Carlos Sánchez delivers the free-kick from the right flank and José Giménez rose above everyone and makes the contact. It’s a goal, Uruguay finds the breakthrough in the 90th minute. These two sentences broke the heart of many Egyptian fans, who were present inside and outside the stadium.
Well, after watching the full game, I can just say that it was not a day for Egyptian national team. Uruguay won the game with their goal in the final minutes of the game, but Egypt won the hearts with their performance throughout the 90 minutes of the game. None of us thought that the Pharaohs will give a tough fight to two times World Cup champions Uruguay. At least not without their talisman Mohamed Salah.
Egypt made a great start in the game, but Uruguay’s performance was not up to the expectations. Looking at the squad of both the teams, it seemed like that the Sky Blue will run the riot against Egyptian side in the absence of Salah from the starting line-up.
In the 23rd minute of the game, Uruguay took a corner and ball reach Luis Suarez who was present at the back post. The Barcelona striker was wide open and had an open chance to score the goal, but his right-footed shot went off the target. After this chance, both the sides tried their best to score and get the lead but none of them could get successful in their approach.
At the half-time, the scoreline was 0-0 and Uruguay had better opportunities to get the lead but failed to score. Both the teams started the second half with same confidence. Egypt was more motivated because they were successfully able to stop a star-filled team of Uruguay from getting ahead in the game. The second-best opportunity of the game came in the 73rd minute of the game and once again it was Uruguay, who were able to create this chance. Cavani found a pass outside the Egyptian box and then passed it to Suarez present inside the 30-yard-box. The Barcelona striker took too many touches, and, in the end, the ball reached the hands of Mohamed El Shenawy.
In the 83rd minute of the game, Cavani took a fantastic volley from right outside the box but couldn’t get past through El Shenawy, who made a flying save towards his left side. In the 88th minute of the game, Uruguay was gifted a free-kick, outside the 30-yard-box. The PSG forward stepped up to take the free-kick, but the shot rattled the crossbar and none of the Uruguayan players were able to score on the rebound.
In the 90th minute, once again Uruguay got a free-kick and this time the opportunity was on the right wing. Sánchez put the free-kick inside the box and it contacted Giménez’s head and ended at the back of the net.