really impressive. 1:56PM Cavani can't get in the game 17 - Edinson Cavani had the fewest touches (17) of any Uruguay player in the first half, with none of those coming in the opposition's box. Restricted. #EGYURU#URU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXlby59phP— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 1:55PM Tac Tix Some halftime reading? Here's loads! World Cup 2018 tactics | JJ Bull analyses formations, line-ups and more This game is a battle of two deep defences. Uruguay are playing four central midfielders and lack a bit of width as a result but if they could just get their strikers into the game, and Suarez wasn't playing like he's broken, they'd be a lot better off. Honestly, if you'd bought this Suarez from a shop you'd be on your way back now to get a refund. 1:51PM This stadium is pretty crazy Ignore the empty seats - look at the amazing stand this place has. Ekaterinburg Arena: The crazy Russia World Cup 2018 stadium where you pay to sit outside to watch the football 1:48PM Team shapes Average touch positions (33 min) Uruguay aren't at it today. Strong words will be exchanged at half-time. 1:47PM HALF TIME Two pretty even teams! Egypt are organised, defending well and look menacing on the counter-attack, Uruguay should be 1-0 up and seem solid... but nothing like their usual selves. Suarez needs to have a word with himself - and actually, only Godin, Bentancur and Gimenez have really turned up here. 1:46PM 45 mins Uruguay come forward but the cross from wide right is poor and just hands possession back. Bentancur is having a really good game in the centre of midfield... but Suarez has lost the ball again. Pretty sure Suarez is on one of the downward arrows from Pro Evo games here. 1:44PM 43 mins Credit: REUTERS Look at all the empty seats. It's not nice :-( Uruguay are now looking for a way to score before half time and have Egypt pinned back. I think Egypt are happy with 0-0 at the moment, and that wall of defence is working extremely well. And now the counter-attack is on! Fathy comes down the right, crosses in... but the defence deal with it. 1:42PM 42 mins Warda goes for an overhead kick, misses the ball, falls to the ground then lies on the floor 'injured' until Uruguay break up their promising attack and put the ball out of play for him. Miraculously, he has recovered. Diagnosis: wounded pride. 1:41PM 40 mins Superb by Godin. He brings the ball out from the back on his own, dribbles past one man and gets all the way to the final third. He threads a through-pass into De Arrascaeta... whose first touch is embarrassing. Goal kick. 1:40PM 38 mins Good pressing by Egypt but Uruguay's passing has much improved and they are able to bring the ball out to the Egypt final third. Look at the defensive shape. What are you even supposed to do against that? They're really well organised. 1:36PM 36 mins There's quite a lot of empty seats in the stadium here... which is pretty surprising for the second game of the World Cup. Apparently tickets are expensive... almost as if not everyone can afford £300ish to watch 90 minutes of one sporting event. Who'd have thought it? FIFA are about as in-tune with the average human as I am to dolphins. 1:35PM 34 mins Credit: AFP You can see Suarez already running off to celebrate before he missed that chance earlier! Egypt vs Uruguay shots on goal 1:33PM 33 mins Suarez has lined up a free-kick 30 yards from goal. This will be one of those knuckle-ball attempts and having beaten himself up a minute ago for losing possession, maybe he'll be right on this one... Hits the wall. A lot of power in that one and it's hurt Trezeguet. 1:31PM 31 mins Oocha! Vecino goes for an early goal of the tournament attempt with a powerful drive from about 30 yards but it zips wide of the far post. Suarez has been awful so far. It's like he can't read the play at all - a pass towards him, he turns to chase and completely gives it away. It's as though he doesn't realise he isn't as fast as he was when he was 27 anymore and hasn't adjusted. 1:30PM 29 mins Uruguay look a little more comfortable on the ball now and are trying to make things happen in the final third. Egypt are in counter-attack mode but are sprinting forward to allow the team the chance to move up the pitch as a unit, rather than going for goal. Muslera grabs a cross out of the air and sends Uruguay on their way... but Suarez has given it away again. "He's not there mentally today," says Martin Keown. Godin has just gone absolutely nuts at his midfield for giving the ball away in their own half. He's had to clear up a few messes so far already. 1:27PM 27 mins It sounds like a few in the commentary area of the stadium thought that Suarez effort was a goal. To be fair, from where he was standing you'd expect him to convert it. Miss: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 24 min) 1:26PM 24 mins GOOOOOAAAAAL - oh that's a bad miss. Suarez has hit the side-netting from six yards! It's basically an open goal. Jonathan Pearce has done one of his classic misreadings of the situation. "He's disallowed it!" says the star of Robot Wars, when it's clearly not gone in the goal. I don’t understand much Russian, but I’m pretty sure by the tone that the TV commentator here thought that was in from Suarez and had been disallowed. He has my total sympathy. All been there!— Guy Mowbray (@Guymowbray) June 15, 2018 Still, Uruguay look dangerous from set pieces. 1:24PM 23 mins Fathi defends well in the corner but De Arrascaeta has a chance to get the ball in the box now for Uruguay's big men to attack. The goalkeeper punches... the ball goes back to the centre-circle... and is then launched wide back to the Uruguay number 10. Cavani takes over, skips the ball over one tackle and then fires a left-footed volley at goal! It hits the head of Gabr - otherwise that was heading towards goal! Another corner. 1:21PM 21 mins Uruguay's Rodrigo Bentancur, left, and Egypt's Amr Warda challenge for the ball Credit: AP Uruguay are being really sloppy in possession. Egypt are picking the ball off their feet at times and attacks are breaking down in the final third each time. Varela sprints down the right wing and Gimenez tries a direct pass into the space ahead of him. Goal kick. 1:19PM 19 mins Said skins Bentancur near the box but throws himself to the ground looking for a free-kick. A clear dive and a stupid one at that - he was about to dribble into the penalty area. Why go down? Uruguay come forward again but Egypt drop deep, holding a line on the 18 yard box and denying any space. 1:18PM 17 mins The free-kick is chipped in though - no shot - and Hegazi tries to head back across goal. Uruguay are massive, strong and organised though and easily see it out for a goal kick. Decent start to this game by Egypt though - they're really taking the game to Uruguay. Egypt vs Uruguay 1:16PM 16 mins The crowd roars as the stadium TV screens cut to pictures of Mo Salah sitting on the bench. I think the Egyptian fans like him. Warda wins a free-kick 25 yards out - this is a great position to shoot from... 1:15PM 14 mins Uruguay's defensive shape a pretty obvious 4-4-2. Cavani is dropping deeper at times though to make it a 4-4-1-1 - Suarez primed to chase anything that gets hit into space ahead of him. The ball is moved through the lines by Uruguay's passing, Varela is wide right and passes inside to Suarez. He's unmarked! But his shot is poor and well wide. 1:13PM 12 mins Egypt win a free-kick, Uruguay defend nervously and the header by Varela is hit into a central area. You're not supposed to that! Elneny thinks about hitting a volley, can't quite get there in time, so goes for a one-two, then Trezeguet forces his way into the box chasing the bouncing ball and gets a snap shot away. Muslera saves low. 1:10PM 9 mins CAVANIIIII tries an effort from distance but it's easy for the goalkeeper to save. He'll just be calibrating his shooting with that one. 1:09PM 8 mins Great passing from Uruguay. They work the ball quickly with one touch passes and some excellent movement off the ball but Egypt drop back and head clear. 1:06PM 6 mins Decent attack for Egypt. They break the midfield line with a pass between two Uruguay players and Trezeguet wins a throw-in near the corner flag. Caceres is fortunate to get away from Warda with the ball after some clumsy dribbling... but Suarez tries to switch the play and ends up booting it directly to the goalkeeper. Egypt are pressing the Uruguay defence high up the pitch. 1:04PM 4 mins Varela, ex of Manchester United, has seen a bit of the ball on the Uruguay right so far. Egypt now look to keep possession for a bit, Uruguay press near the centre-circle but are mostly behind the halfway line. Cavani stretches to go into a tackle early on and goes down in some pain. Let's hope he hasn't twisted his ankle. The replay seems to suggest he's alright. 1:02PM 2 mins Uruguay get us started, pass back to the defence and then kick it long... then win possession back straight away. Egypt sitting deep to block forward passes but you'd expect Uruguay to try and just get everyone a touch of the ball early on to get them calmed down. 1:01PM KICK OFF HERE WE GO! 12:57PM Starting lineups Uruguay should be in a 4-4-2 diamond, Egypt are a fairly conventional 4-2-3-1. 12:55PM National anthems Both of these are superb. 12:54PM Players in the tunnel Can you even imagine how nervous these guys are? The crowd is pumped too. And here they come out onto the pitch! Kick-off is five minutes away! 12:50PM The Uruguay manager 4 - This is Uruguay's manager ���� Oscar Tabárez’s fourth World Cup appearance (after 1990, 2010 and 2014); more than any other manager at this year’s tournament. Boss. #EGYURU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXxCJIcCeN— OptaJean (@OptaJean) June 15, 2018 12:48PM Egypt have been fasting for Ramadan Could this affect their chances? An imam tells a BBC investigator: "There are exceptions. The World Cup is in Russia, they're travelling to Russia, so they don't need to fast while they're playing." Many players do still choose to fast. "There's quite a drop in performance, up to 25 per cent," says an expert on the field. A lot of it is to do with temperament apparently. Hangar. 12:43PM Today's stadium Ekaterinburg Stadium It looks absolutely brilliant inside. Doesn't it make you want to go out and run around on the pitch? It's so green! Credit: GETTY IMAGES And a handy little graphic for you. World Cup 2018 stadium: Ekaterinburg Arena 12:40PM The modern football fan How do you consume your football news? Do you do it... on Whatsapp? Well you can now! Personally, I'm a big fan of this. World Cup whatsapp promo Loads of interesting things get sent your way and it's dead easy to set up. 12:33PM BBC titles One of the best thing about the World Cup is finding out what the themed intros from the TV stations will be. ITV did well yesterday but now it's time for the old BBC to show them how it's done. It's a dance music-led intro with lots of clever little computer graphic transitions showing things around Russia, nothing too extravagant... and it's short. And now an Egyptian themed VT to get things rolling. Gary Linieker says: "The Pharoahs are back in a World Cup for the first time in 28 years" and we're off! 12:24PM Stay up to date We've got so many great things to keep you up to date and informed this World Cup, and one of the best of them is our newsletter. Sign up for some lovely reading to help the time pass a little easier between games. 12:15PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:09PM Arsenal's new Uruguayan signing Who is he? Why did they buy him? How much?! Torreira puff Dan Zeqiri has the answers. 12:05PM Who to watch for Uruguay ���� @RodriiBentancur prepares to become our first ���� to take part in #WorldCup 2018 as #TeamUruguay face Egypt, buena suerte! ��#JuveWorldCup#ForzaJuvepic.twitter.com/Ko7TiEmVUA— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 15, 2018 You know about Suarez and Cavani but Uruguay are (almost) equally strong in defence as well. Godin and Gimenez are a powerful centre-back duo (who both play for Atletico Madrid too...) while Fernando Muslera is a reliable goalkeeper. Caceres, the left-back, plays for Lazio and isn't bad either. There is one player who could really make a name for himself this summer, and that is Rodrigo Bentancur. He's a midfielder who plays for Juventus, who used to be a wide right but now acts as either a holding midfielder or advanced playmaker. He sees the game really well and is composed in possession and at 20-years-old, is expected to achieve big things. Bentancur is dead cheap on Fantasy Football too - stick him in your team if you need to save some cash and can't figure out where! 11:58AM There he is Credit: AP Egypt are an OK team but Salah is by far and away the best player. Trezeguet is a promising forward who can play on the left or right of attack, Ahmed Hegazi is a thoroughly underrated centre-back (the same one who plays for West Brom) and Mohamed Elneny is the next best. He might not have played an awful lot for Arsenal but he's absolutely superb at keeping things ticking over in midfield, winning the ball back and linking passes. Apart from those three... there's not an awful lot for Uruguay to worry about. I'd expect a cagey start from the Egyptians. Credit: AP 11:47AM Liverpool lending support to Mr Salah Good luck to @MoSalah as his #EGY side start their #WorldCup campaign this afternoon. �� pic.twitter.com/KZq1Mp7CRm— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 15, 2018 Of course, this is not the only ex-Liverpool favourite on show today. Luis Suarez is playing his first World Cup game since he tried to eat Giorgio Chiellini during a match against Italy in Brazil back in 2014. 11:44AM Pre-match buildup Credit: REUTERS The fanzones at these types of tournaments are always so, so, so fun and the photos for everyone building up to this one look exactly the same. It's a lovely day outside the Ekaterinburg Arena (and I suspect probably the same inside it too) and I am thoroughly jealous of everyone in these photos. Credit: REUTERS And just as an added bonus, here's a happy doggo for you to enjoy. Credit: REUTERS 11:38AM Starting lineups Egypt (4-2-3-1) Elshenawy; Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdelshafy; Elneny, Hamed; Warda, Said, Trezeguet; Mohsen Uruguay (4-3-1-2) Muslera, Varela, Godin, Gimenez, Caceres, Nandez, Bentancur, Vecino, De Arrascaeta, Suarez, Cavani 11:31AM Happy World Cup Friday to you Hello everyone! Are you excited too? It's Friday, there are three World Cup games to watch - THREE - and the first features some of the best players on the planet. Diego Godin, Luis Suarez (well, maybe not anymore...), Edinson Cavani and even Egypt have some lad who's meant to be pretty tidy too. #EGYURU | Alineación confirmada de @Uruguay para el encuentro que disputará ante @Pharaohs a la hora 9 (Uy) por la 1a fecha del Grupo A de #Rusia2018.#ElEquipoQueNosUnepic.twitter.com/LVE4q5kSJg— Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) June 15, 2018 Speaking of that lad, who is of course, Mo Salah, and he has made it onto the bench for today's game! إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة اليوم �� @Uruguay#روسيا2018#ThePharaohs#egypic.twitter.com/3p5NDudg7A— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 15, 2018 I'd imagine he'll only actually play the final few minutes to get some match fitness but could be thrown on at some time in the second half if the game is tight and Egypt reckon they can grab a point or three. That said, we don't know yet if he is actually on the team sheet but team news should be in extremely shortly. Disappointingly, we won't be forced to listen to 'Robbie Williams's greatest hits, featuring Opera Lady' today and instead there will be no grand ceremony. Only football. Football football football. And whoever wins the football must know they have a massive chance of qualifying for the knock-out stages. Russia put five past Saudi Arabia, who are probably the worst team I've ever seen play in an international tournament, and really aren't up to much. If today's match ends up as a draw, I could see both Egypt and Uruguay finishing in the top two slots. If not - and it's most likely that Uruguay win - Egypt's match against Russia will be enormous. Stay with us for all the updates and action from today's match! It's going to be brilliant.
A Jose Gimenez header on the verge of 90 minutes gave Uruguay a hard-fought 1-0 win over Egypt at the Yekaterinburg Arena, as what could have been a tale of two strikers was decided by a centre-back. There were high hopes for the Egyptians before kick-off as birthday boy Mohamed Salah was named among the substitutes, having recovered ahead of schedule from an injury sustained in the Champions League final. Every single time his face was shown on the big screens around the stadium the noise levels amplified, but Hector Cuper remained unswayed by emotion and stayed resolute in his decision making. Salah has other, more winnable fights to be prepared for, and keeping Egypt's star player rested may prove to be the right one going forward, especially considering how vulnerable Saudi Arabia looked on Thursday and how average Russia should prove to be. Another (now ex) star of Liverpool was instead the focus of much of this game and not for good reason. Luis Suarez summed up Uruguay's struggles to find anything like cohesion or fluency with an awful performance, losing possession all over the pitch, passing to the wrong people and hitting the side netting in the first half when it looked easier to score. Later, with only the goalkeeper to beat, Suarez held on the ball for too long and allowed goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shenawy the opportunity to smother inside the six yard box. For the umpteenth time in the game, Suarez berated himself, apparently unsure as to how just why nothing he attempted was working. If Egypt missed Salah, Uruguay were actively hindered by the presence of their misfiring Suarez imposter. Suarez misses a great chance inside the six yard box Credit: REUTERS Egypt frustrated Uruguay with a deep defensive line, staying compact, dealing with danger competently and threatening on the counter-attack but as they grew tired towards the end, Uruguay showed their quality and slowly squeezed the neck of the game. Edison Cavani came closest to breaking the deadlock with a curling free-kick in the 87th minute that came back off the post - the rebound blocked by Suarez against his own teammates - before a free-kick wide right resulted in the deadlock being broken. Egypt looked rattled and against the ropes, their desperate clearances the equivalent of a boxer gripping onto his opponent while trying to draw breath. The waves of attack kept coming and having knocked on the door for a sustained period of time, Uruguay finally opened the scoring as Gimenez rose highest to head home a cross from substitute Carlos Sanchez to secure the victory. Salah looked on despondently, Uruguay players rushed from the bench to celebrate their goal. In the end it was a just-about-deserved victory for Oscar Tabarez's side, but had Salah been available and Suarez actually turned up, this could have been oh so different. 3:33PM No Salah Credit: AP No Salah today but after what we've seen today and yesterday, I think he'll have a great time against Russia and Saudi Arabia. Egypt were solid defensively and need to rely on quick counter-attacks - there are few players better at exactly that than Salah. 3:15PM Uruguay's reaction to that goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES I think it's fairly safe to say they were excited. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 3:10PM Some more stats on Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay have won their opening match at a World Cup tournament for the first time since 1970, when they beat Israel. Egypt are still winless at the World Cup finals, failing to win five matches (D2 L3). José Giménez’s winning goal in the 90th minute was Uruguay’s latest winning goal in a World Cup match since Daniel Fonseca’s 92nd minute winner against South Korea in June 1990. Egypt have failed to score in each of their last three World Cup matches. Uruguay have won each of their last three World Cup group stage games with a goal scored in the last 10 minutes of matches. Three of Uruguay’s last four World Cup goals have been scored via headers – only three of their previous 22 World Cup goals had been headed. 3:05PM Tonight's match After Morocco vs Iran we've got Spain vs Portugal and it's going to be an absolute belter. Here are my tactical thoughts on each side ahead of the game: Spain World Cup tactics article Portugal World Cup tactics 3:03PM Bad stat for Egypt fans 5 - No African team has played as many World Cup games without winning a single one than Egypt (D2 L3). Hurdle. #EGYURU#EGY#WorldCup— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 3:00PM Who impressed Godin was Uruguay's best player, Cavani and Gimenez next, while Bentancur controlled the first half. Suarez was about a three out of a 10 - if that - and Egypt, as a whole, were really strong. No individual standouts but as a unit, they defended really well, broke forward as a team and were so close to getting a result. 2:57PM Great game That was really enjoyable. Two teams evenly matched but Uruguay had the quality and stamina to see it through - and deserved the win. But it's only the first game of the day! Next up is Morocco vs Iran. Follow it here with Ben Coles. 2:55PM FULL TIME That's it! Heartbreak for Egypt! Uruguay have a hard-earned three points! 2:55PM 90 mins +5 Egypt want an equaliser! Two crosses in a row into the box and now Uruguay look like they're in trouble. Hegazi fouls Suarez (who's looking for it...) and Suarez rolls around the floor a little bit. There are theatre groups less dramatic than Luis Suarez when he's trying to win a free-kick. 2:53PM 90 mins +4 Oh this isn't good. Trezeguet has gone down with cramp so bad he can hardly even walk. His legs are straight like Herman Munster as he's hauled off the turf and back to his feet. 2:51PM 90 mins +2 Uruguay keeping the ball now. Egypt are rocked by that goal - they've defended so well all game long but have really tired in the final part of this game. 2:48PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! GIMENEZ HAS SCORED! OOOHHHHH there it is! Egypt just couldn't hold on! A free-kick is hit in from wide right, Gimenez jumps higher than everyone else in the middle of the box and powers a header past the goalkeeper. Brilliant from the centre-back! Egypt 0 - 1 Uruguay (José Giménez, 90 min) 2:47PM 89 mins CAVANI HITS THE POST! The ball pings back off the upright and any of four Uruguay players can convert the rebound! But Suarez blocks it by being in the way! He's ruining everything today. Egypt are on the ropes, the heavyweight Uruguay are really taking the game to them here. 2:46PM 88 mins Ooooohhhhhhhhh free-kick on the edge of the area! Cavani is taken out by Fathy as he's about to run into the box. That could either be a game-saving move or it could end up with Uruguay hitting the back of the net. Torreira - Arsenal's new signing - is on for Vecino. Cavani stands over the free-kick. 2:45PM 87 mins Gimenez is the last man and absolutely nobody moves to give him the option for a pass. It's such poor movement and Egypt don't even have to try to win the ball back - Gimenez chips it forward and hands it back to them. That's Uruguay's period of pressure over then! Egypt are clearing their lines now. They want the 0-0. 2:43PM 85 mins Credit: AFP This photo more or less sums up Uruguay's match so far. They're pushing for a winner now. Another corner. 2:42PM 84 mins CAVANIIIIIIII! What a save! Wow. Where did that come from?! Suarez heads into Cavani, who hits on the volley and blooters the ball at rocket speed towards goal. El-Shenawy dives to his left and gets a strong palm behind it. The corner is rubbish. 2:41PM 82 mins Egypt win a turnover in their own half, break forwards... and hold the ball until reinforcements arrive. Elneny joins in, looks for a quick one-two but it doesn't come off. Then Elneny gets another shot at things and chips over the bar. No Mo Salah for us today - Egypt are making their final substitution. Warda comes off for Sobhy. 2:38PM 80 mins The break is on! Kahraba has the entire left wing to run into! He gets to the box, looks up and picks his pass... but Caceres stretches and blocks just before it becomes a massive problem. I'm not sure Varela has beaten the first man with any of his crosses from wide right. If he has they haven't been very good. 2:37PM 78 mins You know when you're playing Football Manager and your star player is on a 5 but you just don't want to take him off because you *know* all it takes is one chance and he'll make a difference? Suarez is around that at the moment. Every touch, pass, dribble... everything - none of it has worked. I think they put Alvaro Recoba on at some point. That'd be lovely. 2:35PM 76 mins Credit: FIFA Great play from Gimenez who takes a risk drawing in the Egyptian press but skips past it and sends Varela on his way. Varela has spent most of this half as a right winger. 2:32PM 73 mins Uruguay are leaving space at the back now as they look for a winner. Egypt hit the ball into that space, work the passing across the area and then a strike is smashed at goal from a tight angle! Muslera saves well at his near post and holds onto the ball. Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Ahmed Fathy, 72 min) SUAREZ IS IN! The pass comes in ahead of him, only the goalkeeper to beat! And it's as if he's waiting for someone to foul him! He just needs to jab that at goal and it's... a goal. Instead, he takes too long and the goalkeeper smothers. 2:29PM 71 mins Uruguay win a corner. Godin comes up. Egypt marking man to man... the ball lands with Cavani who swipes at it, hits Caceres in the general region of his hands/arms and the referee says free-kick. Seems harsh to me, I'm not sure what he's meant to do in that situation. 2:27PM 69 mins Uruguay get to the final third, slow right down... and Sanchez tries a hit from 25 yards which hits a defender. Martin Keown has just revealed that he would definitely have targeted Mo Salah, had he been playing against him today. "Of course I would have done. I once played against Ruud Gullit with a bandaged knee - it was like a dartboard for me!" 2:25PM 67 mins Rodriguez takes forever to decide what to do with the ball at his feet in the final third and Egypt easily win possession... then launch it long and concede once more. Egypt seem more in control of this game without the ball than they do with it! There's no movement in this Uruguay team, no purpose with the passing and they seem reluctant to really test the Egyptian defence. 2:24PM 65 mins Egypt vs Uruguay You can see here that Egypt are focusing their passes down the wide areas while Uruguay have made the majority of theirs in central positions. However, Uruguay have attempted way more crosses... which doesn't seem to make sense. Uruguay crosses Egypt are catching up now: Egypt crosses 2:21PM 63 mins It's really slow now. Egypt defending in a 4-4-2, the first line of press is the halfway line and the second is about 25 yards deeper than that. Uruguay cautiously approach the Egypt half, then reconsider things and pass backwards or sideways. Uruguay win a free-kick, hook it into the box... it's headed away and then Suarez is offside. What has happened to Suarez? 2:19PM 61 mins A three act tragedy: Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES 2:17PM 59 mins Change for Uruguay. Nandez off, Sanchez on and De Arrascaeta is replaced by Rodriguez. That might be a wee change of shape to a 4-2-3-1. 2:16PM 58 mins Varela gets high up the right, Nandez overlaps, passes back, goes wide, goes back... the passing's really predictable and Egypt just put 8million men behind the ball so there's nowhere to go... then spring a counter-attack. Now Uruguay drop deep. They need to put Suarez in the bin. He's been useless. He'd struggle to get in the Saudi Arabia team on this form. 2:14PM 55 mins Possession: Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay are attacking with more of a forward three now, with Nandez pushing high up the pitch on the right. Like a lopsided 4-4-2. 2:12PM 54 mins Suarez is still off the pace. It's his linkup play that's poor, waiting for the ball to arrive at his feet rather than moving towards it. Uruguay are forward now though... and Suarez has lost the ball on the edge of the box. 2:10PM 52 mins Morsy plays for Wigan... so he's not quite - perhaps - at the same international elite level as some of the Uruguay players but we'll see how he gets on. Hamed was played superbly before that and will be missed in the midfield. Uruguay are far more aggressive in this half and it's really working. Egypt have to keep kicking long and aren't keeping possession at all. 2:08PM 49 mins Disaster for Hamed. He's picked up an injury, being kneed right in the spine (one of the worst places to be kneed). His pals are signalling that this will probably be the end of his game... and he hobbles off the pitch. Morsy will come on to replace him. 2:05PM 47 mins It's a higher press from Uruguay now... and SUAREZ IS IN! Great move from Uruguay, Cavani plays in Suarez with a through-ball and the goalkeeper gets off his line quickly to block inside the six yard box! Early action! Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 46 min) 2:04PM KICK OFF 2 We're back! Egypt start the second half. 2:01PM Bentancur's first half We spoke about him before kick-off and sure enough, Bentancur has been excellent: Most interceptions: 5 Most passes completed: 42 Highest pass accuracy: 98% 1:59PM Inside the stadium Half time and have gone for a walk round the iconic temporary grandstands. Truly have never seen anything like it. pic.twitter.com/xWy90B84kS— Eli (@ElMengem) June 15, 2018 There's not a huge amount to see there but it is really impressive. 1:56PM Cavani can't get in the game 17 - Edinson Cavani had the fewest touches (17) of any Uruguay player in the first half, with none of those coming in the opposition's box. Restricted. #EGYURU#URU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXlby59phP— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 1:55PM Tac Tix Some halftime reading? Here's loads! World Cup 2018 tactics | JJ Bull analyses formations, line-ups and more This game is a battle of two deep defences. Uruguay are playing four central midfielders and lack a bit of width as a result but if they could just get their strikers into the game, and Suarez wasn't playing like he's broken, they'd be a lot better off. Honestly, if you'd bought this Suarez from a shop you'd be on your way back now to get a refund. 1:51PM This stadium is pretty crazy Ignore the empty seats - look at the amazing stand this place has. Ekaterinburg Arena: The crazy Russia World Cup 2018 stadium where you pay to sit outside to watch the football 1:48PM Team shapes Average touch positions (33 min) Uruguay aren't at it today. Strong words will be exchanged at half-time. 1:47PM HALF TIME Two pretty even teams! Egypt are organised, defending well and look menacing on the counter-attack, Uruguay should be 1-0 up and seem solid... but nothing like their usual selves. Suarez needs to have a word with himself - and actually, only Godin, Bentancur and Gimenez have really turned up here. 1:46PM 45 mins Uruguay come forward but the cross from wide right is poor and just hands possession back. Bentancur is having a really good game in the centre of midfield... but Suarez has lost the ball again. Pretty sure Suarez is on one of the downward arrows from Pro Evo games here. 1:44PM 43 mins Credit: REUTERS Look at all the empty seats. It's not nice :-( Uruguay are now looking for a way to score before half time and have Egypt pinned back. I think Egypt are happy with 0-0 at the moment, and that wall of defence is working extremely well. And now the counter-attack is on! Fathy comes down the right, crosses in... but the defence deal with it. 1:42PM 42 mins Warda goes for an overhead kick, misses the ball, falls to the ground then lies on the floor 'injured' until Uruguay break up their promising attack and put the ball out of play for him. Miraculously, he has recovered. Diagnosis: wounded pride. 1:41PM 40 mins Superb by Godin. He brings the ball out from the back on his own, dribbles past one man and gets all the way to the final third. He threads a through-pass into De Arrascaeta... whose first touch is embarrassing. Goal kick. 1:40PM 38 mins Good pressing by Egypt but Uruguay's passing has much improved and they are able to bring the ball out to the Egypt final third. Look at the defensive shape. What are you even supposed to do against that? They're really well organised. 1:36PM 36 mins There's quite a lot of empty seats in the stadium here... which is pretty surprising for the second game of the World Cup. Apparently tickets are expensive... almost as if not everyone can afford £300ish to watch 90 minutes of one sporting event. Who'd have thought it? FIFA are about as in-tune with the average human as I am to dolphins. 1:35PM 34 mins Credit: AFP You can see Suarez already running off to celebrate before he missed that chance earlier! Egypt vs Uruguay shots on goal 1:33PM 33 mins Suarez has lined up a free-kick 30 yards from goal. This will be one of those knuckle-ball attempts and having beaten himself up a minute ago for losing possession, maybe he'll be right on this one... Hits the wall. A lot of power in that one and it's hurt Trezeguet. 1:31PM 31 mins Oocha! Vecino goes for an early goal of the tournament attempt with a powerful drive from about 30 yards but it zips wide of the far post. Suarez has been awful so far. It's like he can't read the play at all - a pass towards him, he turns to chase and completely gives it away. It's as though he doesn't realise he isn't as fast as he was when he was 27 anymore and hasn't adjusted. 1:30PM 29 mins Uruguay look a little more comfortable on the ball now and are trying to make things happen in the final third. Egypt are in counter-attack mode but are sprinting forward to allow the team the chance to move up the pitch as a unit, rather than going for goal. Muslera grabs a cross out of the air and sends Uruguay on their way... but Suarez has given it away again. "He's not there mentally today," says Martin Keown. Godin has just gone absolutely nuts at his midfield for giving the ball away in their own half. He's had to clear up a few messes so far already. 1:27PM 27 mins It sounds like a few in the commentary area of the stadium thought that Suarez effort was a goal. To be fair, from where he was standing you'd expect him to convert it. Miss: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 24 min) 1:26PM 24 mins GOOOOOAAAAAL - oh that's a bad miss. Suarez has hit the side-netting from six yards! It's basically an open goal. Jonathan Pearce has done one of his classic misreadings of the situation. "He's disallowed it!" says the star of Robot Wars, when it's clearly not gone in the goal. I don’t understand much Russian, but I’m pretty sure by the tone that the TV commentator here thought that was in from Suarez and had been disallowed. He has my total sympathy. All been there!— Guy Mowbray (@Guymowbray) June 15, 2018 Still, Uruguay look dangerous from set pieces. 1:24PM 23 mins Fathi defends well in the corner but De Arrascaeta has a chance to get the ball in the box now for Uruguay's big men to attack. The goalkeeper punches... the ball goes back to the centre-circle... and is then launched wide back to the Uruguay number 10. Cavani takes over, skips the ball over one tackle and then fires a left-footed volley at goal! It hits the head of Gabr - otherwise that was heading towards goal! Another corner. 1:21PM 21 mins Uruguay's Rodrigo Bentancur, left, and Egypt's Amr Warda challenge for the ball Credit: AP Uruguay are being really sloppy in possession. Egypt are picking the ball off their feet at times and attacks are breaking down in the final third each time. Varela sprints down the right wing and Gimenez tries a direct pass into the space ahead of him. Goal kick. 1:19PM 19 mins Said skins Bentancur near the box but throws himself to the ground looking for a free-kick. A clear dive and a stupid one at that - he was about to dribble into the penalty area. Why go down? Uruguay come forward again but Egypt drop deep, holding a line on the 18 yard box and denying any space. 1:18PM 17 mins The free-kick is chipped in though - no shot - and Hegazi tries to head back across goal. Uruguay are massive, strong and organised though and easily see it out for a goal kick. Decent start to this game by Egypt though - they're really taking the game to Uruguay. Egypt vs Uruguay 1:16PM 16 mins The crowd roars as the stadium TV screens cut to pictures of Mo Salah sitting on the bench. I think the Egyptian fans like him. Warda wins a free-kick 25 yards out - this is a great position to shoot from... 1:15PM 14 mins Uruguay's defensive shape a pretty obvious 4-4-2. Cavani is dropping deeper at times though to make it a 4-4-1-1 - Suarez primed to chase anything that gets hit into space ahead of him. The ball is moved through the lines by Uruguay's passing, Varela is wide right and passes inside to Suarez. He's unmarked! But his shot is poor and well wide. 1:13PM 12 mins Egypt win a free-kick, Uruguay defend nervously and the header by Varela is hit into a central area. You're not supposed to that! Elneny thinks about hitting a volley, can't quite get there in time, so goes for a one-two, then Trezeguet forces his way into the box chasing the bouncing ball and gets a snap shot away. Muslera saves low. 1:10PM 9 mins CAVANIIIII tries an effort from distance but it's easy for the goalkeeper to save. He'll just be calibrating his shooting with that one. 1:09PM 8 mins Great passing from Uruguay. They work the ball quickly with one touch passes and some excellent movement off the ball but Egypt drop back and head clear. 1:06PM 6 mins Decent attack for Egypt. They break the midfield line with a pass between two Uruguay players and Trezeguet wins a throw-in near the corner flag. Caceres is fortunate to get away from Warda with the ball after some clumsy dribbling... but Suarez tries to switch the play and ends up booting it directly to the goalkeeper. Egypt are pressing the Uruguay defence high up the pitch. 1:04PM 4 mins Varela, ex of Manchester United, has seen a bit of the ball on the Uruguay right so far. Egypt now look to keep possession for a bit, Uruguay press near the centre-circle but are mostly behind the halfway line. Cavani stretches to go into a tackle early on and goes down in some pain. Let's hope he hasn't twisted his ankle. The replay seems to suggest he's alright. 1:02PM 2 mins Uruguay get us started, pass back to the defence and then kick it long... then win possession back straight away. Egypt sitting deep to block forward passes but you'd expect Uruguay to try and just get everyone a touch of the ball early on to get them calmed down. 1:01PM KICK OFF HERE WE GO! 12:57PM Starting lineups Uruguay should be in a 4-4-2 diamond, Egypt are a fairly conventional 4-2-3-1. 12:55PM National anthems Both of these are superb. 12:54PM Players in the tunnel Can you even imagine how nervous these guys are? The crowd is pumped too. And here they come out onto the pitch! Kick-off is five minutes away! 12:50PM The Uruguay manager 4 - This is Uruguay's manager ���� Oscar Tabárez’s fourth World Cup appearance (after 1990, 2010 and 2014); more than any other manager at this year’s tournament. Boss. #EGYURU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXxCJIcCeN— OptaJean (@OptaJean) June 15, 2018 12:48PM Egypt have been fasting for Ramadan Could this affect their chances? An imam tells a BBC investigator: "There are exceptions. The World Cup is in Russia, they're travelling to Russia, so they don't need to fast while they're playing." Many players do still choose to fast. "There's quite a drop in performance, up to 25 per cent," says an expert on the field. A lot of it is to do with temperament apparently. Hangar. 12:43PM Today's stadium Ekaterinburg Stadium It looks absolutely brilliant inside. Doesn't it make you want to go out and run around on the pitch? It's so green! Credit: GETTY IMAGES And a handy little graphic for you. World Cup 2018 stadium: Ekaterinburg Arena 12:40PM The modern football fan How do you consume your football news? Do you do it... on Whatsapp? Well you can now! Personally, I'm a big fan of this. World Cup whatsapp promo Loads of interesting things get sent your way and it's dead easy to set up. 12:33PM BBC titles One of the best thing about the World Cup is finding out what the themed intros from the TV stations will be. ITV did well yesterday but now it's time for the old BBC to show them how it's done. It's a dance music-led intro with lots of clever little computer graphic transitions showing things around Russia, nothing too extravagant... and it's short. And now an Egyptian themed VT to get things rolling. Gary Linieker says: "The Pharoahs are back in a World Cup for the first time in 28 years" and we're off! 12:24PM Stay up to date We've got so many great things to keep you up to date and informed this World Cup, and one of the best of them is our newsletter. Sign up for some lovely reading to help the time pass a little easier between games. 12:15PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:09PM Arsenal's new Uruguayan signing Who is he? Why did they buy him? How much?! Torreira puff Dan Zeqiri has the answers. 12:05PM Who to watch for Uruguay ���� @RodriiBentancur prepares to become our first ���� to take part in #WorldCup 2018 as #TeamUruguay face Egypt, buena suerte! ��#JuveWorldCup#ForzaJuvepic.twitter.com/Ko7TiEmVUA— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 15, 2018 You know about Suarez and Cavani but Uruguay are (almost) equally strong in defence as well. Godin and Gimenez are a powerful centre-back duo (who both play for Atletico Madrid too...) while Fernando Muslera is a reliable goalkeeper. Caceres, the left-back, plays for Lazio and isn't bad either. There is one player who could really make a name for himself this summer, and that is Rodrigo Bentancur. He's a midfielder who plays for Juventus, who used to be a wide right but now acts as either a holding midfielder or advanced playmaker. He sees the game really well and is composed in possession and at 20-years-old, is expected to achieve big things. Bentancur is dead cheap on Fantasy Football too - stick him in your team if you need to save some cash and can't figure out where! 11:58AM There he is Credit: AP Egypt are an OK team but Salah is by far and away the best player. Trezeguet is a promising forward who can play on the left or right of attack, Ahmed Hegazi is a thoroughly underrated centre-back (the same one who plays for West Brom) and Mohamed Elneny is the next best. He might not have played an awful lot for Arsenal but he's absolutely superb at keeping things ticking over in midfield, winning the ball back and linking passes. Apart from those three... there's not an awful lot for Uruguay to worry about. I'd expect a cagey start from the Egyptians. Credit: AP 11:47AM Liverpool lending support to Mr Salah Good luck to @MoSalah as his #EGY side start their #WorldCup campaign this afternoon. �� pic.twitter.com/KZq1Mp7CRm— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 15, 2018 Of course, this is not the only ex-Liverpool favourite on show today. Luis Suarez is playing his first World Cup game since he tried to eat Giorgio Chiellini during a match against Italy in Brazil back in 2014. 11:44AM Pre-match buildup Credit: REUTERS The fanzones at these types of tournaments are always so, so, so fun and the photos for everyone building up to this one look exactly the same. It's a lovely day outside the Ekaterinburg Arena (and I suspect probably the same inside it too) and I am thoroughly jealous of everyone in these photos. Credit: REUTERS And just as an added bonus, here's a happy doggo for you to enjoy. Credit: REUTERS 11:38AM Starting lineups Egypt (4-2-3-1) Elshenawy; Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdelshafy; Elneny, Hamed; Warda, Said, Trezeguet; Mohsen Uruguay (4-3-1-2) Muslera, Varela, Godin, Gimenez, Caceres, Nandez, Bentancur, Vecino, De Arrascaeta, Suarez, Cavani 11:31AM Happy World Cup Friday to you Hello everyone! Are you excited too? It's Friday, there are three World Cup games to watch - THREE - and the first features some of the best players on the planet. Diego Godin, Luis Suarez (well, maybe not anymore...), Edinson Cavani and even Egypt have some lad who's meant to be pretty tidy too. #EGYURU | Alineación confirmada de @Uruguay para el encuentro que disputará ante @Pharaohs a la hora 9 (Uy) por la 1a fecha del Grupo A de #Rusia2018.#ElEquipoQueNosUnepic.twitter.com/LVE4q5kSJg— Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) June 15, 2018 Speaking of that lad, who is of course, Mo Salah, and he has made it onto the bench for today's game! إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة اليوم �� @Uruguay#روسيا2018#ThePharaohs#egypic.twitter.com/3p5NDudg7A— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 15, 2018 I'd imagine he'll only actually play the final few minutes to get some match fitness but could be thrown on at some time in the second half if the game is tight and Egypt reckon they can grab a point or three. That said, we don't know yet if he is actually on the team sheet but team news should be in extremely shortly. Disappointingly, we won't be forced to listen to 'Robbie Williams's greatest hits, featuring Opera Lady' today and instead there will be no grand ceremony. Only football. Football football football. And whoever wins the football must know they have a massive chance of qualifying for the knock-out stages. Russia put five past Saudi Arabia, who are probably the worst team I've ever seen play in an international tournament, and really aren't up to much. If today's match ends up as a draw, I could see both Egypt and Uruguay finishing in the top two slots. If not - and it's most likely that Uruguay win - Egypt's match against Russia will be enormous. Stay with us for all the updates and action from today's match! It's going to be brilliant.
World Cup 2018: Jose Gimenez grabs late winner for Uruguay to break Egyptian hearts
A Jose Gimenez header on the verge of 90 minutes gave Uruguay a hard-fought 1-0 win over Egypt at the Yekaterinburg Arena, as what could have been a tale of two strikers was decided by a centre-back. There were high hopes for the Egyptians before kick-off as birthday boy Mohamed Salah was named among the substitutes, having recovered ahead of schedule from an injury sustained in the Champions League final. Every single time his face was shown on the big screens around the stadium the noise levels amplified, but Hector Cuper remained unswayed by emotion and stayed resolute in his decision making. Salah has other, more winnable fights to be prepared for, and keeping Egypt's star player rested may prove to be the right one going forward, especially considering how vulnerable Saudi Arabia looked on Thursday and how average Russia should prove to be. Another (now ex) star of Liverpool was instead the focus of much of this game and not for good reason. Luis Suarez summed up Uruguay's struggles to find anything like cohesion or fluency with an awful performance, losing possession all over the pitch, passing to the wrong people and hitting the side netting in the first half when it looked easier to score. Later, with only the goalkeeper to beat, Suarez held on the ball for too long and allowed goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shenawy the opportunity to smother inside the six yard box. For the umpteenth time in the game, Suarez berated himself, apparently unsure as to how just why nothing he attempted was working. If Egypt missed Salah, Uruguay were actively hindered by the presence of their misfiring Suarez imposter. Suarez misses a great chance inside the six yard box Credit: REUTERS Egypt frustrated Uruguay with a deep defensive line, staying compact, dealing with danger competently and threatening on the counter-attack but as they grew tired towards the end, Uruguay showed their quality and slowly squeezed the neck of the game. Edison Cavani came closest to breaking the deadlock with a curling free-kick in the 87th minute that came back off the post - the rebound blocked by Suarez against his own teammates - before a free-kick wide right resulted in the deadlock being broken. Egypt looked rattled and against the ropes, their desperate clearances the equivalent of a boxer gripping onto his opponent while trying to draw breath. The waves of attack kept coming and having knocked on the door for a sustained period of time, Uruguay finally opened the scoring as Gimenez rose highest to head home a cross from substitute Carlos Sanchez to secure the victory. Salah looked on despondently, Uruguay players rushed from the bench to celebrate their goal. In the end it was a just-about-deserved victory for Oscar Tabarez's side, but had Salah been available and Suarez actually turned up, this could have been oh so different. 3:33PM No Salah Credit: AP No Salah today but after what we've seen today and yesterday, I think he'll have a great time against Russia and Saudi Arabia. Egypt were solid defensively and need to rely on quick counter-attacks - there are few players better at exactly that than Salah. 3:15PM Uruguay's reaction to that goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES I think it's fairly safe to say they were excited. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 3:10PM Some more stats on Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay have won their opening match at a World Cup tournament for the first time since 1970, when they beat Israel. Egypt are still winless at the World Cup finals, failing to win five matches (D2 L3). José Giménez’s winning goal in the 90th minute was Uruguay’s latest winning goal in a World Cup match since Daniel Fonseca’s 92nd minute winner against South Korea in June 1990. Egypt have failed to score in each of their last three World Cup matches. Uruguay have won each of their last three World Cup group stage games with a goal scored in the last 10 minutes of matches. Three of Uruguay’s last four World Cup goals have been scored via headers – only three of their previous 22 World Cup goals had been headed. 3:05PM Tonight's match After Morocco vs Iran we've got Spain vs Portugal and it's going to be an absolute belter. Here are my tactical thoughts on each side ahead of the game: Spain World Cup tactics article Portugal World Cup tactics 3:03PM Bad stat for Egypt fans 5 - No African team has played as many World Cup games without winning a single one than Egypt (D2 L3). Hurdle. #EGYURU#EGY#WorldCup— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 3:00PM Who impressed Godin was Uruguay's best player, Cavani and Gimenez next, while Bentancur controlled the first half. Suarez was about a three out of a 10 - if that - and Egypt, as a whole, were really strong. No individual standouts but as a unit, they defended really well, broke forward as a team and were so close to getting a result. 2:57PM Great game That was really enjoyable. Two teams evenly matched but Uruguay had the quality and stamina to see it through - and deserved the win. But it's only the first game of the day! Next up is Morocco vs Iran. Follow it here with Ben Coles. 2:55PM FULL TIME That's it! Heartbreak for Egypt! Uruguay have a hard-earned three points! 2:55PM 90 mins +5 Egypt want an equaliser! Two crosses in a row into the box and now Uruguay look like they're in trouble. Hegazi fouls Suarez (who's looking for it...) and Suarez rolls around the floor a little bit. There are theatre groups less dramatic than Luis Suarez when he's trying to win a free-kick. 2:53PM 90 mins +4 Oh this isn't good. Trezeguet has gone down with cramp so bad he can hardly even walk. His legs are straight like Herman Munster as he's hauled off the turf and back to his feet. 2:51PM 90 mins +2 Uruguay keeping the ball now. Egypt are rocked by that goal - they've defended so well all game long but have really tired in the final part of this game. 2:48PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! GIMENEZ HAS SCORED! OOOHHHHH there it is! Egypt just couldn't hold on! A free-kick is hit in from wide right, Gimenez jumps higher than everyone else in the middle of the box and powers a header past the goalkeeper. Brilliant from the centre-back! Egypt 0 - 1 Uruguay (José Giménez, 90 min) 2:47PM 89 mins CAVANI HITS THE POST! The ball pings back off the upright and any of four Uruguay players can convert the rebound! But Suarez blocks it by being in the way! He's ruining everything today. Egypt are on the ropes, the heavyweight Uruguay are really taking the game to them here. 2:46PM 88 mins Ooooohhhhhhhhh free-kick on the edge of the area! Cavani is taken out by Fathy as he's about to run into the box. That could either be a game-saving move or it could end up with Uruguay hitting the back of the net. Torreira - Arsenal's new signing - is on for Vecino. Cavani stands over the free-kick. 2:45PM 87 mins Gimenez is the last man and absolutely nobody moves to give him the option for a pass. It's such poor movement and Egypt don't even have to try to win the ball back - Gimenez chips it forward and hands it back to them. That's Uruguay's period of pressure over then! Egypt are clearing their lines now. They want the 0-0. 2:43PM 85 mins Credit: AFP This photo more or less sums up Uruguay's match so far. They're pushing for a winner now. Another corner. 2:42PM 84 mins CAVANIIIIIIII! What a save! Wow. Where did that come from?! Suarez heads into Cavani, who hits on the volley and blooters the ball at rocket speed towards goal. El-Shenawy dives to his left and gets a strong palm behind it. The corner is rubbish. 2:41PM 82 mins Egypt win a turnover in their own half, break forwards... and hold the ball until reinforcements arrive. Elneny joins in, looks for a quick one-two but it doesn't come off. Then Elneny gets another shot at things and chips over the bar. No Mo Salah for us today - Egypt are making their final substitution. Warda comes off for Sobhy. 2:38PM 80 mins The break is on! Kahraba has the entire left wing to run into! He gets to the box, looks up and picks his pass... but Caceres stretches and blocks just before it becomes a massive problem. I'm not sure Varela has beaten the first man with any of his crosses from wide right. If he has they haven't been very good. 2:37PM 78 mins You know when you're playing Football Manager and your star player is on a 5 but you just don't want to take him off because you *know* all it takes is one chance and he'll make a difference? Suarez is around that at the moment. Every touch, pass, dribble... everything - none of it has worked. I think they put Alvaro Recoba on at some point. That'd be lovely. 2:35PM 76 mins Credit: FIFA Great play from Gimenez who takes a risk drawing in the Egyptian press but skips past it and sends Varela on his way. Varela has spent most of this half as a right winger. 2:32PM 73 mins Uruguay are leaving space at the back now as they look for a winner. Egypt hit the ball into that space, work the passing across the area and then a strike is smashed at goal from a tight angle! Muslera saves well at his near post and holds onto the ball. Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Ahmed Fathy, 72 min) SUAREZ IS IN! The pass comes in ahead of him, only the goalkeeper to beat! And it's as if he's waiting for someone to foul him! He just needs to jab that at goal and it's... a goal. Instead, he takes too long and the goalkeeper smothers. 2:29PM 71 mins Uruguay win a corner. Godin comes up. Egypt marking man to man... the ball lands with Cavani who swipes at it, hits Caceres in the general region of his hands/arms and the referee says free-kick. Seems harsh to me, I'm not sure what he's meant to do in that situation. 2:27PM 69 mins Uruguay get to the final third, slow right down... and Sanchez tries a hit from 25 yards which hits a defender. Martin Keown has just revealed that he would definitely have targeted Mo Salah, had he been playing against him today. "Of course I would have done. I once played against Ruud Gullit with a bandaged knee - it was like a dartboard for me!" 2:25PM 67 mins Rodriguez takes forever to decide what to do with the ball at his feet in the final third and Egypt easily win possession... then launch it long and concede once more. Egypt seem more in control of this game without the ball than they do with it! There's no movement in this Uruguay team, no purpose with the passing and they seem reluctant to really test the Egyptian defence. 2:24PM 65 mins Egypt vs Uruguay You can see here that Egypt are focusing their passes down the wide areas while Uruguay have made the majority of theirs in central positions. However, Uruguay have attempted way more crosses... which doesn't seem to make sense. Uruguay crosses Egypt are catching up now: Egypt crosses 2:21PM 63 mins It's really slow now. Egypt defending in a 4-4-2, the first line of press is the halfway line and the second is about 25 yards deeper than that. Uruguay cautiously approach the Egypt half, then reconsider things and pass backwards or sideways. Uruguay win a free-kick, hook it into the box... it's headed away and then Suarez is offside. What has happened to Suarez? 2:19PM 61 mins A three act tragedy: Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES 2:17PM 59 mins Change for Uruguay. Nandez off, Sanchez on and De Arrascaeta is replaced by Rodriguez. That might be a wee change of shape to a 4-2-3-1. 2:16PM 58 mins Varela gets high up the right, Nandez overlaps, passes back, goes wide, goes back... the passing's really predictable and Egypt just put 8million men behind the ball so there's nowhere to go... then spring a counter-attack. Now Uruguay drop deep. They need to put Suarez in the bin. He's been useless. He'd struggle to get in the Saudi Arabia team on this form. 2:14PM 55 mins Possession: Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay are attacking with more of a forward three now, with Nandez pushing high up the pitch on the right. Like a lopsided 4-4-2. 2:12PM 54 mins Suarez is still off the pace. It's his linkup play that's poor, waiting for the ball to arrive at his feet rather than moving towards it. Uruguay are forward now though... and Suarez has lost the ball on the edge of the box. 2:10PM 52 mins Morsy plays for Wigan... so he's not quite - perhaps - at the same international elite level as some of the Uruguay players but we'll see how he gets on. Hamed was played superbly before that and will be missed in the midfield. Uruguay are far more aggressive in this half and it's really working. Egypt have to keep kicking long and aren't keeping possession at all. 2:08PM 49 mins Disaster for Hamed. He's picked up an injury, being kneed right in the spine (one of the worst places to be kneed). His pals are signalling that this will probably be the end of his game... and he hobbles off the pitch. Morsy will come on to replace him. 2:05PM 47 mins It's a higher press from Uruguay now... and SUAREZ IS IN! Great move from Uruguay, Cavani plays in Suarez with a through-ball and the goalkeeper gets off his line quickly to block inside the six yard box! Early action! Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 46 min) 2:04PM KICK OFF 2 We're back! Egypt start the second half. 2:01PM Bentancur's first half We spoke about him before kick-off and sure enough, Bentancur has been excellent: Most interceptions: 5 Most passes completed: 42 Highest pass accuracy: 98% 1:59PM Inside the stadium Half time and have gone for a walk round the iconic temporary grandstands. Truly have never seen anything like it. pic.twitter.com/xWy90B84kS— Eli (@ElMengem) June 15, 2018 There's not a huge amount to see there but it is really impressive. 1:56PM Cavani can't get in the game 17 - Edinson Cavani had the fewest touches (17) of any Uruguay player in the first half, with none of those coming in the opposition's box. Restricted. #EGYURU#URU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXlby59phP— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 1:55PM Tac Tix Some halftime reading? Here's loads! World Cup 2018 tactics | JJ Bull analyses formations, line-ups and more This game is a battle of two deep defences. Uruguay are playing four central midfielders and lack a bit of width as a result but if they could just get their strikers into the game, and Suarez wasn't playing like he's broken, they'd be a lot better off. Honestly, if you'd bought this Suarez from a shop you'd be on your way back now to get a refund. 1:51PM This stadium is pretty crazy Ignore the empty seats - look at the amazing stand this place has. Ekaterinburg Arena: The crazy Russia World Cup 2018 stadium where you pay to sit outside to watch the football 1:48PM Team shapes Average touch positions (33 min) Uruguay aren't at it today. Strong words will be exchanged at half-time. 1:47PM HALF TIME Two pretty even teams! Egypt are organised, defending well and look menacing on the counter-attack, Uruguay should be 1-0 up and seem solid... but nothing like their usual selves. Suarez needs to have a word with himself - and actually, only Godin, Bentancur and Gimenez have really turned up here. 1:46PM 45 mins Uruguay come forward but the cross from wide right is poor and just hands possession back. Bentancur is having a really good game in the centre of midfield... but Suarez has lost the ball again. Pretty sure Suarez is on one of the downward arrows from Pro Evo games here. 1:44PM 43 mins Credit: REUTERS Look at all the empty seats. It's not nice :-( Uruguay are now looking for a way to score before half time and have Egypt pinned back. I think Egypt are happy with 0-0 at the moment, and that wall of defence is working extremely well. And now the counter-attack is on! Fathy comes down the right, crosses in... but the defence deal with it. 1:42PM 42 mins Warda goes for an overhead kick, misses the ball, falls to the ground then lies on the floor 'injured' until Uruguay break up their promising attack and put the ball out of play for him. Miraculously, he has recovered. Diagnosis: wounded pride. 1:41PM 40 mins Superb by Godin. He brings the ball out from the back on his own, dribbles past one man and gets all the way to the final third. He threads a through-pass into De Arrascaeta... whose first touch is embarrassing. Goal kick. 1:40PM 38 mins Good pressing by Egypt but Uruguay's passing has much improved and they are able to bring the ball out to the Egypt final third. Look at the defensive shape. What are you even supposed to do against that? They're really well organised. 1:36PM 36 mins There's quite a lot of empty seats in the stadium here... which is pretty surprising for the second game of the World Cup. Apparently tickets are expensive... almost as if not everyone can afford £300ish to watch 90 minutes of one sporting event. Who'd have thought it? FIFA are about as in-tune with the average human as I am to dolphins. 1:35PM 34 mins Credit: AFP You can see Suarez already running off to celebrate before he missed that chance earlier! Egypt vs Uruguay shots on goal 1:33PM 33 mins Suarez has lined up a free-kick 30 yards from goal. This will be one of those knuckle-ball attempts and having beaten himself up a minute ago for losing possession, maybe he'll be right on this one... Hits the wall. A lot of power in that one and it's hurt Trezeguet. 1:31PM 31 mins Oocha! Vecino goes for an early goal of the tournament attempt with a powerful drive from about 30 yards but it zips wide of the far post. Suarez has been awful so far. It's like he can't read the play at all - a pass towards him, he turns to chase and completely gives it away. It's as though he doesn't realise he isn't as fast as he was when he was 27 anymore and hasn't adjusted. 1:30PM 29 mins Uruguay look a little more comfortable on the ball now and are trying to make things happen in the final third. Egypt are in counter-attack mode but are sprinting forward to allow the team the chance to move up the pitch as a unit, rather than going for goal. Muslera grabs a cross out of the air and sends Uruguay on their way... but Suarez has given it away again. "He's not there mentally today," says Martin Keown. Godin has just gone absolutely nuts at his midfield for giving the ball away in their own half. He's had to clear up a few messes so far already. 1:27PM 27 mins It sounds like a few in the commentary area of the stadium thought that Suarez effort was a goal. To be fair, from where he was standing you'd expect him to convert it. Miss: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 24 min) 1:26PM 24 mins GOOOOOAAAAAL - oh that's a bad miss. Suarez has hit the side-netting from six yards! It's basically an open goal. Jonathan Pearce has done one of his classic misreadings of the situation. "He's disallowed it!" says the star of Robot Wars, when it's clearly not gone in the goal. I don’t understand much Russian, but I’m pretty sure by the tone that the TV commentator here thought that was in from Suarez and had been disallowed. He has my total sympathy. All been there!— Guy Mowbray (@Guymowbray) June 15, 2018 Still, Uruguay look dangerous from set pieces. 1:24PM 23 mins Fathi defends well in the corner but De Arrascaeta has a chance to get the ball in the box now for Uruguay's big men to attack. The goalkeeper punches... the ball goes back to the centre-circle... and is then launched wide back to the Uruguay number 10. Cavani takes over, skips the ball over one tackle and then fires a left-footed volley at goal! It hits the head of Gabr - otherwise that was heading towards goal! Another corner. 1:21PM 21 mins Uruguay's Rodrigo Bentancur, left, and Egypt's Amr Warda challenge for the ball Credit: AP Uruguay are being really sloppy in possession. Egypt are picking the ball off their feet at times and attacks are breaking down in the final third each time. Varela sprints down the right wing and Gimenez tries a direct pass into the space ahead of him. Goal kick. 1:19PM 19 mins Said skins Bentancur near the box but throws himself to the ground looking for a free-kick. A clear dive and a stupid one at that - he was about to dribble into the penalty area. Why go down? Uruguay come forward again but Egypt drop deep, holding a line on the 18 yard box and denying any space. 1:18PM 17 mins The free-kick is chipped in though - no shot - and Hegazi tries to head back across goal. Uruguay are massive, strong and organised though and easily see it out for a goal kick. Decent start to this game by Egypt though - they're really taking the game to Uruguay. Egypt vs Uruguay 1:16PM 16 mins The crowd roars as the stadium TV screens cut to pictures of Mo Salah sitting on the bench. I think the Egyptian fans like him. Warda wins a free-kick 25 yards out - this is a great position to shoot from... 1:15PM 14 mins Uruguay's defensive shape a pretty obvious 4-4-2. Cavani is dropping deeper at times though to make it a 4-4-1-1 - Suarez primed to chase anything that gets hit into space ahead of him. The ball is moved through the lines by Uruguay's passing, Varela is wide right and passes inside to Suarez. He's unmarked! But his shot is poor and well wide. 1:13PM 12 mins Egypt win a free-kick, Uruguay defend nervously and the header by Varela is hit into a central area. You're not supposed to that! Elneny thinks about hitting a volley, can't quite get there in time, so goes for a one-two, then Trezeguet forces his way into the box chasing the bouncing ball and gets a snap shot away. Muslera saves low. 1:10PM 9 mins CAVANIIIII tries an effort from distance but it's easy for the goalkeeper to save. He'll just be calibrating his shooting with that one. 1:09PM 8 mins Great passing from Uruguay. They work the ball quickly with one touch passes and some excellent movement off the ball but Egypt drop back and head clear. 1:06PM 6 mins Decent attack for Egypt. They break the midfield line with a pass between two Uruguay players and Trezeguet wins a throw-in near the corner flag. Caceres is fortunate to get away from Warda with the ball after some clumsy dribbling... but Suarez tries to switch the play and ends up booting it directly to the goalkeeper. Egypt are pressing the Uruguay defence high up the pitch. 1:04PM 4 mins Varela, ex of Manchester United, has seen a bit of the ball on the Uruguay right so far. Egypt now look to keep possession for a bit, Uruguay press near the centre-circle but are mostly behind the halfway line. Cavani stretches to go into a tackle early on and goes down in some pain. Let's hope he hasn't twisted his ankle. The replay seems to suggest he's alright. 1:02PM 2 mins Uruguay get us started, pass back to the defence and then kick it long... then win possession back straight away. Egypt sitting deep to block forward passes but you'd expect Uruguay to try and just get everyone a touch of the ball early on to get them calmed down. 1:01PM KICK OFF HERE WE GO! 12:57PM Starting lineups Uruguay should be in a 4-4-2 diamond, Egypt are a fairly conventional 4-2-3-1. 12:55PM National anthems Both of these are superb. 12:54PM Players in the tunnel Can you even imagine how nervous these guys are? The crowd is pumped too. And here they come out onto the pitch! Kick-off is five minutes away! 12:50PM The Uruguay manager 4 - This is Uruguay's manager ���� Oscar Tabárez’s fourth World Cup appearance (after 1990, 2010 and 2014); more than any other manager at this year’s tournament. Boss. #EGYURU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXxCJIcCeN— OptaJean (@OptaJean) June 15, 2018 12:48PM Egypt have been fasting for Ramadan Could this affect their chances? An imam tells a BBC investigator: "There are exceptions. The World Cup is in Russia, they're travelling to Russia, so they don't need to fast while they're playing." Many players do still choose to fast. "There's quite a drop in performance, up to 25 per cent," says an expert on the field. A lot of it is to do with temperament apparently. Hangar. 12:43PM Today's stadium Ekaterinburg Stadium It looks absolutely brilliant inside. Doesn't it make you want to go out and run around on the pitch? It's so green! Credit: GETTY IMAGES And a handy little graphic for you. World Cup 2018 stadium: Ekaterinburg Arena 12:40PM The modern football fan How do you consume your football news? Do you do it... on Whatsapp? Well you can now! Personally, I'm a big fan of this. World Cup whatsapp promo Loads of interesting things get sent your way and it's dead easy to set up. 12:33PM BBC titles One of the best thing about the World Cup is finding out what the themed intros from the TV stations will be. ITV did well yesterday but now it's time for the old BBC to show them how it's done. It's a dance music-led intro with lots of clever little computer graphic transitions showing things around Russia, nothing too extravagant... and it's short. And now an Egyptian themed VT to get things rolling. Gary Linieker says: "The Pharoahs are back in a World Cup for the first time in 28 years" and we're off! 12:24PM Stay up to date We've got so many great things to keep you up to date and informed this World Cup, and one of the best of them is our newsletter. Sign up for some lovely reading to help the time pass a little easier between games. 12:15PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:09PM Arsenal's new Uruguayan signing Who is he? Why did they buy him? How much?! Torreira puff Dan Zeqiri has the answers. 12:05PM Who to watch for Uruguay ���� @RodriiBentancur prepares to become our first ���� to take part in #WorldCup 2018 as #TeamUruguay face Egypt, buena suerte! ��#JuveWorldCup#ForzaJuvepic.twitter.com/Ko7TiEmVUA— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 15, 2018 You know about Suarez and Cavani but Uruguay are (almost) equally strong in defence as well. Godin and Gimenez are a powerful centre-back duo (who both play for Atletico Madrid too...) while Fernando Muslera is a reliable goalkeeper. Caceres, the left-back, plays for Lazio and isn't bad either. There is one player who could really make a name for himself this summer, and that is Rodrigo Bentancur. He's a midfielder who plays for Juventus, who used to be a wide right but now acts as either a holding midfielder or advanced playmaker. He sees the game really well and is composed in possession and at 20-years-old, is expected to achieve big things. Bentancur is dead cheap on Fantasy Football too - stick him in your team if you need to save some cash and can't figure out where! 11:58AM There he is Credit: AP Egypt are an OK team but Salah is by far and away the best player. Trezeguet is a promising forward who can play on the left or right of attack, Ahmed Hegazi is a thoroughly underrated centre-back (the same one who plays for West Brom) and Mohamed Elneny is the next best. He might not have played an awful lot for Arsenal but he's absolutely superb at keeping things ticking over in midfield, winning the ball back and linking passes. Apart from those three... there's not an awful lot for Uruguay to worry about. I'd expect a cagey start from the Egyptians. Credit: AP 11:47AM Liverpool lending support to Mr Salah Good luck to @MoSalah as his #EGY side start their #WorldCup campaign this afternoon. �� pic.twitter.com/KZq1Mp7CRm— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 15, 2018 Of course, this is not the only ex-Liverpool favourite on show today. Luis Suarez is playing his first World Cup game since he tried to eat Giorgio Chiellini during a match against Italy in Brazil back in 2014. 11:44AM Pre-match buildup Credit: REUTERS The fanzones at these types of tournaments are always so, so, so fun and the photos for everyone building up to this one look exactly the same. It's a lovely day outside the Ekaterinburg Arena (and I suspect probably the same inside it too) and I am thoroughly jealous of everyone in these photos. Credit: REUTERS And just as an added bonus, here's a happy doggo for you to enjoy. Credit: REUTERS 11:38AM Starting lineups Egypt (4-2-3-1) Elshenawy; Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdelshafy; Elneny, Hamed; Warda, Said, Trezeguet; Mohsen Uruguay (4-3-1-2) Muslera, Varela, Godin, Gimenez, Caceres, Nandez, Bentancur, Vecino, De Arrascaeta, Suarez, Cavani 11:31AM Happy World Cup Friday to you Hello everyone! Are you excited too? It's Friday, there are three World Cup games to watch - THREE - and the first features some of the best players on the planet. Diego Godin, Luis Suarez (well, maybe not anymore...), Edinson Cavani and even Egypt have some lad who's meant to be pretty tidy too. #EGYURU | Alineación confirmada de @Uruguay para el encuentro que disputará ante @Pharaohs a la hora 9 (Uy) por la 1a fecha del Grupo A de #Rusia2018.#ElEquipoQueNosUnepic.twitter.com/LVE4q5kSJg— Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) June 15, 2018 Speaking of that lad, who is of course, Mo Salah, and he has made it onto the bench for today's game! إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة اليوم �� @Uruguay#روسيا2018#ThePharaohs#egypic.twitter.com/3p5NDudg7A— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 15, 2018 I'd imagine he'll only actually play the final few minutes to get some match fitness but could be thrown on at some time in the second half if the game is tight and Egypt reckon they can grab a point or three. That said, we don't know yet if he is actually on the team sheet but team news should be in extremely shortly. Disappointingly, we won't be forced to listen to 'Robbie Williams's greatest hits, featuring Opera Lady' today and instead there will be no grand ceremony. Only football. Football football football. And whoever wins the football must know they have a massive chance of qualifying for the knock-out stages. Russia put five past Saudi Arabia, who are probably the worst team I've ever seen play in an international tournament, and really aren't up to much. If today's match ends up as a draw, I could see both Egypt and Uruguay finishing in the top two slots. If not - and it's most likely that Uruguay win - Egypt's match against Russia will be enormous. Stay with us for all the updates and action from today's match! It's going to be brilliant.
