The opening game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup started the extravaganza of one-month action-packed football in style. In the opener of the competition, the host country Russia defeated Saudi Arabia 5-0 in Moscow.
After enjoying the fantastic game display in the first game. Everybody’s eyes are on the second battle of the tournament. In the second game, Uruguay is going to face Egypt at Ekaterinburg Arena. This game is going to turn out to be another thrilling contest as Luis Suarez and Edison Cavani will be up against Mohamed Salah on the field.
The Pharaohs qualified for the World Cup after a long wait of 28 years. The talisman of Egypt, Salah scored a brace which helped them in qualifying for the World Cup. The last time Egypt appeared in the competition was in 1990. During the 1990 World Cup, Egypt couldn’t cross the group stage but this time they would try to go ahead in the competition.
Meanwhile, Uruguay has already won the World Cup title twice in their history. The Sky Blue won the first edition of the World Cup in 1930 and won it again after the World War 2 in 1950. In 2010 World Cup, they reached till the semi-final stage but in 2014 World Cup couldn’t go ahead of last 16-tie. However, the Uruguayan players would like to forget the last World Cup and start a new era from this World Cup campaign.
In the warm-up games of the World Cup. Egypt drew their starting two games against Kuwait and Colombia but lost their last game against Belgium 3-0. On the other hand, Uruguay won their only warm-up game against Uzbekistan with a thumping 3-0 win. There is no doubt that Uruguay is the better side among both the teams, but we cannot take Egypt lightly. Because they topped their qualifiers group in the presence of strong nations such as Congo, Uganda, and Ghana.
Also, Egypt played all three of their warm-up games without their key player Salah. The Egyptian Messi got injured during the final game against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League 2017-18. The injury was serious and due to which the Egyptian was ruled out of the finale in the first half itself. However, the 26-year-old striker is back on field training in Russia and will make his World Cup debut in the first game of Egypt.