Fans are blaming Sergio Ramos for Egypt's heartbreaking World Cup loss

Fans are blaming Sergio Ramos for Egypt's heartbreaking World Cup loss

Javier Howell
June 17, 2018

As Egypt and Uruguay kicked off Friday's action, the eye was immediately drawn to the hundreds of empty, orange seats spread around the Ekaterinburg Arena.

Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah is seen by the substitutes bench before kick off of the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group A football match between Egypt and Uruguay at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Ekaterinburg on June 15, 2018.

Uruguay captain Diego Godin and teammate Jose Gimenez, who anchor the back line at Atletico Madrid as well as the national team's traditionally solid defense, did their job in front of their own goalkeeper and then combined for the winning strike in the 89th minute.

The pair will be licking their lips at the prospect of getting stuck into the defence of a Saudi Arabian team thrashed 5-0 by hosts Russian Federation in the World Cup opener on Thursday. Yet, for many Egyptians, missing out on the three points was not a defeat.

Despite allowing a goal late, the Egyptians' ability to limit Uruguayan star attackers, Luis Suarez and Edison Cavani bode well for their chances moving forward.

Egypt's first World Cup match since 1990 ended in defeat after a last minute goal by Uruguay.

The brief celebration took place upon the team's arrival back in their Grozny hotel after their flight from Yekaterinburg, where they played Uruguay.

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Salah, undoubtedly the player to watch for Egypt in this year's World Cup is now available for his side after concerns about his fitness.

This was Suarez's first World Cup game since biting Chiellini but he failed to leave an impact for his side and would expect a better outing in Uruguay's next encounter against Saudi Arabia.

Mohamed Salah is set to feature in Egypt's second World Cup game against hosts Russian Federation on Tuesday.

"We have played against the likes of Messi, Neymar and others".

Salah injured shoulder ligaments in the collision with Ramos in Kiev, which led to the Egypt global leaving the pitch in tears in the first half.

The daughter of Essam El-Hadary, Egypt's 45-year-old goalkeeper and the oldest player at the World Cup, was once engaged to his worldwide team-mate Kahraba.