A Jose Gimenez header on the verge of 90 minutes gave Uruguay a hard-fought 1-0 win over Egypt at the Yekaterinburg Arena, as what could have been a tale of two strikers was decided by a centre-back. There were high hopes for the Egyptians before kick-off as birthday boy Mohamed Salah was named among the substitutes, having recovered ahead of schedule from an injury sustained in the Champions League final. Every single time his face was shown on the big screens around the stadium the noise levels amplified, but Hector Cuper remained unswayed by emotion and stayed resolute in his decision making. Salah has other, more winnable fights to be prepared for, and keeping Egypt's star player rested may prove to be the right one going forward, especially considering how vulnerable Saudi Arabia looked on Thursday and how average Russia should prove to be. Another (now ex) star of Liverpool was instead the focus of much of this game and not for good reason. Luis Suarez summed up Uruguay's struggles to find anything like cohesion or fluency with an awful performance, losing possession all over the pitch, passing to the wrong people and hitting the side netting in the first half when it looked easier to score. Later, with only the goalkeeper to beat, Suarez held on the ball for too long and allowed goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shenawy the opportunity to smother inside the six yard box. For the umpteenth time in the game, Suarez berated himself, apparently unsure as to how just why nothing he attempted was working. If Egypt missed Salah, Uruguay were actively hindered by the presence of their misfiring Suarez imposter. Suarez misses a great chance inside the six yard box Credit: REUTERS Egypt frustrated Uruguay with a deep defensive line, staying compact, dealing with danger competently and threatening on the counter-attack but as they grew tired towards the end, Uruguay showed their quality and slowly squeezed the neck of the game. Edison Cavani came closest to breaking the deadlock with a curling free-kick in the 87th minute that came back off the post - the rebound blocked by Suarez against his own teammates - before a free-kick wide right resulted in the deadlock being broken. Egypt looked rattled and against the ropes, their desperate clearances the equivalent of a boxer gripping onto his opponent while trying to draw breath. The waves of attack kept coming and having knocked on the door for a sustained period of time, Uruguay finally opened the scoring as Gimenez rose highest to head home a cross from substitute Carlos Sanchez to secure the victory. Salah looked on despondently, Uruguay players rushed from the bench to celebrate their goal. In the end it was a just-about-deserved victory for Oscar Tabarez's side, but had Salah been available and Suarez actually turned up, this could have been oh so different. 3:33PM No Salah Credit: AP No Salah today but after what we've seen today and yesterday, I think he'll have a great time against Russia and Saudi Arabia. Egypt were solid defensively and need to rely on quick counter-attacks - there are few players better at exactly that than Salah. 3:15PM Uruguay's reaction to that goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES I think it's fairly safe to say they were excited. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 3:10PM Some more stats on Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay have won their opening match at a World Cup tournament for the first time since 1970, when they beat Israel. Egypt are still winless at the World Cup finals, failing to win five matches (D2 L3). José Giménez’s winning goal in the 90th minute was Uruguay’s latest winning goal in a World Cup match since Daniel Fonseca’s 92nd minute winner against South Korea in June 1990. Egypt have failed to score in each of their last three World Cup matches. Uruguay have won each of their last three World Cup group stage games with a goal scored in the last 10 minutes of matches. Three of Uruguay’s last four World Cup goals have been scored via headers – only three of their previous 22 World Cup goals had been headed. 3:05PM Tonight's match After Morocco vs Iran we've got Spain vs Portugal and it's going to be an absolute belter. Here are my tactical thoughts on each side ahead of the game: Spain World Cup tactics article Portugal World Cup tactics 3:03PM Bad stat for Egypt fans 5 - No African team has played as many World Cup games without winning a single one than Egypt (D2 L3). Hurdle. #EGYURU#EGY#WorldCup— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 3:00PM Who impressed Godin was Uruguay's best player, Cavani and Gimenez next, while Bentancur controlled the first half. Suarez was about a three out of a 10 - if that - and Egypt, as a whole, were really strong. No individual standouts but as a unit, they defended really well, broke forward as a team and were so close to getting a result. 2:57PM Great game That was really enjoyable. Two teams evenly matched but Uruguay had the quality and stamina to see it through - and deserved the win. But it's only the first game of the day! Next up is Morocco vs Iran. Follow it here with Ben Coles. 2:55PM FULL TIME That's it! Heartbreak for Egypt! Uruguay have a hard-earned three points! 2:55PM 90 mins +5 Egypt want an equaliser! Two crosses in a row into the box and now Uruguay look like they're in trouble. Hegazi fouls Suarez (who's looking for it...) and Suarez rolls around the floor a little bit. There are theatre groups less dramatic than Luis Suarez when he's trying to win a free-kick. 2:53PM 90 mins +4 Oh this isn't good. Trezeguet has gone down with cramp so bad he can hardly even walk. His legs are straight like Herman Munster as he's hauled off the turf and back to his feet. 2:51PM 90 mins +2 Uruguay keeping the ball now. Egypt are rocked by that goal - they've defended so well all game long but have really tired in the final part of this game. 2:48PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! GIMENEZ HAS SCORED! OOOHHHHH there it is! Egypt just couldn't hold on! A free-kick is hit in from wide right, Gimenez jumps higher than everyone else in the middle of the box and powers a header past the goalkeeper. Brilliant from the centre-back! Egypt 0 - 1 Uruguay (José Giménez, 90 min) 2:47PM 89 mins CAVANI HITS THE POST! The ball pings back off the upright and any of four Uruguay players can convert the rebound! But Suarez blocks it by being in the way! He's ruining everything today. Egypt are on the ropes, the heavyweight Uruguay are really taking the game to them here. 2:46PM 88 mins Ooooohhhhhhhhh free-kick on the edge of the area! Cavani is taken out by Fathy as he's about to run into the box. That could either be a game-saving move or it could end up with Uruguay hitting the back of the net. Torreira - Arsenal's new signing - is on for Vecino. Cavani stands over the free-kick. 2:45PM 87 mins Gimenez is the last man and absolutely nobody moves to give him the option for a pass. It's such poor movement and Egypt don't even have to try to win the ball back - Gimenez chips it forward and hands it back to them. That's Uruguay's period of pressure over then! Egypt are clearing their lines now. They want the 0-0. 2:43PM 85 mins Credit: AFP This photo more or less sums up Uruguay's match so far. They're pushing for a winner now. Another corner. 2:42PM 84 mins CAVANIIIIIIII! What a save! Wow. Where did that come from?! Suarez heads into Cavani, who hits on the volley and blooters the ball at rocket speed towards goal. El-Shenawy dives to his left and gets a strong palm behind it. The corner is rubbish. 2:41PM 82 mins Egypt win a turnover in their own half, break forwards... and hold the ball until reinforcements arrive. Elneny joins in, looks for a quick one-two but it doesn't come off. Then Elneny gets another shot at things and chips over the bar. No Mo Salah for us today - Egypt are making their final substitution. Warda comes off for Sobhy. 2:38PM 80 mins The break is on! Kahraba has the entire left wing to run into! He gets to the box, looks up and picks his pass... but Caceres stretches and blocks just before it becomes a massive problem. I'm not sure Varela has beaten the first man with any of his crosses from wide right. If he has they haven't been very good. 2:37PM 78 mins You know when you're playing Football Manager and your star player is on a 5 but you just don't want to take him off because you *know* all it takes is one chance and he'll make a difference? Suarez is around that at the moment. Every touch, pass, dribble... everything - none of it has worked. I think they put Alvaro Recoba on at some point. That'd be lovely. 2:35PM 76 mins Credit: FIFA Great play from Gimenez who takes a risk drawing in the Egyptian press but skips past it and sends Varela on his way. Varela has spent most of this half as a right winger. 2:32PM 73 mins Uruguay are leaving space at the back now as they look for a winner. Egypt hit the ball into that space, work the passing across the area and then a strike is smashed at goal from a tight angle! Muslera saves well at his near post and holds onto the ball. Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Ahmed Fathy, 72 min) SUAREZ IS IN! The pass comes in ahead of him, only the goalkeeper to beat! And it's as if he's waiting for someone to foul him! He just needs to jab that at goal and it's... a goal. Instead, he takes too long and the goalkeeper smothers. 2:29PM 71 mins Uruguay win a corner. Godin comes up. Egypt marking man to man... the ball lands with Cavani who swipes at it, hits Caceres in the general region of his hands/arms and the referee says free-kick. Seems harsh to me, I'm not sure what he's meant to do in that situation. 2:27PM 69 mins Uruguay get to the final third, slow right down... and Sanchez tries a hit from 25 yards which hits a defender. Martin Keown has just revealed that he would definitely have targeted Mo Salah, had he been playing against him today. "Of course I would have done. I once played against Ruud Gullit with a bandaged knee - it was like a dartboard for me!" 2:25PM 67 mins Rodriguez takes forever to decide what to do with the ball at his feet in the final third and Egypt easily win possession... then launch it long and concede once more. Egypt seem more in control of this game without the ball than they do with it! There's no movement in this Uruguay team, no purpose with the passing and they seem reluctant to really test the Egyptian defence. 2:24PM 65 mins Egypt vs Uruguay You can see here that Egypt are focusing their passes down the wide areas while Uruguay have made the majority of theirs in central positions. However, Uruguay have attempted way more crosses... which doesn't seem to make sense. Uruguay crosses Egypt are catching up now: Egypt crosses 2:21PM 63 mins It's really slow now. Egypt defending in a 4-4-2, the first line of press is the halfway line and the second is about 25 yards deeper than that. Uruguay cautiously approach the Egypt half, then reconsider things and pass backwards or sideways. Uruguay win a free-kick, hook it into the box... it's headed away and then Suarez is offside. What has happened to Suarez? 2:19PM 61 mins A three act tragedy: Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES 2:17PM 59 mins Change for Uruguay. Nandez off, Sanchez on and De Arrascaeta is replaced by Rodriguez. That might be a wee change of shape to a 4-2-3-1. 2:16PM 58 mins Varela gets high up the right, Nandez overlaps, passes back, goes wide, goes back... the passing's really predictable and Egypt just put 8million men behind the ball so there's nowhere to go... then spring a counter-attack. Now Uruguay drop deep. They need to put Suarez in the bin. He's been useless. He'd struggle to get in the Saudi Arabia team on this form. 2:14PM 55 mins Possession: Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay are attacking with more of a forward three now, with Nandez pushing high up the pitch on the right. Like a lopsided 4-4-2. 2:12PM 54 mins Suarez is still off the pace. It's his linkup play that's poor, waiting for the ball to arrive at his feet rather than moving towards it. Uruguay are forward now though... and Suarez has lost the ball on the edge of the box. 2:10PM 52 mins Morsy plays for Wigan... so he's not quite - perhaps - at the same international elite level as some of the Uruguay players but we'll see how he gets on. Hamed was played superbly before that and will be missed in the midfield. Uruguay are far more aggressive in this half and it's really working. Egypt have to keep kicking long and aren't keeping possession at all. 2:08PM 49 mins Disaster for Hamed. He's picked up an injury, being kneed right in the spine (one of the worst places to be kneed). His pals are signalling that this will probably be the end of his game... and he hobbles off the pitch. Morsy will come on to replace him. 2:05PM 47 mins It's a higher press from Uruguay now... and SUAREZ IS IN! Great move from Uruguay, Cavani plays in Suarez with a through-ball and the goalkeeper gets off his line quickly to block inside the six yard box! Early action! Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 46 min) 2:04PM KICK OFF 2 We're back! Egypt start the second half. 2:01PM Bentancur's first half We spoke about him before kick-off and sure enough, Bentancur has been excellent: Most interceptions: 5 Most passes completed: 42 Highest pass accuracy: 98% 1:59PM Inside the stadium Half time and have gone for a walk round the iconic temporary grandstands. Truly have never seen anything like it. pic.twitter.com/xWy90B84kS— Eli (@ElMengem) June 15, 2018 There's not a huge amount to see there but it is really impressive. 1:56PM Cavani can't get in the game 17 - Edinson Cavani had the fewest touches (17) of any Uruguay player in the first half, with none of those coming in the opposition's box. Restricted. #EGYURU#URU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXlby59phP— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 1:55PM Tac Tix Some halftime reading? Here's loads! World Cup 2018 tactics | JJ Bull analyses formations, line-ups and more This game is a battle of two deep defences. Uruguay are playing four central midfielders and lack a bit of width as a result but if they could just get their strikers into the game, and Suarez wasn't playing like he's broken, they'd be a lot better off. Honestly, if you'd bought this Suarez from a shop you'd be on your way back now to get a refund. 1:51PM This stadium is pretty crazy Ignore the empty seats - look at the amazing stand this place has. Ekaterinburg Arena: The crazy Russia World Cup 2018 stadium where you pay to sit outside to watch the football 1:48PM Team shapes Average touch positions (33 min) Uruguay aren't at it today. Strong words will be exchanged at half-time. 1:47PM HALF TIME Two pretty even teams! Egypt are organised, defending well and look menacing on the counter-attack, Uruguay should be 1-0 up and seem solid... but nothing like their usual selves. Suarez needs to have a word with himself - and actually, only Godin, Bentancur and Gimenez have really turned up here. 1:46PM 45 mins Uruguay come forward but the cross from wide right is poor and just hands possession back. Bentancur is having a really good game in the centre of midfield... but Suarez has lost the ball again. Pretty sure Suarez is on one of the downward arrows from Pro Evo games here. 1:44PM 43 mins Credit: REUTERS Look at all the empty seats. It's not nice :-( Uruguay are now looking for a way to score before half time and have Egypt pinned back. I think Egypt are happy with 0-0 at the moment, and that wall of defence is working extremely well. And now the counter-attack is on! Fathy comes down the right, crosses in... but the defence deal with it. 1:42PM 42 mins Warda goes for an overhead kick, misses the ball, falls to the ground then lies on the floor 'injured' until Uruguay break up their promising attack and put the ball out of play for him. Miraculously, he has recovered. Diagnosis: wounded pride. 1:41PM 40 mins Superb by Godin. He brings the ball out from the back on his own, dribbles past one man and gets all the way to the final third. He threads a through-pass into De Arrascaeta... whose first touch is embarrassing. Goal kick. 1:40PM 38 mins Good pressing by Egypt but Uruguay's passing has much improved and they are able to bring the ball out to the Egypt final third. Look at the defensive shape. What are you even supposed to do against that? They're really well organised. 1:36PM 36 mins There's quite a lot of empty seats in the stadium here... which is pretty surprising for the second game of the World Cup. Apparently tickets are expensive... almost as if not everyone can afford £300ish to watch 90 minutes of one sporting event. Who'd have thought it? FIFA are about as in-tune with the average human as I am to dolphins. 1:35PM 34 mins Credit: AFP You can see Suarez already running off to celebrate before he missed that chance earlier! Egypt vs Uruguay shots on goal 1:33PM 33 mins Suarez has lined up a free-kick 30 yards from goal. This will be one of those knuckle-ball attempts and having beaten himself up a minute ago for losing possession, maybe he'll be right on this one... Hits the wall. A lot of power in that one and it's hurt Trezeguet. 1:31PM 31 mins Oocha! Vecino goes for an early goal of the tournament attempt with a powerful drive from about 30 yards but it zips wide of the far post. Suarez has been awful so far. It's like he can't read the play at all - a pass towards him, he turns to chase and completely gives it away. It's as though he doesn't realise he isn't as fast as he was when he was 27 anymore and hasn't adjusted. 1:30PM 29 mins Uruguay look a little more comfortable on the ball now and are trying to make things happen in the final third. Egypt are in counter-attack mode but are sprinting forward to allow the team the chance to move up the pitch as a unit, rather than going for goal. Muslera grabs a cross out of the air and sends Uruguay on their way... but Suarez has given it away again. "He's not there mentally today," says Martin Keown. Godin has just gone absolutely nuts at his midfield for giving the ball away in their own half. He's had to clear up a few messes so far already. 1:27PM 27 mins It sounds like a few in the commentary area of the stadium thought that Suarez effort was a goal. To be fair, from where he was standing you'd expect him to convert it. Miss: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 24 min) 1:26PM 24 mins GOOOOOAAAAAL - oh that's a bad miss. Suarez has hit the side-netting from six yards! It's basically an open goal. Jonathan Pearce has done one of his classic misreadings of the situation. "He's disallowed it!" says the star of Robot Wars, when it's clearly not gone in the goal. I don’t understand much Russian, but I’m pretty sure by the tone that the TV commentator here thought that was in from Suarez and had been disallowed. He has my total sympathy. All been there!— Guy Mowbray (@Guymowbray) June 15, 2018 Still, Uruguay look dangerous from set pieces. 1:24PM 23 mins Fathi defends well in the corner but De Arrascaeta has a chance to get the ball in the box now for Uruguay's big men to attack. The goalkeeper punches... the ball goes back to the centre-circle... and is then launched wide back to the Uruguay number 10. Cavani takes over, skips the ball over one tackle and then fires a left-footed volley at goal! It hits the head of Gabr - otherwise that was heading towards goal! Another corner. 1:21PM 21 mins Uruguay's Rodrigo Bentancur, left, and Egypt's Amr Warda challenge for the ball Credit: AP Uruguay are being really sloppy in possession. Egypt are picking the ball off their feet at times and attacks are breaking down in the final third each time. Varela sprints down the right wing and Gimenez tries a direct pass into the space ahead of him. Goal kick. 1:19PM 19 mins Said skins Bentancur near the box but throws himself to the ground looking for a free-kick. A clear dive and a stupid one at that - he was about to dribble into the penalty area. Why go down? Uruguay come forward again but Egypt drop deep, holding a line on the 18 yard box and denying any space. 1:18PM 17 mins The free-kick is chipped in though - no shot - and Hegazi tries to head back across goal. Uruguay are massive, strong and organised though and easily see it out for a goal kick. Decent start to this game by Egypt though - they're really taking the game to Uruguay. Egypt vs Uruguay 1:16PM 16 mins The crowd roars as the stadium TV screens cut to pictures of Mo Salah sitting on the bench. I think the Egyptian fans like him. Warda wins a free-kick 25 yards out - this is a great position to shoot from... 1:15PM 14 mins Uruguay's defensive shape a pretty obvious 4-4-2. Cavani is dropping deeper at times though to make it a 4-4-1-1 - Suarez primed to chase anything that gets hit into space ahead of him. The ball is moved through the lines by Uruguay's passing, Varela is wide right and passes inside to Suarez. He's unmarked! But his shot is poor and well wide. 1:13PM 12 mins Egypt win a free-kick, Uruguay defend nervously and the header by Varela is hit into a central area. You're not supposed to that! Elneny thinks about hitting a volley, can't quite get there in time, so goes for a one-two, then Trezeguet forces his way into the box chasing the bouncing ball and gets a snap shot away. Muslera saves low. 1:10PM 9 mins CAVANIIIII tries an effort from distance but it's easy for the goalkeeper to save. He'll just be calibrating his shooting with that one. 1:09PM 8 mins Great passing from Uruguay. They work the ball quickly with one touch passes and some excellent movement off the ball but Egypt drop back and head clear. 1:06PM 6 mins Decent attack for Egypt. They break the midfield line with a pass between two Uruguay players and Trezeguet wins a throw-in near the corner flag. Caceres is fortunate to get away from Warda with the ball after some clumsy dribbling... but Suarez tries to switch the play and ends up booting it directly to the goalkeeper. Egypt are pressing the Uruguay defence high up the pitch. 1:04PM 4 mins Varela, ex of Manchester United, has seen a bit of the ball on the Uruguay right so far. Egypt now look to keep possession for a bit, Uruguay press near the centre-circle but are mostly behind the halfway line. Cavani stretches to go into a tackle early on and goes down in some pain. Let's hope he hasn't twisted his ankle. The replay seems to suggest he's alright. 1:02PM 2 mins Uruguay get us started, pass back to the defence and then kick it long... then win possession back straight away. Egypt sitting deep to block forward passes but you'd expect Uruguay to try and just get everyone a touch of the ball early on to get them calmed down. 1:01PM KICK OFF HERE WE GO! 12:57PM Starting lineups Uruguay should be in a 4-4-2 diamond, Egypt are a fairly conventional 4-2-3-1. 12:55PM National anthems Both of these are superb. 12:54PM Players in the tunnel Can you even imagine how nervous these guys are? The crowd is pumped too. And here they come out onto the pitch! Kick-off is five minutes away! 12:50PM The Uruguay manager 4 - This is Uruguay's manager ���� Oscar Tabárez’s fourth World Cup appearance (after 1990, 2010 and 2014); more than any other manager at this year’s tournament. Boss. #EGYURU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXxCJIcCeN— OptaJean (@OptaJean) June 15, 2018 12:48PM Egypt have been fasting for Ramadan Could this affect their chances? An imam tells a BBC investigator: "There are exceptions. The World Cup is in Russia, they're travelling to Russia, so they don't need to fast while they're playing." Many players do still choose to fast. "There's quite a drop in performance, up to 25 per cent," says an expert on the field. A lot of it is to do with temperament apparently. Hangar. 12:43PM Today's stadium Ekaterinburg Stadium It looks absolutely brilliant inside. Doesn't it make you want to go out and run around on the pitch? It's so green! Credit: GETTY IMAGES And a handy little graphic for you. World Cup 2018 stadium: Ekaterinburg Arena 12:40PM The modern football fan How do you consume your football news? Do you do it... on Whatsapp? Well you can now! Personally, I'm a big fan of this. World Cup whatsapp promo Loads of interesting things get sent your way and it's dead easy to set up. 12:33PM BBC titles One of the best thing about the World Cup is finding out what the themed intros from the TV stations will be. ITV did well yesterday but now it's time for the old BBC to show them how it's done. It's a dance music-led intro with lots of clever little computer graphic transitions showing things around Russia, nothing too extravagant... and it's short. And now an Egyptian themed VT to get things rolling. Gary Linieker says: "The Pharoahs are back in a World Cup for the first time in 28 years" and we're off! 12:24PM Stay up to date We've got so many great things to keep you up to date and informed this World Cup, and one of the best of them is our newsletter. Sign up for some lovely reading to help the time pass a little easier between games. 12:15PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:09PM Arsenal's new Uruguayan signing Who is he? Why did they buy him? How much?! Torreira puff Dan Zeqiri has the answers. 12:05PM Who to watch for Uruguay ���� @RodriiBentancur prepares to become our first ���� to take part in #WorldCup 2018 as #TeamUruguay face Egypt, buena suerte! ��#JuveWorldCup#ForzaJuvepic.twitter.com/Ko7TiEmVUA— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 15, 2018 You know about Suarez and Cavani but Uruguay are (almost) equally strong in defence as well. Godin and Gimenez are a powerful centre-back duo (who both play for Atletico Madrid too...) while Fernando Muslera is a reliable goalkeeper. Caceres, the left-back, plays for Lazio and isn't bad either. There is one player who could really make a name for himself this summer, and that is Rodrigo Bentancur. He's a midfielder who plays for Juventus, who used to be a wide right but now acts as either a holding midfielder or advanced playmaker. He sees the game really well and is composed in possession and at 20-years-old, is expected to achieve big things. Bentancur is dead cheap on Fantasy Football too - stick him in your team if you need to save some cash and can't figure out where! 11:58AM There he is Credit: AP Egypt are an OK team but Salah is by far and away the best player. Trezeguet is a promising forward who can play on the left or right of attack, Ahmed Hegazi is a thoroughly underrated centre-back (the same one who plays for West Brom) and Mohamed Elneny is the next best. He might not have played an awful lot for Arsenal but he's absolutely superb at keeping things ticking over in midfield, winning the ball back and linking passes. Apart from those three... there's not an awful lot for Uruguay to worry about. I'd expect a cagey start from the Egyptians. Credit: AP 11:47AM Liverpool lending support to Mr Salah Good luck to @MoSalah as his #EGY side start their #WorldCup campaign this afternoon. �� pic.twitter.com/KZq1Mp7CRm— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 15, 2018 Of course, this is not the only ex-Liverpool favourite on show today. Luis Suarez is playing his first World Cup game since he tried to eat Giorgio Chiellini during a match against Italy in Brazil back in 2014. 11:44AM Pre-match buildup Credit: REUTERS The fanzones at these types of tournaments are always so, so, so fun and the photos for everyone building up to this one look exactly the same. It's a lovely day outside the Ekaterinburg Arena (and I suspect probably the same inside it too) and I am thoroughly jealous of everyone in these photos. Credit: REUTERS And just as an added bonus, here's a happy doggo for you to enjoy. Credit: REUTERS 11:38AM Starting lineups Egypt (4-2-3-1) Elshenawy; Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdelshafy; Elneny, Hamed; Warda, Said, Trezeguet; Mohsen Uruguay (4-3-1-2) Muslera, Varela, Godin, Gimenez, Caceres, Nandez, Bentancur, Vecino, De Arrascaeta, Suarez, Cavani 11:31AM Happy World Cup Friday to you Hello everyone! Are you excited too? It's Friday, there are three World Cup games to watch - THREE - and the first features some of the best players on the planet. Diego Godin, Luis Suarez (well, maybe not anymore...), Edinson Cavani and even Egypt have some lad who's meant to be pretty tidy too. #EGYURU | Alineación confirmada de @Uruguay para el encuentro que disputará ante @Pharaohs a la hora 9 (Uy) por la 1a fecha del Grupo A de #Rusia2018.#ElEquipoQueNosUnepic.twitter.com/LVE4q5kSJg— Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) June 15, 2018 Speaking of that lad, who is of course, Mo Salah, and he has made it onto the bench for today's game! إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة اليوم �� @Uruguay#روسيا2018#ThePharaohs#egypic.twitter.com/3p5NDudg7A— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 15, 2018 I'd imagine he'll only actually play the final few minutes to get some match fitness but could be thrown on at some time in the second half if the game is tight and Egypt reckon they can grab a point or three. That said, we don't know yet if he is actually on the team sheet but team news should be in extremely shortly. Disappointingly, we won't be forced to listen to 'Robbie Williams's greatest hits, featuring Opera Lady' today and instead there will be no grand ceremony. Only football. Football football football. And whoever wins the football must know they have a massive chance of qualifying for the knock-out stages. Russia put five past Saudi Arabia, who are probably the worst team I've ever seen play in an international tournament, and really aren't up to much. If today's match ends up as a draw, I could see both Egypt and Uruguay finishing in the top two slots. If not - and it's most likely that Uruguay win - Egypt's match against Russia will be enormous. Stay with us for all the updates and action from today's match! It's going to be brilliant.
World Cup 2018: Jose Gimenez grabs late winner for Uruguay to break Egyptian hearts
A Jose Gimenez header on the verge of 90 minutes gave Uruguay a hard-fought 1-0 win over Egypt at the Yekaterinburg Arena, as what could have been a tale of two strikers was decided by a centre-back. There were high hopes for the Egyptians before kick-off as birthday boy Mohamed Salah was named among the substitutes, having recovered ahead of schedule from an injury sustained in the Champions League final. Every single time his face was shown on the big screens around the stadium the noise levels amplified, but Hector Cuper remained unswayed by emotion and stayed resolute in his decision making. Salah has other, more winnable fights to be prepared for, and keeping Egypt's star player rested may prove to be the right one going forward, especially considering how vulnerable Saudi Arabia looked on Thursday and how average Russia should prove to be. Another (now ex) star of Liverpool was instead the focus of much of this game and not for good reason. Luis Suarez summed up Uruguay's struggles to find anything like cohesion or fluency with an awful performance, losing possession all over the pitch, passing to the wrong people and hitting the side netting in the first half when it looked easier to score. Later, with only the goalkeeper to beat, Suarez held on the ball for too long and allowed goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shenawy the opportunity to smother inside the six yard box. For the umpteenth time in the game, Suarez berated himself, apparently unsure as to how just why nothing he attempted was working. If Egypt missed Salah, Uruguay were actively hindered by the presence of their misfiring Suarez imposter. Suarez misses a great chance inside the six yard box Credit: REUTERS Egypt frustrated Uruguay with a deep defensive line, staying compact, dealing with danger competently and threatening on the counter-attack but as they grew tired towards the end, Uruguay showed their quality and slowly squeezed the neck of the game. Edison Cavani came closest to breaking the deadlock with a curling free-kick in the 87th minute that came back off the post - the rebound blocked by Suarez against his own teammates - before a free-kick wide right resulted in the deadlock being broken. Egypt looked rattled and against the ropes, their desperate clearances the equivalent of a boxer gripping onto his opponent while trying to draw breath. The waves of attack kept coming and having knocked on the door for a sustained period of time, Uruguay finally opened the scoring as Gimenez rose highest to head home a cross from substitute Carlos Sanchez to secure the victory. Salah looked on despondently, Uruguay players rushed from the bench to celebrate their goal. In the end it was a just-about-deserved victory for Oscar Tabarez's side, but had Salah been available and Suarez actually turned up, this could have been oh so different. 3:33PM No Salah Credit: AP No Salah today but after what we've seen today and yesterday, I think he'll have a great time against Russia and Saudi Arabia. Egypt were solid defensively and need to rely on quick counter-attacks - there are few players better at exactly that than Salah. 3:15PM Uruguay's reaction to that goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES I think it's fairly safe to say they were excited. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 3:10PM Some more stats on Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay have won their opening match at a World Cup tournament for the first time since 1970, when they beat Israel. Egypt are still winless at the World Cup finals, failing to win five matches (D2 L3). José Giménez’s winning goal in the 90th minute was Uruguay’s latest winning goal in a World Cup match since Daniel Fonseca’s 92nd minute winner against South Korea in June 1990. Egypt have failed to score in each of their last three World Cup matches. Uruguay have won each of their last three World Cup group stage games with a goal scored in the last 10 minutes of matches. Three of Uruguay’s last four World Cup goals have been scored via headers – only three of their previous 22 World Cup goals had been headed. 3:05PM Tonight's match After Morocco vs Iran we've got Spain vs Portugal and it's going to be an absolute belter. Here are my tactical thoughts on each side ahead of the game: Spain World Cup tactics article Portugal World Cup tactics 3:03PM Bad stat for Egypt fans 5 - No African team has played as many World Cup games without winning a single one than Egypt (D2 L3). Hurdle. #EGYURU#EGY#WorldCup— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 3:00PM Who impressed Godin was Uruguay's best player, Cavani and Gimenez next, while Bentancur controlled the first half. Suarez was about a three out of a 10 - if that - and Egypt, as a whole, were really strong. No individual standouts but as a unit, they defended really well, broke forward as a team and were so close to getting a result. 2:57PM Great game That was really enjoyable. Two teams evenly matched but Uruguay had the quality and stamina to see it through - and deserved the win. But it's only the first game of the day! Next up is Morocco vs Iran. Follow it here with Ben Coles. 2:55PM FULL TIME That's it! Heartbreak for Egypt! Uruguay have a hard-earned three points! 2:55PM 90 mins +5 Egypt want an equaliser! Two crosses in a row into the box and now Uruguay look like they're in trouble. Hegazi fouls Suarez (who's looking for it...) and Suarez rolls around the floor a little bit. There are theatre groups less dramatic than Luis Suarez when he's trying to win a free-kick. 2:53PM 90 mins +4 Oh this isn't good. Trezeguet has gone down with cramp so bad he can hardly even walk. His legs are straight like Herman Munster as he's hauled off the turf and back to his feet. 2:51PM 90 mins +2 Uruguay keeping the ball now. Egypt are rocked by that goal - they've defended so well all game long but have really tired in the final part of this game. 2:48PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! GIMENEZ HAS SCORED! OOOHHHHH there it is! Egypt just couldn't hold on! A free-kick is hit in from wide right, Gimenez jumps higher than everyone else in the middle of the box and powers a header past the goalkeeper. Brilliant from the centre-back! Egypt 0 - 1 Uruguay (José Giménez, 90 min) 2:47PM 89 mins CAVANI HITS THE POST! The ball pings back off the upright and any of four Uruguay players can convert the rebound! But Suarez blocks it by being in the way! He's ruining everything today. Egypt are on the ropes, the heavyweight Uruguay are really taking the game to them here. 2:46PM 88 mins Ooooohhhhhhhhh free-kick on the edge of the area! Cavani is taken out by Fathy as he's about to run into the box. That could either be a game-saving move or it could end up with Uruguay hitting the back of the net. Torreira - Arsenal's new signing - is on for Vecino. Cavani stands over the free-kick. 2:45PM 87 mins Gimenez is the last man and absolutely nobody moves to give him the option for a pass. It's such poor movement and Egypt don't even have to try to win the ball back - Gimenez chips it forward and hands it back to them. That's Uruguay's period of pressure over then! Egypt are clearing their lines now. They want the 0-0. 2:43PM 85 mins Credit: AFP This photo more or less sums up Uruguay's match so far. They're pushing for a winner now. Another corner. 2:42PM 84 mins CAVANIIIIIIII! What a save! Wow. Where did that come from?! Suarez heads into Cavani, who hits on the volley and blooters the ball at rocket speed towards goal. El-Shenawy dives to his left and gets a strong palm behind it. The corner is rubbish. 2:41PM 82 mins Egypt win a turnover in their own half, break forwards... and hold the ball until reinforcements arrive. Elneny joins in, looks for a quick one-two but it doesn't come off. Then Elneny gets another shot at things and chips over the bar. No Mo Salah for us today - Egypt are making their final substitution. Warda comes off for Sobhy. 2:38PM 80 mins The break is on! Kahraba has the entire left wing to run into! He gets to the box, looks up and picks his pass... but Caceres stretches and blocks just before it becomes a massive problem. I'm not sure Varela has beaten the first man with any of his crosses from wide right. If he has they haven't been very good. 2:37PM 78 mins You know when you're playing Football Manager and your star player is on a 5 but you just don't want to take him off because you *know* all it takes is one chance and he'll make a difference? Suarez is around that at the moment. Every touch, pass, dribble... everything - none of it has worked. I think they put Alvaro Recoba on at some point. That'd be lovely. 2:35PM 76 mins Credit: FIFA Great play from Gimenez who takes a risk drawing in the Egyptian press but skips past it and sends Varela on his way. Varela has spent most of this half as a right winger. 2:32PM 73 mins Uruguay are leaving space at the back now as they look for a winner. Egypt hit the ball into that space, work the passing across the area and then a strike is smashed at goal from a tight angle! Muslera saves well at his near post and holds onto the ball. Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Ahmed Fathy, 72 min) SUAREZ IS IN! The pass comes in ahead of him, only the goalkeeper to beat! And it's as if he's waiting for someone to foul him! He just needs to jab that at goal and it's... a goal. Instead, he takes too long and the goalkeeper smothers. 2:29PM 71 mins Uruguay win a corner. Godin comes up. Egypt marking man to man... the ball lands with Cavani who swipes at it, hits Caceres in the general region of his hands/arms and the referee says free-kick. Seems harsh to me, I'm not sure what he's meant to do in that situation. 2:27PM 69 mins Uruguay get to the final third, slow right down... and Sanchez tries a hit from 25 yards which hits a defender. Martin Keown has just revealed that he would definitely have targeted Mo Salah, had he been playing against him today. "Of course I would have done. I once played against Ruud Gullit with a bandaged knee - it was like a dartboard for me!" 2:25PM 67 mins Rodriguez takes forever to decide what to do with the ball at his feet in the final third and Egypt easily win possession... then launch it long and concede once more. Egypt seem more in control of this game without the ball than they do with it! There's no movement in this Uruguay team, no purpose with the passing and they seem reluctant to really test the Egyptian defence. 2:24PM 65 mins Egypt vs Uruguay You can see here that Egypt are focusing their passes down the wide areas while Uruguay have made the majority of theirs in central positions. However, Uruguay have attempted way more crosses... which doesn't seem to make sense. Uruguay crosses Egypt are catching up now: Egypt crosses 2:21PM 63 mins It's really slow now. Egypt defending in a 4-4-2, the first line of press is the halfway line and the second is about 25 yards deeper than that. Uruguay cautiously approach the Egypt half, then reconsider things and pass backwards or sideways. Uruguay win a free-kick, hook it into the box... it's headed away and then Suarez is offside. What has happened to Suarez? 2:19PM 61 mins A three act tragedy: Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES 2:17PM 59 mins Change for Uruguay. Nandez off, Sanchez on and De Arrascaeta is replaced by Rodriguez. That might be a wee change of shape to a 4-2-3-1. 2:16PM 58 mins Varela gets high up the right, Nandez overlaps, passes back, goes wide, goes back... the passing's really predictable and Egypt just put 8million men behind the ball so there's nowhere to go... then spring a counter-attack. Now Uruguay drop deep. They need to put Suarez in the bin. He's been useless. He'd struggle to get in the Saudi Arabia team on this form. 2:14PM 55 mins Possession: Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay are attacking with more of a forward three now, with Nandez pushing high up the pitch on the right. Like a lopsided 4-4-2. 2:12PM 54 mins Suarez is still off the pace. It's his linkup play that's poor, waiting for the ball to arrive at his feet rather than moving towards it. Uruguay are forward now though... and Suarez has lost the ball on the edge of the box. 2:10PM 52 mins Morsy plays for Wigan... so he's not quite - perhaps - at the same international elite level as some of the Uruguay players but we'll see how he gets on. Hamed was played superbly before that and will be missed in the midfield. Uruguay are far more aggressive in this half and it's really working. Egypt have to keep kicking long and aren't keeping possession at all. 2:08PM 49 mins Disaster for Hamed. He's picked up an injury, being kneed right in the spine (one of the worst places to be kneed). His pals are signalling that this will probably be the end of his game... and he hobbles off the pitch. Morsy will come on to replace him. 2:05PM 47 mins It's a higher press from Uruguay now... and SUAREZ IS IN! Great move from Uruguay, Cavani plays in Suarez with a through-ball and the goalkeeper gets off his line quickly to block inside the six yard box! Early action! Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 46 min) 2:04PM KICK OFF 2 We're back! Egypt start the second half. 2:01PM Bentancur's first half We spoke about him before kick-off and sure enough, Bentancur has been excellent: Most interceptions: 5 Most passes completed: 42 Highest pass accuracy: 98% 1:59PM Inside the stadium Half time and have gone for a walk round the iconic temporary grandstands. Truly have never seen anything like it. pic.twitter.com/xWy90B84kS— Eli (@ElMengem) June 15, 2018 There's not a huge amount to see there but it is really impressive. 1:56PM Cavani can't get in the game 17 - Edinson Cavani had the fewest touches (17) of any Uruguay player in the first half, with none of those coming in the opposition's box. Restricted. #EGYURU#URU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXlby59phP— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 1:55PM Tac Tix Some halftime reading? Here's loads! World Cup 2018 tactics | JJ Bull analyses formations, line-ups and more This game is a battle of two deep defences. Uruguay are playing four central midfielders and lack a bit of width as a result but if they could just get their strikers into the game, and Suarez wasn't playing like he's broken, they'd be a lot better off. Honestly, if you'd bought this Suarez from a shop you'd be on your way back now to get a refund. 1:51PM This stadium is pretty crazy Ignore the empty seats - look at the amazing stand this place has. Ekaterinburg Arena: The crazy Russia World Cup 2018 stadium where you pay to sit outside to watch the football 1:48PM Team shapes Average touch positions (33 min) Uruguay aren't at it today. Strong words will be exchanged at half-time. 1:47PM HALF TIME Two pretty even teams! Egypt are organised, defending well and look menacing on the counter-attack, Uruguay should be 1-0 up and seem solid... but nothing like their usual selves. Suarez needs to have a word with himself - and actually, only Godin, Bentancur and Gimenez have really turned up here. 1:46PM 45 mins Uruguay come forward but the cross from wide right is poor and just hands possession back. Bentancur is having a really good game in the centre of midfield... but Suarez has lost the ball again. Pretty sure Suarez is on one of the downward arrows from Pro Evo games here. 1:44PM 43 mins Credit: REUTERS Look at all the empty seats. It's not nice :-( Uruguay are now looking for a way to score before half time and have Egypt pinned back. I think Egypt are happy with 0-0 at the moment, and that wall of defence is working extremely well. And now the counter-attack is on! Fathy comes down the right, crosses in... but the defence deal with it. 1:42PM 42 mins Warda goes for an overhead kick, misses the ball, falls to the ground then lies on the floor 'injured' until Uruguay break up their promising attack and put the ball out of play for him. Miraculously, he has recovered. Diagnosis: wounded pride. 1:41PM 40 mins Superb by Godin. He brings the ball out from the back on his own, dribbles past one man and gets all the way to the final third. He threads a through-pass into De Arrascaeta... whose first touch is embarrassing. Goal kick. 1:40PM 38 mins Good pressing by Egypt but Uruguay's passing has much improved and they are able to bring the ball out to the Egypt final third. Look at the defensive shape. What are you even supposed to do against that? They're really well organised. 1:36PM 36 mins There's quite a lot of empty seats in the stadium here... which is pretty surprising for the second game of the World Cup. Apparently tickets are expensive... almost as if not everyone can afford £300ish to watch 90 minutes of one sporting event. Who'd have thought it? FIFA are about as in-tune with the average human as I am to dolphins. 1:35PM 34 mins Credit: AFP You can see Suarez already running off to celebrate before he missed that chance earlier! Egypt vs Uruguay shots on goal 1:33PM 33 mins Suarez has lined up a free-kick 30 yards from goal. This will be one of those knuckle-ball attempts and having beaten himself up a minute ago for losing possession, maybe he'll be right on this one... Hits the wall. A lot of power in that one and it's hurt Trezeguet. 1:31PM 31 mins Oocha! Vecino goes for an early goal of the tournament attempt with a powerful drive from about 30 yards but it zips wide of the far post. Suarez has been awful so far. It's like he can't read the play at all - a pass towards him, he turns to chase and completely gives it away. It's as though he doesn't realise he isn't as fast as he was when he was 27 anymore and hasn't adjusted. 1:30PM 29 mins Uruguay look a little more comfortable on the ball now and are trying to make things happen in the final third. Egypt are in counter-attack mode but are sprinting forward to allow the team the chance to move up the pitch as a unit, rather than going for goal. Muslera grabs a cross out of the air and sends Uruguay on their way... but Suarez has given it away again. "He's not there mentally today," says Martin Keown. Godin has just gone absolutely nuts at his midfield for giving the ball away in their own half. He's had to clear up a few messes so far already. 1:27PM 27 mins It sounds like a few in the commentary area of the stadium thought that Suarez effort was a goal. To be fair, from where he was standing you'd expect him to convert it. Miss: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 24 min) 1:26PM 24 mins GOOOOOAAAAAL - oh that's a bad miss. Suarez has hit the side-netting from six yards! It's basically an open goal. Jonathan Pearce has done one of his classic misreadings of the situation. "He's disallowed it!" says the star of Robot Wars, when it's clearly not gone in the goal. I don’t understand much Russian, but I’m pretty sure by the tone that the TV commentator here thought that was in from Suarez and had been disallowed. He has my total sympathy. All been there!— Guy Mowbray (@Guymowbray) June 15, 2018 Still, Uruguay look dangerous from set pieces. 1:24PM 23 mins Fathi defends well in the corner but De Arrascaeta has a chance to get the ball in the box now for Uruguay's big men to attack. The goalkeeper punches... the ball goes back to the centre-circle... and is then launched wide back to the Uruguay number 10. Cavani takes over, skips the ball over one tackle and then fires a left-footed volley at goal! It hits the head of Gabr - otherwise that was heading towards goal! Another corner. 1:21PM 21 mins Uruguay's Rodrigo Bentancur, left, and Egypt's Amr Warda challenge for the ball Credit: AP Uruguay are being really sloppy in possession. Egypt are picking the ball off their feet at times and attacks are breaking down in the final third each time. Varela sprints down the right wing and Gimenez tries a direct pass into the space ahead of him. Goal kick. 1:19PM 19 mins Said skins Bentancur near the box but throws himself to the ground looking for a free-kick. A clear dive and a stupid one at that - he was about to dribble into the penalty area. Why go down? Uruguay come forward again but Egypt drop deep, holding a line on the 18 yard box and denying any space. 1:18PM 17 mins The free-kick is chipped in though - no shot - and Hegazi tries to head back across goal. Uruguay are massive, strong and organised though and easily see it out for a goal kick. Decent start to this game by Egypt though - they're really taking the game to Uruguay. Egypt vs Uruguay 1:16PM 16 mins The crowd roars as the stadium TV screens cut to pictures of Mo Salah sitting on the bench. I think the Egyptian fans like him. Warda wins a free-kick 25 yards out - this is a great position to shoot from... 1:15PM 14 mins Uruguay's defensive shape a pretty obvious 4-4-2. Cavani is dropping deeper at times though to make it a 4-4-1-1 - Suarez primed to chase anything that gets hit into space ahead of him. The ball is moved through the lines by Uruguay's passing, Varela is wide right and passes inside to Suarez. He's unmarked! But his shot is poor and well wide. 1:13PM 12 mins Egypt win a free-kick, Uruguay defend nervously and the header by Varela is hit into a central area. You're not supposed to that! Elneny thinks about hitting a volley, can't quite get there in time, so goes for a one-two, then Trezeguet forces his way into the box chasing the bouncing ball and gets a snap shot away. Muslera saves low. 1:10PM 9 mins CAVANIIIII tries an effort from distance but it's easy for the goalkeeper to save. He'll just be calibrating his shooting with that one. 1:09PM 8 mins Great passing from Uruguay. They work the ball quickly with one touch passes and some excellent movement off the ball but Egypt drop back and head clear. 1:06PM 6 mins Decent attack for Egypt. They break the midfield line with a pass between two Uruguay players and Trezeguet wins a throw-in near the corner flag. Caceres is fortunate to get away from Warda with the ball after some clumsy dribbling... but Suarez tries to switch the play and ends up booting it directly to the goalkeeper. Egypt are pressing the Uruguay defence high up the pitch. 1:04PM 4 mins Varela, ex of Manchester United, has seen a bit of the ball on the Uruguay right so far. Egypt now look to keep possession for a bit, Uruguay press near the centre-circle but are mostly behind the halfway line. Cavani stretches to go into a tackle early on and goes down in some pain. Let's hope he hasn't twisted his ankle. The replay seems to suggest he's alright. 1:02PM 2 mins Uruguay get us started, pass back to the defence and then kick it long... then win possession back straight away. Egypt sitting deep to block forward passes but you'd expect Uruguay to try and just get everyone a touch of the ball early on to get them calmed down. 1:01PM KICK OFF HERE WE GO! 12:57PM Starting lineups Uruguay should be in a 4-4-2 diamond, Egypt are a fairly conventional 4-2-3-1. 12:55PM National anthems Both of these are superb. 12:54PM Players in the tunnel Can you even imagine how nervous these guys are? The crowd is pumped too. And here they come out onto the pitch! Kick-off is five minutes away! 12:50PM The Uruguay manager 4 - This is Uruguay's manager ���� Oscar Tabárez’s fourth World Cup appearance (after 1990, 2010 and 2014); more than any other manager at this year’s tournament. Boss. #EGYURU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXxCJIcCeN— OptaJean (@OptaJean) June 15, 2018 12:48PM Egypt have been fasting for Ramadan Could this affect their chances? An imam tells a BBC investigator: "There are exceptions. The World Cup is in Russia, they're travelling to Russia, so they don't need to fast while they're playing." Many players do still choose to fast. "There's quite a drop in performance, up to 25 per cent," says an expert on the field. A lot of it is to do with temperament apparently. Hangar. 12:43PM Today's stadium Ekaterinburg Stadium It looks absolutely brilliant inside. Doesn't it make you want to go out and run around on the pitch? It's so green! Credit: GETTY IMAGES And a handy little graphic for you. World Cup 2018 stadium: Ekaterinburg Arena 12:40PM The modern football fan How do you consume your football news? Do you do it... on Whatsapp? Well you can now! Personally, I'm a big fan of this. World Cup whatsapp promo Loads of interesting things get sent your way and it's dead easy to set up. 12:33PM BBC titles One of the best thing about the World Cup is finding out what the themed intros from the TV stations will be. ITV did well yesterday but now it's time for the old BBC to show them how it's done. It's a dance music-led intro with lots of clever little computer graphic transitions showing things around Russia, nothing too extravagant... and it's short. And now an Egyptian themed VT to get things rolling. Gary Linieker says: "The Pharoahs are back in a World Cup for the first time in 28 years" and we're off! 12:24PM Stay up to date We've got so many great things to keep you up to date and informed this World Cup, and one of the best of them is our newsletter. Sign up for some lovely reading to help the time pass a little easier between games. 12:15PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:09PM Arsenal's new Uruguayan signing Who is he? Why did they buy him? How much?! Torreira puff Dan Zeqiri has the answers. 12:05PM Who to watch for Uruguay ���� @RodriiBentancur prepares to become our first ���� to take part in #WorldCup 2018 as #TeamUruguay face Egypt, buena suerte! ��#JuveWorldCup#ForzaJuvepic.twitter.com/Ko7TiEmVUA— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 15, 2018 You know about Suarez and Cavani but Uruguay are (almost) equally strong in defence as well. Godin and Gimenez are a powerful centre-back duo (who both play for Atletico Madrid too...) while Fernando Muslera is a reliable goalkeeper. Caceres, the left-back, plays for Lazio and isn't bad either. There is one player who could really make a name for himself this summer, and that is Rodrigo Bentancur. He's a midfielder who plays for Juventus, who used to be a wide right but now acts as either a holding midfielder or advanced playmaker. He sees the game really well and is composed in possession and at 20-years-old, is expected to achieve big things. Bentancur is dead cheap on Fantasy Football too - stick him in your team if you need to save some cash and can't figure out where! 11:58AM There he is Credit: AP Egypt are an OK team but Salah is by far and away the best player. Trezeguet is a promising forward who can play on the left or right of attack, Ahmed Hegazi is a thoroughly underrated centre-back (the same one who plays for West Brom) and Mohamed Elneny is the next best. He might not have played an awful lot for Arsenal but he's absolutely superb at keeping things ticking over in midfield, winning the ball back and linking passes. Apart from those three... there's not an awful lot for Uruguay to worry about. I'd expect a cagey start from the Egyptians. Credit: AP 11:47AM Liverpool lending support to Mr Salah Good luck to @MoSalah as his #EGY side start their #WorldCup campaign this afternoon. �� pic.twitter.com/KZq1Mp7CRm— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 15, 2018 Of course, this is not the only ex-Liverpool favourite on show today. Luis Suarez is playing his first World Cup game since he tried to eat Giorgio Chiellini during a match against Italy in Brazil back in 2014. 11:44AM Pre-match buildup Credit: REUTERS The fanzones at these types of tournaments are always so, so, so fun and the photos for everyone building up to this one look exactly the same. It's a lovely day outside the Ekaterinburg Arena (and I suspect probably the same inside it too) and I am thoroughly jealous of everyone in these photos. Credit: REUTERS And just as an added bonus, here's a happy doggo for you to enjoy. Credit: REUTERS 11:38AM Starting lineups Egypt (4-2-3-1) Elshenawy; Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdelshafy; Elneny, Hamed; Warda, Said, Trezeguet; Mohsen Uruguay (4-3-1-2) Muslera, Varela, Godin, Gimenez, Caceres, Nandez, Bentancur, Vecino, De Arrascaeta, Suarez, Cavani 11:31AM Happy World Cup Friday to you Hello everyone! Are you excited too? It's Friday, there are three World Cup games to watch - THREE - and the first features some of the best players on the planet. Diego Godin, Luis Suarez (well, maybe not anymore...), Edinson Cavani and even Egypt have some lad who's meant to be pretty tidy too. #EGYURU | Alineación confirmada de @Uruguay para el encuentro que disputará ante @Pharaohs a la hora 9 (Uy) por la 1a fecha del Grupo A de #Rusia2018.#ElEquipoQueNosUnepic.twitter.com/LVE4q5kSJg— Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) June 15, 2018 Speaking of that lad, who is of course, Mo Salah, and he has made it onto the bench for today's game! إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة اليوم �� @Uruguay#روسيا2018#ThePharaohs#egypic.twitter.com/3p5NDudg7A— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 15, 2018 I'd imagine he'll only actually play the final few minutes to get some match fitness but could be thrown on at some time in the second half if the game is tight and Egypt reckon they can grab a point or three. That said, we don't know yet if he is actually on the team sheet but team news should be in extremely shortly. Disappointingly, we won't be forced to listen to 'Robbie Williams's greatest hits, featuring Opera Lady' today and instead there will be no grand ceremony. Only football. Football football football. And whoever wins the football must know they have a massive chance of qualifying for the knock-out stages. Russia put five past Saudi Arabia, who are probably the worst team I've ever seen play in an international tournament, and really aren't up to much. If today's match ends up as a draw, I could see both Egypt and Uruguay finishing in the top two slots. If not - and it's most likely that Uruguay win - Egypt's match against Russia will be enormous. Stay with us for all the updates and action from today's match! It's going to be brilliant.
A Jose Gimenez header on the verge of 90 minutes gave Uruguay a hard-fought 1-0 win over Egypt at the Yekaterinburg Arena, as what could have been a tale of two strikers was decided by a centre-back. There were high hopes for the Egyptians before kick-off as birthday boy Mohamed Salah was named among the substitutes, having recovered ahead of schedule from an injury sustained in the Champions League final. Every single time his face was shown on the big screens around the stadium the noise levels amplified, but Hector Cuper remained unswayed by emotion and stayed resolute in his decision making. Salah has other, more winnable fights to be prepared for, and keeping Egypt's star player rested may prove to be the right one going forward, especially considering how vulnerable Saudi Arabia looked on Thursday and how average Russia should prove to be. Another (now ex) star of Liverpool was instead the focus of much of this game and not for good reason. Luis Suarez summed up Uruguay's struggles to find anything like cohesion or fluency with an awful performance, losing possession all over the pitch, passing to the wrong people and hitting the side netting in the first half when it looked easier to score. Later, with only the goalkeeper to beat, Suarez held on the ball for too long and allowed goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shenawy the opportunity to smother inside the six yard box. For the umpteenth time in the game, Suarez berated himself, apparently unsure as to how just why nothing he attempted was working. If Egypt missed Salah, Uruguay were actively hindered by the presence of their misfiring Suarez imposter. Suarez misses a great chance inside the six yard box Credit: REUTERS Egypt frustrated Uruguay with a deep defensive line, staying compact, dealing with danger competently and threatening on the counter-attack but as they grew tired towards the end, Uruguay showed their quality and slowly squeezed the neck of the game. Edison Cavani came closest to breaking the deadlock with a curling free-kick in the 87th minute that came back off the post - the rebound blocked by Suarez against his own teammates - before a free-kick wide right resulted in the deadlock being broken. Egypt looked rattled and against the ropes, their desperate clearances the equivalent of a boxer gripping onto his opponent while trying to draw breath. The waves of attack kept coming and having knocked on the door for a sustained period of time, Uruguay finally opened the scoring as Gimenez rose highest to head home a cross from substitute Carlos Sanchez to secure the victory. Salah looked on despondently, Uruguay players rushed from the bench to celebrate their goal. In the end it was a just-about-deserved victory for Oscar Tabarez's side, but had Salah been available and Suarez actually turned up, this could have been oh so different. 3:33PM No Salah Credit: AP No Salah today but after what we've seen today and yesterday, I think he'll have a great time against Russia and Saudi Arabia. Egypt were solid defensively and need to rely on quick counter-attacks - there are few players better at exactly that than Salah. 3:15PM Uruguay's reaction to that goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES I think it's fairly safe to say they were excited. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 3:10PM Some more stats on Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay have won their opening match at a World Cup tournament for the first time since 1970, when they beat Israel. Egypt are still winless at the World Cup finals, failing to win five matches (D2 L3). José Giménez’s winning goal in the 90th minute was Uruguay’s latest winning goal in a World Cup match since Daniel Fonseca’s 92nd minute winner against South Korea in June 1990. Egypt have failed to score in each of their last three World Cup matches. Uruguay have won each of their last three World Cup group stage games with a goal scored in the last 10 minutes of matches. Three of Uruguay’s last four World Cup goals have been scored via headers – only three of their previous 22 World Cup goals had been headed. 3:05PM Tonight's match After Morocco vs Iran we've got Spain vs Portugal and it's going to be an absolute belter. Here are my tactical thoughts on each side ahead of the game: Spain World Cup tactics article Portugal World Cup tactics 3:03PM Bad stat for Egypt fans 5 - No African team has played as many World Cup games without winning a single one than Egypt (D2 L3). Hurdle. #EGYURU#EGY#WorldCup— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 3:00PM Who impressed Godin was Uruguay's best player, Cavani and Gimenez next, while Bentancur controlled the first half. Suarez was about a three out of a 10 - if that - and Egypt, as a whole, were really strong. No individual standouts but as a unit, they defended really well, broke forward as a team and were so close to getting a result. 2:57PM Great game That was really enjoyable. Two teams evenly matched but Uruguay had the quality and stamina to see it through - and deserved the win. But it's only the first game of the day! Next up is Morocco vs Iran. Follow it here with Ben Coles. 2:55PM FULL TIME That's it! Heartbreak for Egypt! Uruguay have a hard-earned three points! 2:55PM 90 mins +5 Egypt want an equaliser! Two crosses in a row into the box and now Uruguay look like they're in trouble. Hegazi fouls Suarez (who's looking for it...) and Suarez rolls around the floor a little bit. There are theatre groups less dramatic than Luis Suarez when he's trying to win a free-kick. 2:53PM 90 mins +4 Oh this isn't good. Trezeguet has gone down with cramp so bad he can hardly even walk. His legs are straight like Herman Munster as he's hauled off the turf and back to his feet. 2:51PM 90 mins +2 Uruguay keeping the ball now. Egypt are rocked by that goal - they've defended so well all game long but have really tired in the final part of this game. 2:48PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! GIMENEZ HAS SCORED! OOOHHHHH there it is! Egypt just couldn't hold on! A free-kick is hit in from wide right, Gimenez jumps higher than everyone else in the middle of the box and powers a header past the goalkeeper. Brilliant from the centre-back! Egypt 0 - 1 Uruguay (José Giménez, 90 min) 2:47PM 89 mins CAVANI HITS THE POST! The ball pings back off the upright and any of four Uruguay players can convert the rebound! But Suarez blocks it by being in the way! He's ruining everything today. Egypt are on the ropes, the heavyweight Uruguay are really taking the game to them here. 2:46PM 88 mins Ooooohhhhhhhhh free-kick on the edge of the area! Cavani is taken out by Fathy as he's about to run into the box. That could either be a game-saving move or it could end up with Uruguay hitting the back of the net. Torreira - Arsenal's new signing - is on for Vecino. Cavani stands over the free-kick. 2:45PM 87 mins Gimenez is the last man and absolutely nobody moves to give him the option for a pass. It's such poor movement and Egypt don't even have to try to win the ball back - Gimenez chips it forward and hands it back to them. That's Uruguay's period of pressure over then! Egypt are clearing their lines now. They want the 0-0. 2:43PM 85 mins Credit: AFP This photo more or less sums up Uruguay's match so far. They're pushing for a winner now. Another corner. 2:42PM 84 mins CAVANIIIIIIII! What a save! Wow. Where did that come from?! Suarez heads into Cavani, who hits on the volley and blooters the ball at rocket speed towards goal. El-Shenawy dives to his left and gets a strong palm behind it. The corner is rubbish. 2:41PM 82 mins Egypt win a turnover in their own half, break forwards... and hold the ball until reinforcements arrive. Elneny joins in, looks for a quick one-two but it doesn't come off. Then Elneny gets another shot at things and chips over the bar. No Mo Salah for us today - Egypt are making their final substitution. Warda comes off for Sobhy. 2:38PM 80 mins The break is on! Kahraba has the entire left wing to run into! He gets to the box, looks up and picks his pass... but Caceres stretches and blocks just before it becomes a massive problem. I'm not sure Varela has beaten the first man with any of his crosses from wide right. If he has they haven't been very good. 2:37PM 78 mins You know when you're playing Football Manager and your star player is on a 5 but you just don't want to take him off because you *know* all it takes is one chance and he'll make a difference? Suarez is around that at the moment. Every touch, pass, dribble... everything - none of it has worked. I think they put Alvaro Recoba on at some point. That'd be lovely. 2:35PM 76 mins Credit: FIFA Great play from Gimenez who takes a risk drawing in the Egyptian press but skips past it and sends Varela on his way. Varela has spent most of this half as a right winger. 2:32PM 73 mins Uruguay are leaving space at the back now as they look for a winner. Egypt hit the ball into that space, work the passing across the area and then a strike is smashed at goal from a tight angle! Muslera saves well at his near post and holds onto the ball. Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Ahmed Fathy, 72 min) SUAREZ IS IN! The pass comes in ahead of him, only the goalkeeper to beat! And it's as if he's waiting for someone to foul him! He just needs to jab that at goal and it's... a goal. Instead, he takes too long and the goalkeeper smothers. 2:29PM 71 mins Uruguay win a corner. Godin comes up. Egypt marking man to man... the ball lands with Cavani who swipes at it, hits Caceres in the general region of his hands/arms and the referee says free-kick. Seems harsh to me, I'm not sure what he's meant to do in that situation. 2:27PM 69 mins Uruguay get to the final third, slow right down... and Sanchez tries a hit from 25 yards which hits a defender. Martin Keown has just revealed that he would definitely have targeted Mo Salah, had he been playing against him today. "Of course I would have done. I once played against Ruud Gullit with a bandaged knee - it was like a dartboard for me!" 2:25PM 67 mins Rodriguez takes forever to decide what to do with the ball at his feet in the final third and Egypt easily win possession... then launch it long and concede once more. Egypt seem more in control of this game without the ball than they do with it! There's no movement in this Uruguay team, no purpose with the passing and they seem reluctant to really test the Egyptian defence. 2:24PM 65 mins Egypt vs Uruguay You can see here that Egypt are focusing their passes down the wide areas while Uruguay have made the majority of theirs in central positions. However, Uruguay have attempted way more crosses... which doesn't seem to make sense. Uruguay crosses Egypt are catching up now: Egypt crosses 2:21PM 63 mins It's really slow now. Egypt defending in a 4-4-2, the first line of press is the halfway line and the second is about 25 yards deeper than that. Uruguay cautiously approach the Egypt half, then reconsider things and pass backwards or sideways. Uruguay win a free-kick, hook it into the box... it's headed away and then Suarez is offside. What has happened to Suarez? 2:19PM 61 mins A three act tragedy: Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES 2:17PM 59 mins Change for Uruguay. Nandez off, Sanchez on and De Arrascaeta is replaced by Rodriguez. That might be a wee change of shape to a 4-2-3-1. 2:16PM 58 mins Varela gets high up the right, Nandez overlaps, passes back, goes wide, goes back... the passing's really predictable and Egypt just put 8million men behind the ball so there's nowhere to go... then spring a counter-attack. Now Uruguay drop deep. They need to put Suarez in the bin. He's been useless. He'd struggle to get in the Saudi Arabia team on this form. 2:14PM 55 mins Possession: Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay are attacking with more of a forward three now, with Nandez pushing high up the pitch on the right. Like a lopsided 4-4-2. 2:12PM 54 mins Suarez is still off the pace. It's his linkup play that's poor, waiting for the ball to arrive at his feet rather than moving towards it. Uruguay are forward now though... and Suarez has lost the ball on the edge of the box. 2:10PM 52 mins Morsy plays for Wigan... so he's not quite - perhaps - at the same international elite level as some of the Uruguay players but we'll see how he gets on. Hamed was played superbly before that and will be missed in the midfield. Uruguay are far more aggressive in this half and it's really working. Egypt have to keep kicking long and aren't keeping possession at all. 2:08PM 49 mins Disaster for Hamed. He's picked up an injury, being kneed right in the spine (one of the worst places to be kneed). His pals are signalling that this will probably be the end of his game... and he hobbles off the pitch. Morsy will come on to replace him. 2:05PM 47 mins It's a higher press from Uruguay now... and SUAREZ IS IN! Great move from Uruguay, Cavani plays in Suarez with a through-ball and the goalkeeper gets off his line quickly to block inside the six yard box! Early action! Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 46 min) 2:04PM KICK OFF 2 We're back! Egypt start the second half. 2:01PM Bentancur's first half We spoke about him before kick-off and sure enough, Bentancur has been excellent: Most interceptions: 5 Most passes completed: 42 Highest pass accuracy: 98% 1:59PM Inside the stadium Half time and have gone for a walk round the iconic temporary grandstands. Truly have never seen anything like it. pic.twitter.com/xWy90B84kS— Eli (@ElMengem) June 15, 2018 There's not a huge amount to see there but it is really impressive. 1:56PM Cavani can't get in the game 17 - Edinson Cavani had the fewest touches (17) of any Uruguay player in the first half, with none of those coming in the opposition's box. Restricted. #EGYURU#URU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXlby59phP— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 1:55PM Tac Tix Some halftime reading? Here's loads! World Cup 2018 tactics | JJ Bull analyses formations, line-ups and more This game is a battle of two deep defences. Uruguay are playing four central midfielders and lack a bit of width as a result but if they could just get their strikers into the game, and Suarez wasn't playing like he's broken, they'd be a lot better off. Honestly, if you'd bought this Suarez from a shop you'd be on your way back now to get a refund. 1:51PM This stadium is pretty crazy Ignore the empty seats - look at the amazing stand this place has. Ekaterinburg Arena: The crazy Russia World Cup 2018 stadium where you pay to sit outside to watch the football 1:48PM Team shapes Average touch positions (33 min) Uruguay aren't at it today. Strong words will be exchanged at half-time. 1:47PM HALF TIME Two pretty even teams! Egypt are organised, defending well and look menacing on the counter-attack, Uruguay should be 1-0 up and seem solid... but nothing like their usual selves. Suarez needs to have a word with himself - and actually, only Godin, Bentancur and Gimenez have really turned up here. 1:46PM 45 mins Uruguay come forward but the cross from wide right is poor and just hands possession back. Bentancur is having a really good game in the centre of midfield... but Suarez has lost the ball again. Pretty sure Suarez is on one of the downward arrows from Pro Evo games here. 1:44PM 43 mins Credit: REUTERS Look at all the empty seats. It's not nice :-( Uruguay are now looking for a way to score before half time and have Egypt pinned back. I think Egypt are happy with 0-0 at the moment, and that wall of defence is working extremely well. And now the counter-attack is on! Fathy comes down the right, crosses in... but the defence deal with it. 1:42PM 42 mins Warda goes for an overhead kick, misses the ball, falls to the ground then lies on the floor 'injured' until Uruguay break up their promising attack and put the ball out of play for him. Miraculously, he has recovered. Diagnosis: wounded pride. 1:41PM 40 mins Superb by Godin. He brings the ball out from the back on his own, dribbles past one man and gets all the way to the final third. He threads a through-pass into De Arrascaeta... whose first touch is embarrassing. Goal kick. 1:40PM 38 mins Good pressing by Egypt but Uruguay's passing has much improved and they are able to bring the ball out to the Egypt final third. Look at the defensive shape. What are you even supposed to do against that? They're really well organised. 1:36PM 36 mins There's quite a lot of empty seats in the stadium here... which is pretty surprising for the second game of the World Cup. Apparently tickets are expensive... almost as if not everyone can afford £300ish to watch 90 minutes of one sporting event. Who'd have thought it? FIFA are about as in-tune with the average human as I am to dolphins. 1:35PM 34 mins Credit: AFP You can see Suarez already running off to celebrate before he missed that chance earlier! Egypt vs Uruguay shots on goal 1:33PM 33 mins Suarez has lined up a free-kick 30 yards from goal. This will be one of those knuckle-ball attempts and having beaten himself up a minute ago for losing possession, maybe he'll be right on this one... Hits the wall. A lot of power in that one and it's hurt Trezeguet. 1:31PM 31 mins Oocha! Vecino goes for an early goal of the tournament attempt with a powerful drive from about 30 yards but it zips wide of the far post. Suarez has been awful so far. It's like he can't read the play at all - a pass towards him, he turns to chase and completely gives it away. It's as though he doesn't realise he isn't as fast as he was when he was 27 anymore and hasn't adjusted. 1:30PM 29 mins Uruguay look a little more comfortable on the ball now and are trying to make things happen in the final third. Egypt are in counter-attack mode but are sprinting forward to allow the team the chance to move up the pitch as a unit, rather than going for goal. Muslera grabs a cross out of the air and sends Uruguay on their way... but Suarez has given it away again. "He's not there mentally today," says Martin Keown. Godin has just gone absolutely nuts at his midfield for giving the ball away in their own half. He's had to clear up a few messes so far already. 1:27PM 27 mins It sounds like a few in the commentary area of the stadium thought that Suarez effort was a goal. To be fair, from where he was standing you'd expect him to convert it. Miss: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 24 min) 1:26PM 24 mins GOOOOOAAAAAL - oh that's a bad miss. Suarez has hit the side-netting from six yards! It's basically an open goal. Jonathan Pearce has done one of his classic misreadings of the situation. "He's disallowed it!" says the star of Robot Wars, when it's clearly not gone in the goal. I don’t understand much Russian, but I’m pretty sure by the tone that the TV commentator here thought that was in from Suarez and had been disallowed. He has my total sympathy. All been there!— Guy Mowbray (@Guymowbray) June 15, 2018 Still, Uruguay look dangerous from set pieces. 1:24PM 23 mins Fathi defends well in the corner but De Arrascaeta has a chance to get the ball in the box now for Uruguay's big men to attack. The goalkeeper punches... the ball goes back to the centre-circle... and is then launched wide back to the Uruguay number 10. Cavani takes over, skips the ball over one tackle and then fires a left-footed volley at goal! It hits the head of Gabr - otherwise that was heading towards goal! Another corner. 1:21PM 21 mins Uruguay's Rodrigo Bentancur, left, and Egypt's Amr Warda challenge for the ball Credit: AP Uruguay are being really sloppy in possession. Egypt are picking the ball off their feet at times and attacks are breaking down in the final third each time. Varela sprints down the right wing and Gimenez tries a direct pass into the space ahead of him. Goal kick. 1:19PM 19 mins Said skins Bentancur near the box but throws himself to the ground looking for a free-kick. A clear dive and a stupid one at that - he was about to dribble into the penalty area. Why go down? Uruguay come forward again but Egypt drop deep, holding a line on the 18 yard box and denying any space. 1:18PM 17 mins The free-kick is chipped in though - no shot - and Hegazi tries to head back across goal. Uruguay are massive, strong and organised though and easily see it out for a goal kick. Decent start to this game by Egypt though - they're really taking the game to Uruguay. Egypt vs Uruguay 1:16PM 16 mins The crowd roars as the stadium TV screens cut to pictures of Mo Salah sitting on the bench. I think the Egyptian fans like him. Warda wins a free-kick 25 yards out - this is a great position to shoot from... 1:15PM 14 mins Uruguay's defensive shape a pretty obvious 4-4-2. Cavani is dropping deeper at times though to make it a 4-4-1-1 - Suarez primed to chase anything that gets hit into space ahead of him. The ball is moved through the lines by Uruguay's passing, Varela is wide right and passes inside to Suarez. He's unmarked! But his shot is poor and well wide. 1:13PM 12 mins Egypt win a free-kick, Uruguay defend nervously and the header by Varela is hit into a central area. You're not supposed to that! Elneny thinks about hitting a volley, can't quite get there in time, so goes for a one-two, then Trezeguet forces his way into the box chasing the bouncing ball and gets a snap shot away. Muslera saves low. 1:10PM 9 mins CAVANIIIII tries an effort from distance but it's easy for the goalkeeper to save. He'll just be calibrating his shooting with that one. 1:09PM 8 mins Great passing from Uruguay. They work the ball quickly with one touch passes and some excellent movement off the ball but Egypt drop back and head clear. 1:06PM 6 mins Decent attack for Egypt. They break the midfield line with a pass between two Uruguay players and Trezeguet wins a throw-in near the corner flag. Caceres is fortunate to get away from Warda with the ball after some clumsy dribbling... but Suarez tries to switch the play and ends up booting it directly to the goalkeeper. Egypt are pressing the Uruguay defence high up the pitch. 1:04PM 4 mins Varela, ex of Manchester United, has seen a bit of the ball on the Uruguay right so far. Egypt now look to keep possession for a bit, Uruguay press near the centre-circle but are mostly behind the halfway line. Cavani stretches to go into a tackle early on and goes down in some pain. Let's hope he hasn't twisted his ankle. The replay seems to suggest he's alright. 1:02PM 2 mins Uruguay get us started, pass back to the defence and then kick it long... then win possession back straight away. Egypt sitting deep to block forward passes but you'd expect Uruguay to try and just get everyone a touch of the ball early on to get them calmed down. 1:01PM KICK OFF HERE WE GO! 12:57PM Starting lineups Uruguay should be in a 4-4-2 diamond, Egypt are a fairly conventional 4-2-3-1. 12:55PM National anthems Both of these are superb. 12:54PM Players in the tunnel Can you even imagine how nervous these guys are? The crowd is pumped too. And here they come out onto the pitch! Kick-off is five minutes away! 12:50PM The Uruguay manager 4 - This is Uruguay's manager ���� Oscar Tabárez’s fourth World Cup appearance (after 1990, 2010 and 2014); more than any other manager at this year’s tournament. Boss. #EGYURU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXxCJIcCeN— OptaJean (@OptaJean) June 15, 2018 12:48PM Egypt have been fasting for Ramadan Could this affect their chances? An imam tells a BBC investigator: "There are exceptions. The World Cup is in Russia, they're travelling to Russia, so they don't need to fast while they're playing." Many players do still choose to fast. "There's quite a drop in performance, up to 25 per cent," says an expert on the field. A lot of it is to do with temperament apparently. Hangar. 12:43PM Today's stadium Ekaterinburg Stadium It looks absolutely brilliant inside. Doesn't it make you want to go out and run around on the pitch? It's so green! Credit: GETTY IMAGES And a handy little graphic for you. World Cup 2018 stadium: Ekaterinburg Arena 12:40PM The modern football fan How do you consume your football news? Do you do it... on Whatsapp? Well you can now! Personally, I'm a big fan of this. World Cup whatsapp promo Loads of interesting things get sent your way and it's dead easy to set up. 12:33PM BBC titles One of the best thing about the World Cup is finding out what the themed intros from the TV stations will be. ITV did well yesterday but now it's time for the old BBC to show them how it's done. It's a dance music-led intro with lots of clever little computer graphic transitions showing things around Russia, nothing too extravagant... and it's short. And now an Egyptian themed VT to get things rolling. Gary Linieker says: "The Pharoahs are back in a World Cup for the first time in 28 years" and we're off! 12:24PM Stay up to date We've got so many great things to keep you up to date and informed this World Cup, and one of the best of them is our newsletter. Sign up for some lovely reading to help the time pass a little easier between games. 12:15PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:09PM Arsenal's new Uruguayan signing Who is he? Why did they buy him? How much?! Torreira puff Dan Zeqiri has the answers. 12:05PM Who to watch for Uruguay ���� @RodriiBentancur prepares to become our first ���� to take part in #WorldCup 2018 as #TeamUruguay face Egypt, buena suerte! ��#JuveWorldCup#ForzaJuvepic.twitter.com/Ko7TiEmVUA— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 15, 2018 You know about Suarez and Cavani but Uruguay are (almost) equally strong in defence as well. Godin and Gimenez are a powerful centre-back duo (who both play for Atletico Madrid too...) while Fernando Muslera is a reliable goalkeeper. Caceres, the left-back, plays for Lazio and isn't bad either. There is one player who could really make a name for himself this summer, and that is Rodrigo Bentancur. He's a midfielder who plays for Juventus, who used to be a wide right but now acts as either a holding midfielder or advanced playmaker. He sees the game really well and is composed in possession and at 20-years-old, is expected to achieve big things. Bentancur is dead cheap on Fantasy Football too - stick him in your team if you need to save some cash and can't figure out where! 11:58AM There he is Credit: AP Egypt are an OK team but Salah is by far and away the best player. Trezeguet is a promising forward who can play on the left or right of attack, Ahmed Hegazi is a thoroughly underrated centre-back (the same one who plays for West Brom) and Mohamed Elneny is the next best. He might not have played an awful lot for Arsenal but he's absolutely superb at keeping things ticking over in midfield, winning the ball back and linking passes. Apart from those three... there's not an awful lot for Uruguay to worry about. I'd expect a cagey start from the Egyptians. Credit: AP 11:47AM Liverpool lending support to Mr Salah Good luck to @MoSalah as his #EGY side start their #WorldCup campaign this afternoon. �� pic.twitter.com/KZq1Mp7CRm— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 15, 2018 Of course, this is not the only ex-Liverpool favourite on show today. Luis Suarez is playing his first World Cup game since he tried to eat Giorgio Chiellini during a match against Italy in Brazil back in 2014. 11:44AM Pre-match buildup Credit: REUTERS The fanzones at these types of tournaments are always so, so, so fun and the photos for everyone building up to this one look exactly the same. It's a lovely day outside the Ekaterinburg Arena (and I suspect probably the same inside it too) and I am thoroughly jealous of everyone in these photos. Credit: REUTERS And just as an added bonus, here's a happy doggo for you to enjoy. Credit: REUTERS 11:38AM Starting lineups Egypt (4-2-3-1) Elshenawy; Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdelshafy; Elneny, Hamed; Warda, Said, Trezeguet; Mohsen Uruguay (4-3-1-2) Muslera, Varela, Godin, Gimenez, Caceres, Nandez, Bentancur, Vecino, De Arrascaeta, Suarez, Cavani 11:31AM Happy World Cup Friday to you Hello everyone! Are you excited too? It's Friday, there are three World Cup games to watch - THREE - and the first features some of the best players on the planet. Diego Godin, Luis Suarez (well, maybe not anymore...), Edinson Cavani and even Egypt have some lad who's meant to be pretty tidy too. #EGYURU | Alineación confirmada de @Uruguay para el encuentro que disputará ante @Pharaohs a la hora 9 (Uy) por la 1a fecha del Grupo A de #Rusia2018.#ElEquipoQueNosUnepic.twitter.com/LVE4q5kSJg— Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) June 15, 2018 Speaking of that lad, who is of course, Mo Salah, and he has made it onto the bench for today's game! إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة اليوم �� @Uruguay#روسيا2018#ThePharaohs#egypic.twitter.com/3p5NDudg7A— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 15, 2018 I'd imagine he'll only actually play the final few minutes to get some match fitness but could be thrown on at some time in the second half if the game is tight and Egypt reckon they can grab a point or three. That said, we don't know yet if he is actually on the team sheet but team news should be in extremely shortly. Disappointingly, we won't be forced to listen to 'Robbie Williams's greatest hits, featuring Opera Lady' today and instead there will be no grand ceremony. Only football. Football football football. And whoever wins the football must know they have a massive chance of qualifying for the knock-out stages. Russia put five past Saudi Arabia, who are probably the worst team I've ever seen play in an international tournament, and really aren't up to much. If today's match ends up as a draw, I could see both Egypt and Uruguay finishing in the top two slots. If not - and it's most likely that Uruguay win - Egypt's match against Russia will be enormous. Stay with us for all the updates and action from today's match! It's going to be brilliant.
