Uruguay ran away as winners in their opener but would expect a better show from their attackers next when they go up against Saudi Arabia in their second game on Wednesday.
The goal was very late and the performance wasn't great from Uruguay but Oscar Tabarez's side has three crucial points, with Jose Gimenez's goal ending a wait since 1970 for La Celeste to win their opening game of a World Cup.
Egypt hasn't made a World Cup appearance since 1990, but that all ends today against Group A favorite Uruguay.
He left the Champions League final in tears on May 26 after he was injured during a collision with Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos.
Both sides, who will be making their first Russian Federation 2018 outing, will be desperate to begin the prestigious tournament in a positive style after the opening match between Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia ended with a 5-0 win for the hosts.
No African team has played as many World Cup games without a win than the Pharaohs and while there was plenty of huffing and puffing against Uruguay, Egypt failed to blow the opposition house down and lacked the cutting edge that only Salah could have provided.
While the Liverpool ace was kept pinned to the bench by head coach Hector Cuper as he continues his rehabilitation from a shoulder issue picked up against Real Madrid in the Champions League final a month ago, it seemed an imposter had taken over the body of his South American counterpart.
"We wanted to avoid risks in this match, but I think he will be fine for the next game". He was an unused substitute in Egypt's 1-0 loss to Uruguay on Friday - his birthday. Russia's game is fateful and hard because of our defeat against Uruguay.
The Pharoahs dealt well with Uruguay's threat and Cuper clearly felt that it was safe to keep Salah back for more winnable games against Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia.
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With three minutes remaining, Cavani pulled rank over his strike partner over a free kick on the edge of the area.