Jose Gimenez headed in a late 89th-minute goal that broke Egyptian hearts at Eid-el-Fitr as Uruguay beat the Pharaohs in a boring world cup match played at Ekaterinburg Arena, Russia.
Egypt star, Mohamed Salah was cautiously kept on the bench throughout the game, despite pre-match claim that he was 100% sure to start after he was said to have recovered from the injury inflicted on him by Real Madrid defender, Sergio Ramos during the Champions League final in Kiev less than one month to the world cup.
Gimenez towered and headed powerfully into the net when he met Carlos Sanchez’s free-kick to give the South Americans a winning start in Russia.
It was in any case a deserved last-gasp win for Uruguay. They were the better side as Luis Suarez had missed four chances and Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani also hit the inside of a post with a 25-yard brilliant free-kick.
The Egyptians, playing their first World Cup match since 1990, were for most part of the game only interested in keeping their opponents at bay and were not serious a few times they were on counter attack.
The result means Russia remain top of Group A after their 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in the tournament’s opening game on Thursday.