World Cup 2018: Jose Gimenez grabs late winner for Uruguay to break Egyptian hearts
A Jose Gimenez header on the verge of 90 minutes gave Uruguay a hard-fought 1-0 win over Egypt at the Yekaterinburg Arena, as what could have been a tale of two strikers was decided by a centre-back. There were high hopes for the Egyptians before kick-off as birthday boy Mohamed Salah was named among the substitutes, having recovered ahead of schedule from an injury sustained in the Champions League final. Every single time his face was shown on the big screens around the stadium the noise levels amplified, but Hector Cuper remained unswayed by emotion and stayed resolute in his decision making. Salah has other, more winnable fights to be prepared for, and keeping Egypt's star player rested may prove to be the right one going forward, especially considering how vulnerable Saudi Arabia looked on Thursday and how average Russia should prove to be. Another (now ex) star of Liverpool was instead the focus of much of this game and not for good reason. Luis Suarez summed up Uruguay's struggles to find anything like cohesion or fluency with an awful performance, losing possession all over the pitch, passing to the wrong people and hitting the side netting in the first half when it looked easier to score. Later, with only the goalkeeper to beat, Suarez held on the ball for too long and allowed goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shenawy the opportunity to smother inside the six yard box. For the umpteenth time in the game, Suarez berated himself, apparently unsure as to how just why nothing he attempted was working. If Egypt missed Salah, Uruguay were actively hindered by the presence of their misfiring Suarez imposter. Suarez misses a great chance inside the six yard box Credit: REUTERS Egypt frustrated Uruguay with a deep defensive line, staying compact, dealing with danger competently and threatening on the counter-attack but as they grew tired towards the end, Uruguay showed their quality and slowly squeezed the neck of the game. Edison Cavani came closest to breaking the deadlock with a curling free-kick in the 87th minute that came back off the post - the rebound blocked by Suarez against his own teammates - before a free-kick wide right resulted in the deadlock being broken. Egypt looked rattled and against the ropes, their desperate clearances the equivalent of a boxer gripping onto his opponent while trying to draw breath. The waves of attack kept coming and having knocked on the door for a sustained period of time, Uruguay finally opened the scoring as Gimenez rose highest to head home a cross from substitute Carlos Sanchez to secure the victory. Salah looked on despondently, Uruguay players rushed from the bench to celebrate their goal. In the end it was a just-about-deserved victory for Oscar Tabarez's side, but had Salah been available and Suarez actually turned up, this could have been oh so different. 3:33PM No Salah Credit: AP No Salah today but after what we've seen today and yesterday, I think he'll have a great time against Russia and Saudi Arabia. Egypt were solid defensively and need to rely on quick counter-attacks - there are few players better at exactly that than Salah. 3:15PM Uruguay's reaction to that goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES I think it's fairly safe to say they were excited. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 3:10PM Some more stats on Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay have won their opening match at a World Cup tournament for the first time since 1970, when they beat Israel. Egypt are still winless at the World Cup finals, failing to win five matches (D2 L3). José Giménez’s winning goal in the 90th minute was Uruguay’s latest winning goal in a World Cup match since Daniel Fonseca’s 92nd minute winner against South Korea in June 1990. Egypt have failed to score in each of their last three World Cup matches. Uruguay have won each of their last three World Cup group stage games with a goal scored in the last 10 minutes of matches. Three of Uruguay’s last four World Cup goals have been scored via headers – only three of their previous 22 World Cup goals had been headed. 3:05PM Tonight's match After Morocco vs Iran we've got Spain vs Portugal and it's going to be an absolute belter. Here are my tactical thoughts on each side ahead of the game: Spain World Cup tactics article Portugal World Cup tactics 3:03PM Bad stat for Egypt fans 5 - No African team has played as many World Cup games without winning a single one than Egypt (D2 L3). Hurdle. #EGYURU#EGY#WorldCup— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 3:00PM Who impressed Godin was Uruguay's best player, Cavani and Gimenez next, while Bentancur controlled the first half. Suarez was about a three out of a 10 - if that - and Egypt, as a whole, were really strong. No individual standouts but as a unit, they defended really well, broke forward as a team and were so close to getting a result. 2:57PM Great game That was really enjoyable. Two teams evenly matched but Uruguay had the quality and stamina to see it through - and deserved the win. But it's only the first game of the day! Next up is Morocco vs Iran. Follow it here with Ben Coles. 2:55PM FULL TIME That's it! Heartbreak for Egypt! Uruguay have a hard-earned three points! 2:55PM 90 mins +5 Egypt want an equaliser! Two crosses in a row into the box and now Uruguay look like they're in trouble. Hegazi fouls Suarez (who's looking for it...) and Suarez rolls around the floor a little bit. There are theatre groups less dramatic than Luis Suarez when he's trying to win a free-kick. 2:53PM 90 mins +4 Oh this isn't good. Trezeguet has gone down with cramp so bad he can hardly even walk. His legs are straight like Herman Munster as he's hauled off the turf and back to his feet. 2:51PM 90 mins +2 Uruguay keeping the ball now. Egypt are rocked by that goal - they've defended so well all game long but have really tired in the final part of this game. 2:48PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! GIMENEZ HAS SCORED! OOOHHHHH there it is! Egypt just couldn't hold on! A free-kick is hit in from wide right, Gimenez jumps higher than everyone else in the middle of the box and powers a header past the goalkeeper. Brilliant from the centre-back! Egypt 0 - 1 Uruguay (José Giménez, 90 min) 2:47PM 89 mins CAVANI HITS THE POST! The ball pings back off the upright and any of four Uruguay players can convert the rebound! But Suarez blocks it by being in the way! He's ruining everything today. Egypt are on the ropes, the heavyweight Uruguay are really taking the game to them here. 2:46PM 88 mins Ooooohhhhhhhhh free-kick on the edge of the area! Cavani is taken out by Fathy as he's about to run into the box. That could either be a game-saving move or it could end up with Uruguay hitting the back of the net. Torreira - Arsenal's new signing - is on for Vecino. Cavani stands over the free-kick. 2:45PM 87 mins Gimenez is the last man and absolutely nobody moves to give him the option for a pass. It's such poor movement and Egypt don't even have to try to win the ball back - Gimenez chips it forward and hands it back to them. That's Uruguay's period of pressure over then! Egypt are clearing their lines now. They want the 0-0. 2:43PM 85 mins Credit: AFP This photo more or less sums up Uruguay's match so far. They're pushing for a winner now. Another corner. 2:42PM 84 mins CAVANIIIIIIII! What a save! Wow. Where did that come from?! Suarez heads into Cavani, who hits on the volley and blooters the ball at rocket speed towards goal. El-Shenawy dives to his left and gets a strong palm behind it. The corner is rubbish. 2:41PM 82 mins Egypt win a turnover in their own half, break forwards... and hold the ball until reinforcements arrive. Elneny joins in, looks for a quick one-two but it doesn't come off. Then Elneny gets another shot at things and chips over the bar. No Mo Salah for us today - Egypt are making their final substitution. Warda comes off for Sobhy. 2:38PM 80 mins The break is on! Kahraba has the entire left wing to run into! He gets to the box, looks up and picks his pass... but Caceres stretches and blocks just before it becomes a massive problem. I'm not sure Varela has beaten the first man with any of his crosses from wide right. If he has they haven't been very good. 2:37PM 78 mins You know when you're playing Football Manager and your star player is on a 5 but you just don't want to take him off because you *know* all it takes is one chance and he'll make a difference? Suarez is around that at the moment. Every touch, pass, dribble... everything - none of it has worked. I think they put Alvaro Recoba on at some point. That'd be lovely. 2:35PM 76 mins Credit: FIFA Great play from Gimenez who takes a risk drawing in the Egyptian press but skips past it and sends Varela on his way. Varela has spent most of this half as a right winger. 2:32PM 73 mins Uruguay are leaving space at the back now as they look for a winner. Egypt hit the ball into that space, work the passing across the area and then a strike is smashed at goal from a tight angle! Muslera saves well at his near post and holds onto the ball. Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Ahmed Fathy, 72 min) SUAREZ IS IN! The pass comes in ahead of him, only the goalkeeper to beat! And it's as if he's waiting for someone to foul him! He just needs to jab that at goal and it's... a goal. Instead, he takes too long and the goalkeeper smothers. 2:29PM 71 mins Uruguay win a corner. Godin comes up. Egypt marking man to man... the ball lands with Cavani who swipes at it, hits Caceres in the general region of his hands/arms and the referee says free-kick. Seems harsh to me, I'm not sure what he's meant to do in that situation. 2:27PM 69 mins Uruguay get to the final third, slow right down... and Sanchez tries a hit from 25 yards which hits a defender. Martin Keown has just revealed that he would definitely have targeted Mo Salah, had he been playing against him today. "Of course I would have done. I once played against Ruud Gullit with a bandaged knee - it was like a dartboard for me!" 2:25PM 67 mins Rodriguez takes forever to decide what to do with the ball at his feet in the final third and Egypt easily win possession... then launch it long and concede once more. Egypt seem more in control of this game without the ball than they do with it! There's no movement in this Uruguay team, no purpose with the passing and they seem reluctant to really test the Egyptian defence. 2:24PM 65 mins Egypt vs Uruguay You can see here that Egypt are focusing their passes down the wide areas while Uruguay have made the majority of theirs in central positions. However, Uruguay have attempted way more crosses... which doesn't seem to make sense. Uruguay crosses Egypt are catching up now: Egypt crosses 2:21PM 63 mins It's really slow now. Egypt defending in a 4-4-2, the first line of press is the halfway line and the second is about 25 yards deeper than that. Uruguay cautiously approach the Egypt half, then reconsider things and pass backwards or sideways. Uruguay win a free-kick, hook it into the box... it's headed away and then Suarez is offside. What has happened to Suarez? 2:19PM 61 mins A three act tragedy: Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES 2:17PM 59 mins Change for Uruguay. Nandez off, Sanchez on and De Arrascaeta is replaced by Rodriguez. That might be a wee change of shape to a 4-2-3-1. 2:16PM 58 mins Varela gets high up the right, Nandez overlaps, passes back, goes wide, goes back... the passing's really predictable and Egypt just put 8million men behind the ball so there's nowhere to go... then spring a counter-attack. Now Uruguay drop deep. They need to put Suarez in the bin. He's been useless. He'd struggle to get in the Saudi Arabia team on this form. 2:14PM 55 mins Possession: Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay are attacking with more of a forward three now, with Nandez pushing high up the pitch on the right. Like a lopsided 4-4-2. 2:12PM 54 mins Suarez is still off the pace. It's his linkup play that's poor, waiting for the ball to arrive at his feet rather than moving towards it. Uruguay are forward now though... and Suarez has lost the ball on the edge of the box. 2:10PM 52 mins Morsy plays for Wigan... so he's not quite - perhaps - at the same international elite level as some of the Uruguay players but we'll see how he gets on. Hamed was played superbly before that and will be missed in the midfield. Uruguay are far more aggressive in this half and it's really working. Egypt have to keep kicking long and aren't keeping possession at all. 2:08PM 49 mins Disaster for Hamed. He's picked up an injury, being kneed right in the spine (one of the worst places to be kneed). His pals are signalling that this will probably be the end of his game... and he hobbles off the pitch. Morsy will come on to replace him. 2:05PM 47 mins It's a higher press from Uruguay now... and SUAREZ IS IN! Great move from Uruguay, Cavani plays in Suarez with a through-ball and the goalkeeper gets off his line quickly to block inside the six yard box! Early action! Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 46 min) 2:04PM KICK OFF 2 We're back! Egypt start the second half. 2:01PM Bentancur's first half We spoke about him before kick-off and sure enough, Bentancur has been excellent: Most interceptions: 5 Most passes completed: 42 Highest pass accuracy: 98% 1:59PM Inside the stadium Half time and have gone for a walk round the iconic temporary grandstands. Truly have never seen anything like it. pic.twitter.com/xWy90B84kS— Eli (@ElMengem) June 15, 2018 There's not a huge amount to see there but it is really impressive. 1:56PM Cavani can't get in the game 17 - Edinson Cavani had the fewest touches (17) of any Uruguay player in the first half, with none of those coming in the opposition's box. Restricted. #EGYURU#URU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXlby59phP— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 1:55PM Tac Tix Some halftime reading? Here's loads! World Cup 2018 tactics | JJ Bull analyses formations, line-ups and more This game is a battle of two deep defences. Uruguay are playing four central midfielders and lack a bit of width as a result but if they could just get their strikers into the game, and Suarez wasn't playing like he's broken, they'd be a lot better off. Honestly, if you'd bought this Suarez from a shop you'd be on your way back now to get a refund. 1:51PM This stadium is pretty crazy Ignore the empty seats - look at the amazing stand this place has. Ekaterinburg Arena: The crazy Russia World Cup 2018 stadium where you pay to sit outside to watch the football 1:48PM Team shapes Average touch positions (33 min) Uruguay aren't at it today. Strong words will be exchanged at half-time. 1:47PM HALF TIME Two pretty even teams! Egypt are organised, defending well and look menacing on the counter-attack, Uruguay should be 1-0 up and seem solid... but nothing like their usual selves. Suarez needs to have a word with himself - and actually, only Godin, Bentancur and Gimenez have really turned up here. 1:46PM 45 mins Uruguay come forward but the cross from wide right is poor and just hands possession back. Bentancur is having a really good game in the centre of midfield... but Suarez has lost the ball again. Pretty sure Suarez is on one of the downward arrows from Pro Evo games here. 1:44PM 43 mins Credit: REUTERS Look at all the empty seats. It's not nice :-( Uruguay are now looking for a way to score before half time and have Egypt pinned back. I think Egypt are happy with 0-0 at the moment, and that wall of defence is working extremely well. And now the counter-attack is on! Fathy comes down the right, crosses in... but the defence deal with it. 1:42PM 42 mins Warda goes for an overhead kick, misses the ball, falls to the ground then lies on the floor 'injured' until Uruguay break up their promising attack and put the ball out of play for him. Miraculously, he has recovered. Diagnosis: wounded pride. 1:41PM 40 mins Superb by Godin. He brings the ball out from the back on his own, dribbles past one man and gets all the way to the final third. He threads a through-pass into De Arrascaeta... whose first touch is embarrassing. Goal kick. 1:40PM 38 mins Good pressing by Egypt but Uruguay's passing has much improved and they are able to bring the ball out to the Egypt final third. Look at the defensive shape. What are you even supposed to do against that? They're really well organised. 1:36PM 36 mins There's quite a lot of empty seats in the stadium here... which is pretty surprising for the second game of the World Cup. Apparently tickets are expensive... almost as if not everyone can afford £300ish to watch 90 minutes of one sporting event. Who'd have thought it? FIFA are about as in-tune with the average human as I am to dolphins. 1:35PM 34 mins Credit: AFP You can see Suarez already running off to celebrate before he missed that chance earlier! Egypt vs Uruguay shots on goal 1:33PM 33 mins Suarez has lined up a free-kick 30 yards from goal. This will be one of those knuckle-ball attempts and having beaten himself up a minute ago for losing possession, maybe he'll be right on this one... Hits the wall. A lot of power in that one and it's hurt Trezeguet. 1:31PM 31 mins Oocha! Vecino goes for an early goal of the tournament attempt with a powerful drive from about 30 yards but it zips wide of the far post. Suarez has been awful so far. It's like he can't read the play at all - a pass towards him, he turns to chase and completely gives it away. It's as though he doesn't realise he isn't as fast as he was when he was 27 anymore and hasn't adjusted. 1:30PM 29 mins Uruguay look a little more comfortable on the ball now and are trying to make things happen in the final third. Egypt are in counter-attack mode but are sprinting forward to allow the team the chance to move up the pitch as a unit, rather than going for goal. Muslera grabs a cross out of the air and sends Uruguay on their way... but Suarez has given it away again. "He's not there mentally today," says Martin Keown. Godin has just gone absolutely nuts at his midfield for giving the ball away in their own half. He's had to clear up a few messes so far already. 1:27PM 27 mins It sounds like a few in the commentary area of the stadium thought that Suarez effort was a goal. To be fair, from where he was standing you'd expect him to convert it. Miss: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 24 min) 1:26PM 24 mins GOOOOOAAAAAL - oh that's a bad miss. Suarez has hit the side-netting from six yards! It's basically an open goal. Jonathan Pearce has done one of his classic misreadings of the situation. "He's disallowed it!" says the star of Robot Wars, when it's clearly not gone in the goal. I don’t understand much Russian, but I’m pretty sure by the tone that the TV commentator here thought that was in from Suarez and had been disallowed. He has my total sympathy. All been there!— Guy Mowbray (@Guymowbray) June 15, 2018 Still, Uruguay look dangerous from set pieces. 1:24PM 23 mins Fathi defends well in the corner but De Arrascaeta has a chance to get the ball in the box now for Uruguay's big men to attack. The goalkeeper punches... the ball goes back to the centre-circle... and is then launched wide back to the Uruguay number 10. Cavani takes over, skips the ball over one tackle and then fires a left-footed volley at goal! It hits the head of Gabr - otherwise that was heading towards goal! Another corner. 1:21PM 21 mins Uruguay's Rodrigo Bentancur, left, and Egypt's Amr Warda challenge for the ball Credit: AP Uruguay are being really sloppy in possession. Egypt are picking the ball off their feet at times and attacks are breaking down in the final third each time. Varela sprints down the right wing and Gimenez tries a direct pass into the space ahead of him. Goal kick. 1:19PM 19 mins Said skins Bentancur near the box but throws himself to the ground looking for a free-kick. A clear dive and a stupid one at that - he was about to dribble into the penalty area. Why go down? Uruguay come forward again but Egypt drop deep, holding a line on the 18 yard box and denying any space. 1:18PM 17 mins The free-kick is chipped in though - no shot - and Hegazi tries to head back across goal. Uruguay are massive, strong and organised though and easily see it out for a goal kick. Decent start to this game by Egypt though - they're really taking the game to Uruguay. Egypt vs Uruguay 1:16PM 16 mins The crowd roars as the stadium TV screens cut to pictures of Mo Salah sitting on the bench. I think the Egyptian fans like him. Warda wins a free-kick 25 yards out - this is a great position to shoot from... 1:15PM 14 mins Uruguay's defensive shape a pretty obvious 4-4-2. Cavani is dropping deeper at times though to make it a 4-4-1-1 - Suarez primed to chase anything that gets hit into space ahead of him. The ball is moved through the lines by Uruguay's passing, Varela is wide right and passes inside to Suarez. He's unmarked! But his shot is poor and well wide. 1:13PM 12 mins Egypt win a free-kick, Uruguay defend nervously and the header by Varela is hit into a central area. You're not supposed to that! Elneny thinks about hitting a volley, can't quite get there in time, so goes for a one-two, then Trezeguet forces his way into the box chasing the bouncing ball and gets a snap shot away. Muslera saves low. 1:10PM 9 mins CAVANIIIII tries an effort from distance but it's easy for the goalkeeper to save. He'll just be calibrating his shooting with that one. 1:09PM 8 mins Great passing from Uruguay. They work the ball quickly with one touch passes and some excellent movement off the ball but Egypt drop back and head clear. 1:06PM 6 mins Decent attack for Egypt. They break the midfield line with a pass between two Uruguay players and Trezeguet wins a throw-in near the corner flag. Caceres is fortunate to get away from Warda with the ball after some clumsy dribbling... but Suarez tries to switch the play and ends up booting it directly to the goalkeeper. Egypt are pressing the Uruguay defence high up the pitch. 1:04PM 4 mins Varela, ex of Manchester United, has seen a bit of the ball on the Uruguay right so far. Egypt now look to keep possession for a bit, Uruguay press near the centre-circle but are mostly behind the halfway line. Cavani stretches to go into a tackle early on and goes down in some pain. Let's hope he hasn't twisted his ankle. The replay seems to suggest he's alright. 1:02PM 2 mins Uruguay get us started, pass back to the defence and then kick it long... then win possession back straight away. Egypt sitting deep to block forward passes but you'd expect Uruguay to try and just get everyone a touch of the ball early on to get them calmed down. 1:01PM KICK OFF HERE WE GO! 12:57PM Starting lineups Uruguay should be in a 4-4-2 diamond, Egypt are a fairly conventional 4-2-3-1. 12:55PM National anthems Both of these are superb. 12:54PM Players in the tunnel Can you even imagine how nervous these guys are? The crowd is pumped too. And here they come out onto the pitch! Kick-off is five minutes away! 12:50PM The Uruguay manager 4 - This is Uruguay's manager ���� Oscar Tabárez’s fourth World Cup appearance (after 1990, 2010 and 2014); more than any other manager at this year’s tournament. Boss. #EGYURU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXxCJIcCeN— OptaJean (@OptaJean) June 15, 2018 12:48PM Egypt have been fasting for Ramadan Could this affect their chances? An imam tells a BBC investigator: "There are exceptions. The World Cup is in Russia, they're travelling to Russia, so they don't need to fast while they're playing." Many players do still choose to fast. "There's quite a drop in performance, up to 25 per cent," says an expert on the field. A lot of it is to do with temperament apparently. Hangar. 12:43PM Today's stadium Ekaterinburg Stadium It looks absolutely brilliant inside. Doesn't it make you want to go out and run around on the pitch? It's so green! Credit: GETTY IMAGES And a handy little graphic for you. World Cup 2018 stadium: Ekaterinburg Arena 12:40PM The modern football fan How do you consume your football news? Do you do it... on Whatsapp? Well you can now! Personally, I'm a big fan of this. World Cup whatsapp promo Loads of interesting things get sent your way and it's dead easy to set up. 12:33PM BBC titles One of the best thing about the World Cup is finding out what the themed intros from the TV stations will be. ITV did well yesterday but now it's time for the old BBC to show them how it's done. It's a dance music-led intro with lots of clever little computer graphic transitions showing things around Russia, nothing too extravagant... and it's short. And now an Egyptian themed VT to get things rolling. Gary Linieker says: "The Pharoahs are back in a World Cup for the first time in 28 years" and we're off! 12:24PM Stay up to date We've got so many great things to keep you up to date and informed this World Cup, and one of the best of them is our newsletter. Sign up for some lovely reading to help the time pass a little easier between games. 12:15PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:09PM Arsenal's new Uruguayan signing Who is he? Why did they buy him? How much?! Torreira puff Dan Zeqiri has the answers. 12:05PM Who to watch for Uruguay ���� @RodriiBentancur prepares to become our first ���� to take part in #WorldCup 2018 as #TeamUruguay face Egypt, buena suerte! ��#JuveWorldCup#ForzaJuvepic.twitter.com/Ko7TiEmVUA— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 15, 2018 You know about Suarez and Cavani but Uruguay are (almost) equally strong in defence as well. Godin and Gimenez are a powerful centre-back duo (who both play for Atletico Madrid too...) while Fernando Muslera is a reliable goalkeeper. Caceres, the left-back, plays for Lazio and isn't bad either. There is one player who could really make a name for himself this summer, and that is Rodrigo Bentancur. He's a midfielder who plays for Juventus, who used to be a wide right but now acts as either a holding midfielder or advanced playmaker. He sees the game really well and is composed in possession and at 20-years-old, is expected to achieve big things. Bentancur is dead cheap on Fantasy Football too - stick him in your team if you need to save some cash and can't figure out where! 11:58AM There he is Credit: AP Egypt are an OK team but Salah is by far and away the best player. Trezeguet is a promising forward who can play on the left or right of attack, Ahmed Hegazi is a thoroughly underrated centre-back (the same one who plays for West Brom) and Mohamed Elneny is the next best. He might not have played an awful lot for Arsenal but he's absolutely superb at keeping things ticking over in midfield, winning the ball back and linking passes. Apart from those three... there's not an awful lot for Uruguay to worry about. I'd expect a cagey start from the Egyptians. Credit: AP 11:47AM Liverpool lending support to Mr Salah Good luck to @MoSalah as his #EGY side start their #WorldCup campaign this afternoon. �� pic.twitter.com/KZq1Mp7CRm— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 15, 2018 Of course, this is not the only ex-Liverpool favourite on show today. Luis Suarez is playing his first World Cup game since he tried to eat Giorgio Chiellini during a match against Italy in Brazil back in 2014. 11:44AM Pre-match buildup Credit: REUTERS The fanzones at these types of tournaments are always so, so, so fun and the photos for everyone building up to this one look exactly the same. It's a lovely day outside the Ekaterinburg Arena (and I suspect probably the same inside it too) and I am thoroughly jealous of everyone in these photos. Credit: REUTERS And just as an added bonus, here's a happy doggo for you to enjoy. Credit: REUTERS 11:38AM Starting lineups Egypt (4-2-3-1) Elshenawy; Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdelshafy; Elneny, Hamed; Warda, Said, Trezeguet; Mohsen Uruguay (4-3-1-2) Muslera, Varela, Godin, Gimenez, Caceres, Nandez, Bentancur, Vecino, De Arrascaeta, Suarez, Cavani 11:31AM Happy World Cup Friday to you Hello everyone! Are you excited too? It's Friday, there are three World Cup games to watch - THREE - and the first features some of the best players on the planet. Diego Godin, Luis Suarez (well, maybe not anymore...), Edinson Cavani and even Egypt have some lad who's meant to be pretty tidy too. #EGYURU | Alineación confirmada de @Uruguay para el encuentro que disputará ante @Pharaohs a la hora 9 (Uy) por la 1a fecha del Grupo A de #Rusia2018.#ElEquipoQueNosUnepic.twitter.com/LVE4q5kSJg— Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) June 15, 2018 Speaking of that lad, who is of course, Mo Salah, and he has made it onto the bench for today's game! إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة اليوم �� @Uruguay#روسيا2018#ThePharaohs#egypic.twitter.com/3p5NDudg7A— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 15, 2018 I'd imagine he'll only actually play the final few minutes to get some match fitness but could be thrown on at some time in the second half if the game is tight and Egypt reckon they can grab a point or three. That said, we don't know yet if he is actually on the team sheet but team news should be in extremely shortly. Disappointingly, we won't be forced to listen to 'Robbie Williams's greatest hits, featuring Opera Lady' today and instead there will be no grand ceremony. Only football. Football football football. And whoever wins the football must know they have a massive chance of qualifying for the knock-out stages. Russia put five past Saudi Arabia, who are probably the worst team I've ever seen play in an international tournament, and really aren't up to much. If today's match ends up as a draw, I could see both Egypt and Uruguay finishing in the top two slots. If not - and it's most likely that Uruguay win - Egypt's match against Russia will be enormous. Stay with us for all the updates and action from today's match! It's going to be brilliant.
A Jose Gimenez header on the verge of 90 minutes gave Uruguay a hard-fought 1-0 win over Egypt at the Yekaterinburg Arena, as what could have been a tale of two strikers was decided by a centre-back. There were high hopes for the Egyptians before kick-off as birthday boy Mohamed Salah was named among the substitutes, having recovered ahead of schedule from an injury sustained in the Champions League final. Every single time his face was shown on the big screens around the stadium the noise levels amplified, but Hector Cuper remained unswayed by emotion and stayed resolute in his decision making. Salah has other, more winnable fights to be prepared for, and keeping Egypt's star player rested may prove to be the right one going forward, especially considering how vulnerable Saudi Arabia looked on Thursday and how average Russia should prove to be. Another (now ex) star of Liverpool was instead the focus of much of this game and not for good reason. Luis Suarez summed up Uruguay's struggles to find anything like cohesion or fluency with an awful performance, losing possession all over the pitch, passing to the wrong people and hitting the side netting in the first half when it looked easier to score. Later, with only the goalkeeper to beat, Suarez held on the ball for too long and allowed goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shenawy the opportunity to smother inside the six yard box. For the umpteenth time in the game, Suarez berated himself, apparently unsure as to how just why nothing he attempted was working. If Egypt missed Salah, Uruguay were actively hindered by the presence of their misfiring Suarez imposter. Suarez misses a great chance inside the six yard box Credit: REUTERS Egypt frustrated Uruguay with a deep defensive line, staying compact, dealing with danger competently and threatening on the counter-attack but as they grew tired towards the end, Uruguay showed their quality and slowly squeezed the neck of the game. Edison Cavani came closest to breaking the deadlock with a curling free-kick in the 87th minute that came back off the post - the rebound blocked by Suarez against his own teammates - before a free-kick wide right resulted in the deadlock being broken. Egypt looked rattled and against the ropes, their desperate clearances the equivalent of a boxer gripping onto his opponent while trying to draw breath. The waves of attack kept coming and having knocked on the door for a sustained period of time, Uruguay finally opened the scoring as Gimenez rose highest to head home a cross from substitute Carlos Sanchez to secure the victory. Salah looked on despondently, Uruguay players rushed from the bench to celebrate their goal. In the end it was a just-about-deserved victory for Oscar Tabarez's side, but had Salah been available and Suarez actually turned up, this could have been oh so different. 3:33PM No Salah Credit: AP No Salah today but after what we've seen today and yesterday, I think he'll have a great time against Russia and Saudi Arabia. Egypt were solid defensively and need to rely on quick counter-attacks - there are few players better at exactly that than Salah. 3:15PM Uruguay's reaction to that goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES I think it's fairly safe to say they were excited. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 3:10PM Some more stats on Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay have won their opening match at a World Cup tournament for the first time since 1970, when they beat Israel. Egypt are still winless at the World Cup finals, failing to win five matches (D2 L3). José Giménez’s winning goal in the 90th minute was Uruguay’s latest winning goal in a World Cup match since Daniel Fonseca’s 92nd minute winner against South Korea in June 1990. Egypt have failed to score in each of their last three World Cup matches. Uruguay have won each of their last three World Cup group stage games with a goal scored in the last 10 minutes of matches. Three of Uruguay’s last four World Cup goals have been scored via headers – only three of their previous 22 World Cup goals had been headed. 3:05PM Tonight's match After Morocco vs Iran we've got Spain vs Portugal and it's going to be an absolute belter. Here are my tactical thoughts on each side ahead of the game: Spain World Cup tactics article Portugal World Cup tactics 3:03PM Bad stat for Egypt fans 5 - No African team has played as many World Cup games without winning a single one than Egypt (D2 L3). Hurdle. #EGYURU#EGY#WorldCup— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 3:00PM Who impressed Godin was Uruguay's best player, Cavani and Gimenez next, while Bentancur controlled the first half. Suarez was about a three out of a 10 - if that - and Egypt, as a whole, were really strong. No individual standouts but as a unit, they defended really well, broke forward as a team and were so close to getting a result. 2:57PM Great game That was really enjoyable. Two teams evenly matched but Uruguay had the quality and stamina to see it through - and deserved the win. But it's only the first game of the day! Next up is Morocco vs Iran. Follow it here with Ben Coles. 2:55PM FULL TIME That's it! Heartbreak for Egypt! Uruguay have a hard-earned three points! 2:55PM 90 mins +5 Egypt want an equaliser! Two crosses in a row into the box and now Uruguay look like they're in trouble. Hegazi fouls Suarez (who's looking for it...) and Suarez rolls around the floor a little bit. There are theatre groups less dramatic than Luis Suarez when he's trying to win a free-kick. 2:53PM 90 mins +4 Oh this isn't good. Trezeguet has gone down with cramp so bad he can hardly even walk. His legs are straight like Herman Munster as he's hauled off the turf and back to his feet. 2:51PM 90 mins +2 Uruguay keeping the ball now. Egypt are rocked by that goal - they've defended so well all game long but have really tired in the final part of this game. 2:48PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! GIMENEZ HAS SCORED! OOOHHHHH there it is! Egypt just couldn't hold on! A free-kick is hit in from wide right, Gimenez jumps higher than everyone else in the middle of the box and powers a header past the goalkeeper. Brilliant from the centre-back! Egypt 0 - 1 Uruguay (José Giménez, 90 min) 2:47PM 89 mins CAVANI HITS THE POST! The ball pings back off the upright and any of four Uruguay players can convert the rebound! But Suarez blocks it by being in the way! He's ruining everything today. Egypt are on the ropes, the heavyweight Uruguay are really taking the game to them here. 2:46PM 88 mins Ooooohhhhhhhhh free-kick on the edge of the area! Cavani is taken out by Fathy as he's about to run into the box. That could either be a game-saving move or it could end up with Uruguay hitting the back of the net. Torreira - Arsenal's new signing - is on for Vecino. Cavani stands over the free-kick. 2:45PM 87 mins Gimenez is the last man and absolutely nobody moves to give him the option for a pass. It's such poor movement and Egypt don't even have to try to win the ball back - Gimenez chips it forward and hands it back to them. That's Uruguay's period of pressure over then! Egypt are clearing their lines now. They want the 0-0. 2:43PM 85 mins Credit: AFP This photo more or less sums up Uruguay's match so far. They're pushing for a winner now. Another corner. 2:42PM 84 mins CAVANIIIIIIII! What a save! Wow. Where did that come from?! Suarez heads into Cavani, who hits on the volley and blooters the ball at rocket speed towards goal. El-Shenawy dives to his left and gets a strong palm behind it. The corner is rubbish. 2:41PM 82 mins Egypt win a turnover in their own half, break forwards... and hold the ball until reinforcements arrive. Elneny joins in, looks for a quick one-two but it doesn't come off. Then Elneny gets another shot at things and chips over the bar. No Mo Salah for us today - Egypt are making their final substitution. Warda comes off for Sobhy. 2:38PM 80 mins The break is on! Kahraba has the entire left wing to run into! He gets to the box, looks up and picks his pass... but Caceres stretches and blocks just before it becomes a massive problem. I'm not sure Varela has beaten the first man with any of his crosses from wide right. If he has they haven't been very good. 2:37PM 78 mins You know when you're playing Football Manager and your star player is on a 5 but you just don't want to take him off because you *know* all it takes is one chance and he'll make a difference? Suarez is around that at the moment. Every touch, pass, dribble... everything - none of it has worked. I think they put Alvaro Recoba on at some point. That'd be lovely. 2:35PM 76 mins Credit: FIFA Great play from Gimenez who takes a risk drawing in the Egyptian press but skips past it and sends Varela on his way. Varela has spent most of this half as a right winger. 2:32PM 73 mins Uruguay are leaving space at the back now as they look for a winner. Egypt hit the ball into that space, work the passing across the area and then a strike is smashed at goal from a tight angle! Muslera saves well at his near post and holds onto the ball. Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Ahmed Fathy, 72 min) SUAREZ IS IN! The pass comes in ahead of him, only the goalkeeper to beat! And it's as if he's waiting for someone to foul him! He just needs to jab that at goal and it's... a goal. Instead, he takes too long and the goalkeeper smothers. 2:29PM 71 mins Uruguay win a corner. Godin comes up. Egypt marking man to man... the ball lands with Cavani who swipes at it, hits Caceres in the general region of his hands/arms and the referee says free-kick. Seems harsh to me, I'm not sure what he's meant to do in that situation. 2:27PM 69 mins Uruguay get to the final third, slow right down... and Sanchez tries a hit from 25 yards which hits a defender. Martin Keown has just revealed that he would definitely have targeted Mo Salah, had he been playing against him today. "Of course I would have done. I once played against Ruud Gullit with a bandaged knee - it was like a dartboard for me!" 2:25PM 67 mins Rodriguez takes forever to decide what to do with the ball at his feet in the final third and Egypt easily win possession... then launch it long and concede once more. Egypt seem more in control of this game without the ball than they do with it! There's no movement in this Uruguay team, no purpose with the passing and they seem reluctant to really test the Egyptian defence. 2:24PM 65 mins Egypt vs Uruguay You can see here that Egypt are focusing their passes down the wide areas while Uruguay have made the majority of theirs in central positions. However, Uruguay have attempted way more crosses... which doesn't seem to make sense. Uruguay crosses Egypt are catching up now: Egypt crosses 2:21PM 63 mins It's really slow now. Egypt defending in a 4-4-2, the first line of press is the halfway line and the second is about 25 yards deeper than that. Uruguay cautiously approach the Egypt half, then reconsider things and pass backwards or sideways. Uruguay win a free-kick, hook it into the box... it's headed away and then Suarez is offside. What has happened to Suarez? 2:19PM 61 mins A three act tragedy: Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES 2:17PM 59 mins Change for Uruguay. Nandez off, Sanchez on and De Arrascaeta is replaced by Rodriguez. That might be a wee change of shape to a 4-2-3-1. 2:16PM 58 mins Varela gets high up the right, Nandez overlaps, passes back, goes wide, goes back... the passing's really predictable and Egypt just put 8million men behind the ball so there's nowhere to go... then spring a counter-attack. Now Uruguay drop deep. They need to put Suarez in the bin. He's been useless. He'd struggle to get in the Saudi Arabia team on this form. 2:14PM 55 mins Possession: Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay are attacking with more of a forward three now, with Nandez pushing high up the pitch on the right. Like a lopsided 4-4-2. 2:12PM 54 mins Suarez is still off the pace. It's his linkup play that's poor, waiting for the ball to arrive at his feet rather than moving towards it. Uruguay are forward now though... and Suarez has lost the ball on the edge of the box. 2:10PM 52 mins Morsy plays for Wigan... so he's not quite - perhaps - at the same international elite level as some of the Uruguay players but we'll see how he gets on. Hamed was played superbly before that and will be missed in the midfield. Uruguay are far more aggressive in this half and it's really working. Egypt have to keep kicking long and aren't keeping possession at all. 2:08PM 49 mins Disaster for Hamed. He's picked up an injury, being kneed right in the spine (one of the worst places to be kneed). His pals are signalling that this will probably be the end of his game... and he hobbles off the pitch. Morsy will come on to replace him. 2:05PM 47 mins It's a higher press from Uruguay now... and SUAREZ IS IN! Great move from Uruguay, Cavani plays in Suarez with a through-ball and the goalkeeper gets off his line quickly to block inside the six yard box! Early action! Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 46 min) 2:04PM KICK OFF 2 We're back! Egypt start the second half. 2:01PM Bentancur's first half We spoke about him before kick-off and sure enough, Bentancur has been excellent: Most interceptions: 5 Most passes completed: 42 Highest pass accuracy: 98% 1:59PM Inside the stadium Half time and have gone for a walk round the iconic temporary grandstands. Truly have never seen anything like it. pic.twitter.com/xWy90B84kS— Eli (@ElMengem) June 15, 2018 There's not a huge amount to see there but it is really impressive. 1:56PM Cavani can't get in the game 17 - Edinson Cavani had the fewest touches (17) of any Uruguay player in the first half, with none of those coming in the opposition's box. Restricted. #EGYURU#URU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXlby59phP— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 1:55PM Tac Tix Some halftime reading? Here's loads! World Cup 2018 tactics | JJ Bull analyses formations, line-ups and more This game is a battle of two deep defences. Uruguay are playing four central midfielders and lack a bit of width as a result but if they could just get their strikers into the game, and Suarez wasn't playing like he's broken, they'd be a lot better off. Honestly, if you'd bought this Suarez from a shop you'd be on your way back now to get a refund. 1:51PM This stadium is pretty crazy Ignore the empty seats - look at the amazing stand this place has. Ekaterinburg Arena: The crazy Russia World Cup 2018 stadium where you pay to sit outside to watch the football 1:48PM Team shapes Average touch positions (33 min) Uruguay aren't at it today. Strong words will be exchanged at half-time. 1:47PM HALF TIME Two pretty even teams! Egypt are organised, defending well and look menacing on the counter-attack, Uruguay should be 1-0 up and seem solid... but nothing like their usual selves. Suarez needs to have a word with himself - and actually, only Godin, Bentancur and Gimenez have really turned up here. 1:46PM 45 mins Uruguay come forward but the cross from wide right is poor and just hands possession back. Bentancur is having a really good game in the centre of midfield... but Suarez has lost the ball again. Pretty sure Suarez is on one of the downward arrows from Pro Evo games here. 1:44PM 43 mins Credit: REUTERS Look at all the empty seats. It's not nice :-( Uruguay are now looking for a way to score before half time and have Egypt pinned back. I think Egypt are happy with 0-0 at the moment, and that wall of defence is working extremely well. And now the counter-attack is on! Fathy comes down the right, crosses in... but the defence deal with it. 1:42PM 42 mins Warda goes for an overhead kick, misses the ball, falls to the ground then lies on the floor 'injured' until Uruguay break up their promising attack and put the ball out of play for him. Miraculously, he has recovered. Diagnosis: wounded pride. 1:41PM 40 mins Superb by Godin. He brings the ball out from the back on his own, dribbles past one man and gets all the way to the final third. He threads a through-pass into De Arrascaeta... whose first touch is embarrassing. Goal kick. 1:40PM 38 mins Good pressing by Egypt but Uruguay's passing has much improved and they are able to bring the ball out to the Egypt final third. Look at the defensive shape. What are you even supposed to do against that? They're really well organised. 1:36PM 36 mins There's quite a lot of empty seats in the stadium here... which is pretty surprising for the second game of the World Cup. Apparently tickets are expensive... almost as if not everyone can afford £300ish to watch 90 minutes of one sporting event. Who'd have thought it? FIFA are about as in-tune with the average human as I am to dolphins. 1:35PM 34 mins Credit: AFP You can see Suarez already running off to celebrate before he missed that chance earlier! Egypt vs Uruguay shots on goal 1:33PM 33 mins Suarez has lined up a free-kick 30 yards from goal. This will be one of those knuckle-ball attempts and having beaten himself up a minute ago for losing possession, maybe he'll be right on this one... Hits the wall. A lot of power in that one and it's hurt Trezeguet. 1:31PM 31 mins Oocha! Vecino goes for an early goal of the tournament attempt with a powerful drive from about 30 yards but it zips wide of the far post. Suarez has been awful so far. It's like he can't read the play at all - a pass towards him, he turns to chase and completely gives it away. It's as though he doesn't realise he isn't as fast as he was when he was 27 anymore and hasn't adjusted. 1:30PM 29 mins Uruguay look a little more comfortable on the ball now and are trying to make things happen in the final third. Egypt are in counter-attack mode but are sprinting forward to allow the team the chance to move up the pitch as a unit, rather than going for goal. Muslera grabs a cross out of the air and sends Uruguay on their way... but Suarez has given it away again. "He's not there mentally today," says Martin Keown. Godin has just gone absolutely nuts at his midfield for giving the ball away in their own half. He's had to clear up a few messes so far already. 1:27PM 27 mins It sounds like a few in the commentary area of the stadium thought that Suarez effort was a goal. To be fair, from where he was standing you'd expect him to convert it. Miss: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 24 min) 1:26PM 24 mins GOOOOOAAAAAL - oh that's a bad miss. Suarez has hit the side-netting from six yards! It's basically an open goal. Jonathan Pearce has done one of his classic misreadings of the situation. "He's disallowed it!" says the star of Robot Wars, when it's clearly not gone in the goal. I don’t understand much Russian, but I’m pretty sure by the tone that the TV commentator here thought that was in from Suarez and had been disallowed. He has my total sympathy. All been there!— Guy Mowbray (@Guymowbray) June 15, 2018 Still, Uruguay look dangerous from set pieces. 1:24PM 23 mins Fathi defends well in the corner but De Arrascaeta has a chance to get the ball in the box now for Uruguay's big men to attack. The goalkeeper punches... the ball goes back to the centre-circle... and is then launched wide back to the Uruguay number 10. Cavani takes over, skips the ball over one tackle and then fires a left-footed volley at goal! It hits the head of Gabr - otherwise that was heading towards goal! Another corner. 1:21PM 21 mins Uruguay's Rodrigo Bentancur, left, and Egypt's Amr Warda challenge for the ball Credit: AP Uruguay are being really sloppy in possession. Egypt are picking the ball off their feet at times and attacks are breaking down in the final third each time. Varela sprints down the right wing and Gimenez tries a direct pass into the space ahead of him. Goal kick. 1:19PM 19 mins Said skins Bentancur near the box but throws himself to the ground looking for a free-kick. A clear dive and a stupid one at that - he was about to dribble into the penalty area. Why go down? Uruguay come forward again but Egypt drop deep, holding a line on the 18 yard box and denying any space. 1:18PM 17 mins The free-kick is chipped in though - no shot - and Hegazi tries to head back across goal. Uruguay are massive, strong and organised though and easily see it out for a goal kick. Decent start to this game by Egypt though - they're really taking the game to Uruguay. Egypt vs Uruguay 1:16PM 16 mins The crowd roars as the stadium TV screens cut to pictures of Mo Salah sitting on the bench. I think the Egyptian fans like him. Warda wins a free-kick 25 yards out - this is a great position to shoot from... 1:15PM 14 mins Uruguay's defensive shape a pretty obvious 4-4-2. Cavani is dropping deeper at times though to make it a 4-4-1-1 - Suarez primed to chase anything that gets hit into space ahead of him. The ball is moved through the lines by Uruguay's passing, Varela is wide right and passes inside to Suarez. He's unmarked! But his shot is poor and well wide. 1:13PM 12 mins Egypt win a free-kick, Uruguay defend nervously and the header by Varela is hit into a central area. You're not supposed to that! Elneny thinks about hitting a volley, can't quite get there in time, so goes for a one-two, then Trezeguet forces his way into the box chasing the bouncing ball and gets a snap shot away. Muslera saves low. 1:10PM 9 mins CAVANIIIII tries an effort from distance but it's easy for the goalkeeper to save. He'll just be calibrating his shooting with that one. 1:09PM 8 mins Great passing from Uruguay. They work the ball quickly with one touch passes and some excellent movement off the ball but Egypt drop back and head clear. 1:06PM 6 mins Decent attack for Egypt. They break the midfield line with a pass between two Uruguay players and Trezeguet wins a throw-in near the corner flag. Caceres is fortunate to get away from Warda with the ball after some clumsy dribbling... but Suarez tries to switch the play and ends up booting it directly to the goalkeeper. Egypt are pressing the Uruguay defence high up the pitch. 1:04PM 4 mins Varela, ex of Manchester United, has seen a bit of the ball on the Uruguay right so far. Egypt now look to keep possession for a bit, Uruguay press near the centre-circle but are mostly behind the halfway line. Cavani stretches to go into a tackle early on and goes down in some pain. Let's hope he hasn't twisted his ankle. The replay seems to suggest he's alright. 1:02PM 2 mins Uruguay get us started, pass back to the defence and then kick it long... then win possession back straight away. Egypt sitting deep to block forward passes but you'd expect Uruguay to try and just get everyone a touch of the ball early on to get them calmed down. 1:01PM KICK OFF HERE WE GO! 12:57PM Starting lineups Uruguay should be in a 4-4-2 diamond, Egypt are a fairly conventional 4-2-3-1. 12:55PM National anthems Both of these are superb. 12:54PM Players in the tunnel Can you even imagine how nervous these guys are? The crowd is pumped too. And here they come out onto the pitch! Kick-off is five minutes away! 12:50PM The Uruguay manager 4 - This is Uruguay's manager ���� Oscar Tabárez’s fourth World Cup appearance (after 1990, 2010 and 2014); more than any other manager at this year’s tournament. Boss. #EGYURU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXxCJIcCeN— OptaJean (@OptaJean) June 15, 2018 12:48PM Egypt have been fasting for Ramadan Could this affect their chances? An imam tells a BBC investigator: "There are exceptions. The World Cup is in Russia, they're travelling to Russia, so they don't need to fast while they're playing." Many players do still choose to fast. "There's quite a drop in performance, up to 25 per cent," says an expert on the field. A lot of it is to do with temperament apparently. Hangar. 12:43PM Today's stadium Ekaterinburg Stadium It looks absolutely brilliant inside. Doesn't it make you want to go out and run around on the pitch? It's so green! Credit: GETTY IMAGES And a handy little graphic for you. World Cup 2018 stadium: Ekaterinburg Arena 12:40PM The modern football fan How do you consume your football news? Do you do it... on Whatsapp? Well you can now! Personally, I'm a big fan of this. World Cup whatsapp promo Loads of interesting things get sent your way and it's dead easy to set up. 12:33PM BBC titles One of the best thing about the World Cup is finding out what the themed intros from the TV stations will be. ITV did well yesterday but now it's time for the old BBC to show them how it's done. It's a dance music-led intro with lots of clever little computer graphic transitions showing things around Russia, nothing too extravagant... and it's short. And now an Egyptian themed VT to get things rolling. Gary Linieker says: "The Pharoahs are back in a World Cup for the first time in 28 years" and we're off! 12:24PM Stay up to date We've got so many great things to keep you up to date and informed this World Cup, and one of the best of them is our newsletter. Sign up for some lovely reading to help the time pass a little easier between games. 12:15PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:09PM Arsenal's new Uruguayan signing Who is he? Why did they buy him? How much?! Torreira puff Dan Zeqiri has the answers. 12:05PM Who to watch for Uruguay ���� @RodriiBentancur prepares to become our first ���� to take part in #WorldCup 2018 as #TeamUruguay face Egypt, buena suerte! ��#JuveWorldCup#ForzaJuvepic.twitter.com/Ko7TiEmVUA— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 15, 2018 You know about Suarez and Cavani but Uruguay are (almost) equally strong in defence as well. Godin and Gimenez are a powerful centre-back duo (who both play for Atletico Madrid too...) while Fernando Muslera is a reliable goalkeeper. Caceres, the left-back, plays for Lazio and isn't bad either. There is one player who could really make a name for himself this summer, and that is Rodrigo Bentancur. He's a midfielder who plays for Juventus, who used to be a wide right but now acts as either a holding midfielder or advanced playmaker. He sees the game really well and is composed in possession and at 20-years-old, is expected to achieve big things. Bentancur is dead cheap on Fantasy Football too - stick him in your team if you need to save some cash and can't figure out where! 11:58AM There he is Credit: AP Egypt are an OK team but Salah is by far and away the best player. Trezeguet is a promising forward who can play on the left or right of attack, Ahmed Hegazi is a thoroughly underrated centre-back (the same one who plays for West Brom) and Mohamed Elneny is the next best. He might not have played an awful lot for Arsenal but he's absolutely superb at keeping things ticking over in midfield, winning the ball back and linking passes. Apart from those three... there's not an awful lot for Uruguay to worry about. I'd expect a cagey start from the Egyptians. Credit: AP 11:47AM Liverpool lending support to Mr Salah Good luck to @MoSalah as his #EGY side start their #WorldCup campaign this afternoon. �� pic.twitter.com/KZq1Mp7CRm— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 15, 2018 Of course, this is not the only ex-Liverpool favourite on show today. Luis Suarez is playing his first World Cup game since he tried to eat Giorgio Chiellini during a match against Italy in Brazil back in 2014. 11:44AM Pre-match buildup Credit: REUTERS The fanzones at these types of tournaments are always so, so, so fun and the photos for everyone building up to this one look exactly the same. It's a lovely day outside the Ekaterinburg Arena (and I suspect probably the same inside it too) and I am thoroughly jealous of everyone in these photos. Credit: REUTERS And just as an added bonus, here's a happy doggo for you to enjoy. Credit: REUTERS 11:38AM Starting lineups Egypt (4-2-3-1) Elshenawy; Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdelshafy; Elneny, Hamed; Warda, Said, Trezeguet; Mohsen Uruguay (4-3-1-2) Muslera, Varela, Godin, Gimenez, Caceres, Nandez, Bentancur, Vecino, De Arrascaeta, Suarez, Cavani 11:31AM Happy World Cup Friday to you Hello everyone! Are you excited too? It's Friday, there are three World Cup games to watch - THREE - and the first features some of the best players on the planet. Diego Godin, Luis Suarez (well, maybe not anymore...), Edinson Cavani and even Egypt have some lad who's meant to be pretty tidy too. #EGYURU | Alineación confirmada de @Uruguay para el encuentro que disputará ante @Pharaohs a la hora 9 (Uy) por la 1a fecha del Grupo A de #Rusia2018.#ElEquipoQueNosUnepic.twitter.com/LVE4q5kSJg— Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) June 15, 2018 Speaking of that lad, who is of course, Mo Salah, and he has made it onto the bench for today's game! إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة اليوم �� @Uruguay#روسيا2018#ThePharaohs#egypic.twitter.com/3p5NDudg7A— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 15, 2018 I'd imagine he'll only actually play the final few minutes to get some match fitness but could be thrown on at some time in the second half if the game is tight and Egypt reckon they can grab a point or three. That said, we don't know yet if he is actually on the team sheet but team news should be in extremely shortly. Disappointingly, we won't be forced to listen to 'Robbie Williams's greatest hits, featuring Opera Lady' today and instead there will be no grand ceremony. Only football. Football football football. And whoever wins the football must know they have a massive chance of qualifying for the knock-out stages. Russia put five past Saudi Arabia, who are probably the worst team I've ever seen play in an international tournament, and really aren't up to much. If today's match ends up as a draw, I could see both Egypt and Uruguay finishing in the top two slots. If not - and it's most likely that Uruguay win - Egypt's match against Russia will be enormous. Stay with us for all the updates and action from today's match! It's going to be brilliant.
