World Cup Group A, Yekaterinburg – Egypt 0 Uruguay 1 (Gimenez 90)
Jose Gimenez scored a late winner for Uruguay as they overcame a succession of missed chances by Luis Suarez to beat Egypt 1-0.
It was a disappointing first half for Uruguay, as the team struggled to make any inroads. Looking slower than one might have come to expect, they were quick to lose possession to a plucky Egypt side.
The South Americans had some decent chances in the first half, though, but Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez both looked well under par compared to their usual selves.
Uruguay came back stronger after the break, but still lacked the sparkle of Suarez’s considerable talents better observed in his season at Barcelona.
Egypt had some good chances and while the couldn’t capitalise on those, they did well to hold out until the 90th minute goal by Gimenez, and if they felt cheated not to take a point at the end of the match, it would be hard not to sympathise with them.
Talking Point – Where was Luis Suarez?
Going into the tournament, Uruguay were seen as something of a dark horse, with the potential to contend for the trophy, and with the likes of Cavani and Suarez in their side, there can be no doubting the South Americans pose a risk. But Luis Suarez’s dazzling form was nowhere to be seen today, in a slow performance that saw him repeatedly lose possession.
Man of the Match – Mohamed El-Shenawy
El-Shenawy made a strong start despite being the national side’s second choice keeper, played after their first choice keeper injured his knee in April. In a lacklustre game, he made a number of saves and stood out for the Pharaohs.
Egypt: El-Shenawy 8, Fathy 6, Gabr 6, Hegazi 6, Shafy 6; Elneny 7, Hamed 6, Warda 7, El Said 6, Trezeguet 7; Mohsen 6. Subs: Morsy, Kahraba, Sobhi.
Uruguay: Mulera 7, Varela 6, Gimenez 7, Godin 8, Caceres 6, Nandez 6, Bantancur 6, Vecino 7, de Arrascaeta 6, Suarez 6, Cavani 7. Subs: Sanchez 6, Rodriguez 6, Torreira 6.
8’ SHOT! Cavani strikes and it’s a test for the keeper, one he manages to pass this time round. He may not be so lucky later.
46’ SHOT! Suarez is keen to score for his country now and runs at the goal in the opening moments of the second half. A right-footed strike in the box meets with the keeper who runs out to block it. A good block it was too.
74’ CHANCE! Suarez again runs into the box but he’s just a little bit too slow and the keeper runs right at him to remove the threat. 17 minutes to go and we are still 0-0. you really feel Egypt deserve at least a point from this match.
83’ SHOT! Cracking save by Egypt’s keeper as Suarez passes the ball to Cavani who makes a wonderful strike at the goal. El-Shenawy possibly having the best game today.
88’ MISS! Cavani’s free kick hits the post and that might have been their final chance to take the three points today.
GOAL! Sanchez plays a free kick into the box where Gimenez waits to head the ball straight into the goal. So sad for Egypt.
This match is Uruguay’s first win in a World Cup opener since 1970.