Instead, they chose the flawless time to find their form with plenty of help from a woeful Saudi Arabia side that now must face up to the firepower of Luis Suarez, Edison Cavani and Salah.
"I took Salah's shirt as a gift for my children, who also see him as a star", he said via King Fut.
After Uruguay, Egypt will face Saudi Arabia and hosts, Russia. As in the early stages of the opening game, before Saudi Arabia's implosion, there was a sense that the ball was sticking, reducing further the pace of attacks.
It was one of those games in which both sets of defences came out on top. Three of Uruguay's last four victories have seen them win by more than a single goal margin as well, so we like the look of Uruguay -1.0 Asian Handicap here.
Barcelona forward Suarez was surprisingly off form, guilty of spurning some crucial chances after was twice denied by stunning saves from Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy. "The FIFA World Cup stadium capacity is 33,061", a spokesman for the football's world governing body told AFP. The Liverpool striker injured his shoulder in the Champions League final against Real Madrid. "I will be very happy for him if he plays in a dream match for him, the injury was a great shame and we all felt great solidarity for him", said the 71-year-old.
According to oddsmakers, Uruguay is a -179 favorite to win on the moneyline.
With its traditional defensive tactics preferred by coach Hector Cuper, Egypt badly needs Salah and his goals to succeed.
The Sun predicts that Egypt will line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation while Uruguay will go for 4-4-2.
And indeed, the match started very much in that fashion with the first telling shot of the match coming from Cavani after seven minutes, who scuffed an effort towards goal from the edge of the box.
Uruguay should provide their most hard test in the group stage, as they are packed with quality at both ends of the pitch.
Friday's game was played a day after the end of Ramadan, the holy month that requires Muslims to fast and refrain from drinking or eating from sunrise to sunset. And Cuper hinted on Thursday that it was the player who had the final say whether to play.
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