World Cup 2018: Jose Gimenez grabs late winner for Uruguay to break Egyptian hearts
A Jose Gimenez header on the verge of 90 minutes gave Uruguay a hard-fought 1-0 win over Egypt at the Yekaterinburg Arena, as what could have been a tale of two strikers was decided by a centre-back. There were high hopes for the Egyptians before kick-off as birthday boy Mohamed Salah was named among the substitutes, having recovered ahead of schedule from an injury sustained in the Champions League final. Every single time his face was shown on the big screens around the stadium the noise levels amplified, but Hector Cuper remained unswayed by emotion and stayed resolute in his decision making. Salah has other, more winnable fights to be prepared for, and keeping Egypt's star player rested may prove to be the right one going forward, especially considering how vulnerable Saudi Arabia looked on Thursday and how average Russia should prove to be. Another (now ex) star of Liverpool was instead the focus of much of this game and not for good reason. Luis Suarez summed up Uruguay's struggles to find anything like cohesion or fluency with an awful performance, losing possession all over the pitch, passing to the wrong people and hitting the side netting in the first half when it looked easier to score. Later, with only the goalkeeper to beat, Suarez held on the ball for too long and allowed goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shenawy the opportunity to smother inside the six yard box. For the umpteenth time in the game, Suarez berated himself, apparently unsure as to how just why nothing he attempted was working. If Egypt missed Salah, Uruguay were actively hindered by the presence of their misfiring Suarez imposter. Suarez misses a great chance inside the six yard box Credit: REUTERS Egypt frustrated Uruguay with a deep defensive line, staying compact, dealing with danger competently and threatening on the counter-attack but as they grew tired towards the end, Uruguay showed their quality and slowly squeezed the neck of the game. Edison Cavani came closest to breaking the deadlock with a curling free-kick in the 87th minute that came back off the post - the rebound blocked by Suarez against his own teammates - before a free-kick wide right resulted in the deadlock being broken. Egypt looked rattled and against the ropes, their desperate clearances the equivalent of a boxer gripping onto his opponent while trying to draw breath. The waves of attack kept coming and having knocked on the door for a sustained period of time, Uruguay finally opened the scoring as Gimenez rose highest to head home a cross from substitute Carlos Sanchez to secure the victory. Salah looked on despondently, Uruguay players rushed from the bench to celebrate their goal. In the end it was a just-about-deserved victory for Oscar Tabarez's side, but had Salah been available and Suarez actually turned up, this could have been oh so different. 3:33PM No Salah Credit: AP No Salah today but after what we've seen today and yesterday, I think he'll have a great time against Russia and Saudi Arabia. Egypt were solid defensively and need to rely on quick counter-attacks - there are few players better at exactly that than Salah. 3:15PM Uruguay's reaction to that goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES I think it's fairly safe to say they were excited. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 3:10PM Some more stats on Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay have won their opening match at a World Cup tournament for the first time since 1970, when they beat Israel. Egypt are still winless at the World Cup finals, failing to win five matches (D2 L3). José Giménez’s winning goal in the 90th minute was Uruguay’s latest winning goal in a World Cup match since Daniel Fonseca’s 92nd minute winner against South Korea in June 1990. Egypt have failed to score in each of their last three World Cup matches. Uruguay have won each of their last three World Cup group stage games with a goal scored in the last 10 minutes of matches. Three of Uruguay’s last four World Cup goals have been scored via headers – only three of their previous 22 World Cup goals had been headed. 3:05PM Tonight's match After Morocco vs Iran we've got Spain vs Portugal and it's going to be an absolute belter. Here are my tactical thoughts on each side ahead of the game: Spain World Cup tactics article Portugal World Cup tactics 3:03PM Bad stat for Egypt fans 5 - No African team has played as many World Cup games without winning a single one than Egypt (D2 L3). Hurdle. #EGYURU#EGY#WorldCup— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 3:00PM Who impressed Godin was Uruguay's best player, Cavani and Gimenez next, while Bentancur controlled the first half. Suarez was about a three out of a 10 - if that - and Egypt, as a whole, were really strong. No individual standouts but as a unit, they defended really well, broke forward as a team and were so close to getting a result. 2:57PM Great game That was really enjoyable. Two teams evenly matched but Uruguay had the quality and stamina to see it through - and deserved the win. But it's only the first game of the day! Next up is Morocco vs Iran. Follow it here with Ben Coles. 2:55PM FULL TIME That's it! Heartbreak for Egypt! Uruguay have a hard-earned three points! 2:55PM 90 mins +5 Egypt want an equaliser! Two crosses in a row into the box and now Uruguay look like they're in trouble. Hegazi fouls Suarez (who's looking for it...) and Suarez rolls around the floor a little bit. There are theatre groups less dramatic than Luis Suarez when he's trying to win a free-kick. 2:53PM 90 mins +4 Oh this isn't good. Trezeguet has gone down with cramp so bad he can hardly even walk. His legs are straight like Herman Munster as he's hauled off the turf and back to his feet. 2:51PM 90 mins +2 Uruguay keeping the ball now. Egypt are rocked by that goal - they've defended so well all game long but have really tired in the final part of this game. 2:48PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! GIMENEZ HAS SCORED! OOOHHHHH there it is! Egypt just couldn't hold on! A free-kick is hit in from wide right, Gimenez jumps higher than everyone else in the middle of the box and powers a header past the goalkeeper. Brilliant from the centre-back! Egypt 0 - 1 Uruguay (José Giménez, 90 min) 2:47PM 89 mins CAVANI HITS THE POST! The ball pings back off the upright and any of four Uruguay players can convert the rebound! But Suarez blocks it by being in the way! He's ruining everything today. Egypt are on the ropes, the heavyweight Uruguay are really taking the game to them here. 2:46PM 88 mins Ooooohhhhhhhhh free-kick on the edge of the area! Cavani is taken out by Fathy as he's about to run into the box. That could either be a game-saving move or it could end up with Uruguay hitting the back of the net. Torreira - Arsenal's new signing - is on for Vecino. Cavani stands over the free-kick. 2:45PM 87 mins Gimenez is the last man and absolutely nobody moves to give him the option for a pass. It's such poor movement and Egypt don't even have to try to win the ball back - Gimenez chips it forward and hands it back to them. That's Uruguay's period of pressure over then! Egypt are clearing their lines now. They want the 0-0. 2:43PM 85 mins Credit: AFP This photo more or less sums up Uruguay's match so far. They're pushing for a winner now. Another corner. 2:42PM 84 mins CAVANIIIIIIII! What a save! Wow. Where did that come from?! Suarez heads into Cavani, who hits on the volley and blooters the ball at rocket speed towards goal. El-Shenawy dives to his left and gets a strong palm behind it. The corner is rubbish. 2:41PM 82 mins Egypt win a turnover in their own half, break forwards... and hold the ball until reinforcements arrive. Elneny joins in, looks for a quick one-two but it doesn't come off. Then Elneny gets another shot at things and chips over the bar. No Mo Salah for us today - Egypt are making their final substitution. Warda comes off for Sobhy. 2:38PM 80 mins The break is on! Kahraba has the entire left wing to run into! He gets to the box, looks up and picks his pass... but Caceres stretches and blocks just before it becomes a massive problem. I'm not sure Varela has beaten the first man with any of his crosses from wide right. If he has they haven't been very good. 2:37PM 78 mins You know when you're playing Football Manager and your star player is on a 5 but you just don't want to take him off because you *know* all it takes is one chance and he'll make a difference? Suarez is around that at the moment. Every touch, pass, dribble... everything - none of it has worked. I think they put Alvaro Recoba on at some point. That'd be lovely. 2:35PM 76 mins Credit: FIFA Great play from Gimenez who takes a risk drawing in the Egyptian press but skips past it and sends Varela on his way. Varela has spent most of this half as a right winger. 2:32PM 73 mins Uruguay are leaving space at the back now as they look for a winner. Egypt hit the ball into that space, work the passing across the area and then a strike is smashed at goal from a tight angle! Muslera saves well at his near post and holds onto the ball. Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Ahmed Fathy, 72 min) SUAREZ IS IN! The pass comes in ahead of him, only the goalkeeper to beat! And it's as if he's waiting for someone to foul him! He just needs to jab that at goal and it's... a goal. Instead, he takes too long and the goalkeeper smothers. 2:29PM 71 mins Uruguay win a corner. Godin comes up. Egypt marking man to man... the ball lands with Cavani who swipes at it, hits Caceres in the general region of his hands/arms and the referee says free-kick. Seems harsh to me, I'm not sure what he's meant to do in that situation. 2:27PM 69 mins Uruguay get to the final third, slow right down... and Sanchez tries a hit from 25 yards which hits a defender. Martin Keown has just revealed that he would definitely have targeted Mo Salah, had he been playing against him today. "Of course I would have done. I once played against Ruud Gullit with a bandaged knee - it was like a dartboard for me!" 2:25PM 67 mins Rodriguez takes forever to decide what to do with the ball at his feet in the final third and Egypt easily win possession... then launch it long and concede once more. Egypt seem more in control of this game without the ball than they do with it! There's no movement in this Uruguay team, no purpose with the passing and they seem reluctant to really test the Egyptian defence. 2:24PM 65 mins Egypt vs Uruguay You can see here that Egypt are focusing their passes down the wide areas while Uruguay have made the majority of theirs in central positions. However, Uruguay have attempted way more crosses... which doesn't seem to make sense. Uruguay crosses Egypt are catching up now: Egypt crosses 2:21PM 63 mins It's really slow now. Egypt defending in a 4-4-2, the first line of press is the halfway line and the second is about 25 yards deeper than that. Uruguay cautiously approach the Egypt half, then reconsider things and pass backwards or sideways. Uruguay win a free-kick, hook it into the box... it's headed away and then Suarez is offside. What has happened to Suarez? 2:19PM 61 mins A three act tragedy: Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES 2:17PM 59 mins Change for Uruguay. Nandez off, Sanchez on and De Arrascaeta is replaced by Rodriguez. That might be a wee change of shape to a 4-2-3-1. 2:16PM 58 mins Varela gets high up the right, Nandez overlaps, passes back, goes wide, goes back... the passing's really predictable and Egypt just put 8million men behind the ball so there's nowhere to go... then spring a counter-attack. Now Uruguay drop deep. They need to put Suarez in the bin. He's been useless. He'd struggle to get in the Saudi Arabia team on this form. 2:14PM 55 mins Possession: Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay are attacking with more of a forward three now, with Nandez pushing high up the pitch on the right. Like a lopsided 4-4-2. 2:12PM 54 mins Suarez is still off the pace. It's his linkup play that's poor, waiting for the ball to arrive at his feet rather than moving towards it. Uruguay are forward now though... and Suarez has lost the ball on the edge of the box. 2:10PM 52 mins Morsy plays for Wigan... so he's not quite - perhaps - at the same international elite level as some of the Uruguay players but we'll see how he gets on. Hamed was played superbly before that and will be missed in the midfield. Uruguay are far more aggressive in this half and it's really working. Egypt have to keep kicking long and aren't keeping possession at all. 2:08PM 49 mins Disaster for Hamed. He's picked up an injury, being kneed right in the spine (one of the worst places to be kneed). His pals are signalling that this will probably be the end of his game... and he hobbles off the pitch. Morsy will come on to replace him. 2:05PM 47 mins It's a higher press from Uruguay now... and SUAREZ IS IN! Great move from Uruguay, Cavani plays in Suarez with a through-ball and the goalkeeper gets off his line quickly to block inside the six yard box! Early action! Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 46 min) 2:04PM KICK OFF 2 We're back! Egypt start the second half. 2:01PM Bentancur's first half We spoke about him before kick-off and sure enough, Bentancur has been excellent: Most interceptions: 5 Most passes completed: 42 Highest pass accuracy: 98% 1:59PM Inside the stadium Half time and have gone for a walk round the iconic temporary grandstands. Truly have never seen anything like it. pic.twitter.com/xWy90B84kS— Eli (@ElMengem) June 15, 2018 There's not a huge amount to see there but it is really impressive. 1:56PM Cavani can't get in the game 17 - Edinson Cavani had the fewest touches (17) of any Uruguay player in the first half, with none of those coming in the opposition's box. Restricted. #EGYURU#URU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXlby59phP— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 1:55PM Tac Tix Some halftime reading? Here's loads! World Cup 2018 tactics | JJ Bull analyses formations, line-ups and more This game is a battle of two deep defences. Uruguay are playing four central midfielders and lack a bit of width as a result but if they could just get their strikers into the game, and Suarez wasn't playing like he's broken, they'd be a lot better off. Honestly, if you'd bought this Suarez from a shop you'd be on your way back now to get a refund. 1:51PM This stadium is pretty crazy Ignore the empty seats - look at the amazing stand this place has. Ekaterinburg Arena: The crazy Russia World Cup 2018 stadium where you pay to sit outside to watch the football 1:48PM Team shapes Average touch positions (33 min) Uruguay aren't at it today. Strong words will be exchanged at half-time. 1:47PM HALF TIME Two pretty even teams! Egypt are organised, defending well and look menacing on the counter-attack, Uruguay should be 1-0 up and seem solid... but nothing like their usual selves. Suarez needs to have a word with himself - and actually, only Godin, Bentancur and Gimenez have really turned up here. 1:46PM 45 mins Uruguay come forward but the cross from wide right is poor and just hands possession back. Bentancur is having a really good game in the centre of midfield... but Suarez has lost the ball again. Pretty sure Suarez is on one of the downward arrows from Pro Evo games here. 1:44PM 43 mins Credit: REUTERS Look at all the empty seats. It's not nice :-( Uruguay are now looking for a way to score before half time and have Egypt pinned back. I think Egypt are happy with 0-0 at the moment, and that wall of defence is working extremely well. And now the counter-attack is on! Fathy comes down the right, crosses in... but the defence deal with it. 1:42PM 42 mins Warda goes for an overhead kick, misses the ball, falls to the ground then lies on the floor 'injured' until Uruguay break up their promising attack and put the ball out of play for him. Miraculously, he has recovered. Diagnosis: wounded pride. 1:41PM 40 mins Superb by Godin. He brings the ball out from the back on his own, dribbles past one man and gets all the way to the final third. He threads a through-pass into De Arrascaeta... whose first touch is embarrassing. Goal kick. 1:40PM 38 mins Good pressing by Egypt but Uruguay's passing has much improved and they are able to bring the ball out to the Egypt final third. Look at the defensive shape. What are you even supposed to do against that? They're really well organised. 1:36PM 36 mins There's quite a lot of empty seats in the stadium here... which is pretty surprising for the second game of the World Cup. Apparently tickets are expensive... almost as if not everyone can afford £300ish to watch 90 minutes of one sporting event. Who'd have thought it? FIFA are about as in-tune with the average human as I am to dolphins. 1:35PM 34 mins Credit: AFP You can see Suarez already running off to celebrate before he missed that chance earlier! Egypt vs Uruguay shots on goal 1:33PM 33 mins Suarez has lined up a free-kick 30 yards from goal. This will be one of those knuckle-ball attempts and having beaten himself up a minute ago for losing possession, maybe he'll be right on this one... Hits the wall. A lot of power in that one and it's hurt Trezeguet. 1:31PM 31 mins Oocha! Vecino goes for an early goal of the tournament attempt with a powerful drive from about 30 yards but it zips wide of the far post. Suarez has been awful so far. It's like he can't read the play at all - a pass towards him, he turns to chase and completely gives it away. It's as though he doesn't realise he isn't as fast as he was when he was 27 anymore and hasn't adjusted. 1:30PM 29 mins Uruguay look a little more comfortable on the ball now and are trying to make things happen in the final third. Egypt are in counter-attack mode but are sprinting forward to allow the team the chance to move up the pitch as a unit, rather than going for goal. Muslera grabs a cross out of the air and sends Uruguay on their way... but Suarez has given it away again. "He's not there mentally today," says Martin Keown. Godin has just gone absolutely nuts at his midfield for giving the ball away in their own half. He's had to clear up a few messes so far already. 1:27PM 27 mins It sounds like a few in the commentary area of the stadium thought that Suarez effort was a goal. To be fair, from where he was standing you'd expect him to convert it. Miss: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 24 min) 1:26PM 24 mins GOOOOOAAAAAL - oh that's a bad miss. Suarez has hit the side-netting from six yards! It's basically an open goal. Jonathan Pearce has done one of his classic misreadings of the situation. "He's disallowed it!" says the star of Robot Wars, when it's clearly not gone in the goal. I don’t understand much Russian, but I’m pretty sure by the tone that the TV commentator here thought that was in from Suarez and had been disallowed. He has my total sympathy. All been there!— Guy Mowbray (@Guymowbray) June 15, 2018 Still, Uruguay look dangerous from set pieces. 1:24PM 23 mins Fathi defends well in the corner but De Arrascaeta has a chance to get the ball in the box now for Uruguay's big men to attack. The goalkeeper punches... the ball goes back to the centre-circle... and is then launched wide back to the Uruguay number 10. Cavani takes over, skips the ball over one tackle and then fires a left-footed volley at goal! It hits the head of Gabr - otherwise that was heading towards goal! Another corner. 1:21PM 21 mins Uruguay's Rodrigo Bentancur, left, and Egypt's Amr Warda challenge for the ball Credit: AP Uruguay are being really sloppy in possession. Egypt are picking the ball off their feet at times and attacks are breaking down in the final third each time. Varela sprints down the right wing and Gimenez tries a direct pass into the space ahead of him. Goal kick. 1:19PM 19 mins Said skins Bentancur near the box but throws himself to the ground looking for a free-kick. A clear dive and a stupid one at that - he was about to dribble into the penalty area. Why go down? Uruguay come forward again but Egypt drop deep, holding a line on the 18 yard box and denying any space. 1:18PM 17 mins The free-kick is chipped in though - no shot - and Hegazi tries to head back across goal. Uruguay are massive, strong and organised though and easily see it out for a goal kick. Decent start to this game by Egypt though - they're really taking the game to Uruguay. Egypt vs Uruguay 1:16PM 16 mins The crowd roars as the stadium TV screens cut to pictures of Mo Salah sitting on the bench. I think the Egyptian fans like him. Warda wins a free-kick 25 yards out - this is a great position to shoot from... 1:15PM 14 mins Uruguay's defensive shape a pretty obvious 4-4-2. Cavani is dropping deeper at times though to make it a 4-4-1-1 - Suarez primed to chase anything that gets hit into space ahead of him. The ball is moved through the lines by Uruguay's passing, Varela is wide right and passes inside to Suarez. He's unmarked! But his shot is poor and well wide. 1:13PM 12 mins Egypt win a free-kick, Uruguay defend nervously and the header by Varela is hit into a central area. You're not supposed to that! Elneny thinks about hitting a volley, can't quite get there in time, so goes for a one-two, then Trezeguet forces his way into the box chasing the bouncing ball and gets a snap shot away. Muslera saves low. 1:10PM 9 mins CAVANIIIII tries an effort from distance but it's easy for the goalkeeper to save. He'll just be calibrating his shooting with that one. 1:09PM 8 mins Great passing from Uruguay. They work the ball quickly with one touch passes and some excellent movement off the ball but Egypt drop back and head clear. 1:06PM 6 mins Decent attack for Egypt. They break the midfield line with a pass between two Uruguay players and Trezeguet wins a throw-in near the corner flag. Caceres is fortunate to get away from Warda with the ball after some clumsy dribbling... but Suarez tries to switch the play and ends up booting it directly to the goalkeeper. Egypt are pressing the Uruguay defence high up the pitch. 1:04PM 4 mins Varela, ex of Manchester United, has seen a bit of the ball on the Uruguay right so far. Egypt now look to keep possession for a bit, Uruguay press near the centre-circle but are mostly behind the halfway line. Cavani stretches to go into a tackle early on and goes down in some pain. Let's hope he hasn't twisted his ankle. The replay seems to suggest he's alright. 1:02PM 2 mins Uruguay get us started, pass back to the defence and then kick it long... then win possession back straight away. Egypt sitting deep to block forward passes but you'd expect Uruguay to try and just get everyone a touch of the ball early on to get them calmed down. 1:01PM KICK OFF HERE WE GO! 12:57PM Starting lineups Uruguay should be in a 4-4-2 diamond, Egypt are a fairly conventional 4-2-3-1. 12:55PM National anthems Both of these are superb. 12:54PM Players in the tunnel Can you even imagine how nervous these guys are? The crowd is pumped too. And here they come out onto the pitch! Kick-off is five minutes away! 12:50PM The Uruguay manager 4 - This is Uruguay's manager ���� Oscar Tabárez’s fourth World Cup appearance (after 1990, 2010 and 2014); more than any other manager at this year’s tournament. Boss. #EGYURU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXxCJIcCeN— OptaJean (@OptaJean) June 15, 2018 12:48PM Egypt have been fasting for Ramadan Could this affect their chances? An imam tells a BBC investigator: "There are exceptions. The World Cup is in Russia, they're travelling to Russia, so they don't need to fast while they're playing." Many players do still choose to fast. "There's quite a drop in performance, up to 25 per cent," says an expert on the field. A lot of it is to do with temperament apparently. Hangar. 12:43PM Today's stadium Ekaterinburg Stadium It looks absolutely brilliant inside. Doesn't it make you want to go out and run around on the pitch? It's so green! Credit: GETTY IMAGES And a handy little graphic for you. World Cup 2018 stadium: Ekaterinburg Arena 12:40PM The modern football fan How do you consume your football news? Do you do it... on Whatsapp? Well you can now! Personally, I'm a big fan of this. World Cup whatsapp promo Loads of interesting things get sent your way and it's dead easy to set up. 12:33PM BBC titles One of the best thing about the World Cup is finding out what the themed intros from the TV stations will be. ITV did well yesterday but now it's time for the old BBC to show them how it's done. It's a dance music-led intro with lots of clever little computer graphic transitions showing things around Russia, nothing too extravagant... and it's short. And now an Egyptian themed VT to get things rolling. Gary Linieker says: "The Pharoahs are back in a World Cup for the first time in 28 years" and we're off! 12:24PM Stay up to date We've got so many great things to keep you up to date and informed this World Cup, and one of the best of them is our newsletter. Sign up for some lovely reading to help the time pass a little easier between games. 12:15PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:09PM Arsenal's new Uruguayan signing Who is he? Why did they buy him? How much?! Torreira puff Dan Zeqiri has the answers. 12:05PM Who to watch for Uruguay ���� @RodriiBentancur prepares to become our first ���� to take part in #WorldCup 2018 as #TeamUruguay face Egypt, buena suerte! ��#JuveWorldCup#ForzaJuvepic.twitter.com/Ko7TiEmVUA— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 15, 2018 You know about Suarez and Cavani but Uruguay are (almost) equally strong in defence as well. Godin and Gimenez are a powerful centre-back duo (who both play for Atletico Madrid too...) while Fernando Muslera is a reliable goalkeeper. Caceres, the left-back, plays for Lazio and isn't bad either. There is one player who could really make a name for himself this summer, and that is Rodrigo Bentancur. He's a midfielder who plays for Juventus, who used to be a wide right but now acts as either a holding midfielder or advanced playmaker. He sees the game really well and is composed in possession and at 20-years-old, is expected to achieve big things. Bentancur is dead cheap on Fantasy Football too - stick him in your team if you need to save some cash and can't figure out where! 11:58AM There he is Credit: AP Egypt are an OK team but Salah is by far and away the best player. Trezeguet is a promising forward who can play on the left or right of attack, Ahmed Hegazi is a thoroughly underrated centre-back (the same one who plays for West Brom) and Mohamed Elneny is the next best. He might not have played an awful lot for Arsenal but he's absolutely superb at keeping things ticking over in midfield, winning the ball back and linking passes. Apart from those three... there's not an awful lot for Uruguay to worry about. I'd expect a cagey start from the Egyptians. Credit: AP 11:47AM Liverpool lending support to Mr Salah Good luck to @MoSalah as his #EGY side start their #WorldCup campaign this afternoon. �� pic.twitter.com/KZq1Mp7CRm— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 15, 2018 Of course, this is not the only ex-Liverpool favourite on show today. Luis Suarez is playing his first World Cup game since he tried to eat Giorgio Chiellini during a match against Italy in Brazil back in 2014. 11:44AM Pre-match buildup Credit: REUTERS The fanzones at these types of tournaments are always so, so, so fun and the photos for everyone building up to this one look exactly the same. It's a lovely day outside the Ekaterinburg Arena (and I suspect probably the same inside it too) and I am thoroughly jealous of everyone in these photos. Credit: REUTERS And just as an added bonus, here's a happy doggo for you to enjoy. Credit: REUTERS 11:38AM Starting lineups Egypt (4-2-3-1) Elshenawy; Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdelshafy; Elneny, Hamed; Warda, Said, Trezeguet; Mohsen Uruguay (4-3-1-2) Muslera, Varela, Godin, Gimenez, Caceres, Nandez, Bentancur, Vecino, De Arrascaeta, Suarez, Cavani 11:31AM Happy World Cup Friday to you Hello everyone! Are you excited too? It's Friday, there are three World Cup games to watch - THREE - and the first features some of the best players on the planet. Diego Godin, Luis Suarez (well, maybe not anymore...), Edinson Cavani and even Egypt have some lad who's meant to be pretty tidy too. #EGYURU | Alineación confirmada de @Uruguay para el encuentro que disputará ante @Pharaohs a la hora 9 (Uy) por la 1a fecha del Grupo A de #Rusia2018.#ElEquipoQueNosUnepic.twitter.com/LVE4q5kSJg— Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) June 15, 2018 Speaking of that lad, who is of course, Mo Salah, and he has made it onto the bench for today's game! إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة اليوم �� @Uruguay#روسيا2018#ThePharaohs#egypic.twitter.com/3p5NDudg7A— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 15, 2018 I'd imagine he'll only actually play the final few minutes to get some match fitness but could be thrown on at some time in the second half if the game is tight and Egypt reckon they can grab a point or three. That said, we don't know yet if he is actually on the team sheet but team news should be in extremely shortly. Disappointingly, we won't be forced to listen to 'Robbie Williams's greatest hits, featuring Opera Lady' today and instead there will be no grand ceremony. Only football. Football football football. And whoever wins the football must know they have a massive chance of qualifying for the knock-out stages. Russia put five past Saudi Arabia, who are probably the worst team I've ever seen play in an international tournament, and really aren't up to much. If today's match ends up as a draw, I could see both Egypt and Uruguay finishing in the top two slots. If not - and it's most likely that Uruguay win - Egypt's match against Russia will be enormous. Stay with us for all the updates and action from today's match! It's going to be brilliant.
A Jose Gimenez header on the verge of 90 minutes gave Uruguay a hard-fought 1-0 win over Egypt at the Yekaterinburg Arena, as what could have been a tale of two strikers was decided by a centre-back. There were high hopes for the Egyptians before kick-off as birthday boy Mohamed Salah was named among the substitutes, having recovered ahead of schedule from an injury sustained in the Champions League final. Every single time his face was shown on the big screens around the stadium the noise levels amplified, but Hector Cuper remained unswayed by emotion and stayed resolute in his decision making. Salah has other, more winnable fights to be prepared for, and keeping Egypt's star player rested may prove to be the right one going forward, especially considering how vulnerable Saudi Arabia looked on Thursday and how average Russia should prove to be. Another (now ex) star of Liverpool was instead the focus of much of this game and not for good reason. Luis Suarez summed up Uruguay's struggles to find anything like cohesion or fluency with an awful performance, losing possession all over the pitch, passing to the wrong people and hitting the side netting in the first half when it looked easier to score. Later, with only the goalkeeper to beat, Suarez held on the ball for too long and allowed goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shenawy the opportunity to smother inside the six yard box. For the umpteenth time in the game, Suarez berated himself, apparently unsure as to how just why nothing he attempted was working. If Egypt missed Salah, Uruguay were actively hindered by the presence of their misfiring Suarez imposter. Suarez misses a great chance inside the six yard box Credit: REUTERS Egypt frustrated Uruguay with a deep defensive line, staying compact, dealing with danger competently and threatening on the counter-attack but as they grew tired towards the end, Uruguay showed their quality and slowly squeezed the neck of the game. Edison Cavani came closest to breaking the deadlock with a curling free-kick in the 87th minute that came back off the post - the rebound blocked by Suarez against his own teammates - before a free-kick wide right resulted in the deadlock being broken. Egypt looked rattled and against the ropes, their desperate clearances the equivalent of a boxer gripping onto his opponent while trying to draw breath. The waves of attack kept coming and having knocked on the door for a sustained period of time, Uruguay finally opened the scoring as Gimenez rose highest to head home a cross from substitute Carlos Sanchez to secure the victory. Salah looked on despondently, Uruguay players rushed from the bench to celebrate their goal. In the end it was a just-about-deserved victory for Oscar Tabarez's side, but had Salah been available and Suarez actually turned up, this could have been oh so different. 3:33PM No Salah Credit: AP No Salah today but after what we've seen today and yesterday, I think he'll have a great time against Russia and Saudi Arabia. Egypt were solid defensively and need to rely on quick counter-attacks - there are few players better at exactly that than Salah. 3:15PM Uruguay's reaction to that goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES I think it's fairly safe to say they were excited. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 3:10PM Some more stats on Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay have won their opening match at a World Cup tournament for the first time since 1970, when they beat Israel. Egypt are still winless at the World Cup finals, failing to win five matches (D2 L3). José Giménez’s winning goal in the 90th minute was Uruguay’s latest winning goal in a World Cup match since Daniel Fonseca’s 92nd minute winner against South Korea in June 1990. Egypt have failed to score in each of their last three World Cup matches. Uruguay have won each of their last three World Cup group stage games with a goal scored in the last 10 minutes of matches. Three of Uruguay’s last four World Cup goals have been scored via headers – only three of their previous 22 World Cup goals had been headed. 3:05PM Tonight's match After Morocco vs Iran we've got Spain vs Portugal and it's going to be an absolute belter. Here are my tactical thoughts on each side ahead of the game: Spain World Cup tactics article Portugal World Cup tactics 3:03PM Bad stat for Egypt fans 5 - No African team has played as many World Cup games without winning a single one than Egypt (D2 L3). Hurdle. #EGYURU#EGY#WorldCup— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 3:00PM Who impressed Godin was Uruguay's best player, Cavani and Gimenez next, while Bentancur controlled the first half. Suarez was about a three out of a 10 - if that - and Egypt, as a whole, were really strong. No individual standouts but as a unit, they defended really well, broke forward as a team and were so close to getting a result. 2:57PM Great game That was really enjoyable. Two teams evenly matched but Uruguay had the quality and stamina to see it through - and deserved the win. But it's only the first game of the day! Next up is Morocco vs Iran. Follow it here with Ben Coles. 2:55PM FULL TIME That's it! Heartbreak for Egypt! Uruguay have a hard-earned three points! 2:55PM 90 mins +5 Egypt want an equaliser! Two crosses in a row into the box and now Uruguay look like they're in trouble. Hegazi fouls Suarez (who's looking for it...) and Suarez rolls around the floor a little bit. There are theatre groups less dramatic than Luis Suarez when he's trying to win a free-kick. 2:53PM 90 mins +4 Oh this isn't good. Trezeguet has gone down with cramp so bad he can hardly even walk. His legs are straight like Herman Munster as he's hauled off the turf and back to his feet. 2:51PM 90 mins +2 Uruguay keeping the ball now. Egypt are rocked by that goal - they've defended so well all game long but have really tired in the final part of this game. 2:48PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! GIMENEZ HAS SCORED! OOOHHHHH there it is! Egypt just couldn't hold on! A free-kick is hit in from wide right, Gimenez jumps higher than everyone else in the middle of the box and powers a header past the goalkeeper. Brilliant from the centre-back! Egypt 0 - 1 Uruguay (José Giménez, 90 min) 2:47PM 89 mins CAVANI HITS THE POST! The ball pings back off the upright and any of four Uruguay players can convert the rebound! But Suarez blocks it by being in the way! He's ruining everything today. Egypt are on the ropes, the heavyweight Uruguay are really taking the game to them here. 2:46PM 88 mins Ooooohhhhhhhhh free-kick on the edge of the area! Cavani is taken out by Fathy as he's about to run into the box. That could either be a game-saving move or it could end up with Uruguay hitting the back of the net. Torreira - Arsenal's new signing - is on for Vecino. Cavani stands over the free-kick. 2:45PM 87 mins Gimenez is the last man and absolutely nobody moves to give him the option for a pass. It's such poor movement and Egypt don't even have to try to win the ball back - Gimenez chips it forward and hands it back to them. That's Uruguay's period of pressure over then! Egypt are clearing their lines now. They want the 0-0. 2:43PM 85 mins Credit: AFP This photo more or less sums up Uruguay's match so far. They're pushing for a winner now. Another corner. 2:42PM 84 mins CAVANIIIIIIII! What a save! Wow. Where did that come from?! Suarez heads into Cavani, who hits on the volley and blooters the ball at rocket speed towards goal. El-Shenawy dives to his left and gets a strong palm behind it. The corner is rubbish. 2:41PM 82 mins Egypt win a turnover in their own half, break forwards... and hold the ball until reinforcements arrive. Elneny joins in, looks for a quick one-two but it doesn't come off. Then Elneny gets another shot at things and chips over the bar. No Mo Salah for us today - Egypt are making their final substitution. Warda comes off for Sobhy. 2:38PM 80 mins The break is on! Kahraba has the entire left wing to run into! He gets to the box, looks up and picks his pass... but Caceres stretches and blocks just before it becomes a massive problem. I'm not sure Varela has beaten the first man with any of his crosses from wide right. If he has they haven't been very good. 2:37PM 78 mins You know when you're playing Football Manager and your star player is on a 5 but you just don't want to take him off because you *know* all it takes is one chance and he'll make a difference? Suarez is around that at the moment. Every touch, pass, dribble... everything - none of it has worked. I think they put Alvaro Recoba on at some point. That'd be lovely. 2:35PM 76 mins Credit: FIFA Great play from Gimenez who takes a risk drawing in the Egyptian press but skips past it and sends Varela on his way. Varela has spent most of this half as a right winger. 2:32PM 73 mins Uruguay are leaving space at the back now as they look for a winner. Egypt hit the ball into that space, work the passing across the area and then a strike is smashed at goal from a tight angle! Muslera saves well at his near post and holds onto the ball. Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Ahmed Fathy, 72 min) SUAREZ IS IN! The pass comes in ahead of him, only the goalkeeper to beat! And it's as if he's waiting for someone to foul him! He just needs to jab that at goal and it's... a goal. Instead, he takes too long and the goalkeeper smothers. 2:29PM 71 mins Uruguay win a corner. Godin comes up. Egypt marking man to man... the ball lands with Cavani who swipes at it, hits Caceres in the general region of his hands/arms and the referee says free-kick. Seems harsh to me, I'm not sure what he's meant to do in that situation. 2:27PM 69 mins Uruguay get to the final third, slow right down... and Sanchez tries a hit from 25 yards which hits a defender. Martin Keown has just revealed that he would definitely have targeted Mo Salah, had he been playing against him today. "Of course I would have done. I once played against Ruud Gullit with a bandaged knee - it was like a dartboard for me!" 2:25PM 67 mins Rodriguez takes forever to decide what to do with the ball at his feet in the final third and Egypt easily win possession... then launch it long and concede once more. Egypt seem more in control of this game without the ball than they do with it! There's no movement in this Uruguay team, no purpose with the passing and they seem reluctant to really test the Egyptian defence. 2:24PM 65 mins Egypt vs Uruguay You can see here that Egypt are focusing their passes down the wide areas while Uruguay have made the majority of theirs in central positions. However, Uruguay have attempted way more crosses... which doesn't seem to make sense. Uruguay crosses Egypt are catching up now: Egypt crosses 2:21PM 63 mins It's really slow now. Egypt defending in a 4-4-2, the first line of press is the halfway line and the second is about 25 yards deeper than that. Uruguay cautiously approach the Egypt half, then reconsider things and pass backwards or sideways. Uruguay win a free-kick, hook it into the box... it's headed away and then Suarez is offside. What has happened to Suarez? 2:19PM 61 mins A three act tragedy: Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES 2:17PM 59 mins Change for Uruguay. Nandez off, Sanchez on and De Arrascaeta is replaced by Rodriguez. That might be a wee change of shape to a 4-2-3-1. 2:16PM 58 mins Varela gets high up the right, Nandez overlaps, passes back, goes wide, goes back... the passing's really predictable and Egypt just put 8million men behind the ball so there's nowhere to go... then spring a counter-attack. Now Uruguay drop deep. They need to put Suarez in the bin. He's been useless. He'd struggle to get in the Saudi Arabia team on this form. 2:14PM 55 mins Possession: Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay are attacking with more of a forward three now, with Nandez pushing high up the pitch on the right. Like a lopsided 4-4-2. 2:12PM 54 mins Suarez is still off the pace. It's his linkup play that's poor, waiting for the ball to arrive at his feet rather than moving towards it. Uruguay are forward now though... and Suarez has lost the ball on the edge of the box. 2:10PM 52 mins Morsy plays for Wigan... so he's not quite - perhaps - at the same international elite level as some of the Uruguay players but we'll see how he gets on. Hamed was played superbly before that and will be missed in the midfield. Uruguay are far more aggressive in this half and it's really working. Egypt have to keep kicking long and aren't keeping possession at all. 2:08PM 49 mins Disaster for Hamed. He's picked up an injury, being kneed right in the spine (one of the worst places to be kneed). His pals are signalling that this will probably be the end of his game... and he hobbles off the pitch. Morsy will come on to replace him. 2:05PM 47 mins It's a higher press from Uruguay now... and SUAREZ IS IN! Great move from Uruguay, Cavani plays in Suarez with a through-ball and the goalkeeper gets off his line quickly to block inside the six yard box! Early action! Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 46 min) 2:04PM KICK OFF 2 We're back! Egypt start the second half. 2:01PM Bentancur's first half We spoke about him before kick-off and sure enough, Bentancur has been excellent: Most interceptions: 5 Most passes completed: 42 Highest pass accuracy: 98% 1:59PM Inside the stadium Half time and have gone for a walk round the iconic temporary grandstands. Truly have never seen anything like it. pic.twitter.com/xWy90B84kS— Eli (@ElMengem) June 15, 2018 There's not a huge amount to see there but it is really impressive. 1:56PM Cavani can't get in the game 17 - Edinson Cavani had the fewest touches (17) of any Uruguay player in the first half, with none of those coming in the opposition's box. Restricted. #EGYURU#URU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXlby59phP— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 1:55PM Tac Tix Some halftime reading? Here's loads! World Cup 2018 tactics | JJ Bull analyses formations, line-ups and more This game is a battle of two deep defences. Uruguay are playing four central midfielders and lack a bit of width as a result but if they could just get their strikers into the game, and Suarez wasn't playing like he's broken, they'd be a lot better off. Honestly, if you'd bought this Suarez from a shop you'd be on your way back now to get a refund. 1:51PM This stadium is pretty crazy Ignore the empty seats - look at the amazing stand this place has. Ekaterinburg Arena: The crazy Russia World Cup 2018 stadium where you pay to sit outside to watch the football 1:48PM Team shapes Average touch positions (33 min) Uruguay aren't at it today. Strong words will be exchanged at half-time. 1:47PM HALF TIME Two pretty even teams! Egypt are organised, defending well and look menacing on the counter-attack, Uruguay should be 1-0 up and seem solid... but nothing like their usual selves. Suarez needs to have a word with himself - and actually, only Godin, Bentancur and Gimenez have really turned up here. 1:46PM 45 mins Uruguay come forward but the cross from wide right is poor and just hands possession back. Bentancur is having a really good game in the centre of midfield... but Suarez has lost the ball again. Pretty sure Suarez is on one of the downward arrows from Pro Evo games here. 1:44PM 43 mins Credit: REUTERS Look at all the empty seats. It's not nice :-( Uruguay are now looking for a way to score before half time and have Egypt pinned back. I think Egypt are happy with 0-0 at the moment, and that wall of defence is working extremely well. And now the counter-attack is on! Fathy comes down the right, crosses in... but the defence deal with it. 1:42PM 42 mins Warda goes for an overhead kick, misses the ball, falls to the ground then lies on the floor 'injured' until Uruguay break up their promising attack and put the ball out of play for him. Miraculously, he has recovered. Diagnosis: wounded pride. 1:41PM 40 mins Superb by Godin. He brings the ball out from the back on his own, dribbles past one man and gets all the way to the final third. He threads a through-pass into De Arrascaeta... whose first touch is embarrassing. Goal kick. 1:40PM 38 mins Good pressing by Egypt but Uruguay's passing has much improved and they are able to bring the ball out to the Egypt final third. Look at the defensive shape. What are you even supposed to do against that? They're really well organised. 1:36PM 36 mins There's quite a lot of empty seats in the stadium here... which is pretty surprising for the second game of the World Cup. Apparently tickets are expensive... almost as if not everyone can afford £300ish to watch 90 minutes of one sporting event. Who'd have thought it? FIFA are about as in-tune with the average human as I am to dolphins. 1:35PM 34 mins Credit: AFP You can see Suarez already running off to celebrate before he missed that chance earlier! Egypt vs Uruguay shots on goal 1:33PM 33 mins Suarez has lined up a free-kick 30 yards from goal. This will be one of those knuckle-ball attempts and having beaten himself up a minute ago for losing possession, maybe he'll be right on this one... Hits the wall. A lot of power in that one and it's hurt Trezeguet. 1:31PM 31 mins Oocha! Vecino goes for an early goal of the tournament attempt with a powerful drive from about 30 yards but it zips wide of the far post. Suarez has been awful so far. It's like he can't read the play at all - a pass towards him, he turns to chase and completely gives it away. It's as though he doesn't realise he isn't as fast as he was when he was 27 anymore and hasn't adjusted. 1:30PM 29 mins Uruguay look a little more comfortable on the ball now and are trying to make things happen in the final third. Egypt are in counter-attack mode but are sprinting forward to allow the team the chance to move up the pitch as a unit, rather than going for goal. Muslera grabs a cross out of the air and sends Uruguay on their way... but Suarez has given it away again. "He's not there mentally today," says Martin Keown. Godin has just gone absolutely nuts at his midfield for giving the ball away in their own half. He's had to clear up a few messes so far already. 1:27PM 27 mins It sounds like a few in the commentary area of the stadium thought that Suarez effort was a goal. To be fair, from where he was standing you'd expect him to convert it. Miss: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 24 min) 1:26PM 24 mins GOOOOOAAAAAL - oh that's a bad miss. Suarez has hit the side-netting from six yards! It's basically an open goal. Jonathan Pearce has done one of his classic misreadings of the situation. "He's disallowed it!" says the star of Robot Wars, when it's clearly not gone in the goal. I don’t understand much Russian, but I’m pretty sure by the tone that the TV commentator here thought that was in from Suarez and had been disallowed. He has my total sympathy. All been there!— Guy Mowbray (@Guymowbray) June 15, 2018 Still, Uruguay look dangerous from set pieces. 1:24PM 23 mins Fathi defends well in the corner but De Arrascaeta has a chance to get the ball in the box now for Uruguay's big men to attack. The goalkeeper punches... the ball goes back to the centre-circle... and is then launched wide back to the Uruguay number 10. Cavani takes over, skips the ball over one tackle and then fires a left-footed volley at goal! It hits the head of Gabr - otherwise that was heading towards goal! Another corner. 1:21PM 21 mins Uruguay's Rodrigo Bentancur, left, and Egypt's Amr Warda challenge for the ball Credit: AP Uruguay are being really sloppy in possession. Egypt are picking the ball off their feet at times and attacks are breaking down in the final third each time. Varela sprints down the right wing and Gimenez tries a direct pass into the space ahead of him. Goal kick. 1:19PM 19 mins Said skins Bentancur near the box but throws himself to the ground looking for a free-kick. A clear dive and a stupid one at that - he was about to dribble into the penalty area. Why go down? Uruguay come forward again but Egypt drop deep, holding a line on the 18 yard box and denying any space. 1:18PM 17 mins The free-kick is chipped in though - no shot - and Hegazi tries to head back across goal. Uruguay are massive, strong and organised though and easily see it out for a goal kick. Decent start to this game by Egypt though - they're really taking the game to Uruguay. Egypt vs Uruguay 1:16PM 16 mins The crowd roars as the stadium TV screens cut to pictures of Mo Salah sitting on the bench. I think the Egyptian fans like him. Warda wins a free-kick 25 yards out - this is a great position to shoot from... 1:15PM 14 mins Uruguay's defensive shape a pretty obvious 4-4-2. Cavani is dropping deeper at times though to make it a 4-4-1-1 - Suarez primed to chase anything that gets hit into space ahead of him. The ball is moved through the lines by Uruguay's passing, Varela is wide right and passes inside to Suarez. He's unmarked! But his shot is poor and well wide. 1:13PM 12 mins Egypt win a free-kick, Uruguay defend nervously and the header by Varela is hit into a central area. You're not supposed to that! Elneny thinks about hitting a volley, can't quite get there in time, so goes for a one-two, then Trezeguet forces his way into the box chasing the bouncing ball and gets a snap shot away. Muslera saves low. 1:10PM 9 mins CAVANIIIII tries an effort from distance but it's easy for the goalkeeper to save. He'll just be calibrating his shooting with that one. 1:09PM 8 mins Great passing from Uruguay. They work the ball quickly with one touch passes and some excellent movement off the ball but Egypt drop back and head clear. 1:06PM 6 mins Decent attack for Egypt. They break the midfield line with a pass between two Uruguay players and Trezeguet wins a throw-in near the corner flag. Caceres is fortunate to get away from Warda with the ball after some clumsy dribbling... but Suarez tries to switch the play and ends up booting it directly to the goalkeeper. Egypt are pressing the Uruguay defence high up the pitch. 1:04PM 4 mins Varela, ex of Manchester United, has seen a bit of the ball on the Uruguay right so far. Egypt now look to keep possession for a bit, Uruguay press near the centre-circle but are mostly behind the halfway line. Cavani stretches to go into a tackle early on and goes down in some pain. Let's hope he hasn't twisted his ankle. The replay seems to suggest he's alright. 1:02PM 2 mins Uruguay get us started, pass back to the defence and then kick it long... then win possession back straight away. Egypt sitting deep to block forward passes but you'd expect Uruguay to try and just get everyone a touch of the ball early on to get them calmed down. 1:01PM KICK OFF HERE WE GO! 12:57PM Starting lineups Uruguay should be in a 4-4-2 diamond, Egypt are a fairly conventional 4-2-3-1. 12:55PM National anthems Both of these are superb. 12:54PM Players in the tunnel Can you even imagine how nervous these guys are? The crowd is pumped too. And here they come out onto the pitch! Kick-off is five minutes away! 12:50PM The Uruguay manager 4 - This is Uruguay's manager ���� Oscar Tabárez’s fourth World Cup appearance (after 1990, 2010 and 2014); more than any other manager at this year’s tournament. Boss. #EGYURU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXxCJIcCeN— OptaJean (@OptaJean) June 15, 2018 12:48PM Egypt have been fasting for Ramadan Could this affect their chances? An imam tells a BBC investigator: "There are exceptions. The World Cup is in Russia, they're travelling to Russia, so they don't need to fast while they're playing." Many players do still choose to fast. "There's quite a drop in performance, up to 25 per cent," says an expert on the field. A lot of it is to do with temperament apparently. Hangar. 12:43PM Today's stadium Ekaterinburg Stadium It looks absolutely brilliant inside. Doesn't it make you want to go out and run around on the pitch? It's so green! Credit: GETTY IMAGES And a handy little graphic for you. World Cup 2018 stadium: Ekaterinburg Arena 12:40PM The modern football fan How do you consume your football news? Do you do it... on Whatsapp? Well you can now! Personally, I'm a big fan of this. World Cup whatsapp promo Loads of interesting things get sent your way and it's dead easy to set up. 12:33PM BBC titles One of the best thing about the World Cup is finding out what the themed intros from the TV stations will be. ITV did well yesterday but now it's time for the old BBC to show them how it's done. It's a dance music-led intro with lots of clever little computer graphic transitions showing things around Russia, nothing too extravagant... and it's short. And now an Egyptian themed VT to get things rolling. Gary Linieker says: "The Pharoahs are back in a World Cup for the first time in 28 years" and we're off! 12:24PM Stay up to date We've got so many great things to keep you up to date and informed this World Cup, and one of the best of them is our newsletter. Sign up for some lovely reading to help the time pass a little easier between games. 12:15PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:09PM Arsenal's new Uruguayan signing Who is he? Why did they buy him? How much?! Torreira puff Dan Zeqiri has the answers. 12:05PM Who to watch for Uruguay ���� @RodriiBentancur prepares to become our first ���� to take part in #WorldCup 2018 as #TeamUruguay face Egypt, buena suerte! ��#JuveWorldCup#ForzaJuvepic.twitter.com/Ko7TiEmVUA— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 15, 2018 You know about Suarez and Cavani but Uruguay are (almost) equally strong in defence as well. Godin and Gimenez are a powerful centre-back duo (who both play for Atletico Madrid too...) while Fernando Muslera is a reliable goalkeeper. Caceres, the left-back, plays for Lazio and isn't bad either. There is one player who could really make a name for himself this summer, and that is Rodrigo Bentancur. He's a midfielder who plays for Juventus, who used to be a wide right but now acts as either a holding midfielder or advanced playmaker. He sees the game really well and is composed in possession and at 20-years-old, is expected to achieve big things. Bentancur is dead cheap on Fantasy Football too - stick him in your team if you need to save some cash and can't figure out where! 11:58AM There he is Credit: AP Egypt are an OK team but Salah is by far and away the best player. Trezeguet is a promising forward who can play on the left or right of attack, Ahmed Hegazi is a thoroughly underrated centre-back (the same one who plays for West Brom) and Mohamed Elneny is the next best. He might not have played an awful lot for Arsenal but he's absolutely superb at keeping things ticking over in midfield, winning the ball back and linking passes. Apart from those three... there's not an awful lot for Uruguay to worry about. I'd expect a cagey start from the Egyptians. Credit: AP 11:47AM Liverpool lending support to Mr Salah Good luck to @MoSalah as his #EGY side start their #WorldCup campaign this afternoon. �� pic.twitter.com/KZq1Mp7CRm— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 15, 2018 Of course, this is not the only ex-Liverpool favourite on show today. Luis Suarez is playing his first World Cup game since he tried to eat Giorgio Chiellini during a match against Italy in Brazil back in 2014. 11:44AM Pre-match buildup Credit: REUTERS The fanzones at these types of tournaments are always so, so, so fun and the photos for everyone building up to this one look exactly the same. It's a lovely day outside the Ekaterinburg Arena (and I suspect probably the same inside it too) and I am thoroughly jealous of everyone in these photos. Credit: REUTERS And just as an added bonus, here's a happy doggo for you to enjoy. Credit: REUTERS 11:38AM Starting lineups Egypt (4-2-3-1) Elshenawy; Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdelshafy; Elneny, Hamed; Warda, Said, Trezeguet; Mohsen Uruguay (4-3-1-2) Muslera, Varela, Godin, Gimenez, Caceres, Nandez, Bentancur, Vecino, De Arrascaeta, Suarez, Cavani 11:31AM Happy World Cup Friday to you Hello everyone! Are you excited too? It's Friday, there are three World Cup games to watch - THREE - and the first features some of the best players on the planet. Diego Godin, Luis Suarez (well, maybe not anymore...), Edinson Cavani and even Egypt have some lad who's meant to be pretty tidy too. #EGYURU | Alineación confirmada de @Uruguay para el encuentro que disputará ante @Pharaohs a la hora 9 (Uy) por la 1a fecha del Grupo A de #Rusia2018.#ElEquipoQueNosUnepic.twitter.com/LVE4q5kSJg— Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) June 15, 2018 Speaking of that lad, who is of course, Mo Salah, and he has made it onto the bench for today's game! إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة اليوم �� @Uruguay#روسيا2018#ThePharaohs#egypic.twitter.com/3p5NDudg7A— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 15, 2018 I'd imagine he'll only actually play the final few minutes to get some match fitness but could be thrown on at some time in the second half if the game is tight and Egypt reckon they can grab a point or three. That said, we don't know yet if he is actually on the team sheet but team news should be in extremely shortly. Disappointingly, we won't be forced to listen to 'Robbie Williams's greatest hits, featuring Opera Lady' today and instead there will be no grand ceremony. Only football. Football football football. And whoever wins the football must know they have a massive chance of qualifying for the knock-out stages. Russia put five past Saudi Arabia, who are probably the worst team I've ever seen play in an international tournament, and really aren't up to much. If today's match ends up as a draw, I could see both Egypt and Uruguay finishing in the top two slots. If not - and it's most likely that Uruguay win - Egypt's match against Russia will be enormous. Stay with us for all the updates and action from today's match! It's going to be brilliant.
World Cup 2018: Jose Gimenez grabs late winner for Uruguay to break Egyptian hearts
A Jose Gimenez header on the verge of 90 minutes gave Uruguay a hard-fought 1-0 win over Egypt at the Yekaterinburg Arena, as what could have been a tale of two strikers was decided by a centre-back. There were high hopes for the Egyptians before kick-off as birthday boy Mohamed Salah was named among the substitutes, having recovered ahead of schedule from an injury sustained in the Champions League final. Every single time his face was shown on the big screens around the stadium the noise levels amplified, but Hector Cuper remained unswayed by emotion and stayed resolute in his decision making. Salah has other, more winnable fights to be prepared for, and keeping Egypt's star player rested may prove to be the right one going forward, especially considering how vulnerable Saudi Arabia looked on Thursday and how average Russia should prove to be. Another (now ex) star of Liverpool was instead the focus of much of this game and not for good reason. Luis Suarez summed up Uruguay's struggles to find anything like cohesion or fluency with an awful performance, losing possession all over the pitch, passing to the wrong people and hitting the side netting in the first half when it looked easier to score. Later, with only the goalkeeper to beat, Suarez held on the ball for too long and allowed goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shenawy the opportunity to smother inside the six yard box. For the umpteenth time in the game, Suarez berated himself, apparently unsure as to how just why nothing he attempted was working. If Egypt missed Salah, Uruguay were actively hindered by the presence of their misfiring Suarez imposter. Suarez misses a great chance inside the six yard box Credit: REUTERS Egypt frustrated Uruguay with a deep defensive line, staying compact, dealing with danger competently and threatening on the counter-attack but as they grew tired towards the end, Uruguay showed their quality and slowly squeezed the neck of the game. Edison Cavani came closest to breaking the deadlock with a curling free-kick in the 87th minute that came back off the post - the rebound blocked by Suarez against his own teammates - before a free-kick wide right resulted in the deadlock being broken. Egypt looked rattled and against the ropes, their desperate clearances the equivalent of a boxer gripping onto his opponent while trying to draw breath. The waves of attack kept coming and having knocked on the door for a sustained period of time, Uruguay finally opened the scoring as Gimenez rose highest to head home a cross from substitute Carlos Sanchez to secure the victory. Salah looked on despondently, Uruguay players rushed from the bench to celebrate their goal. In the end it was a just-about-deserved victory for Oscar Tabarez's side, but had Salah been available and Suarez actually turned up, this could have been oh so different. 3:33PM No Salah Credit: AP No Salah today but after what we've seen today and yesterday, I think he'll have a great time against Russia and Saudi Arabia. Egypt were solid defensively and need to rely on quick counter-attacks - there are few players better at exactly that than Salah. 3:15PM Uruguay's reaction to that goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES I think it's fairly safe to say they were excited. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 3:10PM Some more stats on Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay have won their opening match at a World Cup tournament for the first time since 1970, when they beat Israel. Egypt are still winless at the World Cup finals, failing to win five matches (D2 L3). José Giménez’s winning goal in the 90th minute was Uruguay’s latest winning goal in a World Cup match since Daniel Fonseca’s 92nd minute winner against South Korea in June 1990. Egypt have failed to score in each of their last three World Cup matches. Uruguay have won each of their last three World Cup group stage games with a goal scored in the last 10 minutes of matches. Three of Uruguay’s last four World Cup goals have been scored via headers – only three of their previous 22 World Cup goals had been headed. 3:05PM Tonight's match After Morocco vs Iran we've got Spain vs Portugal and it's going to be an absolute belter. Here are my tactical thoughts on each side ahead of the game: Spain World Cup tactics article Portugal World Cup tactics 3:03PM Bad stat for Egypt fans 5 - No African team has played as many World Cup games without winning a single one than Egypt (D2 L3). Hurdle. #EGYURU#EGY#WorldCup— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 3:00PM Who impressed Godin was Uruguay's best player, Cavani and Gimenez next, while Bentancur controlled the first half. Suarez was about a three out of a 10 - if that - and Egypt, as a whole, were really strong. No individual standouts but as a unit, they defended really well, broke forward as a team and were so close to getting a result. 2:57PM Great game That was really enjoyable. Two teams evenly matched but Uruguay had the quality and stamina to see it through - and deserved the win. But it's only the first game of the day! Next up is Morocco vs Iran. Follow it here with Ben Coles. 2:55PM FULL TIME That's it! Heartbreak for Egypt! Uruguay have a hard-earned three points! 2:55PM 90 mins +5 Egypt want an equaliser! Two crosses in a row into the box and now Uruguay look like they're in trouble. Hegazi fouls Suarez (who's looking for it...) and Suarez rolls around the floor a little bit. There are theatre groups less dramatic than Luis Suarez when he's trying to win a free-kick. 2:53PM 90 mins +4 Oh this isn't good. Trezeguet has gone down with cramp so bad he can hardly even walk. His legs are straight like Herman Munster as he's hauled off the turf and back to his feet. 2:51PM 90 mins +2 Uruguay keeping the ball now. Egypt are rocked by that goal - they've defended so well all game long but have really tired in the final part of this game. 2:48PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! GIMENEZ HAS SCORED! OOOHHHHH there it is! Egypt just couldn't hold on! A free-kick is hit in from wide right, Gimenez jumps higher than everyone else in the middle of the box and powers a header past the goalkeeper. Brilliant from the centre-back! Egypt 0 - 1 Uruguay (José Giménez, 90 min) 2:47PM 89 mins CAVANI HITS THE POST! The ball pings back off the upright and any of four Uruguay players can convert the rebound! But Suarez blocks it by being in the way! He's ruining everything today. Egypt are on the ropes, the heavyweight Uruguay are really taking the game to them here. 2:46PM 88 mins Ooooohhhhhhhhh free-kick on the edge of the area! Cavani is taken out by Fathy as he's about to run into the box. That could either be a game-saving move or it could end up with Uruguay hitting the back of the net. Torreira - Arsenal's new signing - is on for Vecino. Cavani stands over the free-kick. 2:45PM 87 mins Gimenez is the last man and absolutely nobody moves to give him the option for a pass. It's such poor movement and Egypt don't even have to try to win the ball back - Gimenez chips it forward and hands it back to them. That's Uruguay's period of pressure over then! Egypt are clearing their lines now. They want the 0-0. 2:43PM 85 mins Credit: AFP This photo more or less sums up Uruguay's match so far. They're pushing for a winner now. Another corner. 2:42PM 84 mins CAVANIIIIIIII! What a save! Wow. Where did that come from?! Suarez heads into Cavani, who hits on the volley and blooters the ball at rocket speed towards goal. El-Shenawy dives to his left and gets a strong palm behind it. The corner is rubbish. 2:41PM 82 mins Egypt win a turnover in their own half, break forwards... and hold the ball until reinforcements arrive. Elneny joins in, looks for a quick one-two but it doesn't come off. Then Elneny gets another shot at things and chips over the bar. No Mo Salah for us today - Egypt are making their final substitution. Warda comes off for Sobhy. 2:38PM 80 mins The break is on! Kahraba has the entire left wing to run into! He gets to the box, looks up and picks his pass... but Caceres stretches and blocks just before it becomes a massive problem. I'm not sure Varela has beaten the first man with any of his crosses from wide right. If he has they haven't been very good. 2:37PM 78 mins You know when you're playing Football Manager and your star player is on a 5 but you just don't want to take him off because you *know* all it takes is one chance and he'll make a difference? Suarez is around that at the moment. Every touch, pass, dribble... everything - none of it has worked. I think they put Alvaro Recoba on at some point. That'd be lovely. 2:35PM 76 mins Credit: FIFA Great play from Gimenez who takes a risk drawing in the Egyptian press but skips past it and sends Varela on his way. Varela has spent most of this half as a right winger. 2:32PM 73 mins Uruguay are leaving space at the back now as they look for a winner. Egypt hit the ball into that space, work the passing across the area and then a strike is smashed at goal from a tight angle! Muslera saves well at his near post and holds onto the ball. Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Ahmed Fathy, 72 min) SUAREZ IS IN! The pass comes in ahead of him, only the goalkeeper to beat! And it's as if he's waiting for someone to foul him! He just needs to jab that at goal and it's... a goal. Instead, he takes too long and the goalkeeper smothers. 2:29PM 71 mins Uruguay win a corner. Godin comes up. Egypt marking man to man... the ball lands with Cavani who swipes at it, hits Caceres in the general region of his hands/arms and the referee says free-kick. Seems harsh to me, I'm not sure what he's meant to do in that situation. 2:27PM 69 mins Uruguay get to the final third, slow right down... and Sanchez tries a hit from 25 yards which hits a defender. Martin Keown has just revealed that he would definitely have targeted Mo Salah, had he been playing against him today. "Of course I would have done. I once played against Ruud Gullit with a bandaged knee - it was like a dartboard for me!" 2:25PM 67 mins Rodriguez takes forever to decide what to do with the ball at his feet in the final third and Egypt easily win possession... then launch it long and concede once more. Egypt seem more in control of this game without the ball than they do with it! There's no movement in this Uruguay team, no purpose with the passing and they seem reluctant to really test the Egyptian defence. 2:24PM 65 mins Egypt vs Uruguay You can see here that Egypt are focusing their passes down the wide areas while Uruguay have made the majority of theirs in central positions. However, Uruguay have attempted way more crosses... which doesn't seem to make sense. Uruguay crosses Egypt are catching up now: Egypt crosses 2:21PM 63 mins It's really slow now. Egypt defending in a 4-4-2, the first line of press is the halfway line and the second is about 25 yards deeper than that. Uruguay cautiously approach the Egypt half, then reconsider things and pass backwards or sideways. Uruguay win a free-kick, hook it into the box... it's headed away and then Suarez is offside. What has happened to Suarez? 2:19PM 61 mins A three act tragedy: Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES 2:17PM 59 mins Change for Uruguay. Nandez off, Sanchez on and De Arrascaeta is replaced by Rodriguez. That might be a wee change of shape to a 4-2-3-1. 2:16PM 58 mins Varela gets high up the right, Nandez overlaps, passes back, goes wide, goes back... the passing's really predictable and Egypt just put 8million men behind the ball so there's nowhere to go... then spring a counter-attack. Now Uruguay drop deep. They need to put Suarez in the bin. He's been useless. He'd struggle to get in the Saudi Arabia team on this form. 2:14PM 55 mins Possession: Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay are attacking with more of a forward three now, with Nandez pushing high up the pitch on the right. Like a lopsided 4-4-2. 2:12PM 54 mins Suarez is still off the pace. It's his linkup play that's poor, waiting for the ball to arrive at his feet rather than moving towards it. Uruguay are forward now though... and Suarez has lost the ball on the edge of the box. 2:10PM 52 mins Morsy plays for Wigan... so he's not quite - perhaps - at the same international elite level as some of the Uruguay players but we'll see how he gets on. Hamed was played superbly before that and will be missed in the midfield. Uruguay are far more aggressive in this half and it's really working. Egypt have to keep kicking long and aren't keeping possession at all. 2:08PM 49 mins Disaster for Hamed. He's picked up an injury, being kneed right in the spine (one of the worst places to be kneed). His pals are signalling that this will probably be the end of his game... and he hobbles off the pitch. Morsy will come on to replace him. 2:05PM 47 mins It's a higher press from Uruguay now... and SUAREZ IS IN! Great move from Uruguay, Cavani plays in Suarez with a through-ball and the goalkeeper gets off his line quickly to block inside the six yard box! Early action! Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 46 min) 2:04PM KICK OFF 2 We're back! Egypt start the second half. 2:01PM Bentancur's first half We spoke about him before kick-off and sure enough, Bentancur has been excellent: Most interceptions: 5 Most passes completed: 42 Highest pass accuracy: 98% 1:59PM Inside the stadium Half time and have gone for a walk round the iconic temporary grandstands. Truly have never seen anything like it. pic.twitter.com/xWy90B84kS— Eli (@ElMengem) June 15, 2018 There's not a huge amount to see there but it is really impressive. 1:56PM Cavani can't get in the game 17 - Edinson Cavani had the fewest touches (17) of any Uruguay player in the first half, with none of those coming in the opposition's box. Restricted. #EGYURU#URU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXlby59phP— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 1:55PM Tac Tix Some halftime reading? Here's loads! World Cup 2018 tactics | JJ Bull analyses formations, line-ups and more This game is a battle of two deep defences. Uruguay are playing four central midfielders and lack a bit of width as a result but if they could just get their strikers into the game, and Suarez wasn't playing like he's broken, they'd be a lot better off. Honestly, if you'd bought this Suarez from a shop you'd be on your way back now to get a refund. 1:51PM This stadium is pretty crazy Ignore the empty seats - look at the amazing stand this place has. Ekaterinburg Arena: The crazy Russia World Cup 2018 stadium where you pay to sit outside to watch the football 1:48PM Team shapes Average touch positions (33 min) Uruguay aren't at it today. Strong words will be exchanged at half-time. 1:47PM HALF TIME Two pretty even teams! Egypt are organised, defending well and look menacing on the counter-attack, Uruguay should be 1-0 up and seem solid... but nothing like their usual selves. Suarez needs to have a word with himself - and actually, only Godin, Bentancur and Gimenez have really turned up here. 1:46PM 45 mins Uruguay come forward but the cross from wide right is poor and just hands possession back. Bentancur is having a really good game in the centre of midfield... but Suarez has lost the ball again. Pretty sure Suarez is on one of the downward arrows from Pro Evo games here. 1:44PM 43 mins Credit: REUTERS Look at all the empty seats. It's not nice :-( Uruguay are now looking for a way to score before half time and have Egypt pinned back. I think Egypt are happy with 0-0 at the moment, and that wall of defence is working extremely well. And now the counter-attack is on! Fathy comes down the right, crosses in... but the defence deal with it. 1:42PM 42 mins Warda goes for an overhead kick, misses the ball, falls to the ground then lies on the floor 'injured' until Uruguay break up their promising attack and put the ball out of play for him. Miraculously, he has recovered. Diagnosis: wounded pride. 1:41PM 40 mins Superb by Godin. He brings the ball out from the back on his own, dribbles past one man and gets all the way to the final third. He threads a through-pass into De Arrascaeta... whose first touch is embarrassing. Goal kick. 1:40PM 38 mins Good pressing by Egypt but Uruguay's passing has much improved and they are able to bring the ball out to the Egypt final third. Look at the defensive shape. What are you even supposed to do against that? They're really well organised. 1:36PM 36 mins There's quite a lot of empty seats in the stadium here... which is pretty surprising for the second game of the World Cup. Apparently tickets are expensive... almost as if not everyone can afford £300ish to watch 90 minutes of one sporting event. Who'd have thought it? FIFA are about as in-tune with the average human as I am to dolphins. 1:35PM 34 mins Credit: AFP You can see Suarez already running off to celebrate before he missed that chance earlier! Egypt vs Uruguay shots on goal 1:33PM 33 mins Suarez has lined up a free-kick 30 yards from goal. This will be one of those knuckle-ball attempts and having beaten himself up a minute ago for losing possession, maybe he'll be right on this one... Hits the wall. A lot of power in that one and it's hurt Trezeguet. 1:31PM 31 mins Oocha! Vecino goes for an early goal of the tournament attempt with a powerful drive from about 30 yards but it zips wide of the far post. Suarez has been awful so far. It's like he can't read the play at all - a pass towards him, he turns to chase and completely gives it away. It's as though he doesn't realise he isn't as fast as he was when he was 27 anymore and hasn't adjusted. 1:30PM 29 mins Uruguay look a little more comfortable on the ball now and are trying to make things happen in the final third. Egypt are in counter-attack mode but are sprinting forward to allow the team the chance to move up the pitch as a unit, rather than going for goal. Muslera grabs a cross out of the air and sends Uruguay on their way... but Suarez has given it away again. "He's not there mentally today," says Martin Keown. Godin has just gone absolutely nuts at his midfield for giving the ball away in their own half. He's had to clear up a few messes so far already. 1:27PM 27 mins It sounds like a few in the commentary area of the stadium thought that Suarez effort was a goal. To be fair, from where he was standing you'd expect him to convert it. Miss: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 24 min) 1:26PM 24 mins GOOOOOAAAAAL - oh that's a bad miss. Suarez has hit the side-netting from six yards! It's basically an open goal. Jonathan Pearce has done one of his classic misreadings of the situation. "He's disallowed it!" says the star of Robot Wars, when it's clearly not gone in the goal. I don’t understand much Russian, but I’m pretty sure by the tone that the TV commentator here thought that was in from Suarez and had been disallowed. He has my total sympathy. All been there!— Guy Mowbray (@Guymowbray) June 15, 2018 Still, Uruguay look dangerous from set pieces. 1:24PM 23 mins Fathi defends well in the corner but De Arrascaeta has a chance to get the ball in the box now for Uruguay's big men to attack. The goalkeeper punches... the ball goes back to the centre-circle... and is then launched wide back to the Uruguay number 10. Cavani takes over, skips the ball over one tackle and then fires a left-footed volley at goal! It hits the head of Gabr - otherwise that was heading towards goal! Another corner. 1:21PM 21 mins Uruguay's Rodrigo Bentancur, left, and Egypt's Amr Warda challenge for the ball Credit: AP Uruguay are being really sloppy in possession. Egypt are picking the ball off their feet at times and attacks are breaking down in the final third each time. Varela sprints down the right wing and Gimenez tries a direct pass into the space ahead of him. Goal kick. 1:19PM 19 mins Said skins Bentancur near the box but throws himself to the ground looking for a free-kick. A clear dive and a stupid one at that - he was about to dribble into the penalty area. Why go down? Uruguay come forward again but Egypt drop deep, holding a line on the 18 yard box and denying any space. 1:18PM 17 mins The free-kick is chipped in though - no shot - and Hegazi tries to head back across goal. Uruguay are massive, strong and organised though and easily see it out for a goal kick. Decent start to this game by Egypt though - they're really taking the game to Uruguay. Egypt vs Uruguay 1:16PM 16 mins The crowd roars as the stadium TV screens cut to pictures of Mo Salah sitting on the bench. I think the Egyptian fans like him. Warda wins a free-kick 25 yards out - this is a great position to shoot from... 1:15PM 14 mins Uruguay's defensive shape a pretty obvious 4-4-2. Cavani is dropping deeper at times though to make it a 4-4-1-1 - Suarez primed to chase anything that gets hit into space ahead of him. The ball is moved through the lines by Uruguay's passing, Varela is wide right and passes inside to Suarez. He's unmarked! But his shot is poor and well wide. 1:13PM 12 mins Egypt win a free-kick, Uruguay defend nervously and the header by Varela is hit into a central area. You're not supposed to that! Elneny thinks about hitting a volley, can't quite get there in time, so goes for a one-two, then Trezeguet forces his way into the box chasing the bouncing ball and gets a snap shot away. Muslera saves low. 1:10PM 9 mins CAVANIIIII tries an effort from distance but it's easy for the goalkeeper to save. He'll just be calibrating his shooting with that one. 1:09PM 8 mins Great passing from Uruguay. They work the ball quickly with one touch passes and some excellent movement off the ball but Egypt drop back and head clear. 1:06PM 6 mins Decent attack for Egypt. They break the midfield line with a pass between two Uruguay players and Trezeguet wins a throw-in near the corner flag. Caceres is fortunate to get away from Warda with the ball after some clumsy dribbling... but Suarez tries to switch the play and ends up booting it directly to the goalkeeper. Egypt are pressing the Uruguay defence high up the pitch. 1:04PM 4 mins Varela, ex of Manchester United, has seen a bit of the ball on the Uruguay right so far. Egypt now look to keep possession for a bit, Uruguay press near the centre-circle but are mostly behind the halfway line. Cavani stretches to go into a tackle early on and goes down in some pain. Let's hope he hasn't twisted his ankle. The replay seems to suggest he's alright. 1:02PM 2 mins Uruguay get us started, pass back to the defence and then kick it long... then win possession back straight away. Egypt sitting deep to block forward passes but you'd expect Uruguay to try and just get everyone a touch of the ball early on to get them calmed down. 1:01PM KICK OFF HERE WE GO! 12:57PM Starting lineups Uruguay should be in a 4-4-2 diamond, Egypt are a fairly conventional 4-2-3-1. 12:55PM National anthems Both of these are superb. 12:54PM Players in the tunnel Can you even imagine how nervous these guys are? The crowd is pumped too. And here they come out onto the pitch! Kick-off is five minutes away! 12:50PM The Uruguay manager 4 - This is Uruguay's manager ���� Oscar Tabárez’s fourth World Cup appearance (after 1990, 2010 and 2014); more than any other manager at this year’s tournament. Boss. #EGYURU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXxCJIcCeN— OptaJean (@OptaJean) June 15, 2018 12:48PM Egypt have been fasting for Ramadan Could this affect their chances? An imam tells a BBC investigator: "There are exceptions. The World Cup is in Russia, they're travelling to Russia, so they don't need to fast while they're playing." Many players do still choose to fast. "There's quite a drop in performance, up to 25 per cent," says an expert on the field. A lot of it is to do with temperament apparently. Hangar. 12:43PM Today's stadium Ekaterinburg Stadium It looks absolutely brilliant inside. Doesn't it make you want to go out and run around on the pitch? It's so green! Credit: GETTY IMAGES And a handy little graphic for you. World Cup 2018 stadium: Ekaterinburg Arena 12:40PM The modern football fan How do you consume your football news? Do you do it... on Whatsapp? Well you can now! Personally, I'm a big fan of this. World Cup whatsapp promo Loads of interesting things get sent your way and it's dead easy to set up. 12:33PM BBC titles One of the best thing about the World Cup is finding out what the themed intros from the TV stations will be. ITV did well yesterday but now it's time for the old BBC to show them how it's done. It's a dance music-led intro with lots of clever little computer graphic transitions showing things around Russia, nothing too extravagant... and it's short. And now an Egyptian themed VT to get things rolling. Gary Linieker says: "The Pharoahs are back in a World Cup for the first time in 28 years" and we're off! 12:24PM Stay up to date We've got so many great things to keep you up to date and informed this World Cup, and one of the best of them is our newsletter. Sign up for some lovely reading to help the time pass a little easier between games. 12:15PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:09PM Arsenal's new Uruguayan signing Who is he? Why did they buy him? How much?! Torreira puff Dan Zeqiri has the answers. 12:05PM Who to watch for Uruguay ���� @RodriiBentancur prepares to become our first ���� to take part in #WorldCup 2018 as #TeamUruguay face Egypt, buena suerte! ��#JuveWorldCup#ForzaJuvepic.twitter.com/Ko7TiEmVUA— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 15, 2018 You know about Suarez and Cavani but Uruguay are (almost) equally strong in defence as well. Godin and Gimenez are a powerful centre-back duo (who both play for Atletico Madrid too...) while Fernando Muslera is a reliable goalkeeper. Caceres, the left-back, plays for Lazio and isn't bad either. There is one player who could really make a name for himself this summer, and that is Rodrigo Bentancur. He's a midfielder who plays for Juventus, who used to be a wide right but now acts as either a holding midfielder or advanced playmaker. He sees the game really well and is composed in possession and at 20-years-old, is expected to achieve big things. Bentancur is dead cheap on Fantasy Football too - stick him in your team if you need to save some cash and can't figure out where! 11:58AM There he is Credit: AP Egypt are an OK team but Salah is by far and away the best player. Trezeguet is a promising forward who can play on the left or right of attack, Ahmed Hegazi is a thoroughly underrated centre-back (the same one who plays for West Brom) and Mohamed Elneny is the next best. He might not have played an awful lot for Arsenal but he's absolutely superb at keeping things ticking over in midfield, winning the ball back and linking passes. Apart from those three... there's not an awful lot for Uruguay to worry about. I'd expect a cagey start from the Egyptians. Credit: AP 11:47AM Liverpool lending support to Mr Salah Good luck to @MoSalah as his #EGY side start their #WorldCup campaign this afternoon. �� pic.twitter.com/KZq1Mp7CRm— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 15, 2018 Of course, this is not the only ex-Liverpool favourite on show today. Luis Suarez is playing his first World Cup game since he tried to eat Giorgio Chiellini during a match against Italy in Brazil back in 2014. 11:44AM Pre-match buildup Credit: REUTERS The fanzones at these types of tournaments are always so, so, so fun and the photos for everyone building up to this one look exactly the same. It's a lovely day outside the Ekaterinburg Arena (and I suspect probably the same inside it too) and I am thoroughly jealous of everyone in these photos. Credit: REUTERS And just as an added bonus, here's a happy doggo for you to enjoy. Credit: REUTERS 11:38AM Starting lineups Egypt (4-2-3-1) Elshenawy; Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdelshafy; Elneny, Hamed; Warda, Said, Trezeguet; Mohsen Uruguay (4-3-1-2) Muslera, Varela, Godin, Gimenez, Caceres, Nandez, Bentancur, Vecino, De Arrascaeta, Suarez, Cavani 11:31AM Happy World Cup Friday to you Hello everyone! Are you excited too? It's Friday, there are three World Cup games to watch - THREE - and the first features some of the best players on the planet. Diego Godin, Luis Suarez (well, maybe not anymore...), Edinson Cavani and even Egypt have some lad who's meant to be pretty tidy too. #EGYURU | Alineación confirmada de @Uruguay para el encuentro que disputará ante @Pharaohs a la hora 9 (Uy) por la 1a fecha del Grupo A de #Rusia2018.#ElEquipoQueNosUnepic.twitter.com/LVE4q5kSJg— Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) June 15, 2018 Speaking of that lad, who is of course, Mo Salah, and he has made it onto the bench for today's game! إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة اليوم �� @Uruguay#روسيا2018#ThePharaohs#egypic.twitter.com/3p5NDudg7A— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 15, 2018 I'd imagine he'll only actually play the final few minutes to get some match fitness but could be thrown on at some time in the second half if the game is tight and Egypt reckon they can grab a point or three. That said, we don't know yet if he is actually on the team sheet but team news should be in extremely shortly. Disappointingly, we won't be forced to listen to 'Robbie Williams's greatest hits, featuring Opera Lady' today and instead there will be no grand ceremony. Only football. Football football football. And whoever wins the football must know they have a massive chance of qualifying for the knock-out stages. Russia put five past Saudi Arabia, who are probably the worst team I've ever seen play in an international tournament, and really aren't up to much. If today's match ends up as a draw, I could see both Egypt and Uruguay finishing in the top two slots. If not - and it's most likely that Uruguay win - Egypt's match against Russia will be enormous. Stay with us for all the updates and action from today's match! It's going to be brilliant.
A Jose Gimenez header on the verge of 90 minutes gave Uruguay a hard-fought 1-0 win over Egypt at the Yekaterinburg Arena, as what could have been a tale of two strikers was decided by a centre-back. There were high hopes for the Egyptians before kick-off as birthday boy Mohamed Salah was named among the substitutes, having recovered ahead of schedule from an injury sustained in the Champions League final. Every single time his face was shown on the big screens around the stadium the noise levels amplified, but Hector Cuper remained unswayed by emotion and stayed resolute in his decision making. Salah has other, more winnable fights to be prepared for, and keeping Egypt's star player rested may prove to be the right one going forward, especially considering how vulnerable Saudi Arabia looked on Thursday and how average Russia should prove to be. Another (now ex) star of Liverpool was instead the focus of much of this game and not for good reason. Luis Suarez summed up Uruguay's struggles to find anything like cohesion or fluency with an awful performance, losing possession all over the pitch, passing to the wrong people and hitting the side netting in the first half when it looked easier to score. Later, with only the goalkeeper to beat, Suarez held on the ball for too long and allowed goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shenawy the opportunity to smother inside the six yard box. For the umpteenth time in the game, Suarez berated himself, apparently unsure as to how just why nothing he attempted was working. If Egypt missed Salah, Uruguay were actively hindered by the presence of their misfiring Suarez imposter. Suarez misses a great chance inside the six yard box Credit: REUTERS Egypt frustrated Uruguay with a deep defensive line, staying compact, dealing with danger competently and threatening on the counter-attack but as they grew tired towards the end, Uruguay showed their quality and slowly squeezed the neck of the game. Edison Cavani came closest to breaking the deadlock with a curling free-kick in the 87th minute that came back off the post - the rebound blocked by Suarez against his own teammates - before a free-kick wide right resulted in the deadlock being broken. Egypt looked rattled and against the ropes, their desperate clearances the equivalent of a boxer gripping onto his opponent while trying to draw breath. The waves of attack kept coming and having knocked on the door for a sustained period of time, Uruguay finally opened the scoring as Gimenez rose highest to head home a cross from substitute Carlos Sanchez to secure the victory. Salah looked on despondently, Uruguay players rushed from the bench to celebrate their goal. In the end it was a just-about-deserved victory for Oscar Tabarez's side, but had Salah been available and Suarez actually turned up, this could have been oh so different. 3:33PM No Salah Credit: AP No Salah today but after what we've seen today and yesterday, I think he'll have a great time against Russia and Saudi Arabia. Egypt were solid defensively and need to rely on quick counter-attacks - there are few players better at exactly that than Salah. 3:15PM Uruguay's reaction to that goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES I think it's fairly safe to say they were excited. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 3:10PM Some more stats on Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay have won their opening match at a World Cup tournament for the first time since 1970, when they beat Israel. Egypt are still winless at the World Cup finals, failing to win five matches (D2 L3). José Giménez’s winning goal in the 90th minute was Uruguay’s latest winning goal in a World Cup match since Daniel Fonseca’s 92nd minute winner against South Korea in June 1990. Egypt have failed to score in each of their last three World Cup matches. Uruguay have won each of their last three World Cup group stage games with a goal scored in the last 10 minutes of matches. Three of Uruguay’s last four World Cup goals have been scored via headers – only three of their previous 22 World Cup goals had been headed. 3:05PM Tonight's match After Morocco vs Iran we've got Spain vs Portugal and it's going to be an absolute belter. Here are my tactical thoughts on each side ahead of the game: Spain World Cup tactics article Portugal World Cup tactics 3:03PM Bad stat for Egypt fans 5 - No African team has played as many World Cup games without winning a single one than Egypt (D2 L3). Hurdle. #EGYURU#EGY#WorldCup— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 3:00PM Who impressed Godin was Uruguay's best player, Cavani and Gimenez next, while Bentancur controlled the first half. Suarez was about a three out of a 10 - if that - and Egypt, as a whole, were really strong. No individual standouts but as a unit, they defended really well, broke forward as a team and were so close to getting a result. 2:57PM Great game That was really enjoyable. Two teams evenly matched but Uruguay had the quality and stamina to see it through - and deserved the win. But it's only the first game of the day! Next up is Morocco vs Iran. Follow it here with Ben Coles. 2:55PM FULL TIME That's it! Heartbreak for Egypt! Uruguay have a hard-earned three points! 2:55PM 90 mins +5 Egypt want an equaliser! Two crosses in a row into the box and now Uruguay look like they're in trouble. Hegazi fouls Suarez (who's looking for it...) and Suarez rolls around the floor a little bit. There are theatre groups less dramatic than Luis Suarez when he's trying to win a free-kick. 2:53PM 90 mins +4 Oh this isn't good. Trezeguet has gone down with cramp so bad he can hardly even walk. His legs are straight like Herman Munster as he's hauled off the turf and back to his feet. 2:51PM 90 mins +2 Uruguay keeping the ball now. Egypt are rocked by that goal - they've defended so well all game long but have really tired in the final part of this game. 2:48PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! GIMENEZ HAS SCORED! OOOHHHHH there it is! Egypt just couldn't hold on! A free-kick is hit in from wide right, Gimenez jumps higher than everyone else in the middle of the box and powers a header past the goalkeeper. Brilliant from the centre-back! Egypt 0 - 1 Uruguay (José Giménez, 90 min) 2:47PM 89 mins CAVANI HITS THE POST! The ball pings back off the upright and any of four Uruguay players can convert the rebound! But Suarez blocks it by being in the way! He's ruining everything today. Egypt are on the ropes, the heavyweight Uruguay are really taking the game to them here. 2:46PM 88 mins Ooooohhhhhhhhh free-kick on the edge of the area! Cavani is taken out by Fathy as he's about to run into the box. That could either be a game-saving move or it could end up with Uruguay hitting the back of the net. Torreira - Arsenal's new signing - is on for Vecino. Cavani stands over the free-kick. 2:45PM 87 mins Gimenez is the last man and absolutely nobody moves to give him the option for a pass. It's such poor movement and Egypt don't even have to try to win the ball back - Gimenez chips it forward and hands it back to them. That's Uruguay's period of pressure over then! Egypt are clearing their lines now. They want the 0-0. 2:43PM 85 mins Credit: AFP This photo more or less sums up Uruguay's match so far. They're pushing for a winner now. Another corner. 2:42PM 84 mins CAVANIIIIIIII! What a save! Wow. Where did that come from?! Suarez heads into Cavani, who hits on the volley and blooters the ball at rocket speed towards goal. El-Shenawy dives to his left and gets a strong palm behind it. The corner is rubbish. 2:41PM 82 mins Egypt win a turnover in their own half, break forwards... and hold the ball until reinforcements arrive. Elneny joins in, looks for a quick one-two but it doesn't come off. Then Elneny gets another shot at things and chips over the bar. No Mo Salah for us today - Egypt are making their final substitution. Warda comes off for Sobhy. 2:38PM 80 mins The break is on! Kahraba has the entire left wing to run into! He gets to the box, looks up and picks his pass... but Caceres stretches and blocks just before it becomes a massive problem. I'm not sure Varela has beaten the first man with any of his crosses from wide right. If he has they haven't been very good. 2:37PM 78 mins You know when you're playing Football Manager and your star player is on a 5 but you just don't want to take him off because you *know* all it takes is one chance and he'll make a difference? Suarez is around that at the moment. Every touch, pass, dribble... everything - none of it has worked. I think they put Alvaro Recoba on at some point. That'd be lovely. 2:35PM 76 mins Credit: FIFA Great play from Gimenez who takes a risk drawing in the Egyptian press but skips past it and sends Varela on his way. Varela has spent most of this half as a right winger. 2:32PM 73 mins Uruguay are leaving space at the back now as they look for a winner. Egypt hit the ball into that space, work the passing across the area and then a strike is smashed at goal from a tight angle! Muslera saves well at his near post and holds onto the ball. Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Ahmed Fathy, 72 min) SUAREZ IS IN! The pass comes in ahead of him, only the goalkeeper to beat! And it's as if he's waiting for someone to foul him! He just needs to jab that at goal and it's... a goal. Instead, he takes too long and the goalkeeper smothers. 2:29PM 71 mins Uruguay win a corner. Godin comes up. Egypt marking man to man... the ball lands with Cavani who swipes at it, hits Caceres in the general region of his hands/arms and the referee says free-kick. Seems harsh to me, I'm not sure what he's meant to do in that situation. 2:27PM 69 mins Uruguay get to the final third, slow right down... and Sanchez tries a hit from 25 yards which hits a defender. Martin Keown has just revealed that he would definitely have targeted Mo Salah, had he been playing against him today. "Of course I would have done. I once played against Ruud Gullit with a bandaged knee - it was like a dartboard for me!" 2:25PM 67 mins Rodriguez takes forever to decide what to do with the ball at his feet in the final third and Egypt easily win possession... then launch it long and concede once more. Egypt seem more in control of this game without the ball than they do with it! There's no movement in this Uruguay team, no purpose with the passing and they seem reluctant to really test the Egyptian defence. 2:24PM 65 mins Egypt vs Uruguay You can see here that Egypt are focusing their passes down the wide areas while Uruguay have made the majority of theirs in central positions. However, Uruguay have attempted way more crosses... which doesn't seem to make sense. Uruguay crosses Egypt are catching up now: Egypt crosses 2:21PM 63 mins It's really slow now. Egypt defending in a 4-4-2, the first line of press is the halfway line and the second is about 25 yards deeper than that. Uruguay cautiously approach the Egypt half, then reconsider things and pass backwards or sideways. Uruguay win a free-kick, hook it into the box... it's headed away and then Suarez is offside. What has happened to Suarez? 2:19PM 61 mins A three act tragedy: Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES 2:17PM 59 mins Change for Uruguay. Nandez off, Sanchez on and De Arrascaeta is replaced by Rodriguez. That might be a wee change of shape to a 4-2-3-1. 2:16PM 58 mins Varela gets high up the right, Nandez overlaps, passes back, goes wide, goes back... the passing's really predictable and Egypt just put 8million men behind the ball so there's nowhere to go... then spring a counter-attack. Now Uruguay drop deep. They need to put Suarez in the bin. He's been useless. He'd struggle to get in the Saudi Arabia team on this form. 2:14PM 55 mins Possession: Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay are attacking with more of a forward three now, with Nandez pushing high up the pitch on the right. Like a lopsided 4-4-2. 2:12PM 54 mins Suarez is still off the pace. It's his linkup play that's poor, waiting for the ball to arrive at his feet rather than moving towards it. Uruguay are forward now though... and Suarez has lost the ball on the edge of the box. 2:10PM 52 mins Morsy plays for Wigan... so he's not quite - perhaps - at the same international elite level as some of the Uruguay players but we'll see how he gets on. Hamed was played superbly before that and will be missed in the midfield. Uruguay are far more aggressive in this half and it's really working. Egypt have to keep kicking long and aren't keeping possession at all. 2:08PM 49 mins Disaster for Hamed. He's picked up an injury, being kneed right in the spine (one of the worst places to be kneed). His pals are signalling that this will probably be the end of his game... and he hobbles off the pitch. Morsy will come on to replace him. 2:05PM 47 mins It's a higher press from Uruguay now... and SUAREZ IS IN! Great move from Uruguay, Cavani plays in Suarez with a through-ball and the goalkeeper gets off his line quickly to block inside the six yard box! Early action! Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 46 min) 2:04PM KICK OFF 2 We're back! Egypt start the second half. 2:01PM Bentancur's first half We spoke about him before kick-off and sure enough, Bentancur has been excellent: Most interceptions: 5 Most passes completed: 42 Highest pass accuracy: 98% 1:59PM Inside the stadium Half time and have gone for a walk round the iconic temporary grandstands. Truly have never seen anything like it. pic.twitter.com/xWy90B84kS— Eli (@ElMengem) June 15, 2018 There's not a huge amount to see there but it is really impressive. 1:56PM Cavani can't get in the game 17 - Edinson Cavani had the fewest touches (17) of any Uruguay player in the first half, with none of those coming in the opposition's box. Restricted. #EGYURU#URU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXlby59phP— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 1:55PM Tac Tix Some halftime reading? Here's loads! World Cup 2018 tactics | JJ Bull analyses formations, line-ups and more This game is a battle of two deep defences. Uruguay are playing four central midfielders and lack a bit of width as a result but if they could just get their strikers into the game, and Suarez wasn't playing like he's broken, they'd be a lot better off. Honestly, if you'd bought this Suarez from a shop you'd be on your way back now to get a refund. 1:51PM This stadium is pretty crazy Ignore the empty seats - look at the amazing stand this place has. Ekaterinburg Arena: The crazy Russia World Cup 2018 stadium where you pay to sit outside to watch the football 1:48PM Team shapes Average touch positions (33 min) Uruguay aren't at it today. Strong words will be exchanged at half-time. 1:47PM HALF TIME Two pretty even teams! Egypt are organised, defending well and look menacing on the counter-attack, Uruguay should be 1-0 up and seem solid... but nothing like their usual selves. Suarez needs to have a word with himself - and actually, only Godin, Bentancur and Gimenez have really turned up here. 1:46PM 45 mins Uruguay come forward but the cross from wide right is poor and just hands possession back. Bentancur is having a really good game in the centre of midfield... but Suarez has lost the ball again. Pretty sure Suarez is on one of the downward arrows from Pro Evo games here. 1:44PM 43 mins Credit: REUTERS Look at all the empty seats. It's not nice :-( Uruguay are now looking for a way to score before half time and have Egypt pinned back. I think Egypt are happy with 0-0 at the moment, and that wall of defence is working extremely well. And now the counter-attack is on! Fathy comes down the right, crosses in... but the defence deal with it. 1:42PM 42 mins Warda goes for an overhead kick, misses the ball, falls to the ground then lies on the floor 'injured' until Uruguay break up their promising attack and put the ball out of play for him. Miraculously, he has recovered. Diagnosis: wounded pride. 1:41PM 40 mins Superb by Godin. He brings the ball out from the back on his own, dribbles past one man and gets all the way to the final third. He threads a through-pass into De Arrascaeta... whose first touch is embarrassing. Goal kick. 1:40PM 38 mins Good pressing by Egypt but Uruguay's passing has much improved and they are able to bring the ball out to the Egypt final third. Look at the defensive shape. What are you even supposed to do against that? They're really well organised. 1:36PM 36 mins There's quite a lot of empty seats in the stadium here... which is pretty surprising for the second game of the World Cup. Apparently tickets are expensive... almost as if not everyone can afford £300ish to watch 90 minutes of one sporting event. Who'd have thought it? FIFA are about as in-tune with the average human as I am to dolphins. 1:35PM 34 mins Credit: AFP You can see Suarez already running off to celebrate before he missed that chance earlier! Egypt vs Uruguay shots on goal 1:33PM 33 mins Suarez has lined up a free-kick 30 yards from goal. This will be one of those knuckle-ball attempts and having beaten himself up a minute ago for losing possession, maybe he'll be right on this one... Hits the wall. A lot of power in that one and it's hurt Trezeguet. 1:31PM 31 mins Oocha! Vecino goes for an early goal of the tournament attempt with a powerful drive from about 30 yards but it zips wide of the far post. Suarez has been awful so far. It's like he can't read the play at all - a pass towards him, he turns to chase and completely gives it away. It's as though he doesn't realise he isn't as fast as he was when he was 27 anymore and hasn't adjusted. 1:30PM 29 mins Uruguay look a little more comfortable on the ball now and are trying to make things happen in the final third. Egypt are in counter-attack mode but are sprinting forward to allow the team the chance to move up the pitch as a unit, rather than going for goal. Muslera grabs a cross out of the air and sends Uruguay on their way... but Suarez has given it away again. "He's not there mentally today," says Martin Keown. Godin has just gone absolutely nuts at his midfield for giving the ball away in their own half. He's had to clear up a few messes so far already. 1:27PM 27 mins It sounds like a few in the commentary area of the stadium thought that Suarez effort was a goal. To be fair, from where he was standing you'd expect him to convert it. Miss: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 24 min) 1:26PM 24 mins GOOOOOAAAAAL - oh that's a bad miss. Suarez has hit the side-netting from six yards! It's basically an open goal. Jonathan Pearce has done one of his classic misreadings of the situation. "He's disallowed it!" says the star of Robot Wars, when it's clearly not gone in the goal. I don’t understand much Russian, but I’m pretty sure by the tone that the TV commentator here thought that was in from Suarez and had been disallowed. He has my total sympathy. All been there!— Guy Mowbray (@Guymowbray) June 15, 2018 Still, Uruguay look dangerous from set pieces. 1:24PM 23 mins Fathi defends well in the corner but De Arrascaeta has a chance to get the ball in the box now for Uruguay's big men to attack. The goalkeeper punches... the ball goes back to the centre-circle... and is then launched wide back to the Uruguay number 10. Cavani takes over, skips the ball over one tackle and then fires a left-footed volley at goal! It hits the head of Gabr - otherwise that was heading towards goal! Another corner. 1:21PM 21 mins Uruguay's Rodrigo Bentancur, left, and Egypt's Amr Warda challenge for the ball Credit: AP Uruguay are being really sloppy in possession. Egypt are picking the ball off their feet at times and attacks are breaking down in the final third each time. Varela sprints down the right wing and Gimenez tries a direct pass into the space ahead of him. Goal kick. 1:19PM 19 mins Said skins Bentancur near the box but throws himself to the ground looking for a free-kick. A clear dive and a stupid one at that - he was about to dribble into the penalty area. Why go down? Uruguay come forward again but Egypt drop deep, holding a line on the 18 yard box and denying any space. 1:18PM 17 mins The free-kick is chipped in though - no shot - and Hegazi tries to head back across goal. Uruguay are massive, strong and organised though and easily see it out for a goal kick. Decent start to this game by Egypt though - they're really taking the game to Uruguay. Egypt vs Uruguay 1:16PM 16 mins The crowd roars as the stadium TV screens cut to pictures of Mo Salah sitting on the bench. I think the Egyptian fans like him. Warda wins a free-kick 25 yards out - this is a great position to shoot from... 1:15PM 14 mins Uruguay's defensive shape a pretty obvious 4-4-2. Cavani is dropping deeper at times though to make it a 4-4-1-1 - Suarez primed to chase anything that gets hit into space ahead of him. The ball is moved through the lines by Uruguay's passing, Varela is wide right and passes inside to Suarez. He's unmarked! But his shot is poor and well wide. 1:13PM 12 mins Egypt win a free-kick, Uruguay defend nervously and the header by Varela is hit into a central area. You're not supposed to that! Elneny thinks about hitting a volley, can't quite get there in time, so goes for a one-two, then Trezeguet forces his way into the box chasing the bouncing ball and gets a snap shot away. Muslera saves low. 1:10PM 9 mins CAVANIIIII tries an effort from distance but it's easy for the goalkeeper to save. He'll just be calibrating his shooting with that one. 1:09PM 8 mins Great passing from Uruguay. They work the ball quickly with one touch passes and some excellent movement off the ball but Egypt drop back and head clear. 1:06PM 6 mins Decent attack for Egypt. They break the midfield line with a pass between two Uruguay players and Trezeguet wins a throw-in near the corner flag. Caceres is fortunate to get away from Warda with the ball after some clumsy dribbling... but Suarez tries to switch the play and ends up booting it directly to the goalkeeper. Egypt are pressing the Uruguay defence high up the pitch. 1:04PM 4 mins Varela, ex of Manchester United, has seen a bit of the ball on the Uruguay right so far. Egypt now look to keep possession for a bit, Uruguay press near the centre-circle but are mostly behind the halfway line. Cavani stretches to go into a tackle early on and goes down in some pain. Let's hope he hasn't twisted his ankle. The replay seems to suggest he's alright. 1:02PM 2 mins Uruguay get us started, pass back to the defence and then kick it long... then win possession back straight away. Egypt sitting deep to block forward passes but you'd expect Uruguay to try and just get everyone a touch of the ball early on to get them calmed down. 1:01PM KICK OFF HERE WE GO! 12:57PM Starting lineups Uruguay should be in a 4-4-2 diamond, Egypt are a fairly conventional 4-2-3-1. 12:55PM National anthems Both of these are superb. 12:54PM Players in the tunnel Can you even imagine how nervous these guys are? The crowd is pumped too. And here they come out onto the pitch! Kick-off is five minutes away! 12:50PM The Uruguay manager 4 - This is Uruguay's manager ���� Oscar Tabárez’s fourth World Cup appearance (after 1990, 2010 and 2014); more than any other manager at this year’s tournament. Boss. #EGYURU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXxCJIcCeN— OptaJean (@OptaJean) June 15, 2018 12:48PM Egypt have been fasting for Ramadan Could this affect their chances? An imam tells a BBC investigator: "There are exceptions. The World Cup is in Russia, they're travelling to Russia, so they don't need to fast while they're playing." Many players do still choose to fast. "There's quite a drop in performance, up to 25 per cent," says an expert on the field. A lot of it is to do with temperament apparently. Hangar. 12:43PM Today's stadium Ekaterinburg Stadium It looks absolutely brilliant inside. Doesn't it make you want to go out and run around on the pitch? It's so green! Credit: GETTY IMAGES And a handy little graphic for you. World Cup 2018 stadium: Ekaterinburg Arena 12:40PM The modern football fan How do you consume your football news? Do you do it... on Whatsapp? Well you can now! Personally, I'm a big fan of this. World Cup whatsapp promo Loads of interesting things get sent your way and it's dead easy to set up. 12:33PM BBC titles One of the best thing about the World Cup is finding out what the themed intros from the TV stations will be. ITV did well yesterday but now it's time for the old BBC to show them how it's done. It's a dance music-led intro with lots of clever little computer graphic transitions showing things around Russia, nothing too extravagant... and it's short. And now an Egyptian themed VT to get things rolling. Gary Linieker says: "The Pharoahs are back in a World Cup for the first time in 28 years" and we're off! 12:24PM Stay up to date We've got so many great things to keep you up to date and informed this World Cup, and one of the best of them is our newsletter. Sign up for some lovely reading to help the time pass a little easier between games. 12:15PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:09PM Arsenal's new Uruguayan signing Who is he? Why did they buy him? How much?! Torreira puff Dan Zeqiri has the answers. 12:05PM Who to watch for Uruguay ���� @RodriiBentancur prepares to become our first ���� to take part in #WorldCup 2018 as #TeamUruguay face Egypt, buena suerte! ��#JuveWorldCup#ForzaJuvepic.twitter.com/Ko7TiEmVUA— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 15, 2018 You know about Suarez and Cavani but Uruguay are (almost) equally strong in defence as well. Godin and Gimenez are a powerful centre-back duo (who both play for Atletico Madrid too...) while Fernando Muslera is a reliable goalkeeper. Caceres, the left-back, plays for Lazio and isn't bad either. There is one player who could really make a name for himself this summer, and that is Rodrigo Bentancur. He's a midfielder who plays for Juventus, who used to be a wide right but now acts as either a holding midfielder or advanced playmaker. He sees the game really well and is composed in possession and at 20-years-old, is expected to achieve big things. Bentancur is dead cheap on Fantasy Football too - stick him in your team if you need to save some cash and can't figure out where! 11:58AM There he is Credit: AP Egypt are an OK team but Salah is by far and away the best player. Trezeguet is a promising forward who can play on the left or right of attack, Ahmed Hegazi is a thoroughly underrated centre-back (the same one who plays for West Brom) and Mohamed Elneny is the next best. He might not have played an awful lot for Arsenal but he's absolutely superb at keeping things ticking over in midfield, winning the ball back and linking passes. Apart from those three... there's not an awful lot for Uruguay to worry about. I'd expect a cagey start from the Egyptians. Credit: AP 11:47AM Liverpool lending support to Mr Salah Good luck to @MoSalah as his #EGY side start their #WorldCup campaign this afternoon. �� pic.twitter.com/KZq1Mp7CRm— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 15, 2018 Of course, this is not the only ex-Liverpool favourite on show today. Luis Suarez is playing his first World Cup game since he tried to eat Giorgio Chiellini during a match against Italy in Brazil back in 2014. 11:44AM Pre-match buildup Credit: REUTERS The fanzones at these types of tournaments are always so, so, so fun and the photos for everyone building up to this one look exactly the same. It's a lovely day outside the Ekaterinburg Arena (and I suspect probably the same inside it too) and I am thoroughly jealous of everyone in these photos. Credit: REUTERS And just as an added bonus, here's a happy doggo for you to enjoy. Credit: REUTERS 11:38AM Starting lineups Egypt (4-2-3-1) Elshenawy; Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdelshafy; Elneny, Hamed; Warda, Said, Trezeguet; Mohsen Uruguay (4-3-1-2) Muslera, Varela, Godin, Gimenez, Caceres, Nandez, Bentancur, Vecino, De Arrascaeta, Suarez, Cavani 11:31AM Happy World Cup Friday to you Hello everyone! Are you excited too? It's Friday, there are three World Cup games to watch - THREE - and the first features some of the best players on the planet. Diego Godin, Luis Suarez (well, maybe not anymore...), Edinson Cavani and even Egypt have some lad who's meant to be pretty tidy too. #EGYURU | Alineación confirmada de @Uruguay para el encuentro que disputará ante @Pharaohs a la hora 9 (Uy) por la 1a fecha del Grupo A de #Rusia2018.#ElEquipoQueNosUnepic.twitter.com/LVE4q5kSJg— Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) June 15, 2018 Speaking of that lad, who is of course, Mo Salah, and he has made it onto the bench for today's game! إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة اليوم �� @Uruguay#روسيا2018#ThePharaohs#egypic.twitter.com/3p5NDudg7A— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 15, 2018 I'd imagine he'll only actually play the final few minutes to get some match fitness but could be thrown on at some time in the second half if the game is tight and Egypt reckon they can grab a point or three. That said, we don't know yet if he is actually on the team sheet but team news should be in extremely shortly. Disappointingly, we won't be forced to listen to 'Robbie Williams's greatest hits, featuring Opera Lady' today and instead there will be no grand ceremony. Only football. Football football football. And whoever wins the football must know they have a massive chance of qualifying for the knock-out stages. Russia put five past Saudi Arabia, who are probably the worst team I've ever seen play in an international tournament, and really aren't up to much. If today's match ends up as a draw, I could see both Egypt and Uruguay finishing in the top two slots. If not - and it's most likely that Uruguay win - Egypt's match against Russia will be enormous. Stay with us for all the updates and action from today's match! It's going to be brilliant.
World Cup 2018: Jose Gimenez grabs late winner for Uruguay to break Egyptian hearts
A Jose Gimenez header on the verge of 90 minutes gave Uruguay a hard-fought 1-0 win over Egypt at the Yekaterinburg Arena, as what could have been a tale of two strikers was decided by a centre-back. There were high hopes for the Egyptians before kick-off as birthday boy Mohamed Salah was named among the substitutes, having recovered ahead of schedule from an injury sustained in the Champions League final. Every single time his face was shown on the big screens around the stadium the noise levels amplified, but Hector Cuper remained unswayed by emotion and stayed resolute in his decision making. Salah has other, more winnable fights to be prepared for, and keeping Egypt's star player rested may prove to be the right one going forward, especially considering how vulnerable Saudi Arabia looked on Thursday and how average Russia should prove to be. Another (now ex) star of Liverpool was instead the focus of much of this game and not for good reason. Luis Suarez summed up Uruguay's struggles to find anything like cohesion or fluency with an awful performance, losing possession all over the pitch, passing to the wrong people and hitting the side netting in the first half when it looked easier to score. Later, with only the goalkeeper to beat, Suarez held on the ball for too long and allowed goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shenawy the opportunity to smother inside the six yard box. For the umpteenth time in the game, Suarez berated himself, apparently unsure as to how just why nothing he attempted was working. If Egypt missed Salah, Uruguay were actively hindered by the presence of their misfiring Suarez imposter. Suarez misses a great chance inside the six yard box Credit: REUTERS Egypt frustrated Uruguay with a deep defensive line, staying compact, dealing with danger competently and threatening on the counter-attack but as they grew tired towards the end, Uruguay showed their quality and slowly squeezed the neck of the game. Edison Cavani came closest to breaking the deadlock with a curling free-kick in the 87th minute that came back off the post - the rebound blocked by Suarez against his own teammates - before a free-kick wide right resulted in the deadlock being broken. Egypt looked rattled and against the ropes, their desperate clearances the equivalent of a boxer gripping onto his opponent while trying to draw breath. The waves of attack kept coming and having knocked on the door for a sustained period of time, Uruguay finally opened the scoring as Gimenez rose highest to head home a cross from substitute Carlos Sanchez to secure the victory. Salah looked on despondently, Uruguay players rushed from the bench to celebrate their goal. In the end it was a just-about-deserved victory for Oscar Tabarez's side, but had Salah been available and Suarez actually turned up, this could have been oh so different. 3:33PM No Salah Credit: AP No Salah today but after what we've seen today and yesterday, I think he'll have a great time against Russia and Saudi Arabia. Egypt were solid defensively and need to rely on quick counter-attacks - there are few players better at exactly that than Salah. 3:15PM Uruguay's reaction to that goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES I think it's fairly safe to say they were excited. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 3:10PM Some more stats on Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay have won their opening match at a World Cup tournament for the first time since 1970, when they beat Israel. Egypt are still winless at the World Cup finals, failing to win five matches (D2 L3). José Giménez’s winning goal in the 90th minute was Uruguay’s latest winning goal in a World Cup match since Daniel Fonseca’s 92nd minute winner against South Korea in June 1990. Egypt have failed to score in each of their last three World Cup matches. Uruguay have won each of their last three World Cup group stage games with a goal scored in the last 10 minutes of matches. Three of Uruguay’s last four World Cup goals have been scored via headers – only three of their previous 22 World Cup goals had been headed. 3:05PM Tonight's match After Morocco vs Iran we've got Spain vs Portugal and it's going to be an absolute belter. Here are my tactical thoughts on each side ahead of the game: Spain World Cup tactics article Portugal World Cup tactics 3:03PM Bad stat for Egypt fans 5 - No African team has played as many World Cup games without winning a single one than Egypt (D2 L3). Hurdle. #EGYURU#EGY#WorldCup— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 3:00PM Who impressed Godin was Uruguay's best player, Cavani and Gimenez next, while Bentancur controlled the first half. Suarez was about a three out of a 10 - if that - and Egypt, as a whole, were really strong. No individual standouts but as a unit, they defended really well, broke forward as a team and were so close to getting a result. 2:57PM Great game That was really enjoyable. Two teams evenly matched but Uruguay had the quality and stamina to see it through - and deserved the win. But it's only the first game of the day! Next up is Morocco vs Iran. Follow it here with Ben Coles. 2:55PM FULL TIME That's it! Heartbreak for Egypt! Uruguay have a hard-earned three points! 2:55PM 90 mins +5 Egypt want an equaliser! Two crosses in a row into the box and now Uruguay look like they're in trouble. Hegazi fouls Suarez (who's looking for it...) and Suarez rolls around the floor a little bit. There are theatre groups less dramatic than Luis Suarez when he's trying to win a free-kick. 2:53PM 90 mins +4 Oh this isn't good. Trezeguet has gone down with cramp so bad he can hardly even walk. His legs are straight like Herman Munster as he's hauled off the turf and back to his feet. 2:51PM 90 mins +2 Uruguay keeping the ball now. Egypt are rocked by that goal - they've defended so well all game long but have really tired in the final part of this game. 2:48PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! GIMENEZ HAS SCORED! OOOHHHHH there it is! Egypt just couldn't hold on! A free-kick is hit in from wide right, Gimenez jumps higher than everyone else in the middle of the box and powers a header past the goalkeeper. Brilliant from the centre-back! Egypt 0 - 1 Uruguay (José Giménez, 90 min) 2:47PM 89 mins CAVANI HITS THE POST! The ball pings back off the upright and any of four Uruguay players can convert the rebound! But Suarez blocks it by being in the way! He's ruining everything today. Egypt are on the ropes, the heavyweight Uruguay are really taking the game to them here. 2:46PM 88 mins Ooooohhhhhhhhh free-kick on the edge of the area! Cavani is taken out by Fathy as he's about to run into the box. That could either be a game-saving move or it could end up with Uruguay hitting the back of the net. Torreira - Arsenal's new signing - is on for Vecino. Cavani stands over the free-kick. 2:45PM 87 mins Gimenez is the last man and absolutely nobody moves to give him the option for a pass. It's such poor movement and Egypt don't even have to try to win the ball back - Gimenez chips it forward and hands it back to them. That's Uruguay's period of pressure over then! Egypt are clearing their lines now. They want the 0-0. 2:43PM 85 mins Credit: AFP This photo more or less sums up Uruguay's match so far. They're pushing for a winner now. Another corner. 2:42PM 84 mins CAVANIIIIIIII! What a save! Wow. Where did that come from?! Suarez heads into Cavani, who hits on the volley and blooters the ball at rocket speed towards goal. El-Shenawy dives to his left and gets a strong palm behind it. The corner is rubbish. 2:41PM 82 mins Egypt win a turnover in their own half, break forwards... and hold the ball until reinforcements arrive. Elneny joins in, looks for a quick one-two but it doesn't come off. Then Elneny gets another shot at things and chips over the bar. No Mo Salah for us today - Egypt are making their final substitution. Warda comes off for Sobhy. 2:38PM 80 mins The break is on! Kahraba has the entire left wing to run into! He gets to the box, looks up and picks his pass... but Caceres stretches and blocks just before it becomes a massive problem. I'm not sure Varela has beaten the first man with any of his crosses from wide right. If he has they haven't been very good. 2:37PM 78 mins You know when you're playing Football Manager and your star player is on a 5 but you just don't want to take him off because you *know* all it takes is one chance and he'll make a difference? Suarez is around that at the moment. Every touch, pass, dribble... everything - none of it has worked. I think they put Alvaro Recoba on at some point. That'd be lovely. 2:35PM 76 mins Credit: FIFA Great play from Gimenez who takes a risk drawing in the Egyptian press but skips past it and sends Varela on his way. Varela has spent most of this half as a right winger. 2:32PM 73 mins Uruguay are leaving space at the back now as they look for a winner. Egypt hit the ball into that space, work the passing across the area and then a strike is smashed at goal from a tight angle! Muslera saves well at his near post and holds onto the ball. Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Ahmed Fathy, 72 min) SUAREZ IS IN! The pass comes in ahead of him, only the goalkeeper to beat! And it's as if he's waiting for someone to foul him! He just needs to jab that at goal and it's... a goal. Instead, he takes too long and the goalkeeper smothers. 2:29PM 71 mins Uruguay win a corner. Godin comes up. Egypt marking man to man... the ball lands with Cavani who swipes at it, hits Caceres in the general region of his hands/arms and the referee says free-kick. Seems harsh to me, I'm not sure what he's meant to do in that situation. 2:27PM 69 mins Uruguay get to the final third, slow right down... and Sanchez tries a hit from 25 yards which hits a defender. Martin Keown has just revealed that he would definitely have targeted Mo Salah, had he been playing against him today. "Of course I would have done. I once played against Ruud Gullit with a bandaged knee - it was like a dartboard for me!" 2:25PM 67 mins Rodriguez takes forever to decide what to do with the ball at his feet in the final third and Egypt easily win possession... then launch it long and concede once more. Egypt seem more in control of this game without the ball than they do with it! There's no movement in this Uruguay team, no purpose with the passing and they seem reluctant to really test the Egyptian defence. 2:24PM 65 mins Egypt vs Uruguay You can see here that Egypt are focusing their passes down the wide areas while Uruguay have made the majority of theirs in central positions. However, Uruguay have attempted way more crosses... which doesn't seem to make sense. Uruguay crosses Egypt are catching up now: Egypt crosses 2:21PM 63 mins It's really slow now. Egypt defending in a 4-4-2, the first line of press is the halfway line and the second is about 25 yards deeper than that. Uruguay cautiously approach the Egypt half, then reconsider things and pass backwards or sideways. Uruguay win a free-kick, hook it into the box... it's headed away and then Suarez is offside. What has happened to Suarez? 2:19PM 61 mins A three act tragedy: Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES 2:17PM 59 mins Change for Uruguay. Nandez off, Sanchez on and De Arrascaeta is replaced by Rodriguez. That might be a wee change of shape to a 4-2-3-1. 2:16PM 58 mins Varela gets high up the right, Nandez overlaps, passes back, goes wide, goes back... the passing's really predictable and Egypt just put 8million men behind the ball so there's nowhere to go... then spring a counter-attack. Now Uruguay drop deep. They need to put Suarez in the bin. He's been useless. He'd struggle to get in the Saudi Arabia team on this form. 2:14PM 55 mins Possession: Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay are attacking with more of a forward three now, with Nandez pushing high up the pitch on the right. Like a lopsided 4-4-2. 2:12PM 54 mins Suarez is still off the pace. It's his linkup play that's poor, waiting for the ball to arrive at his feet rather than moving towards it. Uruguay are forward now though... and Suarez has lost the ball on the edge of the box. 2:10PM 52 mins Morsy plays for Wigan... so he's not quite - perhaps - at the same international elite level as some of the Uruguay players but we'll see how he gets on. Hamed was played superbly before that and will be missed in the midfield. Uruguay are far more aggressive in this half and it's really working. Egypt have to keep kicking long and aren't keeping possession at all. 2:08PM 49 mins Disaster for Hamed. He's picked up an injury, being kneed right in the spine (one of the worst places to be kneed). His pals are signalling that this will probably be the end of his game... and he hobbles off the pitch. Morsy will come on to replace him. 2:05PM 47 mins It's a higher press from Uruguay now... and SUAREZ IS IN! Great move from Uruguay, Cavani plays in Suarez with a through-ball and the goalkeeper gets off his line quickly to block inside the six yard box! Early action! Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 46 min) 2:04PM KICK OFF 2 We're back! Egypt start the second half. 2:01PM Bentancur's first half We spoke about him before kick-off and sure enough, Bentancur has been excellent: Most interceptions: 5 Most passes completed: 42 Highest pass accuracy: 98% 1:59PM Inside the stadium Half time and have gone for a walk round the iconic temporary grandstands. Truly have never seen anything like it. pic.twitter.com/xWy90B84kS— Eli (@ElMengem) June 15, 2018 There's not a huge amount to see there but it is really impressive. 1:56PM Cavani can't get in the game 17 - Edinson Cavani had the fewest touches (17) of any Uruguay player in the first half, with none of those coming in the opposition's box. Restricted. #EGYURU#URU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXlby59phP— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 1:55PM Tac Tix Some halftime reading? Here's loads! World Cup 2018 tactics | JJ Bull analyses formations, line-ups and more This game is a battle of two deep defences. Uruguay are playing four central midfielders and lack a bit of width as a result but if they could just get their strikers into the game, and Suarez wasn't playing like he's broken, they'd be a lot better off. Honestly, if you'd bought this Suarez from a shop you'd be on your way back now to get a refund. 1:51PM This stadium is pretty crazy Ignore the empty seats - look at the amazing stand this place has. Ekaterinburg Arena: The crazy Russia World Cup 2018 stadium where you pay to sit outside to watch the football 1:48PM Team shapes Average touch positions (33 min) Uruguay aren't at it today. Strong words will be exchanged at half-time. 1:47PM HALF TIME Two pretty even teams! Egypt are organised, defending well and look menacing on the counter-attack, Uruguay should be 1-0 up and seem solid... but nothing like their usual selves. Suarez needs to have a word with himself - and actually, only Godin, Bentancur and Gimenez have really turned up here. 1:46PM 45 mins Uruguay come forward but the cross from wide right is poor and just hands possession back. Bentancur is having a really good game in the centre of midfield... but Suarez has lost the ball again. Pretty sure Suarez is on one of the downward arrows from Pro Evo games here. 1:44PM 43 mins Credit: REUTERS Look at all the empty seats. It's not nice :-( Uruguay are now looking for a way to score before half time and have Egypt pinned back. I think Egypt are happy with 0-0 at the moment, and that wall of defence is working extremely well. And now the counter-attack is on! Fathy comes down the right, crosses in... but the defence deal with it. 1:42PM 42 mins Warda goes for an overhead kick, misses the ball, falls to the ground then lies on the floor 'injured' until Uruguay break up their promising attack and put the ball out of play for him. Miraculously, he has recovered. Diagnosis: wounded pride. 1:41PM 40 mins Superb by Godin. He brings the ball out from the back on his own, dribbles past one man and gets all the way to the final third. He threads a through-pass into De Arrascaeta... whose first touch is embarrassing. Goal kick. 1:40PM 38 mins Good pressing by Egypt but Uruguay's passing has much improved and they are able to bring the ball out to the Egypt final third. Look at the defensive shape. What are you even supposed to do against that? They're really well organised. 1:36PM 36 mins There's quite a lot of empty seats in the stadium here... which is pretty surprising for the second game of the World Cup. Apparently tickets are expensive... almost as if not everyone can afford £300ish to watch 90 minutes of one sporting event. Who'd have thought it? FIFA are about as in-tune with the average human as I am to dolphins. 1:35PM 34 mins Credit: AFP You can see Suarez already running off to celebrate before he missed that chance earlier! Egypt vs Uruguay shots on goal 1:33PM 33 mins Suarez has lined up a free-kick 30 yards from goal. This will be one of those knuckle-ball attempts and having beaten himself up a minute ago for losing possession, maybe he'll be right on this one... Hits the wall. A lot of power in that one and it's hurt Trezeguet. 1:31PM 31 mins Oocha! Vecino goes for an early goal of the tournament attempt with a powerful drive from about 30 yards but it zips wide of the far post. Suarez has been awful so far. It's like he can't read the play at all - a pass towards him, he turns to chase and completely gives it away. It's as though he doesn't realise he isn't as fast as he was when he was 27 anymore and hasn't adjusted. 1:30PM 29 mins Uruguay look a little more comfortable on the ball now and are trying to make things happen in the final third. Egypt are in counter-attack mode but are sprinting forward to allow the team the chance to move up the pitch as a unit, rather than going for goal. Muslera grabs a cross out of the air and sends Uruguay on their way... but Suarez has given it away again. "He's not there mentally today," says Martin Keown. Godin has just gone absolutely nuts at his midfield for giving the ball away in their own half. He's had to clear up a few messes so far already. 1:27PM 27 mins It sounds like a few in the commentary area of the stadium thought that Suarez effort was a goal. To be fair, from where he was standing you'd expect him to convert it. Miss: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 24 min) 1:26PM 24 mins GOOOOOAAAAAL - oh that's a bad miss. Suarez has hit the side-netting from six yards! It's basically an open goal. Jonathan Pearce has done one of his classic misreadings of the situation. "He's disallowed it!" says the star of Robot Wars, when it's clearly not gone in the goal. I don’t understand much Russian, but I’m pretty sure by the tone that the TV commentator here thought that was in from Suarez and had been disallowed. He has my total sympathy. All been there!— Guy Mowbray (@Guymowbray) June 15, 2018 Still, Uruguay look dangerous from set pieces. 1:24PM 23 mins Fathi defends well in the corner but De Arrascaeta has a chance to get the ball in the box now for Uruguay's big men to attack. The goalkeeper punches... the ball goes back to the centre-circle... and is then launched wide back to the Uruguay number 10. Cavani takes over, skips the ball over one tackle and then fires a left-footed volley at goal! It hits the head of Gabr - otherwise that was heading towards goal! Another corner. 1:21PM 21 mins Uruguay's Rodrigo Bentancur, left, and Egypt's Amr Warda challenge for the ball Credit: AP Uruguay are being really sloppy in possession. Egypt are picking the ball off their feet at times and attacks are breaking down in the final third each time. Varela sprints down the right wing and Gimenez tries a direct pass into the space ahead of him. Goal kick. 1:19PM 19 mins Said skins Bentancur near the box but throws himself to the ground looking for a free-kick. A clear dive and a stupid one at that - he was about to dribble into the penalty area. Why go down? Uruguay come forward again but Egypt drop deep, holding a line on the 18 yard box and denying any space. 1:18PM 17 mins The free-kick is chipped in though - no shot - and Hegazi tries to head back across goal. Uruguay are massive, strong and organised though and easily see it out for a goal kick. Decent start to this game by Egypt though - they're really taking the game to Uruguay. Egypt vs Uruguay 1:16PM 16 mins The crowd roars as the stadium TV screens cut to pictures of Mo Salah sitting on the bench. I think the Egyptian fans like him. Warda wins a free-kick 25 yards out - this is a great position to shoot from... 1:15PM 14 mins Uruguay's defensive shape a pretty obvious 4-4-2. Cavani is dropping deeper at times though to make it a 4-4-1-1 - Suarez primed to chase anything that gets hit into space ahead of him. The ball is moved through the lines by Uruguay's passing, Varela is wide right and passes inside to Suarez. He's unmarked! But his shot is poor and well wide. 1:13PM 12 mins Egypt win a free-kick, Uruguay defend nervously and the header by Varela is hit into a central area. You're not supposed to that! Elneny thinks about hitting a volley, can't quite get there in time, so goes for a one-two, then Trezeguet forces his way into the box chasing the bouncing ball and gets a snap shot away. Muslera saves low. 1:10PM 9 mins CAVANIIIII tries an effort from distance but it's easy for the goalkeeper to save. He'll just be calibrating his shooting with that one. 1:09PM 8 mins Great passing from Uruguay. They work the ball quickly with one touch passes and some excellent movement off the ball but Egypt drop back and head clear. 1:06PM 6 mins Decent attack for Egypt. They break the midfield line with a pass between two Uruguay players and Trezeguet wins a throw-in near the corner flag. Caceres is fortunate to get away from Warda with the ball after some clumsy dribbling... but Suarez tries to switch the play and ends up booting it directly to the goalkeeper. Egypt are pressing the Uruguay defence high up the pitch. 1:04PM 4 mins Varela, ex of Manchester United, has seen a bit of the ball on the Uruguay right so far. Egypt now look to keep possession for a bit, Uruguay press near the centre-circle but are mostly behind the halfway line. Cavani stretches to go into a tackle early on and goes down in some pain. Let's hope he hasn't twisted his ankle. The replay seems to suggest he's alright. 1:02PM 2 mins Uruguay get us started, pass back to the defence and then kick it long... then win possession back straight away. Egypt sitting deep to block forward passes but you'd expect Uruguay to try and just get everyone a touch of the ball early on to get them calmed down. 1:01PM KICK OFF HERE WE GO! 12:57PM Starting lineups Uruguay should be in a 4-4-2 diamond, Egypt are a fairly conventional 4-2-3-1. 12:55PM National anthems Both of these are superb. 12:54PM Players in the tunnel Can you even imagine how nervous these guys are? The crowd is pumped too. And here they come out onto the pitch! Kick-off is five minutes away! 12:50PM The Uruguay manager 4 - This is Uruguay's manager ���� Oscar Tabárez’s fourth World Cup appearance (after 1990, 2010 and 2014); more than any other manager at this year’s tournament. Boss. #EGYURU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXxCJIcCeN— OptaJean (@OptaJean) June 15, 2018 12:48PM Egypt have been fasting for Ramadan Could this affect their chances? An imam tells a BBC investigator: "There are exceptions. The World Cup is in Russia, they're travelling to Russia, so they don't need to fast while they're playing." Many players do still choose to fast. "There's quite a drop in performance, up to 25 per cent," says an expert on the field. A lot of it is to do with temperament apparently. Hangar. 12:43PM Today's stadium Ekaterinburg Stadium It looks absolutely brilliant inside. Doesn't it make you want to go out and run around on the pitch? It's so green! Credit: GETTY IMAGES And a handy little graphic for you. World Cup 2018 stadium: Ekaterinburg Arena 12:40PM The modern football fan How do you consume your football news? Do you do it... on Whatsapp? Well you can now! Personally, I'm a big fan of this. World Cup whatsapp promo Loads of interesting things get sent your way and it's dead easy to set up. 12:33PM BBC titles One of the best thing about the World Cup is finding out what the themed intros from the TV stations will be. ITV did well yesterday but now it's time for the old BBC to show them how it's done. It's a dance music-led intro with lots of clever little computer graphic transitions showing things around Russia, nothing too extravagant... and it's short. And now an Egyptian themed VT to get things rolling. Gary Linieker says: "The Pharoahs are back in a World Cup for the first time in 28 years" and we're off! 12:24PM Stay up to date We've got so many great things to keep you up to date and informed this World Cup, and one of the best of them is our newsletter. Sign up for some lovely reading to help the time pass a little easier between games. 12:15PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:09PM Arsenal's new Uruguayan signing Who is he? Why did they buy him? How much?! Torreira puff Dan Zeqiri has the answers. 12:05PM Who to watch for Uruguay ���� @RodriiBentancur prepares to become our first ���� to take part in #WorldCup 2018 as #TeamUruguay face Egypt, buena suerte! ��#JuveWorldCup#ForzaJuvepic.twitter.com/Ko7TiEmVUA— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 15, 2018 You know about Suarez and Cavani but Uruguay are (almost) equally strong in defence as well. Godin and Gimenez are a powerful centre-back duo (who both play for Atletico Madrid too...) while Fernando Muslera is a reliable goalkeeper. Caceres, the left-back, plays for Lazio and isn't bad either. There is one player who could really make a name for himself this summer, and that is Rodrigo Bentancur. He's a midfielder who plays for Juventus, who used to be a wide right but now acts as either a holding midfielder or advanced playmaker. He sees the game really well and is composed in possession and at 20-years-old, is expected to achieve big things. Bentancur is dead cheap on Fantasy Football too - stick him in your team if you need to save some cash and can't figure out where! 11:58AM There he is Credit: AP Egypt are an OK team but Salah is by far and away the best player. Trezeguet is a promising forward who can play on the left or right of attack, Ahmed Hegazi is a thoroughly underrated centre-back (the same one who plays for West Brom) and Mohamed Elneny is the next best. He might not have played an awful lot for Arsenal but he's absolutely superb at keeping things ticking over in midfield, winning the ball back and linking passes. Apart from those three... there's not an awful lot for Uruguay to worry about. I'd expect a cagey start from the Egyptians. Credit: AP 11:47AM Liverpool lending support to Mr Salah Good luck to @MoSalah as his #EGY side start their #WorldCup campaign this afternoon. �� pic.twitter.com/KZq1Mp7CRm— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 15, 2018 Of course, this is not the only ex-Liverpool favourite on show today. Luis Suarez is playing his first World Cup game since he tried to eat Giorgio Chiellini during a match against Italy in Brazil back in 2014. 11:44AM Pre-match buildup Credit: REUTERS The fanzones at these types of tournaments are always so, so, so fun and the photos for everyone building up to this one look exactly the same. It's a lovely day outside the Ekaterinburg Arena (and I suspect probably the same inside it too) and I am thoroughly jealous of everyone in these photos. Credit: REUTERS And just as an added bonus, here's a happy doggo for you to enjoy. Credit: REUTERS 11:38AM Starting lineups Egypt (4-2-3-1) Elshenawy; Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdelshafy; Elneny, Hamed; Warda, Said, Trezeguet; Mohsen Uruguay (4-3-1-2) Muslera, Varela, Godin, Gimenez, Caceres, Nandez, Bentancur, Vecino, De Arrascaeta, Suarez, Cavani 11:31AM Happy World Cup Friday to you Hello everyone! Are you excited too? It's Friday, there are three World Cup games to watch - THREE - and the first features some of the best players on the planet. Diego Godin, Luis Suarez (well, maybe not anymore...), Edinson Cavani and even Egypt have some lad who's meant to be pretty tidy too. #EGYURU | Alineación confirmada de @Uruguay para el encuentro que disputará ante @Pharaohs a la hora 9 (Uy) por la 1a fecha del Grupo A de #Rusia2018.#ElEquipoQueNosUnepic.twitter.com/LVE4q5kSJg— Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) June 15, 2018 Speaking of that lad, who is of course, Mo Salah, and he has made it onto the bench for today's game! إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة اليوم �� @Uruguay#روسيا2018#ThePharaohs#egypic.twitter.com/3p5NDudg7A— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 15, 2018 I'd imagine he'll only actually play the final few minutes to get some match fitness but could be thrown on at some time in the second half if the game is tight and Egypt reckon they can grab a point or three. That said, we don't know yet if he is actually on the team sheet but team news should be in extremely shortly. Disappointingly, we won't be forced to listen to 'Robbie Williams's greatest hits, featuring Opera Lady' today and instead there will be no grand ceremony. Only football. Football football football. And whoever wins the football must know they have a massive chance of qualifying for the knock-out stages. Russia put five past Saudi Arabia, who are probably the worst team I've ever seen play in an international tournament, and really aren't up to much. If today's match ends up as a draw, I could see both Egypt and Uruguay finishing in the top two slots. If not - and it's most likely that Uruguay win - Egypt's match against Russia will be enormous. Stay with us for all the updates and action from today's match! It's going to be brilliant.
A Jose Gimenez header on the verge of 90 minutes gave Uruguay a hard-fought 1-0 win over Egypt at the Yekaterinburg Arena, as what could have been a tale of two strikers was decided by a centre-back. There were high hopes for the Egyptians before kick-off as birthday boy Mohamed Salah was named among the substitutes, having recovered ahead of schedule from an injury sustained in the Champions League final. Every single time his face was shown on the big screens around the stadium the noise levels amplified, but Hector Cuper remained unswayed by emotion and stayed resolute in his decision making. Salah has other, more winnable fights to be prepared for, and keeping Egypt's star player rested may prove to be the right one going forward, especially considering how vulnerable Saudi Arabia looked on Thursday and how average Russia should prove to be. Another (now ex) star of Liverpool was instead the focus of much of this game and not for good reason. Luis Suarez summed up Uruguay's struggles to find anything like cohesion or fluency with an awful performance, losing possession all over the pitch, passing to the wrong people and hitting the side netting in the first half when it looked easier to score. Later, with only the goalkeeper to beat, Suarez held on the ball for too long and allowed goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shenawy the opportunity to smother inside the six yard box. For the umpteenth time in the game, Suarez berated himself, apparently unsure as to how just why nothing he attempted was working. If Egypt missed Salah, Uruguay were actively hindered by the presence of their misfiring Suarez imposter. Suarez misses a great chance inside the six yard box Credit: REUTERS Egypt frustrated Uruguay with a deep defensive line, staying compact, dealing with danger competently and threatening on the counter-attack but as they grew tired towards the end, Uruguay showed their quality and slowly squeezed the neck of the game. Edison Cavani came closest to breaking the deadlock with a curling free-kick in the 87th minute that came back off the post - the rebound blocked by Suarez against his own teammates - before a free-kick wide right resulted in the deadlock being broken. Egypt looked rattled and against the ropes, their desperate clearances the equivalent of a boxer gripping onto his opponent while trying to draw breath. The waves of attack kept coming and having knocked on the door for a sustained period of time, Uruguay finally opened the scoring as Gimenez rose highest to head home a cross from substitute Carlos Sanchez to secure the victory. Salah looked on despondently, Uruguay players rushed from the bench to celebrate their goal. In the end it was a just-about-deserved victory for Oscar Tabarez's side, but had Salah been available and Suarez actually turned up, this could have been oh so different. 3:33PM No Salah Credit: AP No Salah today but after what we've seen today and yesterday, I think he'll have a great time against Russia and Saudi Arabia. Egypt were solid defensively and need to rely on quick counter-attacks - there are few players better at exactly that than Salah. 3:15PM Uruguay's reaction to that goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES I think it's fairly safe to say they were excited. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 3:10PM Some more stats on Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay have won their opening match at a World Cup tournament for the first time since 1970, when they beat Israel. Egypt are still winless at the World Cup finals, failing to win five matches (D2 L3). José Giménez’s winning goal in the 90th minute was Uruguay’s latest winning goal in a World Cup match since Daniel Fonseca’s 92nd minute winner against South Korea in June 1990. Egypt have failed to score in each of their last three World Cup matches. Uruguay have won each of their last three World Cup group stage games with a goal scored in the last 10 minutes of matches. Three of Uruguay’s last four World Cup goals have been scored via headers – only three of their previous 22 World Cup goals had been headed. 3:05PM Tonight's match After Morocco vs Iran we've got Spain vs Portugal and it's going to be an absolute belter. Here are my tactical thoughts on each side ahead of the game: Spain World Cup tactics article Portugal World Cup tactics 3:03PM Bad stat for Egypt fans 5 - No African team has played as many World Cup games without winning a single one than Egypt (D2 L3). Hurdle. #EGYURU#EGY#WorldCup— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 3:00PM Who impressed Godin was Uruguay's best player, Cavani and Gimenez next, while Bentancur controlled the first half. Suarez was about a three out of a 10 - if that - and Egypt, as a whole, were really strong. No individual standouts but as a unit, they defended really well, broke forward as a team and were so close to getting a result. 2:57PM Great game That was really enjoyable. Two teams evenly matched but Uruguay had the quality and stamina to see it through - and deserved the win. But it's only the first game of the day! Next up is Morocco vs Iran. Follow it here with Ben Coles. 2:55PM FULL TIME That's it! Heartbreak for Egypt! Uruguay have a hard-earned three points! 2:55PM 90 mins +5 Egypt want an equaliser! Two crosses in a row into the box and now Uruguay look like they're in trouble. Hegazi fouls Suarez (who's looking for it...) and Suarez rolls around the floor a little bit. There are theatre groups less dramatic than Luis Suarez when he's trying to win a free-kick. 2:53PM 90 mins +4 Oh this isn't good. Trezeguet has gone down with cramp so bad he can hardly even walk. His legs are straight like Herman Munster as he's hauled off the turf and back to his feet. 2:51PM 90 mins +2 Uruguay keeping the ball now. Egypt are rocked by that goal - they've defended so well all game long but have really tired in the final part of this game. 2:48PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! GIMENEZ HAS SCORED! OOOHHHHH there it is! Egypt just couldn't hold on! A free-kick is hit in from wide right, Gimenez jumps higher than everyone else in the middle of the box and powers a header past the goalkeeper. Brilliant from the centre-back! Egypt 0 - 1 Uruguay (José Giménez, 90 min) 2:47PM 89 mins CAVANI HITS THE POST! The ball pings back off the upright and any of four Uruguay players can convert the rebound! But Suarez blocks it by being in the way! He's ruining everything today. Egypt are on the ropes, the heavyweight Uruguay are really taking the game to them here. 2:46PM 88 mins Ooooohhhhhhhhh free-kick on the edge of the area! Cavani is taken out by Fathy as he's about to run into the box. That could either be a game-saving move or it could end up with Uruguay hitting the back of the net. Torreira - Arsenal's new signing - is on for Vecino. Cavani stands over the free-kick. 2:45PM 87 mins Gimenez is the last man and absolutely nobody moves to give him the option for a pass. It's such poor movement and Egypt don't even have to try to win the ball back - Gimenez chips it forward and hands it back to them. That's Uruguay's period of pressure over then! Egypt are clearing their lines now. They want the 0-0. 2:43PM 85 mins Credit: AFP This photo more or less sums up Uruguay's match so far. They're pushing for a winner now. Another corner. 2:42PM 84 mins CAVANIIIIIIII! What a save! Wow. Where did that come from?! Suarez heads into Cavani, who hits on the volley and blooters the ball at rocket speed towards goal. El-Shenawy dives to his left and gets a strong palm behind it. The corner is rubbish. 2:41PM 82 mins Egypt win a turnover in their own half, break forwards... and hold the ball until reinforcements arrive. Elneny joins in, looks for a quick one-two but it doesn't come off. Then Elneny gets another shot at things and chips over the bar. No Mo Salah for us today - Egypt are making their final substitution. Warda comes off for Sobhy. 2:38PM 80 mins The break is on! Kahraba has the entire left wing to run into! He gets to the box, looks up and picks his pass... but Caceres stretches and blocks just before it becomes a massive problem. I'm not sure Varela has beaten the first man with any of his crosses from wide right. If he has they haven't been very good. 2:37PM 78 mins You know when you're playing Football Manager and your star player is on a 5 but you just don't want to take him off because you *know* all it takes is one chance and he'll make a difference? Suarez is around that at the moment. Every touch, pass, dribble... everything - none of it has worked. I think they put Alvaro Recoba on at some point. That'd be lovely. 2:35PM 76 mins Credit: FIFA Great play from Gimenez who takes a risk drawing in the Egyptian press but skips past it and sends Varela on his way. Varela has spent most of this half as a right winger. 2:32PM 73 mins Uruguay are leaving space at the back now as they look for a winner. Egypt hit the ball into that space, work the passing across the area and then a strike is smashed at goal from a tight angle! Muslera saves well at his near post and holds onto the ball. Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Ahmed Fathy, 72 min) SUAREZ IS IN! The pass comes in ahead of him, only the goalkeeper to beat! And it's as if he's waiting for someone to foul him! He just needs to jab that at goal and it's... a goal. Instead, he takes too long and the goalkeeper smothers. 2:29PM 71 mins Uruguay win a corner. Godin comes up. Egypt marking man to man... the ball lands with Cavani who swipes at it, hits Caceres in the general region of his hands/arms and the referee says free-kick. Seems harsh to me, I'm not sure what he's meant to do in that situation. 2:27PM 69 mins Uruguay get to the final third, slow right down... and Sanchez tries a hit from 25 yards which hits a defender. Martin Keown has just revealed that he would definitely have targeted Mo Salah, had he been playing against him today. "Of course I would have done. I once played against Ruud Gullit with a bandaged knee - it was like a dartboard for me!" 2:25PM 67 mins Rodriguez takes forever to decide what to do with the ball at his feet in the final third and Egypt easily win possession... then launch it long and concede once more. Egypt seem more in control of this game without the ball than they do with it! There's no movement in this Uruguay team, no purpose with the passing and they seem reluctant to really test the Egyptian defence. 2:24PM 65 mins Egypt vs Uruguay You can see here that Egypt are focusing their passes down the wide areas while Uruguay have made the majority of theirs in central positions. However, Uruguay have attempted way more crosses... which doesn't seem to make sense. Uruguay crosses Egypt are catching up now: Egypt crosses 2:21PM 63 mins It's really slow now. Egypt defending in a 4-4-2, the first line of press is the halfway line and the second is about 25 yards deeper than that. Uruguay cautiously approach the Egypt half, then reconsider things and pass backwards or sideways. Uruguay win a free-kick, hook it into the box... it's headed away and then Suarez is offside. What has happened to Suarez? 2:19PM 61 mins A three act tragedy: Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES 2:17PM 59 mins Change for Uruguay. Nandez off, Sanchez on and De Arrascaeta is replaced by Rodriguez. That might be a wee change of shape to a 4-2-3-1. 2:16PM 58 mins Varela gets high up the right, Nandez overlaps, passes back, goes wide, goes back... the passing's really predictable and Egypt just put 8million men behind the ball so there's nowhere to go... then spring a counter-attack. Now Uruguay drop deep. They need to put Suarez in the bin. He's been useless. He'd struggle to get in the Saudi Arabia team on this form. 2:14PM 55 mins Possession: Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay are attacking with more of a forward three now, with Nandez pushing high up the pitch on the right. Like a lopsided 4-4-2. 2:12PM 54 mins Suarez is still off the pace. It's his linkup play that's poor, waiting for the ball to arrive at his feet rather than moving towards it. Uruguay are forward now though... and Suarez has lost the ball on the edge of the box. 2:10PM 52 mins Morsy plays for Wigan... so he's not quite - perhaps - at the same international elite level as some of the Uruguay players but we'll see how he gets on. Hamed was played superbly before that and will be missed in the midfield. Uruguay are far more aggressive in this half and it's really working. Egypt have to keep kicking long and aren't keeping possession at all. 2:08PM 49 mins Disaster for Hamed. He's picked up an injury, being kneed right in the spine (one of the worst places to be kneed). His pals are signalling that this will probably be the end of his game... and he hobbles off the pitch. Morsy will come on to replace him. 2:05PM 47 mins It's a higher press from Uruguay now... and SUAREZ IS IN! Great move from Uruguay, Cavani plays in Suarez with a through-ball and the goalkeeper gets off his line quickly to block inside the six yard box! Early action! Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 46 min) 2:04PM KICK OFF 2 We're back! Egypt start the second half. 2:01PM Bentancur's first half We spoke about him before kick-off and sure enough, Bentancur has been excellent: Most interceptions: 5 Most passes completed: 42 Highest pass accuracy: 98% 1:59PM Inside the stadium Half time and have gone for a walk round the iconic temporary grandstands. Truly have never seen anything like it. pic.twitter.com/xWy90B84kS— Eli (@ElMengem) June 15, 2018 There's not a huge amount to see there but it is really impressive. 1:56PM Cavani can't get in the game 17 - Edinson Cavani had the fewest touches (17) of any Uruguay player in the first half, with none of those coming in the opposition's box. Restricted. #EGYURU#URU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXlby59phP— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 1:55PM Tac Tix Some halftime reading? Here's loads! World Cup 2018 tactics | JJ Bull analyses formations, line-ups and more This game is a battle of two deep defences. Uruguay are playing four central midfielders and lack a bit of width as a result but if they could just get their strikers into the game, and Suarez wasn't playing like he's broken, they'd be a lot better off. Honestly, if you'd bought this Suarez from a shop you'd be on your way back now to get a refund. 1:51PM This stadium is pretty crazy Ignore the empty seats - look at the amazing stand this place has. Ekaterinburg Arena: The crazy Russia World Cup 2018 stadium where you pay to sit outside to watch the football 1:48PM Team shapes Average touch positions (33 min) Uruguay aren't at it today. Strong words will be exchanged at half-time. 1:47PM HALF TIME Two pretty even teams! Egypt are organised, defending well and look menacing on the counter-attack, Uruguay should be 1-0 up and seem solid... but nothing like their usual selves. Suarez needs to have a word with himself - and actually, only Godin, Bentancur and Gimenez have really turned up here. 1:46PM 45 mins Uruguay come forward but the cross from wide right is poor and just hands possession back. Bentancur is having a really good game in the centre of midfield... but Suarez has lost the ball again. Pretty sure Suarez is on one of the downward arrows from Pro Evo games here. 1:44PM 43 mins Credit: REUTERS Look at all the empty seats. It's not nice :-( Uruguay are now looking for a way to score before half time and have Egypt pinned back. I think Egypt are happy with 0-0 at the moment, and that wall of defence is working extremely well. And now the counter-attack is on! Fathy comes down the right, crosses in... but the defence deal with it. 1:42PM 42 mins Warda goes for an overhead kick, misses the ball, falls to the ground then lies on the floor 'injured' until Uruguay break up their promising attack and put the ball out of play for him. Miraculously, he has recovered. Diagnosis: wounded pride. 1:41PM 40 mins Superb by Godin. He brings the ball out from the back on his own, dribbles past one man and gets all the way to the final third. He threads a through-pass into De Arrascaeta... whose first touch is embarrassing. Goal kick. 1:40PM 38 mins Good pressing by Egypt but Uruguay's passing has much improved and they are able to bring the ball out to the Egypt final third. Look at the defensive shape. What are you even supposed to do against that? They're really well organised. 1:36PM 36 mins There's quite a lot of empty seats in the stadium here... which is pretty surprising for the second game of the World Cup. Apparently tickets are expensive... almost as if not everyone can afford £300ish to watch 90 minutes of one sporting event. Who'd have thought it? FIFA are about as in-tune with the average human as I am to dolphins. 1:35PM 34 mins Credit: AFP You can see Suarez already running off to celebrate before he missed that chance earlier! Egypt vs Uruguay shots on goal 1:33PM 33 mins Suarez has lined up a free-kick 30 yards from goal. This will be one of those knuckle-ball attempts and having beaten himself up a minute ago for losing possession, maybe he'll be right on this one... Hits the wall. A lot of power in that one and it's hurt Trezeguet. 1:31PM 31 mins Oocha! Vecino goes for an early goal of the tournament attempt with a powerful drive from about 30 yards but it zips wide of the far post. Suarez has been awful so far. It's like he can't read the play at all - a pass towards him, he turns to chase and completely gives it away. It's as though he doesn't realise he isn't as fast as he was when he was 27 anymore and hasn't adjusted. 1:30PM 29 mins Uruguay look a little more comfortable on the ball now and are trying to make things happen in the final third. Egypt are in counter-attack mode but are sprinting forward to allow the team the chance to move up the pitch as a unit, rather than going for goal. Muslera grabs a cross out of the air and sends Uruguay on their way... but Suarez has given it away again. "He's not there mentally today," says Martin Keown. Godin has just gone absolutely nuts at his midfield for giving the ball away in their own half. He's had to clear up a few messes so far already. 1:27PM 27 mins It sounds like a few in the commentary area of the stadium thought that Suarez effort was a goal. To be fair, from where he was standing you'd expect him to convert it. Miss: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 24 min) 1:26PM 24 mins GOOOOOAAAAAL - oh that's a bad miss. Suarez has hit the side-netting from six yards! It's basically an open goal. Jonathan Pearce has done one of his classic misreadings of the situation. "He's disallowed it!" says the star of Robot Wars, when it's clearly not gone in the goal. I don’t understand much Russian, but I’m pretty sure by the tone that the TV commentator here thought that was in from Suarez and had been disallowed. He has my total sympathy. All been there!— Guy Mowbray (@Guymowbray) June 15, 2018 Still, Uruguay look dangerous from set pieces. 1:24PM 23 mins Fathi defends well in the corner but De Arrascaeta has a chance to get the ball in the box now for Uruguay's big men to attack. The goalkeeper punches... the ball goes back to the centre-circle... and is then launched wide back to the Uruguay number 10. Cavani takes over, skips the ball over one tackle and then fires a left-footed volley at goal! It hits the head of Gabr - otherwise that was heading towards goal! Another corner. 1:21PM 21 mins Uruguay's Rodrigo Bentancur, left, and Egypt's Amr Warda challenge for the ball Credit: AP Uruguay are being really sloppy in possession. Egypt are picking the ball off their feet at times and attacks are breaking down in the final third each time. Varela sprints down the right wing and Gimenez tries a direct pass into the space ahead of him. Goal kick. 1:19PM 19 mins Said skins Bentancur near the box but throws himself to the ground looking for a free-kick. A clear dive and a stupid one at that - he was about to dribble into the penalty area. Why go down? Uruguay come forward again but Egypt drop deep, holding a line on the 18 yard box and denying any space. 1:18PM 17 mins The free-kick is chipped in though - no shot - and Hegazi tries to head back across goal. Uruguay are massive, strong and organised though and easily see it out for a goal kick. Decent start to this game by Egypt though - they're really taking the game to Uruguay. Egypt vs Uruguay 1:16PM 16 mins The crowd roars as the stadium TV screens cut to pictures of Mo Salah sitting on the bench. I think the Egyptian fans like him. Warda wins a free-kick 25 yards out - this is a great position to shoot from... 1:15PM 14 mins Uruguay's defensive shape a pretty obvious 4-4-2. Cavani is dropping deeper at times though to make it a 4-4-1-1 - Suarez primed to chase anything that gets hit into space ahead of him. The ball is moved through the lines by Uruguay's passing, Varela is wide right and passes inside to Suarez. He's unmarked! But his shot is poor and well wide. 1:13PM 12 mins Egypt win a free-kick, Uruguay defend nervously and the header by Varela is hit into a central area. You're not supposed to that! Elneny thinks about hitting a volley, can't quite get there in time, so goes for a one-two, then Trezeguet forces his way into the box chasing the bouncing ball and gets a snap shot away. Muslera saves low. 1:10PM 9 mins CAVANIIIII tries an effort from distance but it's easy for the goalkeeper to save. He'll just be calibrating his shooting with that one. 1:09PM 8 mins Great passing from Uruguay. They work the ball quickly with one touch passes and some excellent movement off the ball but Egypt drop back and head clear. 1:06PM 6 mins Decent attack for Egypt. They break the midfield line with a pass between two Uruguay players and Trezeguet wins a throw-in near the corner flag. Caceres is fortunate to get away from Warda with the ball after some clumsy dribbling... but Suarez tries to switch the play and ends up booting it directly to the goalkeeper. Egypt are pressing the Uruguay defence high up the pitch. 1:04PM 4 mins Varela, ex of Manchester United, has seen a bit of the ball on the Uruguay right so far. Egypt now look to keep possession for a bit, Uruguay press near the centre-circle but are mostly behind the halfway line. Cavani stretches to go into a tackle early on and goes down in some pain. Let's hope he hasn't twisted his ankle. The replay seems to suggest he's alright. 1:02PM 2 mins Uruguay get us started, pass back to the defence and then kick it long... then win possession back straight away. Egypt sitting deep to block forward passes but you'd expect Uruguay to try and just get everyone a touch of the ball early on to get them calmed down. 1:01PM KICK OFF HERE WE GO! 12:57PM Starting lineups Uruguay should be in a 4-4-2 diamond, Egypt are a fairly conventional 4-2-3-1. 12:55PM National anthems Both of these are superb. 12:54PM Players in the tunnel Can you even imagine how nervous these guys are? The crowd is pumped too. And here they come out onto the pitch! Kick-off is five minutes away! 12:50PM The Uruguay manager 4 - This is Uruguay's manager ���� Oscar Tabárez’s fourth World Cup appearance (after 1990, 2010 and 2014); more than any other manager at this year’s tournament. Boss. #EGYURU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXxCJIcCeN— OptaJean (@OptaJean) June 15, 2018 12:48PM Egypt have been fasting for Ramadan Could this affect their chances? An imam tells a BBC investigator: "There are exceptions. The World Cup is in Russia, they're travelling to Russia, so they don't need to fast while they're playing." Many players do still choose to fast. "There's quite a drop in performance, up to 25 per cent," says an expert on the field. A lot of it is to do with temperament apparently. Hangar. 12:43PM Today's stadium Ekaterinburg Stadium It looks absolutely brilliant inside. Doesn't it make you want to go out and run around on the pitch? It's so green! Credit: GETTY IMAGES And a handy little graphic for you. World Cup 2018 stadium: Ekaterinburg Arena 12:40PM The modern football fan How do you consume your football news? Do you do it... on Whatsapp? Well you can now! Personally, I'm a big fan of this. World Cup whatsapp promo Loads of interesting things get sent your way and it's dead easy to set up. 12:33PM BBC titles One of the best thing about the World Cup is finding out what the themed intros from the TV stations will be. ITV did well yesterday but now it's time for the old BBC to show them how it's done. It's a dance music-led intro with lots of clever little computer graphic transitions showing things around Russia, nothing too extravagant... and it's short. And now an Egyptian themed VT to get things rolling. Gary Linieker says: "The Pharoahs are back in a World Cup for the first time in 28 years" and we're off! 12:24PM Stay up to date We've got so many great things to keep you up to date and informed this World Cup, and one of the best of them is our newsletter. Sign up for some lovely reading to help the time pass a little easier between games. 12:15PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:09PM Arsenal's new Uruguayan signing Who is he? Why did they buy him? How much?! Torreira puff Dan Zeqiri has the answers. 12:05PM Who to watch for Uruguay ���� @RodriiBentancur prepares to become our first ���� to take part in #WorldCup 2018 as #TeamUruguay face Egypt, buena suerte! ��#JuveWorldCup#ForzaJuvepic.twitter.com/Ko7TiEmVUA— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 15, 2018 You know about Suarez and Cavani but Uruguay are (almost) equally strong in defence as well. Godin and Gimenez are a powerful centre-back duo (who both play for Atletico Madrid too...) while Fernando Muslera is a reliable goalkeeper. Caceres, the left-back, plays for Lazio and isn't bad either. There is one player who could really make a name for himself this summer, and that is Rodrigo Bentancur. He's a midfielder who plays for Juventus, who used to be a wide right but now acts as either a holding midfielder or advanced playmaker. He sees the game really well and is composed in possession and at 20-years-old, is expected to achieve big things. Bentancur is dead cheap on Fantasy Football too - stick him in your team if you need to save some cash and can't figure out where! 11:58AM There he is Credit: AP Egypt are an OK team but Salah is by far and away the best player. Trezeguet is a promising forward who can play on the left or right of attack, Ahmed Hegazi is a thoroughly underrated centre-back (the same one who plays for West Brom) and Mohamed Elneny is the next best. He might not have played an awful lot for Arsenal but he's absolutely superb at keeping things ticking over in midfield, winning the ball back and linking passes. Apart from those three... there's not an awful lot for Uruguay to worry about. I'd expect a cagey start from the Egyptians. Credit: AP 11:47AM Liverpool lending support to Mr Salah Good luck to @MoSalah as his #EGY side start their #WorldCup campaign this afternoon. �� pic.twitter.com/KZq1Mp7CRm— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 15, 2018 Of course, this is not the only ex-Liverpool favourite on show today. Luis Suarez is playing his first World Cup game since he tried to eat Giorgio Chiellini during a match against Italy in Brazil back in 2014. 11:44AM Pre-match buildup Credit: REUTERS The fanzones at these types of tournaments are always so, so, so fun and the photos for everyone building up to this one look exactly the same. It's a lovely day outside the Ekaterinburg Arena (and I suspect probably the same inside it too) and I am thoroughly jealous of everyone in these photos. Credit: REUTERS And just as an added bonus, here's a happy doggo for you to enjoy. Credit: REUTERS 11:38AM Starting lineups Egypt (4-2-3-1) Elshenawy; Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdelshafy; Elneny, Hamed; Warda, Said, Trezeguet; Mohsen Uruguay (4-3-1-2) Muslera, Varela, Godin, Gimenez, Caceres, Nandez, Bentancur, Vecino, De Arrascaeta, Suarez, Cavani 11:31AM Happy World Cup Friday to you Hello everyone! Are you excited too? It's Friday, there are three World Cup games to watch - THREE - and the first features some of the best players on the planet. Diego Godin, Luis Suarez (well, maybe not anymore...), Edinson Cavani and even Egypt have some lad who's meant to be pretty tidy too. #EGYURU | Alineación confirmada de @Uruguay para el encuentro que disputará ante @Pharaohs a la hora 9 (Uy) por la 1a fecha del Grupo A de #Rusia2018.#ElEquipoQueNosUnepic.twitter.com/LVE4q5kSJg— Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) June 15, 2018 Speaking of that lad, who is of course, Mo Salah, and he has made it onto the bench for today's game! إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة اليوم �� @Uruguay#روسيا2018#ThePharaohs#egypic.twitter.com/3p5NDudg7A— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 15, 2018 I'd imagine he'll only actually play the final few minutes to get some match fitness but could be thrown on at some time in the second half if the game is tight and Egypt reckon they can grab a point or three. That said, we don't know yet if he is actually on the team sheet but team news should be in extremely shortly. Disappointingly, we won't be forced to listen to 'Robbie Williams's greatest hits, featuring Opera Lady' today and instead there will be no grand ceremony. Only football. Football football football. And whoever wins the football must know they have a massive chance of qualifying for the knock-out stages. Russia put five past Saudi Arabia, who are probably the worst team I've ever seen play in an international tournament, and really aren't up to much. If today's match ends up as a draw, I could see both Egypt and Uruguay finishing in the top two slots. If not - and it's most likely that Uruguay win - Egypt's match against Russia will be enormous. Stay with us for all the updates and action from today's match! It's going to be brilliant.
World Cup 2018: Jose Gimenez grabs late winner for Uruguay to break Egyptian hearts
A Jose Gimenez header on the verge of 90 minutes gave Uruguay a hard-fought 1-0 win over Egypt at the Yekaterinburg Arena, as what could have been a tale of two strikers was decided by a centre-back. There were high hopes for the Egyptians before kick-off as birthday boy Mohamed Salah was named among the substitutes, having recovered ahead of schedule from an injury sustained in the Champions League final. Every single time his face was shown on the big screens around the stadium the noise levels amplified, but Hector Cuper remained unswayed by emotion and stayed resolute in his decision making. Salah has other, more winnable fights to be prepared for, and keeping Egypt's star player rested may prove to be the right one going forward, especially considering how vulnerable Saudi Arabia looked on Thursday and how average Russia should prove to be. Another (now ex) star of Liverpool was instead the focus of much of this game and not for good reason. Luis Suarez summed up Uruguay's struggles to find anything like cohesion or fluency with an awful performance, losing possession all over the pitch, passing to the wrong people and hitting the side netting in the first half when it looked easier to score. Later, with only the goalkeeper to beat, Suarez held on the ball for too long and allowed goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shenawy the opportunity to smother inside the six yard box. For the umpteenth time in the game, Suarez berated himself, apparently unsure as to how just why nothing he attempted was working. If Egypt missed Salah, Uruguay were actively hindered by the presence of their misfiring Suarez imposter. Suarez misses a great chance inside the six yard box Credit: REUTERS Egypt frustrated Uruguay with a deep defensive line, staying compact, dealing with danger competently and threatening on the counter-attack but as they grew tired towards the end, Uruguay showed their quality and slowly squeezed the neck of the game. Edison Cavani came closest to breaking the deadlock with a curling free-kick in the 87th minute that came back off the post - the rebound blocked by Suarez against his own teammates - before a free-kick wide right resulted in the deadlock being broken. Egypt looked rattled and against the ropes, their desperate clearances the equivalent of a boxer gripping onto his opponent while trying to draw breath. The waves of attack kept coming and having knocked on the door for a sustained period of time, Uruguay finally opened the scoring as Gimenez rose highest to head home a cross from substitute Carlos Sanchez to secure the victory. Salah looked on despondently, Uruguay players rushed from the bench to celebrate their goal. In the end it was a just-about-deserved victory for Oscar Tabarez's side, but had Salah been available and Suarez actually turned up, this could have been oh so different. 3:33PM No Salah Credit: AP No Salah today but after what we've seen today and yesterday, I think he'll have a great time against Russia and Saudi Arabia. Egypt were solid defensively and need to rely on quick counter-attacks - there are few players better at exactly that than Salah. 3:15PM Uruguay's reaction to that goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES I think it's fairly safe to say they were excited. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 3:10PM Some more stats on Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay have won their opening match at a World Cup tournament for the first time since 1970, when they beat Israel. Egypt are still winless at the World Cup finals, failing to win five matches (D2 L3). José Giménez’s winning goal in the 90th minute was Uruguay’s latest winning goal in a World Cup match since Daniel Fonseca’s 92nd minute winner against South Korea in June 1990. Egypt have failed to score in each of their last three World Cup matches. Uruguay have won each of their last three World Cup group stage games with a goal scored in the last 10 minutes of matches. Three of Uruguay’s last four World Cup goals have been scored via headers – only three of their previous 22 World Cup goals had been headed. 3:05PM Tonight's match After Morocco vs Iran we've got Spain vs Portugal and it's going to be an absolute belter. Here are my tactical thoughts on each side ahead of the game: Spain World Cup tactics article Portugal World Cup tactics 3:03PM Bad stat for Egypt fans 5 - No African team has played as many World Cup games without winning a single one than Egypt (D2 L3). Hurdle. #EGYURU#EGY#WorldCup— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 3:00PM Who impressed Godin was Uruguay's best player, Cavani and Gimenez next, while Bentancur controlled the first half. Suarez was about a three out of a 10 - if that - and Egypt, as a whole, were really strong. No individual standouts but as a unit, they defended really well, broke forward as a team and were so close to getting a result. 2:57PM Great game That was really enjoyable. Two teams evenly matched but Uruguay had the quality and stamina to see it through - and deserved the win. But it's only the first game of the day! Next up is Morocco vs Iran. Follow it here with Ben Coles. 2:55PM FULL TIME That's it! Heartbreak for Egypt! Uruguay have a hard-earned three points! 2:55PM 90 mins +5 Egypt want an equaliser! Two crosses in a row into the box and now Uruguay look like they're in trouble. Hegazi fouls Suarez (who's looking for it...) and Suarez rolls around the floor a little bit. There are theatre groups less dramatic than Luis Suarez when he's trying to win a free-kick. 2:53PM 90 mins +4 Oh this isn't good. Trezeguet has gone down with cramp so bad he can hardly even walk. His legs are straight like Herman Munster as he's hauled off the turf and back to his feet. 2:51PM 90 mins +2 Uruguay keeping the ball now. Egypt are rocked by that goal - they've defended so well all game long but have really tired in the final part of this game. 2:48PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! GIMENEZ HAS SCORED! OOOHHHHH there it is! Egypt just couldn't hold on! A free-kick is hit in from wide right, Gimenez jumps higher than everyone else in the middle of the box and powers a header past the goalkeeper. Brilliant from the centre-back! Egypt 0 - 1 Uruguay (José Giménez, 90 min) 2:47PM 89 mins CAVANI HITS THE POST! The ball pings back off the upright and any of four Uruguay players can convert the rebound! But Suarez blocks it by being in the way! He's ruining everything today. Egypt are on the ropes, the heavyweight Uruguay are really taking the game to them here. 2:46PM 88 mins Ooooohhhhhhhhh free-kick on the edge of the area! Cavani is taken out by Fathy as he's about to run into the box. That could either be a game-saving move or it could end up with Uruguay hitting the back of the net. Torreira - Arsenal's new signing - is on for Vecino. Cavani stands over the free-kick. 2:45PM 87 mins Gimenez is the last man and absolutely nobody moves to give him the option for a pass. It's such poor movement and Egypt don't even have to try to win the ball back - Gimenez chips it forward and hands it back to them. That's Uruguay's period of pressure over then! Egypt are clearing their lines now. They want the 0-0. 2:43PM 85 mins Credit: AFP This photo more or less sums up Uruguay's match so far. They're pushing for a winner now. Another corner. 2:42PM 84 mins CAVANIIIIIIII! What a save! Wow. Where did that come from?! Suarez heads into Cavani, who hits on the volley and blooters the ball at rocket speed towards goal. El-Shenawy dives to his left and gets a strong palm behind it. The corner is rubbish. 2:41PM 82 mins Egypt win a turnover in their own half, break forwards... and hold the ball until reinforcements arrive. Elneny joins in, looks for a quick one-two but it doesn't come off. Then Elneny gets another shot at things and chips over the bar. No Mo Salah for us today - Egypt are making their final substitution. Warda comes off for Sobhy. 2:38PM 80 mins The break is on! Kahraba has the entire left wing to run into! He gets to the box, looks up and picks his pass... but Caceres stretches and blocks just before it becomes a massive problem. I'm not sure Varela has beaten the first man with any of his crosses from wide right. If he has they haven't been very good. 2:37PM 78 mins You know when you're playing Football Manager and your star player is on a 5 but you just don't want to take him off because you *know* all it takes is one chance and he'll make a difference? Suarez is around that at the moment. Every touch, pass, dribble... everything - none of it has worked. I think they put Alvaro Recoba on at some point. That'd be lovely. 2:35PM 76 mins Credit: FIFA Great play from Gimenez who takes a risk drawing in the Egyptian press but skips past it and sends Varela on his way. Varela has spent most of this half as a right winger. 2:32PM 73 mins Uruguay are leaving space at the back now as they look for a winner. Egypt hit the ball into that space, work the passing across the area and then a strike is smashed at goal from a tight angle! Muslera saves well at his near post and holds onto the ball. Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Ahmed Fathy, 72 min) SUAREZ IS IN! The pass comes in ahead of him, only the goalkeeper to beat! And it's as if he's waiting for someone to foul him! He just needs to jab that at goal and it's... a goal. Instead, he takes too long and the goalkeeper smothers. 2:29PM 71 mins Uruguay win a corner. Godin comes up. Egypt marking man to man... the ball lands with Cavani who swipes at it, hits Caceres in the general region of his hands/arms and the referee says free-kick. Seems harsh to me, I'm not sure what he's meant to do in that situation. 2:27PM 69 mins Uruguay get to the final third, slow right down... and Sanchez tries a hit from 25 yards which hits a defender. Martin Keown has just revealed that he would definitely have targeted Mo Salah, had he been playing against him today. "Of course I would have done. I once played against Ruud Gullit with a bandaged knee - it was like a dartboard for me!" 2:25PM 67 mins Rodriguez takes forever to decide what to do with the ball at his feet in the final third and Egypt easily win possession... then launch it long and concede once more. Egypt seem more in control of this game without the ball than they do with it! There's no movement in this Uruguay team, no purpose with the passing and they seem reluctant to really test the Egyptian defence. 2:24PM 65 mins Egypt vs Uruguay You can see here that Egypt are focusing their passes down the wide areas while Uruguay have made the majority of theirs in central positions. However, Uruguay have attempted way more crosses... which doesn't seem to make sense. Uruguay crosses Egypt are catching up now: Egypt crosses 2:21PM 63 mins It's really slow now. Egypt defending in a 4-4-2, the first line of press is the halfway line and the second is about 25 yards deeper than that. Uruguay cautiously approach the Egypt half, then reconsider things and pass backwards or sideways. Uruguay win a free-kick, hook it into the box... it's headed away and then Suarez is offside. What has happened to Suarez? 2:19PM 61 mins A three act tragedy: Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES 2:17PM 59 mins Change for Uruguay. Nandez off, Sanchez on and De Arrascaeta is replaced by Rodriguez. That might be a wee change of shape to a 4-2-3-1. 2:16PM 58 mins Varela gets high up the right, Nandez overlaps, passes back, goes wide, goes back... the passing's really predictable and Egypt just put 8million men behind the ball so there's nowhere to go... then spring a counter-attack. Now Uruguay drop deep. They need to put Suarez in the bin. He's been useless. He'd struggle to get in the Saudi Arabia team on this form. 2:14PM 55 mins Possession: Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay are attacking with more of a forward three now, with Nandez pushing high up the pitch on the right. Like a lopsided 4-4-2. 2:12PM 54 mins Suarez is still off the pace. It's his linkup play that's poor, waiting for the ball to arrive at his feet rather than moving towards it. Uruguay are forward now though... and Suarez has lost the ball on the edge of the box. 2:10PM 52 mins Morsy plays for Wigan... so he's not quite - perhaps - at the same international elite level as some of the Uruguay players but we'll see how he gets on. Hamed was played superbly before that and will be missed in the midfield. Uruguay are far more aggressive in this half and it's really working. Egypt have to keep kicking long and aren't keeping possession at all. 2:08PM 49 mins Disaster for Hamed. He's picked up an injury, being kneed right in the spine (one of the worst places to be kneed). His pals are signalling that this will probably be the end of his game... and he hobbles off the pitch. Morsy will come on to replace him. 2:05PM 47 mins It's a higher press from Uruguay now... and SUAREZ IS IN! Great move from Uruguay, Cavani plays in Suarez with a through-ball and the goalkeeper gets off his line quickly to block inside the six yard box! Early action! Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 46 min) 2:04PM KICK OFF 2 We're back! Egypt start the second half. 2:01PM Bentancur's first half We spoke about him before kick-off and sure enough, Bentancur has been excellent: Most interceptions: 5 Most passes completed: 42 Highest pass accuracy: 98% 1:59PM Inside the stadium Half time and have gone for a walk round the iconic temporary grandstands. Truly have never seen anything like it. pic.twitter.com/xWy90B84kS— Eli (@ElMengem) June 15, 2018 There's not a huge amount to see there but it is really impressive. 1:56PM Cavani can't get in the game 17 - Edinson Cavani had the fewest touches (17) of any Uruguay player in the first half, with none of those coming in the opposition's box. Restricted. #EGYURU#URU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXlby59phP— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 1:55PM Tac Tix Some halftime reading? Here's loads! World Cup 2018 tactics | JJ Bull analyses formations, line-ups and more This game is a battle of two deep defences. Uruguay are playing four central midfielders and lack a bit of width as a result but if they could just get their strikers into the game, and Suarez wasn't playing like he's broken, they'd be a lot better off. Honestly, if you'd bought this Suarez from a shop you'd be on your way back now to get a refund. 1:51PM This stadium is pretty crazy Ignore the empty seats - look at the amazing stand this place has. Ekaterinburg Arena: The crazy Russia World Cup 2018 stadium where you pay to sit outside to watch the football 1:48PM Team shapes Average touch positions (33 min) Uruguay aren't at it today. Strong words will be exchanged at half-time. 1:47PM HALF TIME Two pretty even teams! Egypt are organised, defending well and look menacing on the counter-attack, Uruguay should be 1-0 up and seem solid... but nothing like their usual selves. Suarez needs to have a word with himself - and actually, only Godin, Bentancur and Gimenez have really turned up here. 1:46PM 45 mins Uruguay come forward but the cross from wide right is poor and just hands possession back. Bentancur is having a really good game in the centre of midfield... but Suarez has lost the ball again. Pretty sure Suarez is on one of the downward arrows from Pro Evo games here. 1:44PM 43 mins Credit: REUTERS Look at all the empty seats. It's not nice :-( Uruguay are now looking for a way to score before half time and have Egypt pinned back. I think Egypt are happy with 0-0 at the moment, and that wall of defence is working extremely well. And now the counter-attack is on! Fathy comes down the right, crosses in... but the defence deal with it. 1:42PM 42 mins Warda goes for an overhead kick, misses the ball, falls to the ground then lies on the floor 'injured' until Uruguay break up their promising attack and put the ball out of play for him. Miraculously, he has recovered. Diagnosis: wounded pride. 1:41PM 40 mins Superb by Godin. He brings the ball out from the back on his own, dribbles past one man and gets all the way to the final third. He threads a through-pass into De Arrascaeta... whose first touch is embarrassing. Goal kick. 1:40PM 38 mins Good pressing by Egypt but Uruguay's passing has much improved and they are able to bring the ball out to the Egypt final third. Look at the defensive shape. What are you even supposed to do against that? They're really well organised. 1:36PM 36 mins There's quite a lot of empty seats in the stadium here... which is pretty surprising for the second game of the World Cup. Apparently tickets are expensive... almost as if not everyone can afford £300ish to watch 90 minutes of one sporting event. Who'd have thought it? FIFA are about as in-tune with the average human as I am to dolphins. 1:35PM 34 mins Credit: AFP You can see Suarez already running off to celebrate before he missed that chance earlier! Egypt vs Uruguay shots on goal 1:33PM 33 mins Suarez has lined up a free-kick 30 yards from goal. This will be one of those knuckle-ball attempts and having beaten himself up a minute ago for losing possession, maybe he'll be right on this one... Hits the wall. A lot of power in that one and it's hurt Trezeguet. 1:31PM 31 mins Oocha! Vecino goes for an early goal of the tournament attempt with a powerful drive from about 30 yards but it zips wide of the far post. Suarez has been awful so far. It's like he can't read the play at all - a pass towards him, he turns to chase and completely gives it away. It's as though he doesn't realise he isn't as fast as he was when he was 27 anymore and hasn't adjusted. 1:30PM 29 mins Uruguay look a little more comfortable on the ball now and are trying to make things happen in the final third. Egypt are in counter-attack mode but are sprinting forward to allow the team the chance to move up the pitch as a unit, rather than going for goal. Muslera grabs a cross out of the air and sends Uruguay on their way... but Suarez has given it away again. "He's not there mentally today," says Martin Keown. Godin has just gone absolutely nuts at his midfield for giving the ball away in their own half. He's had to clear up a few messes so far already. 1:27PM 27 mins It sounds like a few in the commentary area of the stadium thought that Suarez effort was a goal. To be fair, from where he was standing you'd expect him to convert it. Miss: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 24 min) 1:26PM 24 mins GOOOOOAAAAAL - oh that's a bad miss. Suarez has hit the side-netting from six yards! It's basically an open goal. Jonathan Pearce has done one of his classic misreadings of the situation. "He's disallowed it!" says the star of Robot Wars, when it's clearly not gone in the goal. I don’t understand much Russian, but I’m pretty sure by the tone that the TV commentator here thought that was in from Suarez and had been disallowed. He has my total sympathy. All been there!— Guy Mowbray (@Guymowbray) June 15, 2018 Still, Uruguay look dangerous from set pieces. 1:24PM 23 mins Fathi defends well in the corner but De Arrascaeta has a chance to get the ball in the box now for Uruguay's big men to attack. The goalkeeper punches... the ball goes back to the centre-circle... and is then launched wide back to the Uruguay number 10. Cavani takes over, skips the ball over one tackle and then fires a left-footed volley at goal! It hits the head of Gabr - otherwise that was heading towards goal! Another corner. 1:21PM 21 mins Uruguay's Rodrigo Bentancur, left, and Egypt's Amr Warda challenge for the ball Credit: AP Uruguay are being really sloppy in possession. Egypt are picking the ball off their feet at times and attacks are breaking down in the final third each time. Varela sprints down the right wing and Gimenez tries a direct pass into the space ahead of him. Goal kick. 1:19PM 19 mins Said skins Bentancur near the box but throws himself to the ground looking for a free-kick. A clear dive and a stupid one at that - he was about to dribble into the penalty area. Why go down? Uruguay come forward again but Egypt drop deep, holding a line on the 18 yard box and denying any space. 1:18PM 17 mins The free-kick is chipped in though - no shot - and Hegazi tries to head back across goal. Uruguay are massive, strong and organised though and easily see it out for a goal kick. Decent start to this game by Egypt though - they're really taking the game to Uruguay. Egypt vs Uruguay 1:16PM 16 mins The crowd roars as the stadium TV screens cut to pictures of Mo Salah sitting on the bench. I think the Egyptian fans like him. Warda wins a free-kick 25 yards out - this is a great position to shoot from... 1:15PM 14 mins Uruguay's defensive shape a pretty obvious 4-4-2. Cavani is dropping deeper at times though to make it a 4-4-1-1 - Suarez primed to chase anything that gets hit into space ahead of him. The ball is moved through the lines by Uruguay's passing, Varela is wide right and passes inside to Suarez. He's unmarked! But his shot is poor and well wide. 1:13PM 12 mins Egypt win a free-kick, Uruguay defend nervously and the header by Varela is hit into a central area. You're not supposed to that! Elneny thinks about hitting a volley, can't quite get there in time, so goes for a one-two, then Trezeguet forces his way into the box chasing the bouncing ball and gets a snap shot away. Muslera saves low. 1:10PM 9 mins CAVANIIIII tries an effort from distance but it's easy for the goalkeeper to save. He'll just be calibrating his shooting with that one. 1:09PM 8 mins Great passing from Uruguay. They work the ball quickly with one touch passes and some excellent movement off the ball but Egypt drop back and head clear. 1:06PM 6 mins Decent attack for Egypt. They break the midfield line with a pass between two Uruguay players and Trezeguet wins a throw-in near the corner flag. Caceres is fortunate to get away from Warda with the ball after some clumsy dribbling... but Suarez tries to switch the play and ends up booting it directly to the goalkeeper. Egypt are pressing the Uruguay defence high up the pitch. 1:04PM 4 mins Varela, ex of Manchester United, has seen a bit of the ball on the Uruguay right so far. Egypt now look to keep possession for a bit, Uruguay press near the centre-circle but are mostly behind the halfway line. Cavani stretches to go into a tackle early on and goes down in some pain. Let's hope he hasn't twisted his ankle. The replay seems to suggest he's alright. 1:02PM 2 mins Uruguay get us started, pass back to the defence and then kick it long... then win possession back straight away. Egypt sitting deep to block forward passes but you'd expect Uruguay to try and just get everyone a touch of the ball early on to get them calmed down. 1:01PM KICK OFF HERE WE GO! 12:57PM Starting lineups Uruguay should be in a 4-4-2 diamond, Egypt are a fairly conventional 4-2-3-1. 12:55PM National anthems Both of these are superb. 12:54PM Players in the tunnel Can you even imagine how nervous these guys are? The crowd is pumped too. And here they come out onto the pitch! Kick-off is five minutes away! 12:50PM The Uruguay manager 4 - This is Uruguay's manager ���� Oscar Tabárez’s fourth World Cup appearance (after 1990, 2010 and 2014); more than any other manager at this year’s tournament. Boss. #EGYURU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXxCJIcCeN— OptaJean (@OptaJean) June 15, 2018 12:48PM Egypt have been fasting for Ramadan Could this affect their chances? An imam tells a BBC investigator: "There are exceptions. The World Cup is in Russia, they're travelling to Russia, so they don't need to fast while they're playing." Many players do still choose to fast. "There's quite a drop in performance, up to 25 per cent," says an expert on the field. A lot of it is to do with temperament apparently. Hangar. 12:43PM Today's stadium Ekaterinburg Stadium It looks absolutely brilliant inside. Doesn't it make you want to go out and run around on the pitch? It's so green! Credit: GETTY IMAGES And a handy little graphic for you. World Cup 2018 stadium: Ekaterinburg Arena 12:40PM The modern football fan How do you consume your football news? Do you do it... on Whatsapp? Well you can now! Personally, I'm a big fan of this. World Cup whatsapp promo Loads of interesting things get sent your way and it's dead easy to set up. 12:33PM BBC titles One of the best thing about the World Cup is finding out what the themed intros from the TV stations will be. ITV did well yesterday but now it's time for the old BBC to show them how it's done. It's a dance music-led intro with lots of clever little computer graphic transitions showing things around Russia, nothing too extravagant... and it's short. And now an Egyptian themed VT to get things rolling. Gary Linieker says: "The Pharoahs are back in a World Cup for the first time in 28 years" and we're off! 12:24PM Stay up to date We've got so many great things to keep you up to date and informed this World Cup, and one of the best of them is our newsletter. Sign up for some lovely reading to help the time pass a little easier between games. 12:15PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:09PM Arsenal's new Uruguayan signing Who is he? Why did they buy him? How much?! Torreira puff Dan Zeqiri has the answers. 12:05PM Who to watch for Uruguay ���� @RodriiBentancur prepares to become our first ���� to take part in #WorldCup 2018 as #TeamUruguay face Egypt, buena suerte! ��#JuveWorldCup#ForzaJuvepic.twitter.com/Ko7TiEmVUA— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 15, 2018 You know about Suarez and Cavani but Uruguay are (almost) equally strong in defence as well. Godin and Gimenez are a powerful centre-back duo (who both play for Atletico Madrid too...) while Fernando Muslera is a reliable goalkeeper. Caceres, the left-back, plays for Lazio and isn't bad either. There is one player who could really make a name for himself this summer, and that is Rodrigo Bentancur. He's a midfielder who plays for Juventus, who used to be a wide right but now acts as either a holding midfielder or advanced playmaker. He sees the game really well and is composed in possession and at 20-years-old, is expected to achieve big things. Bentancur is dead cheap on Fantasy Football too - stick him in your team if you need to save some cash and can't figure out where! 11:58AM There he is Credit: AP Egypt are an OK team but Salah is by far and away the best player. Trezeguet is a promising forward who can play on the left or right of attack, Ahmed Hegazi is a thoroughly underrated centre-back (the same one who plays for West Brom) and Mohamed Elneny is the next best. He might not have played an awful lot for Arsenal but he's absolutely superb at keeping things ticking over in midfield, winning the ball back and linking passes. Apart from those three... there's not an awful lot for Uruguay to worry about. I'd expect a cagey start from the Egyptians. Credit: AP 11:47AM Liverpool lending support to Mr Salah Good luck to @MoSalah as his #EGY side start their #WorldCup campaign this afternoon. �� pic.twitter.com/KZq1Mp7CRm— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 15, 2018 Of course, this is not the only ex-Liverpool favourite on show today. Luis Suarez is playing his first World Cup game since he tried to eat Giorgio Chiellini during a match against Italy in Brazil back in 2014. 11:44AM Pre-match buildup Credit: REUTERS The fanzones at these types of tournaments are always so, so, so fun and the photos for everyone building up to this one look exactly the same. It's a lovely day outside the Ekaterinburg Arena (and I suspect probably the same inside it too) and I am thoroughly jealous of everyone in these photos. Credit: REUTERS And just as an added bonus, here's a happy doggo for you to enjoy. Credit: REUTERS 11:38AM Starting lineups Egypt (4-2-3-1) Elshenawy; Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdelshafy; Elneny, Hamed; Warda, Said, Trezeguet; Mohsen Uruguay (4-3-1-2) Muslera, Varela, Godin, Gimenez, Caceres, Nandez, Bentancur, Vecino, De Arrascaeta, Suarez, Cavani 11:31AM Happy World Cup Friday to you Hello everyone! Are you excited too? It's Friday, there are three World Cup games to watch - THREE - and the first features some of the best players on the planet. Diego Godin, Luis Suarez (well, maybe not anymore...), Edinson Cavani and even Egypt have some lad who's meant to be pretty tidy too. #EGYURU | Alineación confirmada de @Uruguay para el encuentro que disputará ante @Pharaohs a la hora 9 (Uy) por la 1a fecha del Grupo A de #Rusia2018.#ElEquipoQueNosUnepic.twitter.com/LVE4q5kSJg— Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) June 15, 2018 Speaking of that lad, who is of course, Mo Salah, and he has made it onto the bench for today's game! إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة اليوم �� @Uruguay#روسيا2018#ThePharaohs#egypic.twitter.com/3p5NDudg7A— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 15, 2018 I'd imagine he'll only actually play the final few minutes to get some match fitness but could be thrown on at some time in the second half if the game is tight and Egypt reckon they can grab a point or three. That said, we don't know yet if he is actually on the team sheet but team news should be in extremely shortly. Disappointingly, we won't be forced to listen to 'Robbie Williams's greatest hits, featuring Opera Lady' today and instead there will be no grand ceremony. Only football. Football football football. And whoever wins the football must know they have a massive chance of qualifying for the knock-out stages. Russia put five past Saudi Arabia, who are probably the worst team I've ever seen play in an international tournament, and really aren't up to much. If today's match ends up as a draw, I could see both Egypt and Uruguay finishing in the top two slots. If not - and it's most likely that Uruguay win - Egypt's match against Russia will be enormous. Stay with us for all the updates and action from today's match! It's going to be brilliant.
A Jose Gimenez header on the verge of 90 minutes gave Uruguay a hard-fought 1-0 win over Egypt at the Yekaterinburg Arena, as what could have been a tale of two strikers was decided by a centre-back. There were high hopes for the Egyptians before kick-off as birthday boy Mohamed Salah was named among the substitutes, having recovered ahead of schedule from an injury sustained in the Champions League final. Every single time his face was shown on the big screens around the stadium the noise levels amplified, but Hector Cuper remained unswayed by emotion and stayed resolute in his decision making. Salah has other, more winnable fights to be prepared for, and keeping Egypt's star player rested may prove to be the right one going forward, especially considering how vulnerable Saudi Arabia looked on Thursday and how average Russia should prove to be. Another (now ex) star of Liverpool was instead the focus of much of this game and not for good reason. Luis Suarez summed up Uruguay's struggles to find anything like cohesion or fluency with an awful performance, losing possession all over the pitch, passing to the wrong people and hitting the side netting in the first half when it looked easier to score. Later, with only the goalkeeper to beat, Suarez held on the ball for too long and allowed goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shenawy the opportunity to smother inside the six yard box. For the umpteenth time in the game, Suarez berated himself, apparently unsure as to how just why nothing he attempted was working. If Egypt missed Salah, Uruguay were actively hindered by the presence of their misfiring Suarez imposter. Suarez misses a great chance inside the six yard box Credit: REUTERS Egypt frustrated Uruguay with a deep defensive line, staying compact, dealing with danger competently and threatening on the counter-attack but as they grew tired towards the end, Uruguay showed their quality and slowly squeezed the neck of the game. Edison Cavani came closest to breaking the deadlock with a curling free-kick in the 87th minute that came back off the post - the rebound blocked by Suarez against his own teammates - before a free-kick wide right resulted in the deadlock being broken. Egypt looked rattled and against the ropes, their desperate clearances the equivalent of a boxer gripping onto his opponent while trying to draw breath. The waves of attack kept coming and having knocked on the door for a sustained period of time, Uruguay finally opened the scoring as Gimenez rose highest to head home a cross from substitute Carlos Sanchez to secure the victory. Salah looked on despondently, Uruguay players rushed from the bench to celebrate their goal. In the end it was a just-about-deserved victory for Oscar Tabarez's side, but had Salah been available and Suarez actually turned up, this could have been oh so different. 3:33PM No Salah Credit: AP No Salah today but after what we've seen today and yesterday, I think he'll have a great time against Russia and Saudi Arabia. Egypt were solid defensively and need to rely on quick counter-attacks - there are few players better at exactly that than Salah. 3:15PM Uruguay's reaction to that goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES I think it's fairly safe to say they were excited. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 3:10PM Some more stats on Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay have won their opening match at a World Cup tournament for the first time since 1970, when they beat Israel. Egypt are still winless at the World Cup finals, failing to win five matches (D2 L3). José Giménez’s winning goal in the 90th minute was Uruguay’s latest winning goal in a World Cup match since Daniel Fonseca’s 92nd minute winner against South Korea in June 1990. Egypt have failed to score in each of their last three World Cup matches. Uruguay have won each of their last three World Cup group stage games with a goal scored in the last 10 minutes of matches. Three of Uruguay’s last four World Cup goals have been scored via headers – only three of their previous 22 World Cup goals had been headed. 3:05PM Tonight's match After Morocco vs Iran we've got Spain vs Portugal and it's going to be an absolute belter. Here are my tactical thoughts on each side ahead of the game: Spain World Cup tactics article Portugal World Cup tactics 3:03PM Bad stat for Egypt fans 5 - No African team has played as many World Cup games without winning a single one than Egypt (D2 L3). Hurdle. #EGYURU#EGY#WorldCup— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 3:00PM Who impressed Godin was Uruguay's best player, Cavani and Gimenez next, while Bentancur controlled the first half. Suarez was about a three out of a 10 - if that - and Egypt, as a whole, were really strong. No individual standouts but as a unit, they defended really well, broke forward as a team and were so close to getting a result. 2:57PM Great game That was really enjoyable. Two teams evenly matched but Uruguay had the quality and stamina to see it through - and deserved the win. But it's only the first game of the day! Next up is Morocco vs Iran. Follow it here with Ben Coles. 2:55PM FULL TIME That's it! Heartbreak for Egypt! Uruguay have a hard-earned three points! 2:55PM 90 mins +5 Egypt want an equaliser! Two crosses in a row into the box and now Uruguay look like they're in trouble. Hegazi fouls Suarez (who's looking for it...) and Suarez rolls around the floor a little bit. There are theatre groups less dramatic than Luis Suarez when he's trying to win a free-kick. 2:53PM 90 mins +4 Oh this isn't good. Trezeguet has gone down with cramp so bad he can hardly even walk. His legs are straight like Herman Munster as he's hauled off the turf and back to his feet. 2:51PM 90 mins +2 Uruguay keeping the ball now. Egypt are rocked by that goal - they've defended so well all game long but have really tired in the final part of this game. 2:48PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! GIMENEZ HAS SCORED! OOOHHHHH there it is! Egypt just couldn't hold on! A free-kick is hit in from wide right, Gimenez jumps higher than everyone else in the middle of the box and powers a header past the goalkeeper. Brilliant from the centre-back! Egypt 0 - 1 Uruguay (José Giménez, 90 min) 2:47PM 89 mins CAVANI HITS THE POST! The ball pings back off the upright and any of four Uruguay players can convert the rebound! But Suarez blocks it by being in the way! He's ruining everything today. Egypt are on the ropes, the heavyweight Uruguay are really taking the game to them here. 2:46PM 88 mins Ooooohhhhhhhhh free-kick on the edge of the area! Cavani is taken out by Fathy as he's about to run into the box. That could either be a game-saving move or it could end up with Uruguay hitting the back of the net. Torreira - Arsenal's new signing - is on for Vecino. Cavani stands over the free-kick. 2:45PM 87 mins Gimenez is the last man and absolutely nobody moves to give him the option for a pass. It's such poor movement and Egypt don't even have to try to win the ball back - Gimenez chips it forward and hands it back to them. That's Uruguay's period of pressure over then! Egypt are clearing their lines now. They want the 0-0. 2:43PM 85 mins Credit: AFP This photo more or less sums up Uruguay's match so far. They're pushing for a winner now. Another corner. 2:42PM 84 mins CAVANIIIIIIII! What a save! Wow. Where did that come from?! Suarez heads into Cavani, who hits on the volley and blooters the ball at rocket speed towards goal. El-Shenawy dives to his left and gets a strong palm behind it. The corner is rubbish. 2:41PM 82 mins Egypt win a turnover in their own half, break forwards... and hold the ball until reinforcements arrive. Elneny joins in, looks for a quick one-two but it doesn't come off. Then Elneny gets another shot at things and chips over the bar. No Mo Salah for us today - Egypt are making their final substitution. Warda comes off for Sobhy. 2:38PM 80 mins The break is on! Kahraba has the entire left wing to run into! He gets to the box, looks up and picks his pass... but Caceres stretches and blocks just before it becomes a massive problem. I'm not sure Varela has beaten the first man with any of his crosses from wide right. If he has they haven't been very good. 2:37PM 78 mins You know when you're playing Football Manager and your star player is on a 5 but you just don't want to take him off because you *know* all it takes is one chance and he'll make a difference? Suarez is around that at the moment. Every touch, pass, dribble... everything - none of it has worked. I think they put Alvaro Recoba on at some point. That'd be lovely. 2:35PM 76 mins Credit: FIFA Great play from Gimenez who takes a risk drawing in the Egyptian press but skips past it and sends Varela on his way. Varela has spent most of this half as a right winger. 2:32PM 73 mins Uruguay are leaving space at the back now as they look for a winner. Egypt hit the ball into that space, work the passing across the area and then a strike is smashed at goal from a tight angle! Muslera saves well at his near post and holds onto the ball. Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Ahmed Fathy, 72 min) SUAREZ IS IN! The pass comes in ahead of him, only the goalkeeper to beat! And it's as if he's waiting for someone to foul him! He just needs to jab that at goal and it's... a goal. Instead, he takes too long and the goalkeeper smothers. 2:29PM 71 mins Uruguay win a corner. Godin comes up. Egypt marking man to man... the ball lands with Cavani who swipes at it, hits Caceres in the general region of his hands/arms and the referee says free-kick. Seems harsh to me, I'm not sure what he's meant to do in that situation. 2:27PM 69 mins Uruguay get to the final third, slow right down... and Sanchez tries a hit from 25 yards which hits a defender. Martin Keown has just revealed that he would definitely have targeted Mo Salah, had he been playing against him today. "Of course I would have done. I once played against Ruud Gullit with a bandaged knee - it was like a dartboard for me!" 2:25PM 67 mins Rodriguez takes forever to decide what to do with the ball at his feet in the final third and Egypt easily win possession... then launch it long and concede once more. Egypt seem more in control of this game without the ball than they do with it! There's no movement in this Uruguay team, no purpose with the passing and they seem reluctant to really test the Egyptian defence. 2:24PM 65 mins Egypt vs Uruguay You can see here that Egypt are focusing their passes down the wide areas while Uruguay have made the majority of theirs in central positions. However, Uruguay have attempted way more crosses... which doesn't seem to make sense. Uruguay crosses Egypt are catching up now: Egypt crosses 2:21PM 63 mins It's really slow now. Egypt defending in a 4-4-2, the first line of press is the halfway line and the second is about 25 yards deeper than that. Uruguay cautiously approach the Egypt half, then reconsider things and pass backwards or sideways. Uruguay win a free-kick, hook it into the box... it's headed away and then Suarez is offside. What has happened to Suarez? 2:19PM 61 mins A three act tragedy: Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES 2:17PM 59 mins Change for Uruguay. Nandez off, Sanchez on and De Arrascaeta is replaced by Rodriguez. That might be a wee change of shape to a 4-2-3-1. 2:16PM 58 mins Varela gets high up the right, Nandez overlaps, passes back, goes wide, goes back... the passing's really predictable and Egypt just put 8million men behind the ball so there's nowhere to go... then spring a counter-attack. Now Uruguay drop deep. They need to put Suarez in the bin. He's been useless. He'd struggle to get in the Saudi Arabia team on this form. 2:14PM 55 mins Possession: Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay are attacking with more of a forward three now, with Nandez pushing high up the pitch on the right. Like a lopsided 4-4-2. 2:12PM 54 mins Suarez is still off the pace. It's his linkup play that's poor, waiting for the ball to arrive at his feet rather than moving towards it. Uruguay are forward now though... and Suarez has lost the ball on the edge of the box. 2:10PM 52 mins Morsy plays for Wigan... so he's not quite - perhaps - at the same international elite level as some of the Uruguay players but we'll see how he gets on. Hamed was played superbly before that and will be missed in the midfield. Uruguay are far more aggressive in this half and it's really working. Egypt have to keep kicking long and aren't keeping possession at all. 2:08PM 49 mins Disaster for Hamed. He's picked up an injury, being kneed right in the spine (one of the worst places to be kneed). His pals are signalling that this will probably be the end of his game... and he hobbles off the pitch. Morsy will come on to replace him. 2:05PM 47 mins It's a higher press from Uruguay now... and SUAREZ IS IN! Great move from Uruguay, Cavani plays in Suarez with a through-ball and the goalkeeper gets off his line quickly to block inside the six yard box! Early action! Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 46 min) 2:04PM KICK OFF 2 We're back! Egypt start the second half. 2:01PM Bentancur's first half We spoke about him before kick-off and sure enough, Bentancur has been excellent: Most interceptions: 5 Most passes completed: 42 Highest pass accuracy: 98% 1:59PM Inside the stadium Half time and have gone for a walk round the iconic temporary grandstands. Truly have never seen anything like it. pic.twitter.com/xWy90B84kS— Eli (@ElMengem) June 15, 2018 There's not a huge amount to see there but it is really impressive. 1:56PM Cavani can't get in the game 17 - Edinson Cavani had the fewest touches (17) of any Uruguay player in the first half, with none of those coming in the opposition's box. Restricted. #EGYURU#URU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXlby59phP— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 1:55PM Tac Tix Some halftime reading? Here's loads! World Cup 2018 tactics | JJ Bull analyses formations, line-ups and more This game is a battle of two deep defences. Uruguay are playing four central midfielders and lack a bit of width as a result but if they could just get their strikers into the game, and Suarez wasn't playing like he's broken, they'd be a lot better off. Honestly, if you'd bought this Suarez from a shop you'd be on your way back now to get a refund. 1:51PM This stadium is pretty crazy Ignore the empty seats - look at the amazing stand this place has. Ekaterinburg Arena: The crazy Russia World Cup 2018 stadium where you pay to sit outside to watch the football 1:48PM Team shapes Average touch positions (33 min) Uruguay aren't at it today. Strong words will be exchanged at half-time. 1:47PM HALF TIME Two pretty even teams! Egypt are organised, defending well and look menacing on the counter-attack, Uruguay should be 1-0 up and seem solid... but nothing like their usual selves. Suarez needs to have a word with himself - and actually, only Godin, Bentancur and Gimenez have really turned up here. 1:46PM 45 mins Uruguay come forward but the cross from wide right is poor and just hands possession back. Bentancur is having a really good game in the centre of midfield... but Suarez has lost the ball again. Pretty sure Suarez is on one of the downward arrows from Pro Evo games here. 1:44PM 43 mins Credit: REUTERS Look at all the empty seats. It's not nice :-( Uruguay are now looking for a way to score before half time and have Egypt pinned back. I think Egypt are happy with 0-0 at the moment, and that wall of defence is working extremely well. And now the counter-attack is on! Fathy comes down the right, crosses in... but the defence deal with it. 1:42PM 42 mins Warda goes for an overhead kick, misses the ball, falls to the ground then lies on the floor 'injured' until Uruguay break up their promising attack and put the ball out of play for him. Miraculously, he has recovered. Diagnosis: wounded pride. 1:41PM 40 mins Superb by Godin. He brings the ball out from the back on his own, dribbles past one man and gets all the way to the final third. He threads a through-pass into De Arrascaeta... whose first touch is embarrassing. Goal kick. 1:40PM 38 mins Good pressing by Egypt but Uruguay's passing has much improved and they are able to bring the ball out to the Egypt final third. Look at the defensive shape. What are you even supposed to do against that? They're really well organised. 1:36PM 36 mins There's quite a lot of empty seats in the stadium here... which is pretty surprising for the second game of the World Cup. Apparently tickets are expensive... almost as if not everyone can afford £300ish to watch 90 minutes of one sporting event. Who'd have thought it? FIFA are about as in-tune with the average human as I am to dolphins. 1:35PM 34 mins Credit: AFP You can see Suarez already running off to celebrate before he missed that chance earlier! Egypt vs Uruguay shots on goal 1:33PM 33 mins Suarez has lined up a free-kick 30 yards from goal. This will be one of those knuckle-ball attempts and having beaten himself up a minute ago for losing possession, maybe he'll be right on this one... Hits the wall. A lot of power in that one and it's hurt Trezeguet. 1:31PM 31 mins Oocha! Vecino goes for an early goal of the tournament attempt with a powerful drive from about 30 yards but it zips wide of the far post. Suarez has been awful so far. It's like he can't read the play at all - a pass towards him, he turns to chase and completely gives it away. It's as though he doesn't realise he isn't as fast as he was when he was 27 anymore and hasn't adjusted. 1:30PM 29 mins Uruguay look a little more comfortable on the ball now and are trying to make things happen in the final third. Egypt are in counter-attack mode but are sprinting forward to allow the team the chance to move up the pitch as a unit, rather than going for goal. Muslera grabs a cross out of the air and sends Uruguay on their way... but Suarez has given it away again. "He's not there mentally today," says Martin Keown. Godin has just gone absolutely nuts at his midfield for giving the ball away in their own half. He's had to clear up a few messes so far already. 1:27PM 27 mins It sounds like a few in the commentary area of the stadium thought that Suarez effort was a goal. To be fair, from where he was standing you'd expect him to convert it. Miss: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 24 min) 1:26PM 24 mins GOOOOOAAAAAL - oh that's a bad miss. Suarez has hit the side-netting from six yards! It's basically an open goal. Jonathan Pearce has done one of his classic misreadings of the situation. "He's disallowed it!" says the star of Robot Wars, when it's clearly not gone in the goal. I don’t understand much Russian, but I’m pretty sure by the tone that the TV commentator here thought that was in from Suarez and had been disallowed. He has my total sympathy. All been there!— Guy Mowbray (@Guymowbray) June 15, 2018 Still, Uruguay look dangerous from set pieces. 1:24PM 23 mins Fathi defends well in the corner but De Arrascaeta has a chance to get the ball in the box now for Uruguay's big men to attack. The goalkeeper punches... the ball goes back to the centre-circle... and is then launched wide back to the Uruguay number 10. Cavani takes over, skips the ball over one tackle and then fires a left-footed volley at goal! It hits the head of Gabr - otherwise that was heading towards goal! Another corner. 1:21PM 21 mins Uruguay's Rodrigo Bentancur, left, and Egypt's Amr Warda challenge for the ball Credit: AP Uruguay are being really sloppy in possession. Egypt are picking the ball off their feet at times and attacks are breaking down in the final third each time. Varela sprints down the right wing and Gimenez tries a direct pass into the space ahead of him. Goal kick. 1:19PM 19 mins Said skins Bentancur near the box but throws himself to the ground looking for a free-kick. A clear dive and a stupid one at that - he was about to dribble into the penalty area. Why go down? Uruguay come forward again but Egypt drop deep, holding a line on the 18 yard box and denying any space. 1:18PM 17 mins The free-kick is chipped in though - no shot - and Hegazi tries to head back across goal. Uruguay are massive, strong and organised though and easily see it out for a goal kick. Decent start to this game by Egypt though - they're really taking the game to Uruguay. Egypt vs Uruguay 1:16PM 16 mins The crowd roars as the stadium TV screens cut to pictures of Mo Salah sitting on the bench. I think the Egyptian fans like him. Warda wins a free-kick 25 yards out - this is a great position to shoot from... 1:15PM 14 mins Uruguay's defensive shape a pretty obvious 4-4-2. Cavani is dropping deeper at times though to make it a 4-4-1-1 - Suarez primed to chase anything that gets hit into space ahead of him. The ball is moved through the lines by Uruguay's passing, Varela is wide right and passes inside to Suarez. He's unmarked! But his shot is poor and well wide. 1:13PM 12 mins Egypt win a free-kick, Uruguay defend nervously and the header by Varela is hit into a central area. You're not supposed to that! Elneny thinks about hitting a volley, can't quite get there in time, so goes for a one-two, then Trezeguet forces his way into the box chasing the bouncing ball and gets a snap shot away. Muslera saves low. 1:10PM 9 mins CAVANIIIII tries an effort from distance but it's easy for the goalkeeper to save. He'll just be calibrating his shooting with that one. 1:09PM 8 mins Great passing from Uruguay. They work the ball quickly with one touch passes and some excellent movement off the ball but Egypt drop back and head clear. 1:06PM 6 mins Decent attack for Egypt. They break the midfield line with a pass between two Uruguay players and Trezeguet wins a throw-in near the corner flag. Caceres is fortunate to get away from Warda with the ball after some clumsy dribbling... but Suarez tries to switch the play and ends up booting it directly to the goalkeeper. Egypt are pressing the Uruguay defence high up the pitch. 1:04PM 4 mins Varela, ex of Manchester United, has seen a bit of the ball on the Uruguay right so far. Egypt now look to keep possession for a bit, Uruguay press near the centre-circle but are mostly behind the halfway line. Cavani stretches to go into a tackle early on and goes down in some pain. Let's hope he hasn't twisted his ankle. The replay seems to suggest he's alright. 1:02PM 2 mins Uruguay get us started, pass back to the defence and then kick it long... then win possession back straight away. Egypt sitting deep to block forward passes but you'd expect Uruguay to try and just get everyone a touch of the ball early on to get them calmed down. 1:01PM KICK OFF HERE WE GO! 12:57PM Starting lineups Uruguay should be in a 4-4-2 diamond, Egypt are a fairly conventional 4-2-3-1. 12:55PM National anthems Both of these are superb. 12:54PM Players in the tunnel Can you even imagine how nervous these guys are? The crowd is pumped too. And here they come out onto the pitch! Kick-off is five minutes away! 12:50PM The Uruguay manager 4 - This is Uruguay's manager ���� Oscar Tabárez’s fourth World Cup appearance (after 1990, 2010 and 2014); more than any other manager at this year’s tournament. Boss. #EGYURU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXxCJIcCeN— OptaJean (@OptaJean) June 15, 2018 12:48PM Egypt have been fasting for Ramadan Could this affect their chances? An imam tells a BBC investigator: "There are exceptions. The World Cup is in Russia, they're travelling to Russia, so they don't need to fast while they're playing." Many players do still choose to fast. "There's quite a drop in performance, up to 25 per cent," says an expert on the field. A lot of it is to do with temperament apparently. Hangar. 12:43PM Today's stadium Ekaterinburg Stadium It looks absolutely brilliant inside. Doesn't it make you want to go out and run around on the pitch? It's so green! Credit: GETTY IMAGES And a handy little graphic for you. World Cup 2018 stadium: Ekaterinburg Arena 12:40PM The modern football fan How do you consume your football news? Do you do it... on Whatsapp? Well you can now! Personally, I'm a big fan of this. World Cup whatsapp promo Loads of interesting things get sent your way and it's dead easy to set up. 12:33PM BBC titles One of the best thing about the World Cup is finding out what the themed intros from the TV stations will be. ITV did well yesterday but now it's time for the old BBC to show them how it's done. It's a dance music-led intro with lots of clever little computer graphic transitions showing things around Russia, nothing too extravagant... and it's short. And now an Egyptian themed VT to get things rolling. Gary Linieker says: "The Pharoahs are back in a World Cup for the first time in 28 years" and we're off! 12:24PM Stay up to date We've got so many great things to keep you up to date and informed this World Cup, and one of the best of them is our newsletter. Sign up for some lovely reading to help the time pass a little easier between games. 12:15PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:09PM Arsenal's new Uruguayan signing Who is he? Why did they buy him? How much?! Torreira puff Dan Zeqiri has the answers. 12:05PM Who to watch for Uruguay ���� @RodriiBentancur prepares to become our first ���� to take part in #WorldCup 2018 as #TeamUruguay face Egypt, buena suerte! ��#JuveWorldCup#ForzaJuvepic.twitter.com/Ko7TiEmVUA— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 15, 2018 You know about Suarez and Cavani but Uruguay are (almost) equally strong in defence as well. Godin and Gimenez are a powerful centre-back duo (who both play for Atletico Madrid too...) while Fernando Muslera is a reliable goalkeeper. Caceres, the left-back, plays for Lazio and isn't bad either. There is one player who could really make a name for himself this summer, and that is Rodrigo Bentancur. He's a midfielder who plays for Juventus, who used to be a wide right but now acts as either a holding midfielder or advanced playmaker. He sees the game really well and is composed in possession and at 20-years-old, is expected to achieve big things. Bentancur is dead cheap on Fantasy Football too - stick him in your team if you need to save some cash and can't figure out where! 11:58AM There he is Credit: AP Egypt are an OK team but Salah is by far and away the best player. Trezeguet is a promising forward who can play on the left or right of attack, Ahmed Hegazi is a thoroughly underrated centre-back (the same one who plays for West Brom) and Mohamed Elneny is the next best. He might not have played an awful lot for Arsenal but he's absolutely superb at keeping things ticking over in midfield, winning the ball back and linking passes. Apart from those three... there's not an awful lot for Uruguay to worry about. I'd expect a cagey start from the Egyptians. Credit: AP 11:47AM Liverpool lending support to Mr Salah Good luck to @MoSalah as his #EGY side start their #WorldCup campaign this afternoon. �� pic.twitter.com/KZq1Mp7CRm— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 15, 2018 Of course, this is not the only ex-Liverpool favourite on show today. Luis Suarez is playing his first World Cup game since he tried to eat Giorgio Chiellini during a match against Italy in Brazil back in 2014. 11:44AM Pre-match buildup Credit: REUTERS The fanzones at these types of tournaments are always so, so, so fun and the photos for everyone building up to this one look exactly the same. It's a lovely day outside the Ekaterinburg Arena (and I suspect probably the same inside it too) and I am thoroughly jealous of everyone in these photos. Credit: REUTERS And just as an added bonus, here's a happy doggo for you to enjoy. Credit: REUTERS 11:38AM Starting lineups Egypt (4-2-3-1) Elshenawy; Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdelshafy; Elneny, Hamed; Warda, Said, Trezeguet; Mohsen Uruguay (4-3-1-2) Muslera, Varela, Godin, Gimenez, Caceres, Nandez, Bentancur, Vecino, De Arrascaeta, Suarez, Cavani 11:31AM Happy World Cup Friday to you Hello everyone! Are you excited too? It's Friday, there are three World Cup games to watch - THREE - and the first features some of the best players on the planet. Diego Godin, Luis Suarez (well, maybe not anymore...), Edinson Cavani and even Egypt have some lad who's meant to be pretty tidy too. #EGYURU | Alineación confirmada de @Uruguay para el encuentro que disputará ante @Pharaohs a la hora 9 (Uy) por la 1a fecha del Grupo A de #Rusia2018.#ElEquipoQueNosUnepic.twitter.com/LVE4q5kSJg— Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) June 15, 2018 Speaking of that lad, who is of course, Mo Salah, and he has made it onto the bench for today's game! إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة اليوم �� @Uruguay#روسيا2018#ThePharaohs#egypic.twitter.com/3p5NDudg7A— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 15, 2018 I'd imagine he'll only actually play the final few minutes to get some match fitness but could be thrown on at some time in the second half if the game is tight and Egypt reckon they can grab a point or three. That said, we don't know yet if he is actually on the team sheet but team news should be in extremely shortly. Disappointingly, we won't be forced to listen to 'Robbie Williams's greatest hits, featuring Opera Lady' today and instead there will be no grand ceremony. Only football. Football football football. And whoever wins the football must know they have a massive chance of qualifying for the knock-out stages. Russia put five past Saudi Arabia, who are probably the worst team I've ever seen play in an international tournament, and really aren't up to much. If today's match ends up as a draw, I could see both Egypt and Uruguay finishing in the top two slots. If not - and it's most likely that Uruguay win - Egypt's match against Russia will be enormous. Stay with us for all the updates and action from today's match! It's going to be brilliant.
World Cup 2018: Jose Gimenez grabs late winner for Uruguay to break Egyptian hearts
A Jose Gimenez header on the verge of 90 minutes gave Uruguay a hard-fought 1-0 win over Egypt at the Yekaterinburg Arena, as what could have been a tale of two strikers was decided by a centre-back. There were high hopes for the Egyptians before kick-off as birthday boy Mohamed Salah was named among the substitutes, having recovered ahead of schedule from an injury sustained in the Champions League final. Every single time his face was shown on the big screens around the stadium the noise levels amplified, but Hector Cuper remained unswayed by emotion and stayed resolute in his decision making. Salah has other, more winnable fights to be prepared for, and keeping Egypt's star player rested may prove to be the right one going forward, especially considering how vulnerable Saudi Arabia looked on Thursday and how average Russia should prove to be. Another (now ex) star of Liverpool was instead the focus of much of this game and not for good reason. Luis Suarez summed up Uruguay's struggles to find anything like cohesion or fluency with an awful performance, losing possession all over the pitch, passing to the wrong people and hitting the side netting in the first half when it looked easier to score. Later, with only the goalkeeper to beat, Suarez held on the ball for too long and allowed goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shenawy the opportunity to smother inside the six yard box. For the umpteenth time in the game, Suarez berated himself, apparently unsure as to how just why nothing he attempted was working. If Egypt missed Salah, Uruguay were actively hindered by the presence of their misfiring Suarez imposter. Suarez misses a great chance inside the six yard box Credit: REUTERS Egypt frustrated Uruguay with a deep defensive line, staying compact, dealing with danger competently and threatening on the counter-attack but as they grew tired towards the end, Uruguay showed their quality and slowly squeezed the neck of the game. Edison Cavani came closest to breaking the deadlock with a curling free-kick in the 87th minute that came back off the post - the rebound blocked by Suarez against his own teammates - before a free-kick wide right resulted in the deadlock being broken. Egypt looked rattled and against the ropes, their desperate clearances the equivalent of a boxer gripping onto his opponent while trying to draw breath. The waves of attack kept coming and having knocked on the door for a sustained period of time, Uruguay finally opened the scoring as Gimenez rose highest to head home a cross from substitute Carlos Sanchez to secure the victory. Salah looked on despondently, Uruguay players rushed from the bench to celebrate their goal. In the end it was a just-about-deserved victory for Oscar Tabarez's side, but had Salah been available and Suarez actually turned up, this could have been oh so different. 3:33PM No Salah Credit: AP No Salah today but after what we've seen today and yesterday, I think he'll have a great time against Russia and Saudi Arabia. Egypt were solid defensively and need to rely on quick counter-attacks - there are few players better at exactly that than Salah. 3:15PM Uruguay's reaction to that goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES I think it's fairly safe to say they were excited. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 3:10PM Some more stats on Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay have won their opening match at a World Cup tournament for the first time since 1970, when they beat Israel. Egypt are still winless at the World Cup finals, failing to win five matches (D2 L3). José Giménez’s winning goal in the 90th minute was Uruguay’s latest winning goal in a World Cup match since Daniel Fonseca’s 92nd minute winner against South Korea in June 1990. Egypt have failed to score in each of their last three World Cup matches. Uruguay have won each of their last three World Cup group stage games with a goal scored in the last 10 minutes of matches. Three of Uruguay’s last four World Cup goals have been scored via headers – only three of their previous 22 World Cup goals had been headed. 3:05PM Tonight's match After Morocco vs Iran we've got Spain vs Portugal and it's going to be an absolute belter. Here are my tactical thoughts on each side ahead of the game: Spain World Cup tactics article Portugal World Cup tactics 3:03PM Bad stat for Egypt fans 5 - No African team has played as many World Cup games without winning a single one than Egypt (D2 L3). Hurdle. #EGYURU#EGY#WorldCup— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 3:00PM Who impressed Godin was Uruguay's best player, Cavani and Gimenez next, while Bentancur controlled the first half. Suarez was about a three out of a 10 - if that - and Egypt, as a whole, were really strong. No individual standouts but as a unit, they defended really well, broke forward as a team and were so close to getting a result. 2:57PM Great game That was really enjoyable. Two teams evenly matched but Uruguay had the quality and stamina to see it through - and deserved the win. But it's only the first game of the day! Next up is Morocco vs Iran. Follow it here with Ben Coles. 2:55PM FULL TIME That's it! Heartbreak for Egypt! Uruguay have a hard-earned three points! 2:55PM 90 mins +5 Egypt want an equaliser! Two crosses in a row into the box and now Uruguay look like they're in trouble. Hegazi fouls Suarez (who's looking for it...) and Suarez rolls around the floor a little bit. There are theatre groups less dramatic than Luis Suarez when he's trying to win a free-kick. 2:53PM 90 mins +4 Oh this isn't good. Trezeguet has gone down with cramp so bad he can hardly even walk. His legs are straight like Herman Munster as he's hauled off the turf and back to his feet. 2:51PM 90 mins +2 Uruguay keeping the ball now. Egypt are rocked by that goal - they've defended so well all game long but have really tired in the final part of this game. 2:48PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! GIMENEZ HAS SCORED! OOOHHHHH there it is! Egypt just couldn't hold on! A free-kick is hit in from wide right, Gimenez jumps higher than everyone else in the middle of the box and powers a header past the goalkeeper. Brilliant from the centre-back! Egypt 0 - 1 Uruguay (José Giménez, 90 min) 2:47PM 89 mins CAVANI HITS THE POST! The ball pings back off the upright and any of four Uruguay players can convert the rebound! But Suarez blocks it by being in the way! He's ruining everything today. Egypt are on the ropes, the heavyweight Uruguay are really taking the game to them here. 2:46PM 88 mins Ooooohhhhhhhhh free-kick on the edge of the area! Cavani is taken out by Fathy as he's about to run into the box. That could either be a game-saving move or it could end up with Uruguay hitting the back of the net. Torreira - Arsenal's new signing - is on for Vecino. Cavani stands over the free-kick. 2:45PM 87 mins Gimenez is the last man and absolutely nobody moves to give him the option for a pass. It's such poor movement and Egypt don't even have to try to win the ball back - Gimenez chips it forward and hands it back to them. That's Uruguay's period of pressure over then! Egypt are clearing their lines now. They want the 0-0. 2:43PM 85 mins Credit: AFP This photo more or less sums up Uruguay's match so far. They're pushing for a winner now. Another corner. 2:42PM 84 mins CAVANIIIIIIII! What a save! Wow. Where did that come from?! Suarez heads into Cavani, who hits on the volley and blooters the ball at rocket speed towards goal. El-Shenawy dives to his left and gets a strong palm behind it. The corner is rubbish. 2:41PM 82 mins Egypt win a turnover in their own half, break forwards... and hold the ball until reinforcements arrive. Elneny joins in, looks for a quick one-two but it doesn't come off. Then Elneny gets another shot at things and chips over the bar. No Mo Salah for us today - Egypt are making their final substitution. Warda comes off for Sobhy. 2:38PM 80 mins The break is on! Kahraba has the entire left wing to run into! He gets to the box, looks up and picks his pass... but Caceres stretches and blocks just before it becomes a massive problem. I'm not sure Varela has beaten the first man with any of his crosses from wide right. If he has they haven't been very good. 2:37PM 78 mins You know when you're playing Football Manager and your star player is on a 5 but you just don't want to take him off because you *know* all it takes is one chance and he'll make a difference? Suarez is around that at the moment. Every touch, pass, dribble... everything - none of it has worked. I think they put Alvaro Recoba on at some point. That'd be lovely. 2:35PM 76 mins Credit: FIFA Great play from Gimenez who takes a risk drawing in the Egyptian press but skips past it and sends Varela on his way. Varela has spent most of this half as a right winger. 2:32PM 73 mins Uruguay are leaving space at the back now as they look for a winner. Egypt hit the ball into that space, work the passing across the area and then a strike is smashed at goal from a tight angle! Muslera saves well at his near post and holds onto the ball. Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Ahmed Fathy, 72 min) SUAREZ IS IN! The pass comes in ahead of him, only the goalkeeper to beat! And it's as if he's waiting for someone to foul him! He just needs to jab that at goal and it's... a goal. Instead, he takes too long and the goalkeeper smothers. 2:29PM 71 mins Uruguay win a corner. Godin comes up. Egypt marking man to man... the ball lands with Cavani who swipes at it, hits Caceres in the general region of his hands/arms and the referee says free-kick. Seems harsh to me, I'm not sure what he's meant to do in that situation. 2:27PM 69 mins Uruguay get to the final third, slow right down... and Sanchez tries a hit from 25 yards which hits a defender. Martin Keown has just revealed that he would definitely have targeted Mo Salah, had he been playing against him today. "Of course I would have done. I once played against Ruud Gullit with a bandaged knee - it was like a dartboard for me!" 2:25PM 67 mins Rodriguez takes forever to decide what to do with the ball at his feet in the final third and Egypt easily win possession... then launch it long and concede once more. Egypt seem more in control of this game without the ball than they do with it! There's no movement in this Uruguay team, no purpose with the passing and they seem reluctant to really test the Egyptian defence. 2:24PM 65 mins Egypt vs Uruguay You can see here that Egypt are focusing their passes down the wide areas while Uruguay have made the majority of theirs in central positions. However, Uruguay have attempted way more crosses... which doesn't seem to make sense. Uruguay crosses Egypt are catching up now: Egypt crosses 2:21PM 63 mins It's really slow now. Egypt defending in a 4-4-2, the first line of press is the halfway line and the second is about 25 yards deeper than that. Uruguay cautiously approach the Egypt half, then reconsider things and pass backwards or sideways. Uruguay win a free-kick, hook it into the box... it's headed away and then Suarez is offside. What has happened to Suarez? 2:19PM 61 mins A three act tragedy: Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES 2:17PM 59 mins Change for Uruguay. Nandez off, Sanchez on and De Arrascaeta is replaced by Rodriguez. That might be a wee change of shape to a 4-2-3-1. 2:16PM 58 mins Varela gets high up the right, Nandez overlaps, passes back, goes wide, goes back... the passing's really predictable and Egypt just put 8million men behind the ball so there's nowhere to go... then spring a counter-attack. Now Uruguay drop deep. They need to put Suarez in the bin. He's been useless. He'd struggle to get in the Saudi Arabia team on this form. 2:14PM 55 mins Possession: Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay are attacking with more of a forward three now, with Nandez pushing high up the pitch on the right. Like a lopsided 4-4-2. 2:12PM 54 mins Suarez is still off the pace. It's his linkup play that's poor, waiting for the ball to arrive at his feet rather than moving towards it. Uruguay are forward now though... and Suarez has lost the ball on the edge of the box. 2:10PM 52 mins Morsy plays for Wigan... so he's not quite - perhaps - at the same international elite level as some of the Uruguay players but we'll see how he gets on. Hamed was played superbly before that and will be missed in the midfield. Uruguay are far more aggressive in this half and it's really working. Egypt have to keep kicking long and aren't keeping possession at all. 2:08PM 49 mins Disaster for Hamed. He's picked up an injury, being kneed right in the spine (one of the worst places to be kneed). His pals are signalling that this will probably be the end of his game... and he hobbles off the pitch. Morsy will come on to replace him. 2:05PM 47 mins It's a higher press from Uruguay now... and SUAREZ IS IN! Great move from Uruguay, Cavani plays in Suarez with a through-ball and the goalkeeper gets off his line quickly to block inside the six yard box! Early action! Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 46 min) 2:04PM KICK OFF 2 We're back! Egypt start the second half. 2:01PM Bentancur's first half We spoke about him before kick-off and sure enough, Bentancur has been excellent: Most interceptions: 5 Most passes completed: 42 Highest pass accuracy: 98% 1:59PM Inside the stadium Half time and have gone for a walk round the iconic temporary grandstands. Truly have never seen anything like it. pic.twitter.com/xWy90B84kS— Eli (@ElMengem) June 15, 2018 There's not a huge amount to see there but it is really impressive. 1:56PM Cavani can't get in the game 17 - Edinson Cavani had the fewest touches (17) of any Uruguay player in the first half, with none of those coming in the opposition's box. Restricted. #EGYURU#URU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXlby59phP— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 1:55PM Tac Tix Some halftime reading? Here's loads! World Cup 2018 tactics | JJ Bull analyses formations, line-ups and more This game is a battle of two deep defences. Uruguay are playing four central midfielders and lack a bit of width as a result but if they could just get their strikers into the game, and Suarez wasn't playing like he's broken, they'd be a lot better off. Honestly, if you'd bought this Suarez from a shop you'd be on your way back now to get a refund. 1:51PM This stadium is pretty crazy Ignore the empty seats - look at the amazing stand this place has. Ekaterinburg Arena: The crazy Russia World Cup 2018 stadium where you pay to sit outside to watch the football 1:48PM Team shapes Average touch positions (33 min) Uruguay aren't at it today. Strong words will be exchanged at half-time. 1:47PM HALF TIME Two pretty even teams! Egypt are organised, defending well and look menacing on the counter-attack, Uruguay should be 1-0 up and seem solid... but nothing like their usual selves. Suarez needs to have a word with himself - and actually, only Godin, Bentancur and Gimenez have really turned up here. 1:46PM 45 mins Uruguay come forward but the cross from wide right is poor and just hands possession back. Bentancur is having a really good game in the centre of midfield... but Suarez has lost the ball again. Pretty sure Suarez is on one of the downward arrows from Pro Evo games here. 1:44PM 43 mins Credit: REUTERS Look at all the empty seats. It's not nice :-( Uruguay are now looking for a way to score before half time and have Egypt pinned back. I think Egypt are happy with 0-0 at the moment, and that wall of defence is working extremely well. And now the counter-attack is on! Fathy comes down the right, crosses in... but the defence deal with it. 1:42PM 42 mins Warda goes for an overhead kick, misses the ball, falls to the ground then lies on the floor 'injured' until Uruguay break up their promising attack and put the ball out of play for him. Miraculously, he has recovered. Diagnosis: wounded pride. 1:41PM 40 mins Superb by Godin. He brings the ball out from the back on his own, dribbles past one man and gets all the way to the final third. He threads a through-pass into De Arrascaeta... whose first touch is embarrassing. Goal kick. 1:40PM 38 mins Good pressing by Egypt but Uruguay's passing has much improved and they are able to bring the ball out to the Egypt final third. Look at the defensive shape. What are you even supposed to do against that? They're really well organised. 1:36PM 36 mins There's quite a lot of empty seats in the stadium here... which is pretty surprising for the second game of the World Cup. Apparently tickets are expensive... almost as if not everyone can afford £300ish to watch 90 minutes of one sporting event. Who'd have thought it? FIFA are about as in-tune with the average human as I am to dolphins. 1:35PM 34 mins Credit: AFP You can see Suarez already running off to celebrate before he missed that chance earlier! Egypt vs Uruguay shots on goal 1:33PM 33 mins Suarez has lined up a free-kick 30 yards from goal. This will be one of those knuckle-ball attempts and having beaten himself up a minute ago for losing possession, maybe he'll be right on this one... Hits the wall. A lot of power in that one and it's hurt Trezeguet. 1:31PM 31 mins Oocha! Vecino goes for an early goal of the tournament attempt with a powerful drive from about 30 yards but it zips wide of the far post. Suarez has been awful so far. It's like he can't read the play at all - a pass towards him, he turns to chase and completely gives it away. It's as though he doesn't realise he isn't as fast as he was when he was 27 anymore and hasn't adjusted. 1:30PM 29 mins Uruguay look a little more comfortable on the ball now and are trying to make things happen in the final third. Egypt are in counter-attack mode but are sprinting forward to allow the team the chance to move up the pitch as a unit, rather than going for goal. Muslera grabs a cross out of the air and sends Uruguay on their way... but Suarez has given it away again. "He's not there mentally today," says Martin Keown. Godin has just gone absolutely nuts at his midfield for giving the ball away in their own half. He's had to clear up a few messes so far already. 1:27PM 27 mins It sounds like a few in the commentary area of the stadium thought that Suarez effort was a goal. To be fair, from where he was standing you'd expect him to convert it. Miss: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 24 min) 1:26PM 24 mins GOOOOOAAAAAL - oh that's a bad miss. Suarez has hit the side-netting from six yards! It's basically an open goal. Jonathan Pearce has done one of his classic misreadings of the situation. "He's disallowed it!" says the star of Robot Wars, when it's clearly not gone in the goal. I don’t understand much Russian, but I’m pretty sure by the tone that the TV commentator here thought that was in from Suarez and had been disallowed. He has my total sympathy. All been there!— Guy Mowbray (@Guymowbray) June 15, 2018 Still, Uruguay look dangerous from set pieces. 1:24PM 23 mins Fathi defends well in the corner but De Arrascaeta has a chance to get the ball in the box now for Uruguay's big men to attack. The goalkeeper punches... the ball goes back to the centre-circle... and is then launched wide back to the Uruguay number 10. Cavani takes over, skips the ball over one tackle and then fires a left-footed volley at goal! It hits the head of Gabr - otherwise that was heading towards goal! Another corner. 1:21PM 21 mins Uruguay's Rodrigo Bentancur, left, and Egypt's Amr Warda challenge for the ball Credit: AP Uruguay are being really sloppy in possession. Egypt are picking the ball off their feet at times and attacks are breaking down in the final third each time. Varela sprints down the right wing and Gimenez tries a direct pass into the space ahead of him. Goal kick. 1:19PM 19 mins Said skins Bentancur near the box but throws himself to the ground looking for a free-kick. A clear dive and a stupid one at that - he was about to dribble into the penalty area. Why go down? Uruguay come forward again but Egypt drop deep, holding a line on the 18 yard box and denying any space. 1:18PM 17 mins The free-kick is chipped in though - no shot - and Hegazi tries to head back across goal. Uruguay are massive, strong and organised though and easily see it out for a goal kick. Decent start to this game by Egypt though - they're really taking the game to Uruguay. Egypt vs Uruguay 1:16PM 16 mins The crowd roars as the stadium TV screens cut to pictures of Mo Salah sitting on the bench. I think the Egyptian fans like him. Warda wins a free-kick 25 yards out - this is a great position to shoot from... 1:15PM 14 mins Uruguay's defensive shape a pretty obvious 4-4-2. Cavani is dropping deeper at times though to make it a 4-4-1-1 - Suarez primed to chase anything that gets hit into space ahead of him. The ball is moved through the lines by Uruguay's passing, Varela is wide right and passes inside to Suarez. He's unmarked! But his shot is poor and well wide. 1:13PM 12 mins Egypt win a free-kick, Uruguay defend nervously and the header by Varela is hit into a central area. You're not supposed to that! Elneny thinks about hitting a volley, can't quite get there in time, so goes for a one-two, then Trezeguet forces his way into the box chasing the bouncing ball and gets a snap shot away. Muslera saves low. 1:10PM 9 mins CAVANIIIII tries an effort from distance but it's easy for the goalkeeper to save. He'll just be calibrating his shooting with that one. 1:09PM 8 mins Great passing from Uruguay. They work the ball quickly with one touch passes and some excellent movement off the ball but Egypt drop back and head clear. 1:06PM 6 mins Decent attack for Egypt. They break the midfield line with a pass between two Uruguay players and Trezeguet wins a throw-in near the corner flag. Caceres is fortunate to get away from Warda with the ball after some clumsy dribbling... but Suarez tries to switch the play and ends up booting it directly to the goalkeeper. Egypt are pressing the Uruguay defence high up the pitch. 1:04PM 4 mins Varela, ex of Manchester United, has seen a bit of the ball on the Uruguay right so far. Egypt now look to keep possession for a bit, Uruguay press near the centre-circle but are mostly behind the halfway line. Cavani stretches to go into a tackle early on and goes down in some pain. Let's hope he hasn't twisted his ankle. The replay seems to suggest he's alright. 1:02PM 2 mins Uruguay get us started, pass back to the defence and then kick it long... then win possession back straight away. Egypt sitting deep to block forward passes but you'd expect Uruguay to try and just get everyone a touch of the ball early on to get them calmed down. 1:01PM KICK OFF HERE WE GO! 12:57PM Starting lineups Uruguay should be in a 4-4-2 diamond, Egypt are a fairly conventional 4-2-3-1. 12:55PM National anthems Both of these are superb. 12:54PM Players in the tunnel Can you even imagine how nervous these guys are? The crowd is pumped too. And here they come out onto the pitch! Kick-off is five minutes away! 12:50PM The Uruguay manager 4 - This is Uruguay's manager ���� Oscar Tabárez’s fourth World Cup appearance (after 1990, 2010 and 2014); more than any other manager at this year’s tournament. Boss. #EGYURU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXxCJIcCeN— OptaJean (@OptaJean) June 15, 2018 12:48PM Egypt have been fasting for Ramadan Could this affect their chances? An imam tells a BBC investigator: "There are exceptions. The World Cup is in Russia, they're travelling to Russia, so they don't need to fast while they're playing." Many players do still choose to fast. "There's quite a drop in performance, up to 25 per cent," says an expert on the field. A lot of it is to do with temperament apparently. Hangar. 12:43PM Today's stadium Ekaterinburg Stadium It looks absolutely brilliant inside. Doesn't it make you want to go out and run around on the pitch? It's so green! Credit: GETTY IMAGES And a handy little graphic for you. World Cup 2018 stadium: Ekaterinburg Arena 12:40PM The modern football fan How do you consume your football news? Do you do it... on Whatsapp? Well you can now! Personally, I'm a big fan of this. World Cup whatsapp promo Loads of interesting things get sent your way and it's dead easy to set up. 12:33PM BBC titles One of the best thing about the World Cup is finding out what the themed intros from the TV stations will be. ITV did well yesterday but now it's time for the old BBC to show them how it's done. It's a dance music-led intro with lots of clever little computer graphic transitions showing things around Russia, nothing too extravagant... and it's short. And now an Egyptian themed VT to get things rolling. Gary Linieker says: "The Pharoahs are back in a World Cup for the first time in 28 years" and we're off! 12:24PM Stay up to date We've got so many great things to keep you up to date and informed this World Cup, and one of the best of them is our newsletter. Sign up for some lovely reading to help the time pass a little easier between games. 12:15PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:09PM Arsenal's new Uruguayan signing Who is he? Why did they buy him? How much?! Torreira puff Dan Zeqiri has the answers. 12:05PM Who to watch for Uruguay ���� @RodriiBentancur prepares to become our first ���� to take part in #WorldCup 2018 as #TeamUruguay face Egypt, buena suerte! ��#JuveWorldCup#ForzaJuvepic.twitter.com/Ko7TiEmVUA— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 15, 2018 You know about Suarez and Cavani but Uruguay are (almost) equally strong in defence as well. Godin and Gimenez are a powerful centre-back duo (who both play for Atletico Madrid too...) while Fernando Muslera is a reliable goalkeeper. Caceres, the left-back, plays for Lazio and isn't bad either. There is one player who could really make a name for himself this summer, and that is Rodrigo Bentancur. He's a midfielder who plays for Juventus, who used to be a wide right but now acts as either a holding midfielder or advanced playmaker. He sees the game really well and is composed in possession and at 20-years-old, is expected to achieve big things. Bentancur is dead cheap on Fantasy Football too - stick him in your team if you need to save some cash and can't figure out where! 11:58AM There he is Credit: AP Egypt are an OK team but Salah is by far and away the best player. Trezeguet is a promising forward who can play on the left or right of attack, Ahmed Hegazi is a thoroughly underrated centre-back (the same one who plays for West Brom) and Mohamed Elneny is the next best. He might not have played an awful lot for Arsenal but he's absolutely superb at keeping things ticking over in midfield, winning the ball back and linking passes. Apart from those three... there's not an awful lot for Uruguay to worry about. I'd expect a cagey start from the Egyptians. Credit: AP 11:47AM Liverpool lending support to Mr Salah Good luck to @MoSalah as his #EGY side start their #WorldCup campaign this afternoon. �� pic.twitter.com/KZq1Mp7CRm— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 15, 2018 Of course, this is not the only ex-Liverpool favourite on show today. Luis Suarez is playing his first World Cup game since he tried to eat Giorgio Chiellini during a match against Italy in Brazil back in 2014. 11:44AM Pre-match buildup Credit: REUTERS The fanzones at these types of tournaments are always so, so, so fun and the photos for everyone building up to this one look exactly the same. It's a lovely day outside the Ekaterinburg Arena (and I suspect probably the same inside it too) and I am thoroughly jealous of everyone in these photos. Credit: REUTERS And just as an added bonus, here's a happy doggo for you to enjoy. Credit: REUTERS 11:38AM Starting lineups Egypt (4-2-3-1) Elshenawy; Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdelshafy; Elneny, Hamed; Warda, Said, Trezeguet; Mohsen Uruguay (4-3-1-2) Muslera, Varela, Godin, Gimenez, Caceres, Nandez, Bentancur, Vecino, De Arrascaeta, Suarez, Cavani 11:31AM Happy World Cup Friday to you Hello everyone! Are you excited too? It's Friday, there are three World Cup games to watch - THREE - and the first features some of the best players on the planet. Diego Godin, Luis Suarez (well, maybe not anymore...), Edinson Cavani and even Egypt have some lad who's meant to be pretty tidy too. #EGYURU | Alineación confirmada de @Uruguay para el encuentro que disputará ante @Pharaohs a la hora 9 (Uy) por la 1a fecha del Grupo A de #Rusia2018.#ElEquipoQueNosUnepic.twitter.com/LVE4q5kSJg— Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) June 15, 2018 Speaking of that lad, who is of course, Mo Salah, and he has made it onto the bench for today's game! إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة اليوم �� @Uruguay#روسيا2018#ThePharaohs#egypic.twitter.com/3p5NDudg7A— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 15, 2018 I'd imagine he'll only actually play the final few minutes to get some match fitness but could be thrown on at some time in the second half if the game is tight and Egypt reckon they can grab a point or three. That said, we don't know yet if he is actually on the team sheet but team news should be in extremely shortly. Disappointingly, we won't be forced to listen to 'Robbie Williams's greatest hits, featuring Opera Lady' today and instead there will be no grand ceremony. Only football. Football football football. And whoever wins the football must know they have a massive chance of qualifying for the knock-out stages. Russia put five past Saudi Arabia, who are probably the worst team I've ever seen play in an international tournament, and really aren't up to much. If today's match ends up as a draw, I could see both Egypt and Uruguay finishing in the top two slots. If not - and it's most likely that Uruguay win - Egypt's match against Russia will be enormous. Stay with us for all the updates and action from today's match! It's going to be brilliant.
A Jose Gimenez header on the verge of 90 minutes gave Uruguay a hard-fought 1-0 win over Egypt at the Yekaterinburg Arena, as what could have been a tale of two strikers was decided by a centre-back. There were high hopes for the Egyptians before kick-off as birthday boy Mohamed Salah was named among the substitutes, having recovered ahead of schedule from an injury sustained in the Champions League final. Every single time his face was shown on the big screens around the stadium the noise levels amplified, but Hector Cuper remained unswayed by emotion and stayed resolute in his decision making. Salah has other, more winnable fights to be prepared for, and keeping Egypt's star player rested may prove to be the right one going forward, especially considering how vulnerable Saudi Arabia looked on Thursday and how average Russia should prove to be. Another (now ex) star of Liverpool was instead the focus of much of this game and not for good reason. Luis Suarez summed up Uruguay's struggles to find anything like cohesion or fluency with an awful performance, losing possession all over the pitch, passing to the wrong people and hitting the side netting in the first half when it looked easier to score. Later, with only the goalkeeper to beat, Suarez held on the ball for too long and allowed goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shenawy the opportunity to smother inside the six yard box. For the umpteenth time in the game, Suarez berated himself, apparently unsure as to how just why nothing he attempted was working. If Egypt missed Salah, Uruguay were actively hindered by the presence of their misfiring Suarez imposter. Suarez misses a great chance inside the six yard box Credit: REUTERS Egypt frustrated Uruguay with a deep defensive line, staying compact, dealing with danger competently and threatening on the counter-attack but as they grew tired towards the end, Uruguay showed their quality and slowly squeezed the neck of the game. Edison Cavani came closest to breaking the deadlock with a curling free-kick in the 87th minute that came back off the post - the rebound blocked by Suarez against his own teammates - before a free-kick wide right resulted in the deadlock being broken. Egypt looked rattled and against the ropes, their desperate clearances the equivalent of a boxer gripping onto his opponent while trying to draw breath. The waves of attack kept coming and having knocked on the door for a sustained period of time, Uruguay finally opened the scoring as Gimenez rose highest to head home a cross from substitute Carlos Sanchez to secure the victory. Salah looked on despondently, Uruguay players rushed from the bench to celebrate their goal. In the end it was a just-about-deserved victory for Oscar Tabarez's side, but had Salah been available and Suarez actually turned up, this could have been oh so different. 3:33PM No Salah Credit: AP No Salah today but after what we've seen today and yesterday, I think he'll have a great time against Russia and Saudi Arabia. Egypt were solid defensively and need to rely on quick counter-attacks - there are few players better at exactly that than Salah. 3:15PM Uruguay's reaction to that goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES I think it's fairly safe to say they were excited. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 3:10PM Some more stats on Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay have won their opening match at a World Cup tournament for the first time since 1970, when they beat Israel. Egypt are still winless at the World Cup finals, failing to win five matches (D2 L3). José Giménez’s winning goal in the 90th minute was Uruguay’s latest winning goal in a World Cup match since Daniel Fonseca’s 92nd minute winner against South Korea in June 1990. Egypt have failed to score in each of their last three World Cup matches. Uruguay have won each of their last three World Cup group stage games with a goal scored in the last 10 minutes of matches. Three of Uruguay’s last four World Cup goals have been scored via headers – only three of their previous 22 World Cup goals had been headed. 3:05PM Tonight's match After Morocco vs Iran we've got Spain vs Portugal and it's going to be an absolute belter. Here are my tactical thoughts on each side ahead of the game: Spain World Cup tactics article Portugal World Cup tactics 3:03PM Bad stat for Egypt fans 5 - No African team has played as many World Cup games without winning a single one than Egypt (D2 L3). Hurdle. #EGYURU#EGY#WorldCup— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 3:00PM Who impressed Godin was Uruguay's best player, Cavani and Gimenez next, while Bentancur controlled the first half. Suarez was about a three out of a 10 - if that - and Egypt, as a whole, were really strong. No individual standouts but as a unit, they defended really well, broke forward as a team and were so close to getting a result. 2:57PM Great game That was really enjoyable. Two teams evenly matched but Uruguay had the quality and stamina to see it through - and deserved the win. But it's only the first game of the day! Next up is Morocco vs Iran. Follow it here with Ben Coles. 2:55PM FULL TIME That's it! Heartbreak for Egypt! Uruguay have a hard-earned three points! 2:55PM 90 mins +5 Egypt want an equaliser! Two crosses in a row into the box and now Uruguay look like they're in trouble. Hegazi fouls Suarez (who's looking for it...) and Suarez rolls around the floor a little bit. There are theatre groups less dramatic than Luis Suarez when he's trying to win a free-kick. 2:53PM 90 mins +4 Oh this isn't good. Trezeguet has gone down with cramp so bad he can hardly even walk. His legs are straight like Herman Munster as he's hauled off the turf and back to his feet. 2:51PM 90 mins +2 Uruguay keeping the ball now. Egypt are rocked by that goal - they've defended so well all game long but have really tired in the final part of this game. 2:48PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! GIMENEZ HAS SCORED! OOOHHHHH there it is! Egypt just couldn't hold on! A free-kick is hit in from wide right, Gimenez jumps higher than everyone else in the middle of the box and powers a header past the goalkeeper. Brilliant from the centre-back! Egypt 0 - 1 Uruguay (José Giménez, 90 min) 2:47PM 89 mins CAVANI HITS THE POST! The ball pings back off the upright and any of four Uruguay players can convert the rebound! But Suarez blocks it by being in the way! He's ruining everything today. Egypt are on the ropes, the heavyweight Uruguay are really taking the game to them here. 2:46PM 88 mins Ooooohhhhhhhhh free-kick on the edge of the area! Cavani is taken out by Fathy as he's about to run into the box. That could either be a game-saving move or it could end up with Uruguay hitting the back of the net. Torreira - Arsenal's new signing - is on for Vecino. Cavani stands over the free-kick. 2:45PM 87 mins Gimenez is the last man and absolutely nobody moves to give him the option for a pass. It's such poor movement and Egypt don't even have to try to win the ball back - Gimenez chips it forward and hands it back to them. That's Uruguay's period of pressure over then! Egypt are clearing their lines now. They want the 0-0. 2:43PM 85 mins Credit: AFP This photo more or less sums up Uruguay's match so far. They're pushing for a winner now. Another corner. 2:42PM 84 mins CAVANIIIIIIII! What a save! Wow. Where did that come from?! Suarez heads into Cavani, who hits on the volley and blooters the ball at rocket speed towards goal. El-Shenawy dives to his left and gets a strong palm behind it. The corner is rubbish. 2:41PM 82 mins Egypt win a turnover in their own half, break forwards... and hold the ball until reinforcements arrive. Elneny joins in, looks for a quick one-two but it doesn't come off. Then Elneny gets another shot at things and chips over the bar. No Mo Salah for us today - Egypt are making their final substitution. Warda comes off for Sobhy. 2:38PM 80 mins The break is on! Kahraba has the entire left wing to run into! He gets to the box, looks up and picks his pass... but Caceres stretches and blocks just before it becomes a massive problem. I'm not sure Varela has beaten the first man with any of his crosses from wide right. If he has they haven't been very good. 2:37PM 78 mins You know when you're playing Football Manager and your star player is on a 5 but you just don't want to take him off because you *know* all it takes is one chance and he'll make a difference? Suarez is around that at the moment. Every touch, pass, dribble... everything - none of it has worked. I think they put Alvaro Recoba on at some point. That'd be lovely. 2:35PM 76 mins Credit: FIFA Great play from Gimenez who takes a risk drawing in the Egyptian press but skips past it and sends Varela on his way. Varela has spent most of this half as a right winger. 2:32PM 73 mins Uruguay are leaving space at the back now as they look for a winner. Egypt hit the ball into that space, work the passing across the area and then a strike is smashed at goal from a tight angle! Muslera saves well at his near post and holds onto the ball. Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Ahmed Fathy, 72 min) SUAREZ IS IN! The pass comes in ahead of him, only the goalkeeper to beat! And it's as if he's waiting for someone to foul him! He just needs to jab that at goal and it's... a goal. Instead, he takes too long and the goalkeeper smothers. 2:29PM 71 mins Uruguay win a corner. Godin comes up. Egypt marking man to man... the ball lands with Cavani who swipes at it, hits Caceres in the general region of his hands/arms and the referee says free-kick. Seems harsh to me, I'm not sure what he's meant to do in that situation. 2:27PM 69 mins Uruguay get to the final third, slow right down... and Sanchez tries a hit from 25 yards which hits a defender. Martin Keown has just revealed that he would definitely have targeted Mo Salah, had he been playing against him today. "Of course I would have done. I once played against Ruud Gullit with a bandaged knee - it was like a dartboard for me!" 2:25PM 67 mins Rodriguez takes forever to decide what to do with the ball at his feet in the final third and Egypt easily win possession... then launch it long and concede once more. Egypt seem more in control of this game without the ball than they do with it! There's no movement in this Uruguay team, no purpose with the passing and they seem reluctant to really test the Egyptian defence. 2:24PM 65 mins Egypt vs Uruguay You can see here that Egypt are focusing their passes down the wide areas while Uruguay have made the majority of theirs in central positions. However, Uruguay have attempted way more crosses... which doesn't seem to make sense. Uruguay crosses Egypt are catching up now: Egypt crosses 2:21PM 63 mins It's really slow now. Egypt defending in a 4-4-2, the first line of press is the halfway line and the second is about 25 yards deeper than that. Uruguay cautiously approach the Egypt half, then reconsider things and pass backwards or sideways. Uruguay win a free-kick, hook it into the box... it's headed away and then Suarez is offside. What has happened to Suarez? 2:19PM 61 mins A three act tragedy: Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES 2:17PM 59 mins Change for Uruguay. Nandez off, Sanchez on and De Arrascaeta is replaced by Rodriguez. That might be a wee change of shape to a 4-2-3-1. 2:16PM 58 mins Varela gets high up the right, Nandez overlaps, passes back, goes wide, goes back... the passing's really predictable and Egypt just put 8million men behind the ball so there's nowhere to go... then spring a counter-attack. Now Uruguay drop deep. They need to put Suarez in the bin. He's been useless. He'd struggle to get in the Saudi Arabia team on this form. 2:14PM 55 mins Possession: Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay are attacking with more of a forward three now, with Nandez pushing high up the pitch on the right. Like a lopsided 4-4-2. 2:12PM 54 mins Suarez is still off the pace. It's his linkup play that's poor, waiting for the ball to arrive at his feet rather than moving towards it. Uruguay are forward now though... and Suarez has lost the ball on the edge of the box. 2:10PM 52 mins Morsy plays for Wigan... so he's not quite - perhaps - at the same international elite level as some of the Uruguay players but we'll see how he gets on. Hamed was played superbly before that and will be missed in the midfield. Uruguay are far more aggressive in this half and it's really working. Egypt have to keep kicking long and aren't keeping possession at all. 2:08PM 49 mins Disaster for Hamed. He's picked up an injury, being kneed right in the spine (one of the worst places to be kneed). His pals are signalling that this will probably be the end of his game... and he hobbles off the pitch. Morsy will come on to replace him. 2:05PM 47 mins It's a higher press from Uruguay now... and SUAREZ IS IN! Great move from Uruguay, Cavani plays in Suarez with a through-ball and the goalkeeper gets off his line quickly to block inside the six yard box! Early action! Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 46 min) 2:04PM KICK OFF 2 We're back! Egypt start the second half. 2:01PM Bentancur's first half We spoke about him before kick-off and sure enough, Bentancur has been excellent: Most interceptions: 5 Most passes completed: 42 Highest pass accuracy: 98% 1:59PM Inside the stadium Half time and have gone for a walk round the iconic temporary grandstands. Truly have never seen anything like it. pic.twitter.com/xWy90B84kS— Eli (@ElMengem) June 15, 2018 There's not a huge amount to see there but it is really impressive. 1:56PM Cavani can't get in the game 17 - Edinson Cavani had the fewest touches (17) of any Uruguay player in the first half, with none of those coming in the opposition's box. Restricted. #EGYURU#URU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXlby59phP— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 1:55PM Tac Tix Some halftime reading? Here's loads! World Cup 2018 tactics | JJ Bull analyses formations, line-ups and more This game is a battle of two deep defences. Uruguay are playing four central midfielders and lack a bit of width as a result but if they could just get their strikers into the game, and Suarez wasn't playing like he's broken, they'd be a lot better off. Honestly, if you'd bought this Suarez from a shop you'd be on your way back now to get a refund. 1:51PM This stadium is pretty crazy Ignore the empty seats - look at the amazing stand this place has. Ekaterinburg Arena: The crazy Russia World Cup 2018 stadium where you pay to sit outside to watch the football 1:48PM Team shapes Average touch positions (33 min) Uruguay aren't at it today. Strong words will be exchanged at half-time. 1:47PM HALF TIME Two pretty even teams! Egypt are organised, defending well and look menacing on the counter-attack, Uruguay should be 1-0 up and seem solid... but nothing like their usual selves. Suarez needs to have a word with himself - and actually, only Godin, Bentancur and Gimenez have really turned up here. 1:46PM 45 mins Uruguay come forward but the cross from wide right is poor and just hands possession back. Bentancur is having a really good game in the centre of midfield... but Suarez has lost the ball again. Pretty sure Suarez is on one of the downward arrows from Pro Evo games here. 1:44PM 43 mins Credit: REUTERS Look at all the empty seats. It's not nice :-( Uruguay are now looking for a way to score before half time and have Egypt pinned back. I think Egypt are happy with 0-0 at the moment, and that wall of defence is working extremely well. And now the counter-attack is on! Fathy comes down the right, crosses in... but the defence deal with it. 1:42PM 42 mins Warda goes for an overhead kick, misses the ball, falls to the ground then lies on the floor 'injured' until Uruguay break up their promising attack and put the ball out of play for him. Miraculously, he has recovered. Diagnosis: wounded pride. 1:41PM 40 mins Superb by Godin. He brings the ball out from the back on his own, dribbles past one man and gets all the way to the final third. He threads a through-pass into De Arrascaeta... whose first touch is embarrassing. Goal kick. 1:40PM 38 mins Good pressing by Egypt but Uruguay's passing has much improved and they are able to bring the ball out to the Egypt final third. Look at the defensive shape. What are you even supposed to do against that? They're really well organised. 1:36PM 36 mins There's quite a lot of empty seats in the stadium here... which is pretty surprising for the second game of the World Cup. Apparently tickets are expensive... almost as if not everyone can afford £300ish to watch 90 minutes of one sporting event. Who'd have thought it? FIFA are about as in-tune with the average human as I am to dolphins. 1:35PM 34 mins Credit: AFP You can see Suarez already running off to celebrate before he missed that chance earlier! Egypt vs Uruguay shots on goal 1:33PM 33 mins Suarez has lined up a free-kick 30 yards from goal. This will be one of those knuckle-ball attempts and having beaten himself up a minute ago for losing possession, maybe he'll be right on this one... Hits the wall. A lot of power in that one and it's hurt Trezeguet. 1:31PM 31 mins Oocha! Vecino goes for an early goal of the tournament attempt with a powerful drive from about 30 yards but it zips wide of the far post. Suarez has been awful so far. It's like he can't read the play at all - a pass towards him, he turns to chase and completely gives it away. It's as though he doesn't realise he isn't as fast as he was when he was 27 anymore and hasn't adjusted. 1:30PM 29 mins Uruguay look a little more comfortable on the ball now and are trying to make things happen in the final third. Egypt are in counter-attack mode but are sprinting forward to allow the team the chance to move up the pitch as a unit, rather than going for goal. Muslera grabs a cross out of the air and sends Uruguay on their way... but Suarez has given it away again. "He's not there mentally today," says Martin Keown. Godin has just gone absolutely nuts at his midfield for giving the ball away in their own half. He's had to clear up a few messes so far already. 1:27PM 27 mins It sounds like a few in the commentary area of the stadium thought that Suarez effort was a goal. To be fair, from where he was standing you'd expect him to convert it. Miss: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 24 min) 1:26PM 24 mins GOOOOOAAAAAL - oh that's a bad miss. Suarez has hit the side-netting from six yards! It's basically an open goal. Jonathan Pearce has done one of his classic misreadings of the situation. "He's disallowed it!" says the star of Robot Wars, when it's clearly not gone in the goal. I don’t understand much Russian, but I’m pretty sure by the tone that the TV commentator here thought that was in from Suarez and had been disallowed. He has my total sympathy. All been there!— Guy Mowbray (@Guymowbray) June 15, 2018 Still, Uruguay look dangerous from set pieces. 1:24PM 23 mins Fathi defends well in the corner but De Arrascaeta has a chance to get the ball in the box now for Uruguay's big men to attack. The goalkeeper punches... the ball goes back to the centre-circle... and is then launched wide back to the Uruguay number 10. Cavani takes over, skips the ball over one tackle and then fires a left-footed volley at goal! It hits the head of Gabr - otherwise that was heading towards goal! Another corner. 1:21PM 21 mins Uruguay's Rodrigo Bentancur, left, and Egypt's Amr Warda challenge for the ball Credit: AP Uruguay are being really sloppy in possession. Egypt are picking the ball off their feet at times and attacks are breaking down in the final third each time. Varela sprints down the right wing and Gimenez tries a direct pass into the space ahead of him. Goal kick. 1:19PM 19 mins Said skins Bentancur near the box but throws himself to the ground looking for a free-kick. A clear dive and a stupid one at that - he was about to dribble into the penalty area. Why go down? Uruguay come forward again but Egypt drop deep, holding a line on the 18 yard box and denying any space. 1:18PM 17 mins The free-kick is chipped in though - no shot - and Hegazi tries to head back across goal. Uruguay are massive, strong and organised though and easily see it out for a goal kick. Decent start to this game by Egypt though - they're really taking the game to Uruguay. Egypt vs Uruguay 1:16PM 16 mins The crowd roars as the stadium TV screens cut to pictures of Mo Salah sitting on the bench. I think the Egyptian fans like him. Warda wins a free-kick 25 yards out - this is a great position to shoot from... 1:15PM 14 mins Uruguay's defensive shape a pretty obvious 4-4-2. Cavani is dropping deeper at times though to make it a 4-4-1-1 - Suarez primed to chase anything that gets hit into space ahead of him. The ball is moved through the lines by Uruguay's passing, Varela is wide right and passes inside to Suarez. He's unmarked! But his shot is poor and well wide. 1:13PM 12 mins Egypt win a free-kick, Uruguay defend nervously and the header by Varela is hit into a central area. You're not supposed to that! Elneny thinks about hitting a volley, can't quite get there in time, so goes for a one-two, then Trezeguet forces his way into the box chasing the bouncing ball and gets a snap shot away. Muslera saves low. 1:10PM 9 mins CAVANIIIII tries an effort from distance but it's easy for the goalkeeper to save. He'll just be calibrating his shooting with that one. 1:09PM 8 mins Great passing from Uruguay. They work the ball quickly with one touch passes and some excellent movement off the ball but Egypt drop back and head clear. 1:06PM 6 mins Decent attack for Egypt. They break the midfield line with a pass between two Uruguay players and Trezeguet wins a throw-in near the corner flag. Caceres is fortunate to get away from Warda with the ball after some clumsy dribbling... but Suarez tries to switch the play and ends up booting it directly to the goalkeeper. Egypt are pressing the Uruguay defence high up the pitch. 1:04PM 4 mins Varela, ex of Manchester United, has seen a bit of the ball on the Uruguay right so far. Egypt now look to keep possession for a bit, Uruguay press near the centre-circle but are mostly behind the halfway line. Cavani stretches to go into a tackle early on and goes down in some pain. Let's hope he hasn't twisted his ankle. The replay seems to suggest he's alright. 1:02PM 2 mins Uruguay get us started, pass back to the defence and then kick it long... then win possession back straight away. Egypt sitting deep to block forward passes but you'd expect Uruguay to try and just get everyone a touch of the ball early on to get them calmed down. 1:01PM KICK OFF HERE WE GO! 12:57PM Starting lineups Uruguay should be in a 4-4-2 diamond, Egypt are a fairly conventional 4-2-3-1. 12:55PM National anthems Both of these are superb. 12:54PM Players in the tunnel Can you even imagine how nervous these guys are? The crowd is pumped too. And here they come out onto the pitch! Kick-off is five minutes away! 12:50PM The Uruguay manager 4 - This is Uruguay's manager ���� Oscar Tabárez’s fourth World Cup appearance (after 1990, 2010 and 2014); more than any other manager at this year’s tournament. Boss. #EGYURU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXxCJIcCeN— OptaJean (@OptaJean) June 15, 2018 12:48PM Egypt have been fasting for Ramadan Could this affect their chances? An imam tells a BBC investigator: "There are exceptions. The World Cup is in Russia, they're travelling to Russia, so they don't need to fast while they're playing." Many players do still choose to fast. "There's quite a drop in performance, up to 25 per cent," says an expert on the field. A lot of it is to do with temperament apparently. Hangar. 12:43PM Today's stadium Ekaterinburg Stadium It looks absolutely brilliant inside. Doesn't it make you want to go out and run around on the pitch? It's so green! Credit: GETTY IMAGES And a handy little graphic for you. World Cup 2018 stadium: Ekaterinburg Arena 12:40PM The modern football fan How do you consume your football news? Do you do it... on Whatsapp? Well you can now! Personally, I'm a big fan of this. World Cup whatsapp promo Loads of interesting things get sent your way and it's dead easy to set up. 12:33PM BBC titles One of the best thing about the World Cup is finding out what the themed intros from the TV stations will be. ITV did well yesterday but now it's time for the old BBC to show them how it's done. It's a dance music-led intro with lots of clever little computer graphic transitions showing things around Russia, nothing too extravagant... and it's short. And now an Egyptian themed VT to get things rolling. Gary Linieker says: "The Pharoahs are back in a World Cup for the first time in 28 years" and we're off! 12:24PM Stay up to date We've got so many great things to keep you up to date and informed this World Cup, and one of the best of them is our newsletter. Sign up for some lovely reading to help the time pass a little easier between games. 12:15PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:09PM Arsenal's new Uruguayan signing Who is he? Why did they buy him? How much?! Torreira puff Dan Zeqiri has the answers. 12:05PM Who to watch for Uruguay ���� @RodriiBentancur prepares to become our first ���� to take part in #WorldCup 2018 as #TeamUruguay face Egypt, buena suerte! ��#JuveWorldCup#ForzaJuvepic.twitter.com/Ko7TiEmVUA— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 15, 2018 You know about Suarez and Cavani but Uruguay are (almost) equally strong in defence as well. Godin and Gimenez are a powerful centre-back duo (who both play for Atletico Madrid too...) while Fernando Muslera is a reliable goalkeeper. Caceres, the left-back, plays for Lazio and isn't bad either. There is one player who could really make a name for himself this summer, and that is Rodrigo Bentancur. He's a midfielder who plays for Juventus, who used to be a wide right but now acts as either a holding midfielder or advanced playmaker. He sees the game really well and is composed in possession and at 20-years-old, is expected to achieve big things. Bentancur is dead cheap on Fantasy Football too - stick him in your team if you need to save some cash and can't figure out where! 11:58AM There he is Credit: AP Egypt are an OK team but Salah is by far and away the best player. Trezeguet is a promising forward who can play on the left or right of attack, Ahmed Hegazi is a thoroughly underrated centre-back (the same one who plays for West Brom) and Mohamed Elneny is the next best. He might not have played an awful lot for Arsenal but he's absolutely superb at keeping things ticking over in midfield, winning the ball back and linking passes. Apart from those three... there's not an awful lot for Uruguay to worry about. I'd expect a cagey start from the Egyptians. Credit: AP 11:47AM Liverpool lending support to Mr Salah Good luck to @MoSalah as his #EGY side start their #WorldCup campaign this afternoon. �� pic.twitter.com/KZq1Mp7CRm— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 15, 2018 Of course, this is not the only ex-Liverpool favourite on show today. Luis Suarez is playing his first World Cup game since he tried to eat Giorgio Chiellini during a match against Italy in Brazil back in 2014. 11:44AM Pre-match buildup Credit: REUTERS The fanzones at these types of tournaments are always so, so, so fun and the photos for everyone building up to this one look exactly the same. It's a lovely day outside the Ekaterinburg Arena (and I suspect probably the same inside it too) and I am thoroughly jealous of everyone in these photos. Credit: REUTERS And just as an added bonus, here's a happy doggo for you to enjoy. Credit: REUTERS 11:38AM Starting lineups Egypt (4-2-3-1) Elshenawy; Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdelshafy; Elneny, Hamed; Warda, Said, Trezeguet; Mohsen Uruguay (4-3-1-2) Muslera, Varela, Godin, Gimenez, Caceres, Nandez, Bentancur, Vecino, De Arrascaeta, Suarez, Cavani 11:31AM Happy World Cup Friday to you Hello everyone! Are you excited too? It's Friday, there are three World Cup games to watch - THREE - and the first features some of the best players on the planet. Diego Godin, Luis Suarez (well, maybe not anymore...), Edinson Cavani and even Egypt have some lad who's meant to be pretty tidy too. #EGYURU | Alineación confirmada de @Uruguay para el encuentro que disputará ante @Pharaohs a la hora 9 (Uy) por la 1a fecha del Grupo A de #Rusia2018.#ElEquipoQueNosUnepic.twitter.com/LVE4q5kSJg— Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) June 15, 2018 Speaking of that lad, who is of course, Mo Salah, and he has made it onto the bench for today's game! إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة اليوم �� @Uruguay#روسيا2018#ThePharaohs#egypic.twitter.com/3p5NDudg7A— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 15, 2018 I'd imagine he'll only actually play the final few minutes to get some match fitness but could be thrown on at some time in the second half if the game is tight and Egypt reckon they can grab a point or three. That said, we don't know yet if he is actually on the team sheet but team news should be in extremely shortly. Disappointingly, we won't be forced to listen to 'Robbie Williams's greatest hits, featuring Opera Lady' today and instead there will be no grand ceremony. Only football. Football football football. And whoever wins the football must know they have a massive chance of qualifying for the knock-out stages. Russia put five past Saudi Arabia, who are probably the worst team I've ever seen play in an international tournament, and really aren't up to much. If today's match ends up as a draw, I could see both Egypt and Uruguay finishing in the top two slots. If not - and it's most likely that Uruguay win - Egypt's match against Russia will be enormous. Stay with us for all the updates and action from today's match! It's going to be brilliant.
World Cup 2018: Jose Gimenez grabs late winner for Uruguay to break Egyptian hearts
A Jose Gimenez header on the verge of 90 minutes gave Uruguay a hard-fought 1-0 win over Egypt at the Yekaterinburg Arena, as what could have been a tale of two strikers was decided by a centre-back. There were high hopes for the Egyptians before kick-off as birthday boy Mohamed Salah was named among the substitutes, having recovered ahead of schedule from an injury sustained in the Champions League final. Every single time his face was shown on the big screens around the stadium the noise levels amplified, but Hector Cuper remained unswayed by emotion and stayed resolute in his decision making. Salah has other, more winnable fights to be prepared for, and keeping Egypt's star player rested may prove to be the right one going forward, especially considering how vulnerable Saudi Arabia looked on Thursday and how average Russia should prove to be. Another (now ex) star of Liverpool was instead the focus of much of this game and not for good reason. Luis Suarez summed up Uruguay's struggles to find anything like cohesion or fluency with an awful performance, losing possession all over the pitch, passing to the wrong people and hitting the side netting in the first half when it looked easier to score. Later, with only the goalkeeper to beat, Suarez held on the ball for too long and allowed goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shenawy the opportunity to smother inside the six yard box. For the umpteenth time in the game, Suarez berated himself, apparently unsure as to how just why nothing he attempted was working. If Egypt missed Salah, Uruguay were actively hindered by the presence of their misfiring Suarez imposter. Suarez misses a great chance inside the six yard box Credit: REUTERS Egypt frustrated Uruguay with a deep defensive line, staying compact, dealing with danger competently and threatening on the counter-attack but as they grew tired towards the end, Uruguay showed their quality and slowly squeezed the neck of the game. Edison Cavani came closest to breaking the deadlock with a curling free-kick in the 87th minute that came back off the post - the rebound blocked by Suarez against his own teammates - before a free-kick wide right resulted in the deadlock being broken. Egypt looked rattled and against the ropes, their desperate clearances the equivalent of a boxer gripping onto his opponent while trying to draw breath. The waves of attack kept coming and having knocked on the door for a sustained period of time, Uruguay finally opened the scoring as Gimenez rose highest to head home a cross from substitute Carlos Sanchez to secure the victory. Salah looked on despondently, Uruguay players rushed from the bench to celebrate their goal. In the end it was a just-about-deserved victory for Oscar Tabarez's side, but had Salah been available and Suarez actually turned up, this could have been oh so different. 3:33PM No Salah Credit: AP No Salah today but after what we've seen today and yesterday, I think he'll have a great time against Russia and Saudi Arabia. Egypt were solid defensively and need to rely on quick counter-attacks - there are few players better at exactly that than Salah. 3:15PM Uruguay's reaction to that goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES I think it's fairly safe to say they were excited. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 3:10PM Some more stats on Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay have won their opening match at a World Cup tournament for the first time since 1970, when they beat Israel. Egypt are still winless at the World Cup finals, failing to win five matches (D2 L3). José Giménez’s winning goal in the 90th minute was Uruguay’s latest winning goal in a World Cup match since Daniel Fonseca’s 92nd minute winner against South Korea in June 1990. Egypt have failed to score in each of their last three World Cup matches. Uruguay have won each of their last three World Cup group stage games with a goal scored in the last 10 minutes of matches. Three of Uruguay’s last four World Cup goals have been scored via headers – only three of their previous 22 World Cup goals had been headed. 3:05PM Tonight's match After Morocco vs Iran we've got Spain vs Portugal and it's going to be an absolute belter. Here are my tactical thoughts on each side ahead of the game: Spain World Cup tactics article Portugal World Cup tactics 3:03PM Bad stat for Egypt fans 5 - No African team has played as many World Cup games without winning a single one than Egypt (D2 L3). Hurdle. #EGYURU#EGY#WorldCup— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 3:00PM Who impressed Godin was Uruguay's best player, Cavani and Gimenez next, while Bentancur controlled the first half. Suarez was about a three out of a 10 - if that - and Egypt, as a whole, were really strong. No individual standouts but as a unit, they defended really well, broke forward as a team and were so close to getting a result. 2:57PM Great game That was really enjoyable. Two teams evenly matched but Uruguay had the quality and stamina to see it through - and deserved the win. But it's only the first game of the day! Next up is Morocco vs Iran. Follow it here with Ben Coles. 2:55PM FULL TIME That's it! Heartbreak for Egypt! Uruguay have a hard-earned three points! 2:55PM 90 mins +5 Egypt want an equaliser! Two crosses in a row into the box and now Uruguay look like they're in trouble. Hegazi fouls Suarez (who's looking for it...) and Suarez rolls around the floor a little bit. There are theatre groups less dramatic than Luis Suarez when he's trying to win a free-kick. 2:53PM 90 mins +4 Oh this isn't good. Trezeguet has gone down with cramp so bad he can hardly even walk. His legs are straight like Herman Munster as he's hauled off the turf and back to his feet. 2:51PM 90 mins +2 Uruguay keeping the ball now. Egypt are rocked by that goal - they've defended so well all game long but have really tired in the final part of this game. 2:48PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! GIMENEZ HAS SCORED! OOOHHHHH there it is! Egypt just couldn't hold on! A free-kick is hit in from wide right, Gimenez jumps higher than everyone else in the middle of the box and powers a header past the goalkeeper. Brilliant from the centre-back! Egypt 0 - 1 Uruguay (José Giménez, 90 min) 2:47PM 89 mins CAVANI HITS THE POST! The ball pings back off the upright and any of four Uruguay players can convert the rebound! But Suarez blocks it by being in the way! He's ruining everything today. Egypt are on the ropes, the heavyweight Uruguay are really taking the game to them here. 2:46PM 88 mins Ooooohhhhhhhhh free-kick on the edge of the area! Cavani is taken out by Fathy as he's about to run into the box. That could either be a game-saving move or it could end up with Uruguay hitting the back of the net. Torreira - Arsenal's new signing - is on for Vecino. Cavani stands over the free-kick. 2:45PM 87 mins Gimenez is the last man and absolutely nobody moves to give him the option for a pass. It's such poor movement and Egypt don't even have to try to win the ball back - Gimenez chips it forward and hands it back to them. That's Uruguay's period of pressure over then! Egypt are clearing their lines now. They want the 0-0. 2:43PM 85 mins Credit: AFP This photo more or less sums up Uruguay's match so far. They're pushing for a winner now. Another corner. 2:42PM 84 mins CAVANIIIIIIII! What a save! Wow. Where did that come from?! Suarez heads into Cavani, who hits on the volley and blooters the ball at rocket speed towards goal. El-Shenawy dives to his left and gets a strong palm behind it. The corner is rubbish. 2:41PM 82 mins Egypt win a turnover in their own half, break forwards... and hold the ball until reinforcements arrive. Elneny joins in, looks for a quick one-two but it doesn't come off. Then Elneny gets another shot at things and chips over the bar. No Mo Salah for us today - Egypt are making their final substitution. Warda comes off for Sobhy. 2:38PM 80 mins The break is on! Kahraba has the entire left wing to run into! He gets to the box, looks up and picks his pass... but Caceres stretches and blocks just before it becomes a massive problem. I'm not sure Varela has beaten the first man with any of his crosses from wide right. If he has they haven't been very good. 2:37PM 78 mins You know when you're playing Football Manager and your star player is on a 5 but you just don't want to take him off because you *know* all it takes is one chance and he'll make a difference? Suarez is around that at the moment. Every touch, pass, dribble... everything - none of it has worked. I think they put Alvaro Recoba on at some point. That'd be lovely. 2:35PM 76 mins Credit: FIFA Great play from Gimenez who takes a risk drawing in the Egyptian press but skips past it and sends Varela on his way. Varela has spent most of this half as a right winger. 2:32PM 73 mins Uruguay are leaving space at the back now as they look for a winner. Egypt hit the ball into that space, work the passing across the area and then a strike is smashed at goal from a tight angle! Muslera saves well at his near post and holds onto the ball. Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Ahmed Fathy, 72 min) SUAREZ IS IN! The pass comes in ahead of him, only the goalkeeper to beat! And it's as if he's waiting for someone to foul him! He just needs to jab that at goal and it's... a goal. Instead, he takes too long and the goalkeeper smothers. 2:29PM 71 mins Uruguay win a corner. Godin comes up. Egypt marking man to man... the ball lands with Cavani who swipes at it, hits Caceres in the general region of his hands/arms and the referee says free-kick. Seems harsh to me, I'm not sure what he's meant to do in that situation. 2:27PM 69 mins Uruguay get to the final third, slow right down... and Sanchez tries a hit from 25 yards which hits a defender. Martin Keown has just revealed that he would definitely have targeted Mo Salah, had he been playing against him today. "Of course I would have done. I once played against Ruud Gullit with a bandaged knee - it was like a dartboard for me!" 2:25PM 67 mins Rodriguez takes forever to decide what to do with the ball at his feet in the final third and Egypt easily win possession... then launch it long and concede once more. Egypt seem more in control of this game without the ball than they do with it! There's no movement in this Uruguay team, no purpose with the passing and they seem reluctant to really test the Egyptian defence. 2:24PM 65 mins Egypt vs Uruguay You can see here that Egypt are focusing their passes down the wide areas while Uruguay have made the majority of theirs in central positions. However, Uruguay have attempted way more crosses... which doesn't seem to make sense. Uruguay crosses Egypt are catching up now: Egypt crosses 2:21PM 63 mins It's really slow now. Egypt defending in a 4-4-2, the first line of press is the halfway line and the second is about 25 yards deeper than that. Uruguay cautiously approach the Egypt half, then reconsider things and pass backwards or sideways. Uruguay win a free-kick, hook it into the box... it's headed away and then Suarez is offside. What has happened to Suarez? 2:19PM 61 mins A three act tragedy: Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES 2:17PM 59 mins Change for Uruguay. Nandez off, Sanchez on and De Arrascaeta is replaced by Rodriguez. That might be a wee change of shape to a 4-2-3-1. 2:16PM 58 mins Varela gets high up the right, Nandez overlaps, passes back, goes wide, goes back... the passing's really predictable and Egypt just put 8million men behind the ball so there's nowhere to go... then spring a counter-attack. Now Uruguay drop deep. They need to put Suarez in the bin. He's been useless. He'd struggle to get in the Saudi Arabia team on this form. 2:14PM 55 mins Possession: Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay are attacking with more of a forward three now, with Nandez pushing high up the pitch on the right. Like a lopsided 4-4-2. 2:12PM 54 mins Suarez is still off the pace. It's his linkup play that's poor, waiting for the ball to arrive at his feet rather than moving towards it. Uruguay are forward now though... and Suarez has lost the ball on the edge of the box. 2:10PM 52 mins Morsy plays for Wigan... so he's not quite - perhaps - at the same international elite level as some of the Uruguay players but we'll see how he gets on. Hamed was played superbly before that and will be missed in the midfield. Uruguay are far more aggressive in this half and it's really working. Egypt have to keep kicking long and aren't keeping possession at all. 2:08PM 49 mins Disaster for Hamed. He's picked up an injury, being kneed right in the spine (one of the worst places to be kneed). His pals are signalling that this will probably be the end of his game... and he hobbles off the pitch. Morsy will come on to replace him. 2:05PM 47 mins It's a higher press from Uruguay now... and SUAREZ IS IN! Great move from Uruguay, Cavani plays in Suarez with a through-ball and the goalkeeper gets off his line quickly to block inside the six yard box! Early action! Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 46 min) 2:04PM KICK OFF 2 We're back! Egypt start the second half. 2:01PM Bentancur's first half We spoke about him before kick-off and sure enough, Bentancur has been excellent: Most interceptions: 5 Most passes completed: 42 Highest pass accuracy: 98% 1:59PM Inside the stadium Half time and have gone for a walk round the iconic temporary grandstands. Truly have never seen anything like it. pic.twitter.com/xWy90B84kS— Eli (@ElMengem) June 15, 2018 There's not a huge amount to see there but it is really impressive. 1:56PM Cavani can't get in the game 17 - Edinson Cavani had the fewest touches (17) of any Uruguay player in the first half, with none of those coming in the opposition's box. Restricted. #EGYURU#URU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXlby59phP— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 1:55PM Tac Tix Some halftime reading? Here's loads! World Cup 2018 tactics | JJ Bull analyses formations, line-ups and more This game is a battle of two deep defences. Uruguay are playing four central midfielders and lack a bit of width as a result but if they could just get their strikers into the game, and Suarez wasn't playing like he's broken, they'd be a lot better off. Honestly, if you'd bought this Suarez from a shop you'd be on your way back now to get a refund. 1:51PM This stadium is pretty crazy Ignore the empty seats - look at the amazing stand this place has. Ekaterinburg Arena: The crazy Russia World Cup 2018 stadium where you pay to sit outside to watch the football 1:48PM Team shapes Average touch positions (33 min) Uruguay aren't at it today. Strong words will be exchanged at half-time. 1:47PM HALF TIME Two pretty even teams! Egypt are organised, defending well and look menacing on the counter-attack, Uruguay should be 1-0 up and seem solid... but nothing like their usual selves. Suarez needs to have a word with himself - and actually, only Godin, Bentancur and Gimenez have really turned up here. 1:46PM 45 mins Uruguay come forward but the cross from wide right is poor and just hands possession back. Bentancur is having a really good game in the centre of midfield... but Suarez has lost the ball again. Pretty sure Suarez is on one of the downward arrows from Pro Evo games here. 1:44PM 43 mins Credit: REUTERS Look at all the empty seats. It's not nice :-( Uruguay are now looking for a way to score before half time and have Egypt pinned back. I think Egypt are happy with 0-0 at the moment, and that wall of defence is working extremely well. And now the counter-attack is on! Fathy comes down the right, crosses in... but the defence deal with it. 1:42PM 42 mins Warda goes for an overhead kick, misses the ball, falls to the ground then lies on the floor 'injured' until Uruguay break up their promising attack and put the ball out of play for him. Miraculously, he has recovered. Diagnosis: wounded pride. 1:41PM 40 mins Superb by Godin. He brings the ball out from the back on his own, dribbles past one man and gets all the way to the final third. He threads a through-pass into De Arrascaeta... whose first touch is embarrassing. Goal kick. 1:40PM 38 mins Good pressing by Egypt but Uruguay's passing has much improved and they are able to bring the ball out to the Egypt final third. Look at the defensive shape. What are you even supposed to do against that? They're really well organised. 1:36PM 36 mins There's quite a lot of empty seats in the stadium here... which is pretty surprising for the second game of the World Cup. Apparently tickets are expensive... almost as if not everyone can afford £300ish to watch 90 minutes of one sporting event. Who'd have thought it? FIFA are about as in-tune with the average human as I am to dolphins. 1:35PM 34 mins Credit: AFP You can see Suarez already running off to celebrate before he missed that chance earlier! Egypt vs Uruguay shots on goal 1:33PM 33 mins Suarez has lined up a free-kick 30 yards from goal. This will be one of those knuckle-ball attempts and having beaten himself up a minute ago for losing possession, maybe he'll be right on this one... Hits the wall. A lot of power in that one and it's hurt Trezeguet. 1:31PM 31 mins Oocha! Vecino goes for an early goal of the tournament attempt with a powerful drive from about 30 yards but it zips wide of the far post. Suarez has been awful so far. It's like he can't read the play at all - a pass towards him, he turns to chase and completely gives it away. It's as though he doesn't realise he isn't as fast as he was when he was 27 anymore and hasn't adjusted. 1:30PM 29 mins Uruguay look a little more comfortable on the ball now and are trying to make things happen in the final third. Egypt are in counter-attack mode but are sprinting forward to allow the team the chance to move up the pitch as a unit, rather than going for goal. Muslera grabs a cross out of the air and sends Uruguay on their way... but Suarez has given it away again. "He's not there mentally today," says Martin Keown. Godin has just gone absolutely nuts at his midfield for giving the ball away in their own half. He's had to clear up a few messes so far already. 1:27PM 27 mins It sounds like a few in the commentary area of the stadium thought that Suarez effort was a goal. To be fair, from where he was standing you'd expect him to convert it. Miss: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 24 min) 1:26PM 24 mins GOOOOOAAAAAL - oh that's a bad miss. Suarez has hit the side-netting from six yards! It's basically an open goal. Jonathan Pearce has done one of his classic misreadings of the situation. "He's disallowed it!" says the star of Robot Wars, when it's clearly not gone in the goal. I don’t understand much Russian, but I’m pretty sure by the tone that the TV commentator here thought that was in from Suarez and had been disallowed. He has my total sympathy. All been there!— Guy Mowbray (@Guymowbray) June 15, 2018 Still, Uruguay look dangerous from set pieces. 1:24PM 23 mins Fathi defends well in the corner but De Arrascaeta has a chance to get the ball in the box now for Uruguay's big men to attack. The goalkeeper punches... the ball goes back to the centre-circle... and is then launched wide back to the Uruguay number 10. Cavani takes over, skips the ball over one tackle and then fires a left-footed volley at goal! It hits the head of Gabr - otherwise that was heading towards goal! Another corner. 1:21PM 21 mins Uruguay's Rodrigo Bentancur, left, and Egypt's Amr Warda challenge for the ball Credit: AP Uruguay are being really sloppy in possession. Egypt are picking the ball off their feet at times and attacks are breaking down in the final third each time. Varela sprints down the right wing and Gimenez tries a direct pass into the space ahead of him. Goal kick. 1:19PM 19 mins Said skins Bentancur near the box but throws himself to the ground looking for a free-kick. A clear dive and a stupid one at that - he was about to dribble into the penalty area. Why go down? Uruguay come forward again but Egypt drop deep, holding a line on the 18 yard box and denying any space. 1:18PM 17 mins The free-kick is chipped in though - no shot - and Hegazi tries to head back across goal. Uruguay are massive, strong and organised though and easily see it out for a goal kick. Decent start to this game by Egypt though - they're really taking the game to Uruguay. Egypt vs Uruguay 1:16PM 16 mins The crowd roars as the stadium TV screens cut to pictures of Mo Salah sitting on the bench. I think the Egyptian fans like him. Warda wins a free-kick 25 yards out - this is a great position to shoot from... 1:15PM 14 mins Uruguay's defensive shape a pretty obvious 4-4-2. Cavani is dropping deeper at times though to make it a 4-4-1-1 - Suarez primed to chase anything that gets hit into space ahead of him. The ball is moved through the lines by Uruguay's passing, Varela is wide right and passes inside to Suarez. He's unmarked! But his shot is poor and well wide. 1:13PM 12 mins Egypt win a free-kick, Uruguay defend nervously and the header by Varela is hit into a central area. You're not supposed to that! Elneny thinks about hitting a volley, can't quite get there in time, so goes for a one-two, then Trezeguet forces his way into the box chasing the bouncing ball and gets a snap shot away. Muslera saves low. 1:10PM 9 mins CAVANIIIII tries an effort from distance but it's easy for the goalkeeper to save. He'll just be calibrating his shooting with that one. 1:09PM 8 mins Great passing from Uruguay. They work the ball quickly with one touch passes and some excellent movement off the ball but Egypt drop back and head clear. 1:06PM 6 mins Decent attack for Egypt. They break the midfield line with a pass between two Uruguay players and Trezeguet wins a throw-in near the corner flag. Caceres is fortunate to get away from Warda with the ball after some clumsy dribbling... but Suarez tries to switch the play and ends up booting it directly to the goalkeeper. Egypt are pressing the Uruguay defence high up the pitch. 1:04PM 4 mins Varela, ex of Manchester United, has seen a bit of the ball on the Uruguay right so far. Egypt now look to keep possession for a bit, Uruguay press near the centre-circle but are mostly behind the halfway line. Cavani stretches to go into a tackle early on and goes down in some pain. Let's hope he hasn't twisted his ankle. The replay seems to suggest he's alright. 1:02PM 2 mins Uruguay get us started, pass back to the defence and then kick it long... then win possession back straight away. Egypt sitting deep to block forward passes but you'd expect Uruguay to try and just get everyone a touch of the ball early on to get them calmed down. 1:01PM KICK OFF HERE WE GO! 12:57PM Starting lineups Uruguay should be in a 4-4-2 diamond, Egypt are a fairly conventional 4-2-3-1. 12:55PM National anthems Both of these are superb. 12:54PM Players in the tunnel Can you even imagine how nervous these guys are? The crowd is pumped too. And here they come out onto the pitch! Kick-off is five minutes away! 12:50PM The Uruguay manager 4 - This is Uruguay's manager ���� Oscar Tabárez’s fourth World Cup appearance (after 1990, 2010 and 2014); more than any other manager at this year’s tournament. Boss. #EGYURU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXxCJIcCeN— OptaJean (@OptaJean) June 15, 2018 12:48PM Egypt have been fasting for Ramadan Could this affect their chances? An imam tells a BBC investigator: "There are exceptions. The World Cup is in Russia, they're travelling to Russia, so they don't need to fast while they're playing." Many players do still choose to fast. "There's quite a drop in performance, up to 25 per cent," says an expert on the field. A lot of it is to do with temperament apparently. Hangar. 12:43PM Today's stadium Ekaterinburg Stadium It looks absolutely brilliant inside. Doesn't it make you want to go out and run around on the pitch? It's so green! Credit: GETTY IMAGES And a handy little graphic for you. World Cup 2018 stadium: Ekaterinburg Arena 12:40PM The modern football fan How do you consume your football news? Do you do it... on Whatsapp? Well you can now! Personally, I'm a big fan of this. World Cup whatsapp promo Loads of interesting things get sent your way and it's dead easy to set up. 12:33PM BBC titles One of the best thing about the World Cup is finding out what the themed intros from the TV stations will be. ITV did well yesterday but now it's time for the old BBC to show them how it's done. It's a dance music-led intro with lots of clever little computer graphic transitions showing things around Russia, nothing too extravagant... and it's short. And now an Egyptian themed VT to get things rolling. Gary Linieker says: "The Pharoahs are back in a World Cup for the first time in 28 years" and we're off! 12:24PM Stay up to date We've got so many great things to keep you up to date and informed this World Cup, and one of the best of them is our newsletter. Sign up for some lovely reading to help the time pass a little easier between games. 12:15PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:09PM Arsenal's new Uruguayan signing Who is he? Why did they buy him? How much?! Torreira puff Dan Zeqiri has the answers. 12:05PM Who to watch for Uruguay ���� @RodriiBentancur prepares to become our first ���� to take part in #WorldCup 2018 as #TeamUruguay face Egypt, buena suerte! ��#JuveWorldCup#ForzaJuvepic.twitter.com/Ko7TiEmVUA— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 15, 2018 You know about Suarez and Cavani but Uruguay are (almost) equally strong in defence as well. Godin and Gimenez are a powerful centre-back duo (who both play for Atletico Madrid too...) while Fernando Muslera is a reliable goalkeeper. Caceres, the left-back, plays for Lazio and isn't bad either. There is one player who could really make a name for himself this summer, and that is Rodrigo Bentancur. He's a midfielder who plays for Juventus, who used to be a wide right but now acts as either a holding midfielder or advanced playmaker. He sees the game really well and is composed in possession and at 20-years-old, is expected to achieve big things. Bentancur is dead cheap on Fantasy Football too - stick him in your team if you need to save some cash and can't figure out where! 11:58AM There he is Credit: AP Egypt are an OK team but Salah is by far and away the best player. Trezeguet is a promising forward who can play on the left or right of attack, Ahmed Hegazi is a thoroughly underrated centre-back (the same one who plays for West Brom) and Mohamed Elneny is the next best. He might not have played an awful lot for Arsenal but he's absolutely superb at keeping things ticking over in midfield, winning the ball back and linking passes. Apart from those three... there's not an awful lot for Uruguay to worry about. I'd expect a cagey start from the Egyptians. Credit: AP 11:47AM Liverpool lending support to Mr Salah Good luck to @MoSalah as his #EGY side start their #WorldCup campaign this afternoon. �� pic.twitter.com/KZq1Mp7CRm— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 15, 2018 Of course, this is not the only ex-Liverpool favourite on show today. Luis Suarez is playing his first World Cup game since he tried to eat Giorgio Chiellini during a match against Italy in Brazil back in 2014. 11:44AM Pre-match buildup Credit: REUTERS The fanzones at these types of tournaments are always so, so, so fun and the photos for everyone building up to this one look exactly the same. It's a lovely day outside the Ekaterinburg Arena (and I suspect probably the same inside it too) and I am thoroughly jealous of everyone in these photos. Credit: REUTERS And just as an added bonus, here's a happy doggo for you to enjoy. Credit: REUTERS 11:38AM Starting lineups Egypt (4-2-3-1) Elshenawy; Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdelshafy; Elneny, Hamed; Warda, Said, Trezeguet; Mohsen Uruguay (4-3-1-2) Muslera, Varela, Godin, Gimenez, Caceres, Nandez, Bentancur, Vecino, De Arrascaeta, Suarez, Cavani 11:31AM Happy World Cup Friday to you Hello everyone! Are you excited too? It's Friday, there are three World Cup games to watch - THREE - and the first features some of the best players on the planet. Diego Godin, Luis Suarez (well, maybe not anymore...), Edinson Cavani and even Egypt have some lad who's meant to be pretty tidy too. #EGYURU | Alineación confirmada de @Uruguay para el encuentro que disputará ante @Pharaohs a la hora 9 (Uy) por la 1a fecha del Grupo A de #Rusia2018.#ElEquipoQueNosUnepic.twitter.com/LVE4q5kSJg— Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) June 15, 2018 Speaking of that lad, who is of course, Mo Salah, and he has made it onto the bench for today's game! إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة اليوم �� @Uruguay#روسيا2018#ThePharaohs#egypic.twitter.com/3p5NDudg7A— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 15, 2018 I'd imagine he'll only actually play the final few minutes to get some match fitness but could be thrown on at some time in the second half if the game is tight and Egypt reckon they can grab a point or three. That said, we don't know yet if he is actually on the team sheet but team news should be in extremely shortly. Disappointingly, we won't be forced to listen to 'Robbie Williams's greatest hits, featuring Opera Lady' today and instead there will be no grand ceremony. Only football. Football football football. And whoever wins the football must know they have a massive chance of qualifying for the knock-out stages. Russia put five past Saudi Arabia, who are probably the worst team I've ever seen play in an international tournament, and really aren't up to much. If today's match ends up as a draw, I could see both Egypt and Uruguay finishing in the top two slots. If not - and it's most likely that Uruguay win - Egypt's match against Russia will be enormous. Stay with us for all the updates and action from today's match! It's going to be brilliant.
A Jose Gimenez header on the verge of 90 minutes gave Uruguay a hard-fought 1-0 win over Egypt at the Yekaterinburg Arena, as what could have been a tale of two strikers was decided by a centre-back. There were high hopes for the Egyptians before kick-off as birthday boy Mohamed Salah was named among the substitutes, having recovered ahead of schedule from an injury sustained in the Champions League final. Every single time his face was shown on the big screens around the stadium the noise levels amplified, but Hector Cuper remained unswayed by emotion and stayed resolute in his decision making. Salah has other, more winnable fights to be prepared for, and keeping Egypt's star player rested may prove to be the right one going forward, especially considering how vulnerable Saudi Arabia looked on Thursday and how average Russia should prove to be. Another (now ex) star of Liverpool was instead the focus of much of this game and not for good reason. Luis Suarez summed up Uruguay's struggles to find anything like cohesion or fluency with an awful performance, losing possession all over the pitch, passing to the wrong people and hitting the side netting in the first half when it looked easier to score. Later, with only the goalkeeper to beat, Suarez held on the ball for too long and allowed goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shenawy the opportunity to smother inside the six yard box. For the umpteenth time in the game, Suarez berated himself, apparently unsure as to how just why nothing he attempted was working. If Egypt missed Salah, Uruguay were actively hindered by the presence of their misfiring Suarez imposter. Suarez misses a great chance inside the six yard box Credit: REUTERS Egypt frustrated Uruguay with a deep defensive line, staying compact, dealing with danger competently and threatening on the counter-attack but as they grew tired towards the end, Uruguay showed their quality and slowly squeezed the neck of the game. Edison Cavani came closest to breaking the deadlock with a curling free-kick in the 87th minute that came back off the post - the rebound blocked by Suarez against his own teammates - before a free-kick wide right resulted in the deadlock being broken. Egypt looked rattled and against the ropes, their desperate clearances the equivalent of a boxer gripping onto his opponent while trying to draw breath. The waves of attack kept coming and having knocked on the door for a sustained period of time, Uruguay finally opened the scoring as Gimenez rose highest to head home a cross from substitute Carlos Sanchez to secure the victory. Salah looked on despondently, Uruguay players rushed from the bench to celebrate their goal. In the end it was a just-about-deserved victory for Oscar Tabarez's side, but had Salah been available and Suarez actually turned up, this could have been oh so different. 3:33PM No Salah Credit: AP No Salah today but after what we've seen today and yesterday, I think he'll have a great time against Russia and Saudi Arabia. Egypt were solid defensively and need to rely on quick counter-attacks - there are few players better at exactly that than Salah. 3:15PM Uruguay's reaction to that goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES I think it's fairly safe to say they were excited. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 3:10PM Some more stats on Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay have won their opening match at a World Cup tournament for the first time since 1970, when they beat Israel. Egypt are still winless at the World Cup finals, failing to win five matches (D2 L3). José Giménez’s winning goal in the 90th minute was Uruguay’s latest winning goal in a World Cup match since Daniel Fonseca’s 92nd minute winner against South Korea in June 1990. Egypt have failed to score in each of their last three World Cup matches. Uruguay have won each of their last three World Cup group stage games with a goal scored in the last 10 minutes of matches. Three of Uruguay’s last four World Cup goals have been scored via headers – only three of their previous 22 World Cup goals had been headed. 3:05PM Tonight's match After Morocco vs Iran we've got Spain vs Portugal and it's going to be an absolute belter. Here are my tactical thoughts on each side ahead of the game: Spain World Cup tactics article Portugal World Cup tactics 3:03PM Bad stat for Egypt fans 5 - No African team has played as many World Cup games without winning a single one than Egypt (D2 L3). Hurdle. #EGYURU#EGY#WorldCup— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 3:00PM Who impressed Godin was Uruguay's best player, Cavani and Gimenez next, while Bentancur controlled the first half. Suarez was about a three out of a 10 - if that - and Egypt, as a whole, were really strong. No individual standouts but as a unit, they defended really well, broke forward as a team and were so close to getting a result. 2:57PM Great game That was really enjoyable. Two teams evenly matched but Uruguay had the quality and stamina to see it through - and deserved the win. But it's only the first game of the day! Next up is Morocco vs Iran. Follow it here with Ben Coles. 2:55PM FULL TIME That's it! Heartbreak for Egypt! Uruguay have a hard-earned three points! 2:55PM 90 mins +5 Egypt want an equaliser! Two crosses in a row into the box and now Uruguay look like they're in trouble. Hegazi fouls Suarez (who's looking for it...) and Suarez rolls around the floor a little bit. There are theatre groups less dramatic than Luis Suarez when he's trying to win a free-kick. 2:53PM 90 mins +4 Oh this isn't good. Trezeguet has gone down with cramp so bad he can hardly even walk. His legs are straight like Herman Munster as he's hauled off the turf and back to his feet. 2:51PM 90 mins +2 Uruguay keeping the ball now. Egypt are rocked by that goal - they've defended so well all game long but have really tired in the final part of this game. 2:48PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! GIMENEZ HAS SCORED! OOOHHHHH there it is! Egypt just couldn't hold on! A free-kick is hit in from wide right, Gimenez jumps higher than everyone else in the middle of the box and powers a header past the goalkeeper. Brilliant from the centre-back! Egypt 0 - 1 Uruguay (José Giménez, 90 min) 2:47PM 89 mins CAVANI HITS THE POST! The ball pings back off the upright and any of four Uruguay players can convert the rebound! But Suarez blocks it by being in the way! He's ruining everything today. Egypt are on the ropes, the heavyweight Uruguay are really taking the game to them here. 2:46PM 88 mins Ooooohhhhhhhhh free-kick on the edge of the area! Cavani is taken out by Fathy as he's about to run into the box. That could either be a game-saving move or it could end up with Uruguay hitting the back of the net. Torreira - Arsenal's new signing - is on for Vecino. Cavani stands over the free-kick. 2:45PM 87 mins Gimenez is the last man and absolutely nobody moves to give him the option for a pass. It's such poor movement and Egypt don't even have to try to win the ball back - Gimenez chips it forward and hands it back to them. That's Uruguay's period of pressure over then! Egypt are clearing their lines now. They want the 0-0. 2:43PM 85 mins Credit: AFP This photo more or less sums up Uruguay's match so far. They're pushing for a winner now. Another corner. 2:42PM 84 mins CAVANIIIIIIII! What a save! Wow. Where did that come from?! Suarez heads into Cavani, who hits on the volley and blooters the ball at rocket speed towards goal. El-Shenawy dives to his left and gets a strong palm behind it. The corner is rubbish. 2:41PM 82 mins Egypt win a turnover in their own half, break forwards... and hold the ball until reinforcements arrive. Elneny joins in, looks for a quick one-two but it doesn't come off. Then Elneny gets another shot at things and chips over the bar. No Mo Salah for us today - Egypt are making their final substitution. Warda comes off for Sobhy. 2:38PM 80 mins The break is on! Kahraba has the entire left wing to run into! He gets to the box, looks up and picks his pass... but Caceres stretches and blocks just before it becomes a massive problem. I'm not sure Varela has beaten the first man with any of his crosses from wide right. If he has they haven't been very good. 2:37PM 78 mins You know when you're playing Football Manager and your star player is on a 5 but you just don't want to take him off because you *know* all it takes is one chance and he'll make a difference? Suarez is around that at the moment. Every touch, pass, dribble... everything - none of it has worked. I think they put Alvaro Recoba on at some point. That'd be lovely. 2:35PM 76 mins Credit: FIFA Great play from Gimenez who takes a risk drawing in the Egyptian press but skips past it and sends Varela on his way. Varela has spent most of this half as a right winger. 2:32PM 73 mins Uruguay are leaving space at the back now as they look for a winner. Egypt hit the ball into that space, work the passing across the area and then a strike is smashed at goal from a tight angle! Muslera saves well at his near post and holds onto the ball. Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Ahmed Fathy, 72 min) SUAREZ IS IN! The pass comes in ahead of him, only the goalkeeper to beat! And it's as if he's waiting for someone to foul him! He just needs to jab that at goal and it's... a goal. Instead, he takes too long and the goalkeeper smothers. 2:29PM 71 mins Uruguay win a corner. Godin comes up. Egypt marking man to man... the ball lands with Cavani who swipes at it, hits Caceres in the general region of his hands/arms and the referee says free-kick. Seems harsh to me, I'm not sure what he's meant to do in that situation. 2:27PM 69 mins Uruguay get to the final third, slow right down... and Sanchez tries a hit from 25 yards which hits a defender. Martin Keown has just revealed that he would definitely have targeted Mo Salah, had he been playing against him today. "Of course I would have done. I once played against Ruud Gullit with a bandaged knee - it was like a dartboard for me!" 2:25PM 67 mins Rodriguez takes forever to decide what to do with the ball at his feet in the final third and Egypt easily win possession... then launch it long and concede once more. Egypt seem more in control of this game without the ball than they do with it! There's no movement in this Uruguay team, no purpose with the passing and they seem reluctant to really test the Egyptian defence. 2:24PM 65 mins Egypt vs Uruguay You can see here that Egypt are focusing their passes down the wide areas while Uruguay have made the majority of theirs in central positions. However, Uruguay have attempted way more crosses... which doesn't seem to make sense. Uruguay crosses Egypt are catching up now: Egypt crosses 2:21PM 63 mins It's really slow now. Egypt defending in a 4-4-2, the first line of press is the halfway line and the second is about 25 yards deeper than that. Uruguay cautiously approach the Egypt half, then reconsider things and pass backwards or sideways. Uruguay win a free-kick, hook it into the box... it's headed away and then Suarez is offside. What has happened to Suarez? 2:19PM 61 mins A three act tragedy: Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES 2:17PM 59 mins Change for Uruguay. Nandez off, Sanchez on and De Arrascaeta is replaced by Rodriguez. That might be a wee change of shape to a 4-2-3-1. 2:16PM 58 mins Varela gets high up the right, Nandez overlaps, passes back, goes wide, goes back... the passing's really predictable and Egypt just put 8million men behind the ball so there's nowhere to go... then spring a counter-attack. Now Uruguay drop deep. They need to put Suarez in the bin. He's been useless. He'd struggle to get in the Saudi Arabia team on this form. 2:14PM 55 mins Possession: Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay are attacking with more of a forward three now, with Nandez pushing high up the pitch on the right. Like a lopsided 4-4-2. 2:12PM 54 mins Suarez is still off the pace. It's his linkup play that's poor, waiting for the ball to arrive at his feet rather than moving towards it. Uruguay are forward now though... and Suarez has lost the ball on the edge of the box. 2:10PM 52 mins Morsy plays for Wigan... so he's not quite - perhaps - at the same international elite level as some of the Uruguay players but we'll see how he gets on. Hamed was played superbly before that and will be missed in the midfield. Uruguay are far more aggressive in this half and it's really working. Egypt have to keep kicking long and aren't keeping possession at all. 2:08PM 49 mins Disaster for Hamed. He's picked up an injury, being kneed right in the spine (one of the worst places to be kneed). His pals are signalling that this will probably be the end of his game... and he hobbles off the pitch. Morsy will come on to replace him. 2:05PM 47 mins It's a higher press from Uruguay now... and SUAREZ IS IN! Great move from Uruguay, Cavani plays in Suarez with a through-ball and the goalkeeper gets off his line quickly to block inside the six yard box! Early action! Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 46 min) 2:04PM KICK OFF 2 We're back! Egypt start the second half. 2:01PM Bentancur's first half We spoke about him before kick-off and sure enough, Bentancur has been excellent: Most interceptions: 5 Most passes completed: 42 Highest pass accuracy: 98% 1:59PM Inside the stadium Half time and have gone for a walk round the iconic temporary grandstands. Truly have never seen anything like it. pic.twitter.com/xWy90B84kS— Eli (@ElMengem) June 15, 2018 There's not a huge amount to see there but it is really impressive. 1:56PM Cavani can't get in the game 17 - Edinson Cavani had the fewest touches (17) of any Uruguay player in the first half, with none of those coming in the opposition's box. Restricted. #EGYURU#URU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXlby59phP— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 1:55PM Tac Tix Some halftime reading? Here's loads! World Cup 2018 tactics | JJ Bull analyses formations, line-ups and more This game is a battle of two deep defences. Uruguay are playing four central midfielders and lack a bit of width as a result but if they could just get their strikers into the game, and Suarez wasn't playing like he's broken, they'd be a lot better off. Honestly, if you'd bought this Suarez from a shop you'd be on your way back now to get a refund. 1:51PM This stadium is pretty crazy Ignore the empty seats - look at the amazing stand this place has. Ekaterinburg Arena: The crazy Russia World Cup 2018 stadium where you pay to sit outside to watch the football 1:48PM Team shapes Average touch positions (33 min) Uruguay aren't at it today. Strong words will be exchanged at half-time. 1:47PM HALF TIME Two pretty even teams! Egypt are organised, defending well and look menacing on the counter-attack, Uruguay should be 1-0 up and seem solid... but nothing like their usual selves. Suarez needs to have a word with himself - and actually, only Godin, Bentancur and Gimenez have really turned up here. 1:46PM 45 mins Uruguay come forward but the cross from wide right is poor and just hands possession back. Bentancur is having a really good game in the centre of midfield... but Suarez has lost the ball again. Pretty sure Suarez is on one of the downward arrows from Pro Evo games here. 1:44PM 43 mins Credit: REUTERS Look at all the empty seats. It's not nice :-( Uruguay are now looking for a way to score before half time and have Egypt pinned back. I think Egypt are happy with 0-0 at the moment, and that wall of defence is working extremely well. And now the counter-attack is on! Fathy comes down the right, crosses in... but the defence deal with it. 1:42PM 42 mins Warda goes for an overhead kick, misses the ball, falls to the ground then lies on the floor 'injured' until Uruguay break up their promising attack and put the ball out of play for him. Miraculously, he has recovered. Diagnosis: wounded pride. 1:41PM 40 mins Superb by Godin. He brings the ball out from the back on his own, dribbles past one man and gets all the way to the final third. He threads a through-pass into De Arrascaeta... whose first touch is embarrassing. Goal kick. 1:40PM 38 mins Good pressing by Egypt but Uruguay's passing has much improved and they are able to bring the ball out to the Egypt final third. Look at the defensive shape. What are you even supposed to do against that? They're really well organised. 1:36PM 36 mins There's quite a lot of empty seats in the stadium here... which is pretty surprising for the second game of the World Cup. Apparently tickets are expensive... almost as if not everyone can afford £300ish to watch 90 minutes of one sporting event. Who'd have thought it? FIFA are about as in-tune with the average human as I am to dolphins. 1:35PM 34 mins Credit: AFP You can see Suarez already running off to celebrate before he missed that chance earlier! Egypt vs Uruguay shots on goal 1:33PM 33 mins Suarez has lined up a free-kick 30 yards from goal. This will be one of those knuckle-ball attempts and having beaten himself up a minute ago for losing possession, maybe he'll be right on this one... Hits the wall. A lot of power in that one and it's hurt Trezeguet. 1:31PM 31 mins Oocha! Vecino goes for an early goal of the tournament attempt with a powerful drive from about 30 yards but it zips wide of the far post. Suarez has been awful so far. It's like he can't read the play at all - a pass towards him, he turns to chase and completely gives it away. It's as though he doesn't realise he isn't as fast as he was when he was 27 anymore and hasn't adjusted. 1:30PM 29 mins Uruguay look a little more comfortable on the ball now and are trying to make things happen in the final third. Egypt are in counter-attack mode but are sprinting forward to allow the team the chance to move up the pitch as a unit, rather than going for goal. Muslera grabs a cross out of the air and sends Uruguay on their way... but Suarez has given it away again. "He's not there mentally today," says Martin Keown. Godin has just gone absolutely nuts at his midfield for giving the ball away in their own half. He's had to clear up a few messes so far already. 1:27PM 27 mins It sounds like a few in the commentary area of the stadium thought that Suarez effort was a goal. To be fair, from where he was standing you'd expect him to convert it. Miss: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 24 min) 1:26PM 24 mins GOOOOOAAAAAL - oh that's a bad miss. Suarez has hit the side-netting from six yards! It's basically an open goal. Jonathan Pearce has done one of his classic misreadings of the situation. "He's disallowed it!" says the star of Robot Wars, when it's clearly not gone in the goal. I don’t understand much Russian, but I’m pretty sure by the tone that the TV commentator here thought that was in from Suarez and had been disallowed. He has my total sympathy. All been there!— Guy Mowbray (@Guymowbray) June 15, 2018 Still, Uruguay look dangerous from set pieces. 1:24PM 23 mins Fathi defends well in the corner but De Arrascaeta has a chance to get the ball in the box now for Uruguay's big men to attack. The goalkeeper punches... the ball goes back to the centre-circle... and is then launched wide back to the Uruguay number 10. Cavani takes over, skips the ball over one tackle and then fires a left-footed volley at goal! It hits the head of Gabr - otherwise that was heading towards goal! Another corner. 1:21PM 21 mins Uruguay's Rodrigo Bentancur, left, and Egypt's Amr Warda challenge for the ball Credit: AP Uruguay are being really sloppy in possession. Egypt are picking the ball off their feet at times and attacks are breaking down in the final third each time. Varela sprints down the right wing and Gimenez tries a direct pass into the space ahead of him. Goal kick. 1:19PM 19 mins Said skins Bentancur near the box but throws himself to the ground looking for a free-kick. A clear dive and a stupid one at that - he was about to dribble into the penalty area. Why go down? Uruguay come forward again but Egypt drop deep, holding a line on the 18 yard box and denying any space. 1:18PM 17 mins The free-kick is chipped in though - no shot - and Hegazi tries to head back across goal. Uruguay are massive, strong and organised though and easily see it out for a goal kick. Decent start to this game by Egypt though - they're really taking the game to Uruguay. Egypt vs Uruguay 1:16PM 16 mins The crowd roars as the stadium TV screens cut to pictures of Mo Salah sitting on the bench. I think the Egyptian fans like him. Warda wins a free-kick 25 yards out - this is a great position to shoot from... 1:15PM 14 mins Uruguay's defensive shape a pretty obvious 4-4-2. Cavani is dropping deeper at times though to make it a 4-4-1-1 - Suarez primed to chase anything that gets hit into space ahead of him. The ball is moved through the lines by Uruguay's passing, Varela is wide right and passes inside to Suarez. He's unmarked! But his shot is poor and well wide. 1:13PM 12 mins Egypt win a free-kick, Uruguay defend nervously and the header by Varela is hit into a central area. You're not supposed to that! Elneny thinks about hitting a volley, can't quite get there in time, so goes for a one-two, then Trezeguet forces his way into the box chasing the bouncing ball and gets a snap shot away. Muslera saves low. 1:10PM 9 mins CAVANIIIII tries an effort from distance but it's easy for the goalkeeper to save. He'll just be calibrating his shooting with that one. 1:09PM 8 mins Great passing from Uruguay. They work the ball quickly with one touch passes and some excellent movement off the ball but Egypt drop back and head clear. 1:06PM 6 mins Decent attack for Egypt. They break the midfield line with a pass between two Uruguay players and Trezeguet wins a throw-in near the corner flag. Caceres is fortunate to get away from Warda with the ball after some clumsy dribbling... but Suarez tries to switch the play and ends up booting it directly to the goalkeeper. Egypt are pressing the Uruguay defence high up the pitch. 1:04PM 4 mins Varela, ex of Manchester United, has seen a bit of the ball on the Uruguay right so far. Egypt now look to keep possession for a bit, Uruguay press near the centre-circle but are mostly behind the halfway line. Cavani stretches to go into a tackle early on and goes down in some pain. Let's hope he hasn't twisted his ankle. The replay seems to suggest he's alright. 1:02PM 2 mins Uruguay get us started, pass back to the defence and then kick it long... then win possession back straight away. Egypt sitting deep to block forward passes but you'd expect Uruguay to try and just get everyone a touch of the ball early on to get them calmed down. 1:01PM KICK OFF HERE WE GO! 12:57PM Starting lineups Uruguay should be in a 4-4-2 diamond, Egypt are a fairly conventional 4-2-3-1. 12:55PM National anthems Both of these are superb. 12:54PM Players in the tunnel Can you even imagine how nervous these guys are? The crowd is pumped too. And here they come out onto the pitch! Kick-off is five minutes away! 12:50PM The Uruguay manager 4 - This is Uruguay's manager ���� Oscar Tabárez’s fourth World Cup appearance (after 1990, 2010 and 2014); more than any other manager at this year’s tournament. Boss. #EGYURU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXxCJIcCeN— OptaJean (@OptaJean) June 15, 2018 12:48PM Egypt have been fasting for Ramadan Could this affect their chances? An imam tells a BBC investigator: "There are exceptions. The World Cup is in Russia, they're travelling to Russia, so they don't need to fast while they're playing." Many players do still choose to fast. "There's quite a drop in performance, up to 25 per cent," says an expert on the field. A lot of it is to do with temperament apparently. Hangar. 12:43PM Today's stadium Ekaterinburg Stadium It looks absolutely brilliant inside. Doesn't it make you want to go out and run around on the pitch? It's so green! Credit: GETTY IMAGES And a handy little graphic for you. World Cup 2018 stadium: Ekaterinburg Arena 12:40PM The modern football fan How do you consume your football news? Do you do it... on Whatsapp? Well you can now! Personally, I'm a big fan of this. World Cup whatsapp promo Loads of interesting things get sent your way and it's dead easy to set up. 12:33PM BBC titles One of the best thing about the World Cup is finding out what the themed intros from the TV stations will be. ITV did well yesterday but now it's time for the old BBC to show them how it's done. It's a dance music-led intro with lots of clever little computer graphic transitions showing things around Russia, nothing too extravagant... and it's short. And now an Egyptian themed VT to get things rolling. Gary Linieker says: "The Pharoahs are back in a World Cup for the first time in 28 years" and we're off! 12:24PM Stay up to date We've got so many great things to keep you up to date and informed this World Cup, and one of the best of them is our newsletter. Sign up for some lovely reading to help the time pass a little easier between games. 12:15PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:09PM Arsenal's new Uruguayan signing Who is he? Why did they buy him? How much?! Torreira puff Dan Zeqiri has the answers. 12:05PM Who to watch for Uruguay ���� @RodriiBentancur prepares to become our first ���� to take part in #WorldCup 2018 as #TeamUruguay face Egypt, buena suerte! ��#JuveWorldCup#ForzaJuvepic.twitter.com/Ko7TiEmVUA— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 15, 2018 You know about Suarez and Cavani but Uruguay are (almost) equally strong in defence as well. Godin and Gimenez are a powerful centre-back duo (who both play for Atletico Madrid too...) while Fernando Muslera is a reliable goalkeeper. Caceres, the left-back, plays for Lazio and isn't bad either. There is one player who could really make a name for himself this summer, and that is Rodrigo Bentancur. He's a midfielder who plays for Juventus, who used to be a wide right but now acts as either a holding midfielder or advanced playmaker. He sees the game really well and is composed in possession and at 20-years-old, is expected to achieve big things. Bentancur is dead cheap on Fantasy Football too - stick him in your team if you need to save some cash and can't figure out where! 11:58AM There he is Credit: AP Egypt are an OK team but Salah is by far and away the best player. Trezeguet is a promising forward who can play on the left or right of attack, Ahmed Hegazi is a thoroughly underrated centre-back (the same one who plays for West Brom) and Mohamed Elneny is the next best. He might not have played an awful lot for Arsenal but he's absolutely superb at keeping things ticking over in midfield, winning the ball back and linking passes. Apart from those three... there's not an awful lot for Uruguay to worry about. I'd expect a cagey start from the Egyptians. Credit: AP 11:47AM Liverpool lending support to Mr Salah Good luck to @MoSalah as his #EGY side start their #WorldCup campaign this afternoon. �� pic.twitter.com/KZq1Mp7CRm— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 15, 2018 Of course, this is not the only ex-Liverpool favourite on show today. Luis Suarez is playing his first World Cup game since he tried to eat Giorgio Chiellini during a match against Italy in Brazil back in 2014. 11:44AM Pre-match buildup Credit: REUTERS The fanzones at these types of tournaments are always so, so, so fun and the photos for everyone building up to this one look exactly the same. It's a lovely day outside the Ekaterinburg Arena (and I suspect probably the same inside it too) and I am thoroughly jealous of everyone in these photos. Credit: REUTERS And just as an added bonus, here's a happy doggo for you to enjoy. Credit: REUTERS 11:38AM Starting lineups Egypt (4-2-3-1) Elshenawy; Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdelshafy; Elneny, Hamed; Warda, Said, Trezeguet; Mohsen Uruguay (4-3-1-2) Muslera, Varela, Godin, Gimenez, Caceres, Nandez, Bentancur, Vecino, De Arrascaeta, Suarez, Cavani 11:31AM Happy World Cup Friday to you Hello everyone! Are you excited too? It's Friday, there are three World Cup games to watch - THREE - and the first features some of the best players on the planet. Diego Godin, Luis Suarez (well, maybe not anymore...), Edinson Cavani and even Egypt have some lad who's meant to be pretty tidy too. #EGYURU | Alineación confirmada de @Uruguay para el encuentro que disputará ante @Pharaohs a la hora 9 (Uy) por la 1a fecha del Grupo A de #Rusia2018.#ElEquipoQueNosUnepic.twitter.com/LVE4q5kSJg— Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) June 15, 2018 Speaking of that lad, who is of course, Mo Salah, and he has made it onto the bench for today's game! إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة اليوم �� @Uruguay#روسيا2018#ThePharaohs#egypic.twitter.com/3p5NDudg7A— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 15, 2018 I'd imagine he'll only actually play the final few minutes to get some match fitness but could be thrown on at some time in the second half if the game is tight and Egypt reckon they can grab a point or three. That said, we don't know yet if he is actually on the team sheet but team news should be in extremely shortly. Disappointingly, we won't be forced to listen to 'Robbie Williams's greatest hits, featuring Opera Lady' today and instead there will be no grand ceremony. Only football. Football football football. And whoever wins the football must know they have a massive chance of qualifying for the knock-out stages. Russia put five past Saudi Arabia, who are probably the worst team I've ever seen play in an international tournament, and really aren't up to much. If today's match ends up as a draw, I could see both Egypt and Uruguay finishing in the top two slots. If not - and it's most likely that Uruguay win - Egypt's match against Russia will be enormous. Stay with us for all the updates and action from today's match! It's going to be brilliant.
World Cup 2018: Jose Gimenez grabs late winner for Uruguay to break Egyptian hearts
A Jose Gimenez header on the verge of 90 minutes gave Uruguay a hard-fought 1-0 win over Egypt at the Yekaterinburg Arena, as what could have been a tale of two strikers was decided by a centre-back. There were high hopes for the Egyptians before kick-off as birthday boy Mohamed Salah was named among the substitutes, having recovered ahead of schedule from an injury sustained in the Champions League final. Every single time his face was shown on the big screens around the stadium the noise levels amplified, but Hector Cuper remained unswayed by emotion and stayed resolute in his decision making. Salah has other, more winnable fights to be prepared for, and keeping Egypt's star player rested may prove to be the right one going forward, especially considering how vulnerable Saudi Arabia looked on Thursday and how average Russia should prove to be. Another (now ex) star of Liverpool was instead the focus of much of this game and not for good reason. Luis Suarez summed up Uruguay's struggles to find anything like cohesion or fluency with an awful performance, losing possession all over the pitch, passing to the wrong people and hitting the side netting in the first half when it looked easier to score. Later, with only the goalkeeper to beat, Suarez held on the ball for too long and allowed goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shenawy the opportunity to smother inside the six yard box. For the umpteenth time in the game, Suarez berated himself, apparently unsure as to how just why nothing he attempted was working. If Egypt missed Salah, Uruguay were actively hindered by the presence of their misfiring Suarez imposter. Suarez misses a great chance inside the six yard box Credit: REUTERS Egypt frustrated Uruguay with a deep defensive line, staying compact, dealing with danger competently and threatening on the counter-attack but as they grew tired towards the end, Uruguay showed their quality and slowly squeezed the neck of the game. Edison Cavani came closest to breaking the deadlock with a curling free-kick in the 87th minute that came back off the post - the rebound blocked by Suarez against his own teammates - before a free-kick wide right resulted in the deadlock being broken. Egypt looked rattled and against the ropes, their desperate clearances the equivalent of a boxer gripping onto his opponent while trying to draw breath. The waves of attack kept coming and having knocked on the door for a sustained period of time, Uruguay finally opened the scoring as Gimenez rose highest to head home a cross from substitute Carlos Sanchez to secure the victory. Salah looked on despondently, Uruguay players rushed from the bench to celebrate their goal. In the end it was a just-about-deserved victory for Oscar Tabarez's side, but had Salah been available and Suarez actually turned up, this could have been oh so different. 3:33PM No Salah Credit: AP No Salah today but after what we've seen today and yesterday, I think he'll have a great time against Russia and Saudi Arabia. Egypt were solid defensively and need to rely on quick counter-attacks - there are few players better at exactly that than Salah. 3:15PM Uruguay's reaction to that goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES I think it's fairly safe to say they were excited. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 3:10PM Some more stats on Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay have won their opening match at a World Cup tournament for the first time since 1970, when they beat Israel. Egypt are still winless at the World Cup finals, failing to win five matches (D2 L3). José Giménez’s winning goal in the 90th minute was Uruguay’s latest winning goal in a World Cup match since Daniel Fonseca’s 92nd minute winner against South Korea in June 1990. Egypt have failed to score in each of their last three World Cup matches. Uruguay have won each of their last three World Cup group stage games with a goal scored in the last 10 minutes of matches. Three of Uruguay’s last four World Cup goals have been scored via headers – only three of their previous 22 World Cup goals had been headed. 3:05PM Tonight's match After Morocco vs Iran we've got Spain vs Portugal and it's going to be an absolute belter. Here are my tactical thoughts on each side ahead of the game: Spain World Cup tactics article Portugal World Cup tactics 3:03PM Bad stat for Egypt fans 5 - No African team has played as many World Cup games without winning a single one than Egypt (D2 L3). Hurdle. #EGYURU#EGY#WorldCup— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 3:00PM Who impressed Godin was Uruguay's best player, Cavani and Gimenez next, while Bentancur controlled the first half. Suarez was about a three out of a 10 - if that - and Egypt, as a whole, were really strong. No individual standouts but as a unit, they defended really well, broke forward as a team and were so close to getting a result. 2:57PM Great game That was really enjoyable. Two teams evenly matched but Uruguay had the quality and stamina to see it through - and deserved the win. But it's only the first game of the day! Next up is Morocco vs Iran. Follow it here with Ben Coles. 2:55PM FULL TIME That's it! Heartbreak for Egypt! Uruguay have a hard-earned three points! 2:55PM 90 mins +5 Egypt want an equaliser! Two crosses in a row into the box and now Uruguay look like they're in trouble. Hegazi fouls Suarez (who's looking for it...) and Suarez rolls around the floor a little bit. There are theatre groups less dramatic than Luis Suarez when he's trying to win a free-kick. 2:53PM 90 mins +4 Oh this isn't good. Trezeguet has gone down with cramp so bad he can hardly even walk. His legs are straight like Herman Munster as he's hauled off the turf and back to his feet. 2:51PM 90 mins +2 Uruguay keeping the ball now. Egypt are rocked by that goal - they've defended so well all game long but have really tired in the final part of this game. 2:48PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! GIMENEZ HAS SCORED! OOOHHHHH there it is! Egypt just couldn't hold on! A free-kick is hit in from wide right, Gimenez jumps higher than everyone else in the middle of the box and powers a header past the goalkeeper. Brilliant from the centre-back! Egypt 0 - 1 Uruguay (José Giménez, 90 min) 2:47PM 89 mins CAVANI HITS THE POST! The ball pings back off the upright and any of four Uruguay players can convert the rebound! But Suarez blocks it by being in the way! He's ruining everything today. Egypt are on the ropes, the heavyweight Uruguay are really taking the game to them here. 2:46PM 88 mins Ooooohhhhhhhhh free-kick on the edge of the area! Cavani is taken out by Fathy as he's about to run into the box. That could either be a game-saving move or it could end up with Uruguay hitting the back of the net. Torreira - Arsenal's new signing - is on for Vecino. Cavani stands over the free-kick. 2:45PM 87 mins Gimenez is the last man and absolutely nobody moves to give him the option for a pass. It's such poor movement and Egypt don't even have to try to win the ball back - Gimenez chips it forward and hands it back to them. That's Uruguay's period of pressure over then! Egypt are clearing their lines now. They want the 0-0. 2:43PM 85 mins Credit: AFP This photo more or less sums up Uruguay's match so far. They're pushing for a winner now. Another corner. 2:42PM 84 mins CAVANIIIIIIII! What a save! Wow. Where did that come from?! Suarez heads into Cavani, who hits on the volley and blooters the ball at rocket speed towards goal. El-Shenawy dives to his left and gets a strong palm behind it. The corner is rubbish. 2:41PM 82 mins Egypt win a turnover in their own half, break forwards... and hold the ball until reinforcements arrive. Elneny joins in, looks for a quick one-two but it doesn't come off. Then Elneny gets another shot at things and chips over the bar. No Mo Salah for us today - Egypt are making their final substitution. Warda comes off for Sobhy. 2:38PM 80 mins The break is on! Kahraba has the entire left wing to run into! He gets to the box, looks up and picks his pass... but Caceres stretches and blocks just before it becomes a massive problem. I'm not sure Varela has beaten the first man with any of his crosses from wide right. If he has they haven't been very good. 2:37PM 78 mins You know when you're playing Football Manager and your star player is on a 5 but you just don't want to take him off because you *know* all it takes is one chance and he'll make a difference? Suarez is around that at the moment. Every touch, pass, dribble... everything - none of it has worked. I think they put Alvaro Recoba on at some point. That'd be lovely. 2:35PM 76 mins Credit: FIFA Great play from Gimenez who takes a risk drawing in the Egyptian press but skips past it and sends Varela on his way. Varela has spent most of this half as a right winger. 2:32PM 73 mins Uruguay are leaving space at the back now as they look for a winner. Egypt hit the ball into that space, work the passing across the area and then a strike is smashed at goal from a tight angle! Muslera saves well at his near post and holds onto the ball. Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Ahmed Fathy, 72 min) SUAREZ IS IN! The pass comes in ahead of him, only the goalkeeper to beat! And it's as if he's waiting for someone to foul him! He just needs to jab that at goal and it's... a goal. Instead, he takes too long and the goalkeeper smothers. 2:29PM 71 mins Uruguay win a corner. Godin comes up. Egypt marking man to man... the ball lands with Cavani who swipes at it, hits Caceres in the general region of his hands/arms and the referee says free-kick. Seems harsh to me, I'm not sure what he's meant to do in that situation. 2:27PM 69 mins Uruguay get to the final third, slow right down... and Sanchez tries a hit from 25 yards which hits a defender. Martin Keown has just revealed that he would definitely have targeted Mo Salah, had he been playing against him today. "Of course I would have done. I once played against Ruud Gullit with a bandaged knee - it was like a dartboard for me!" 2:25PM 67 mins Rodriguez takes forever to decide what to do with the ball at his feet in the final third and Egypt easily win possession... then launch it long and concede once more. Egypt seem more in control of this game without the ball than they do with it! There's no movement in this Uruguay team, no purpose with the passing and they seem reluctant to really test the Egyptian defence. 2:24PM 65 mins Egypt vs Uruguay You can see here that Egypt are focusing their passes down the wide areas while Uruguay have made the majority of theirs in central positions. However, Uruguay have attempted way more crosses... which doesn't seem to make sense. Uruguay crosses Egypt are catching up now: Egypt crosses 2:21PM 63 mins It's really slow now. Egypt defending in a 4-4-2, the first line of press is the halfway line and the second is about 25 yards deeper than that. Uruguay cautiously approach the Egypt half, then reconsider things and pass backwards or sideways. Uruguay win a free-kick, hook it into the box... it's headed away and then Suarez is offside. What has happened to Suarez? 2:19PM 61 mins A three act tragedy: Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES 2:17PM 59 mins Change for Uruguay. Nandez off, Sanchez on and De Arrascaeta is replaced by Rodriguez. That might be a wee change of shape to a 4-2-3-1. 2:16PM 58 mins Varela gets high up the right, Nandez overlaps, passes back, goes wide, goes back... the passing's really predictable and Egypt just put 8million men behind the ball so there's nowhere to go... then spring a counter-attack. Now Uruguay drop deep. They need to put Suarez in the bin. He's been useless. He'd struggle to get in the Saudi Arabia team on this form. 2:14PM 55 mins Possession: Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay are attacking with more of a forward three now, with Nandez pushing high up the pitch on the right. Like a lopsided 4-4-2. 2:12PM 54 mins Suarez is still off the pace. It's his linkup play that's poor, waiting for the ball to arrive at his feet rather than moving towards it. Uruguay are forward now though... and Suarez has lost the ball on the edge of the box. 2:10PM 52 mins Morsy plays for Wigan... so he's not quite - perhaps - at the same international elite level as some of the Uruguay players but we'll see how he gets on. Hamed was played superbly before that and will be missed in the midfield. Uruguay are far more aggressive in this half and it's really working. Egypt have to keep kicking long and aren't keeping possession at all. 2:08PM 49 mins Disaster for Hamed. He's picked up an injury, being kneed right in the spine (one of the worst places to be kneed). His pals are signalling that this will probably be the end of his game... and he hobbles off the pitch. Morsy will come on to replace him. 2:05PM 47 mins It's a higher press from Uruguay now... and SUAREZ IS IN! Great move from Uruguay, Cavani plays in Suarez with a through-ball and the goalkeeper gets off his line quickly to block inside the six yard box! Early action! Attempt Saved: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 46 min) 2:04PM KICK OFF 2 We're back! Egypt start the second half. 2:01PM Bentancur's first half We spoke about him before kick-off and sure enough, Bentancur has been excellent: Most interceptions: 5 Most passes completed: 42 Highest pass accuracy: 98% 1:59PM Inside the stadium Half time and have gone for a walk round the iconic temporary grandstands. Truly have never seen anything like it. pic.twitter.com/xWy90B84kS— Eli (@ElMengem) June 15, 2018 There's not a huge amount to see there but it is really impressive. 1:56PM Cavani can't get in the game 17 - Edinson Cavani had the fewest touches (17) of any Uruguay player in the first half, with none of those coming in the opposition's box. Restricted. #EGYURU#URU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXlby59phP— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018 1:55PM Tac Tix Some halftime reading? Here's loads! World Cup 2018 tactics | JJ Bull analyses formations, line-ups and more This game is a battle of two deep defences. Uruguay are playing four central midfielders and lack a bit of width as a result but if they could just get their strikers into the game, and Suarez wasn't playing like he's broken, they'd be a lot better off. Honestly, if you'd bought this Suarez from a shop you'd be on your way back now to get a refund. 1:51PM This stadium is pretty crazy Ignore the empty seats - look at the amazing stand this place has. Ekaterinburg Arena: The crazy Russia World Cup 2018 stadium where you pay to sit outside to watch the football 1:48PM Team shapes Average touch positions (33 min) Uruguay aren't at it today. Strong words will be exchanged at half-time. 1:47PM HALF TIME Two pretty even teams! Egypt are organised, defending well and look menacing on the counter-attack, Uruguay should be 1-0 up and seem solid... but nothing like their usual selves. Suarez needs to have a word with himself - and actually, only Godin, Bentancur and Gimenez have really turned up here. 1:46PM 45 mins Uruguay come forward but the cross from wide right is poor and just hands possession back. Bentancur is having a really good game in the centre of midfield... but Suarez has lost the ball again. Pretty sure Suarez is on one of the downward arrows from Pro Evo games here. 1:44PM 43 mins Credit: REUTERS Look at all the empty seats. It's not nice :-( Uruguay are now looking for a way to score before half time and have Egypt pinned back. I think Egypt are happy with 0-0 at the moment, and that wall of defence is working extremely well. And now the counter-attack is on! Fathy comes down the right, crosses in... but the defence deal with it. 1:42PM 42 mins Warda goes for an overhead kick, misses the ball, falls to the ground then lies on the floor 'injured' until Uruguay break up their promising attack and put the ball out of play for him. Miraculously, he has recovered. Diagnosis: wounded pride. 1:41PM 40 mins Superb by Godin. He brings the ball out from the back on his own, dribbles past one man and gets all the way to the final third. He threads a through-pass into De Arrascaeta... whose first touch is embarrassing. Goal kick. 1:40PM 38 mins Good pressing by Egypt but Uruguay's passing has much improved and they are able to bring the ball out to the Egypt final third. Look at the defensive shape. What are you even supposed to do against that? They're really well organised. 1:36PM 36 mins There's quite a lot of empty seats in the stadium here... which is pretty surprising for the second game of the World Cup. Apparently tickets are expensive... almost as if not everyone can afford £300ish to watch 90 minutes of one sporting event. Who'd have thought it? FIFA are about as in-tune with the average human as I am to dolphins. 1:35PM 34 mins Credit: AFP You can see Suarez already running off to celebrate before he missed that chance earlier! Egypt vs Uruguay shots on goal 1:33PM 33 mins Suarez has lined up a free-kick 30 yards from goal. This will be one of those knuckle-ball attempts and having beaten himself up a minute ago for losing possession, maybe he'll be right on this one... Hits the wall. A lot of power in that one and it's hurt Trezeguet. 1:31PM 31 mins Oocha! Vecino goes for an early goal of the tournament attempt with a powerful drive from about 30 yards but it zips wide of the far post. Suarez has been awful so far. It's like he can't read the play at all - a pass towards him, he turns to chase and completely gives it away. It's as though he doesn't realise he isn't as fast as he was when he was 27 anymore and hasn't adjusted. 1:30PM 29 mins Uruguay look a little more comfortable on the ball now and are trying to make things happen in the final third. Egypt are in counter-attack mode but are sprinting forward to allow the team the chance to move up the pitch as a unit, rather than going for goal. Muslera grabs a cross out of the air and sends Uruguay on their way... but Suarez has given it away again. "He's not there mentally today," says Martin Keown. Godin has just gone absolutely nuts at his midfield for giving the ball away in their own half. He's had to clear up a few messes so far already. 1:27PM 27 mins It sounds like a few in the commentary area of the stadium thought that Suarez effort was a goal. To be fair, from where he was standing you'd expect him to convert it. Miss: Egypt 0 - 0 Uruguay (Luis Suárez, 24 min) 1:26PM 24 mins GOOOOOAAAAAL - oh that's a bad miss. Suarez has hit the side-netting from six yards! It's basically an open goal. Jonathan Pearce has done one of his classic misreadings of the situation. "He's disallowed it!" says the star of Robot Wars, when it's clearly not gone in the goal. I don’t understand much Russian, but I’m pretty sure by the tone that the TV commentator here thought that was in from Suarez and had been disallowed. He has my total sympathy. All been there!— Guy Mowbray (@Guymowbray) June 15, 2018 Still, Uruguay look dangerous from set pieces. 1:24PM 23 mins Fathi defends well in the corner but De Arrascaeta has a chance to get the ball in the box now for Uruguay's big men to attack. The goalkeeper punches... the ball goes back to the centre-circle... and is then launched wide back to the Uruguay number 10. Cavani takes over, skips the ball over one tackle and then fires a left-footed volley at goal! It hits the head of Gabr - otherwise that was heading towards goal! Another corner. 1:21PM 21 mins Uruguay's Rodrigo Bentancur, left, and Egypt's Amr Warda challenge for the ball Credit: AP Uruguay are being really sloppy in possession. Egypt are picking the ball off their feet at times and attacks are breaking down in the final third each time. Varela sprints down the right wing and Gimenez tries a direct pass into the space ahead of him. Goal kick. 1:19PM 19 mins Said skins Bentancur near the box but throws himself to the ground looking for a free-kick. A clear dive and a stupid one at that - he was about to dribble into the penalty area. Why go down? Uruguay come forward again but Egypt drop deep, holding a line on the 18 yard box and denying any space. 1:18PM 17 mins The free-kick is chipped in though - no shot - and Hegazi tries to head back across goal. Uruguay are massive, strong and organised though and easily see it out for a goal kick. Decent start to this game by Egypt though - they're really taking the game to Uruguay. Egypt vs Uruguay 1:16PM 16 mins The crowd roars as the stadium TV screens cut to pictures of Mo Salah sitting on the bench. I think the Egyptian fans like him. Warda wins a free-kick 25 yards out - this is a great position to shoot from... 1:15PM 14 mins Uruguay's defensive shape a pretty obvious 4-4-2. Cavani is dropping deeper at times though to make it a 4-4-1-1 - Suarez primed to chase anything that gets hit into space ahead of him. The ball is moved through the lines by Uruguay's passing, Varela is wide right and passes inside to Suarez. He's unmarked! But his shot is poor and well wide. 1:13PM 12 mins Egypt win a free-kick, Uruguay defend nervously and the header by Varela is hit into a central area. You're not supposed to that! Elneny thinks about hitting a volley, can't quite get there in time, so goes for a one-two, then Trezeguet forces his way into the box chasing the bouncing ball and gets a snap shot away. Muslera saves low. 1:10PM 9 mins CAVANIIIII tries an effort from distance but it's easy for the goalkeeper to save. He'll just be calibrating his shooting with that one. 1:09PM 8 mins Great passing from Uruguay. They work the ball quickly with one touch passes and some excellent movement off the ball but Egypt drop back and head clear. 1:06PM 6 mins Decent attack for Egypt. They break the midfield line with a pass between two Uruguay players and Trezeguet wins a throw-in near the corner flag. Caceres is fortunate to get away from Warda with the ball after some clumsy dribbling... but Suarez tries to switch the play and ends up booting it directly to the goalkeeper. Egypt are pressing the Uruguay defence high up the pitch. 1:04PM 4 mins Varela, ex of Manchester United, has seen a bit of the ball on the Uruguay right so far. Egypt now look to keep possession for a bit, Uruguay press near the centre-circle but are mostly behind the halfway line. Cavani stretches to go into a tackle early on and goes down in some pain. Let's hope he hasn't twisted his ankle. The replay seems to suggest he's alright. 1:02PM 2 mins Uruguay get us started, pass back to the defence and then kick it long... then win possession back straight away. Egypt sitting deep to block forward passes but you'd expect Uruguay to try and just get everyone a touch of the ball early on to get them calmed down. 1:01PM KICK OFF HERE WE GO! 12:57PM Starting lineups Uruguay should be in a 4-4-2 diamond, Egypt are a fairly conventional 4-2-3-1. 12:55PM National anthems Both of these are superb. 12:54PM Players in the tunnel Can you even imagine how nervous these guys are? The crowd is pumped too. And here they come out onto the pitch! Kick-off is five minutes away! 12:50PM The Uruguay manager 4 - This is Uruguay's manager ���� Oscar Tabárez’s fourth World Cup appearance (after 1990, 2010 and 2014); more than any other manager at this year’s tournament. Boss. #EGYURU#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/IXxCJIcCeN— OptaJean (@OptaJean) June 15, 2018 12:48PM Egypt have been fasting for Ramadan Could this affect their chances? An imam tells a BBC investigator: "There are exceptions. The World Cup is in Russia, they're travelling to Russia, so they don't need to fast while they're playing." Many players do still choose to fast. "There's quite a drop in performance, up to 25 per cent," says an expert on the field. A lot of it is to do with temperament apparently. Hangar. 12:43PM Today's stadium Ekaterinburg Stadium It looks absolutely brilliant inside. Doesn't it make you want to go out and run around on the pitch? It's so green! Credit: GETTY IMAGES And a handy little graphic for you. World Cup 2018 stadium: Ekaterinburg Arena 12:40PM The modern football fan How do you consume your football news? Do you do it... on Whatsapp? Well you can now! Personally, I'm a big fan of this. World Cup whatsapp promo Loads of interesting things get sent your way and it's dead easy to set up. 12:33PM BBC titles One of the best thing about the World Cup is finding out what the themed intros from the TV stations will be. ITV did well yesterday but now it's time for the old BBC to show them how it's done. It's a dance music-led intro with lots of clever little computer graphic transitions showing things around Russia, nothing too extravagant... and it's short. And now an Egyptian themed VT to get things rolling. Gary Linieker says: "The Pharoahs are back in a World Cup for the first time in 28 years" and we're off! 12:24PM Stay up to date We've got so many great things to keep you up to date and informed this World Cup, and one of the best of them is our newsletter. Sign up for some lovely reading to help the time pass a little easier between games. 12:15PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:09PM Arsenal's new Uruguayan signing Who is he? Why did they buy him? How much?! Torreira puff Dan Zeqiri has the answers. 12:05PM Who to watch for Uruguay ���� @RodriiBentancur prepares to become our first ���� to take part in #WorldCup 2018 as #TeamUruguay face Egypt, buena suerte! ��#JuveWorldCup#ForzaJuvepic.twitter.com/Ko7TiEmVUA— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 15, 2018 You know about Suarez and Cavani but Uruguay are (almost) equally strong in defence as well. Godin and Gimenez are a powerful centre-back duo (who both play for Atletico Madrid too...) while Fernando Muslera is a reliable goalkeeper. Caceres, the left-back, plays for Lazio and isn't bad either. There is one player who could really make a name for himself this summer, and that is Rodrigo Bentancur. He's a midfielder who plays for Juventus, who used to be a wide right but now acts as either a holding midfielder or advanced playmaker. He sees the game really well and is composed in possession and at 20-years-old, is expected to achieve big things. Bentancur is dead cheap on Fantasy Football too - stick him in your team if you need to save some cash and can't figure out where! 11:58AM There he is Credit: AP Egypt are an OK team but Salah is by far and away the best player. Trezeguet is a promising forward who can play on the left or right of attack, Ahmed Hegazi is a thoroughly underrated centre-back (the same one who plays for West Brom) and Mohamed Elneny is the next best. He might not have played an awful lot for Arsenal but he's absolutely superb at keeping things ticking over in midfield, winning the ball back and linking passes. Apart from those three... there's not an awful lot for Uruguay to worry about. I'd expect a cagey start from the Egyptians. Credit: AP 11:47AM Liverpool lending support to Mr Salah Good luck to @MoSalah as his #EGY side start their #WorldCup campaign this afternoon. �� pic.twitter.com/KZq1Mp7CRm— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 15, 2018 Of course, this is not the only ex-Liverpool favourite on show today. Luis Suarez is playing his first World Cup game since he tried to eat Giorgio Chiellini during a match against Italy in Brazil back in 2014. 11:44AM Pre-match buildup Credit: REUTERS The fanzones at these types of tournaments are always so, so, so fun and the photos for everyone building up to this one look exactly the same. It's a lovely day outside the Ekaterinburg Arena (and I suspect probably the same inside it too) and I am thoroughly jealous of everyone in these photos. Credit: REUTERS And just as an added bonus, here's a happy doggo for you to enjoy. Credit: REUTERS 11:38AM Starting lineups Egypt (4-2-3-1) Elshenawy; Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdelshafy; Elneny, Hamed; Warda, Said, Trezeguet; Mohsen Uruguay (4-3-1-2) Muslera, Varela, Godin, Gimenez, Caceres, Nandez, Bentancur, Vecino, De Arrascaeta, Suarez, Cavani 11:31AM Happy World Cup Friday to you Hello everyone! Are you excited too? It's Friday, there are three World Cup games to watch - THREE - and the first features some of the best players on the planet. Diego Godin, Luis Suarez (well, maybe not anymore...), Edinson Cavani and even Egypt have some lad who's meant to be pretty tidy too. #EGYURU | Alineación confirmada de @Uruguay para el encuentro que disputará ante @Pharaohs a la hora 9 (Uy) por la 1a fecha del Grupo A de #Rusia2018.#ElEquipoQueNosUnepic.twitter.com/LVE4q5kSJg— Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) June 15, 2018 Speaking of that lad, who is of course, Mo Salah, and he has made it onto the bench for today's game! إليكم تشكيل #الفراعنة لمباراة اليوم �� @Uruguay#روسيا2018#ThePharaohs#egypic.twitter.com/3p5NDudg7A— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 15, 2018 I'd imagine he'll only actually play the final few minutes to get some match fitness but could be thrown on at some time in the second half if the game is tight and Egypt reckon they can grab a point or three. That said, we don't know yet if he is actually on the team sheet but team news should be in extremely shortly. Disappointingly, we won't be forced to listen to 'Robbie Williams's greatest hits, featuring Opera Lady' today and instead there will be no grand ceremony. Only football. Football football football. And whoever wins the football must know they have a massive chance of qualifying for the knock-out stages. Russia put five past Saudi Arabia, who are probably the worst team I've ever seen play in an international tournament, and really aren't up to much. If today's match ends up as a draw, I could see both Egypt and Uruguay finishing in the top two slots. If not - and it's most likely that Uruguay win - Egypt's match against Russia will be enormous. Stay with us for all the updates and action from today's match! It's going to be brilliant.