Egypt at the 2018 World Cup: Schedule, scores, how to watch Mohamed Salah, TV and live stream, players to watch
This will be the Pharaoh's third World Cup appearance
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There's plenty of hype around Egypt in the 2018 World Cup, but things got off to a rocky start on Friday for the African nation. With star Mohamed Salah sitting on the bench as he works his way back from a shoulder injury, Egypt held off the strong attack from Uruguay for the first 88 minutes of the match before conceding a header on a set piece. With two more group matches to play, Egypt will need a solid result if they hope to advance to the Knockout stage.
World Cup appearances: Three
Best finish: First round and 13th place in 1934
Last World Cup: 1990
Goalkeepers: Essam El-Hadary (Al Taawoun), Mohamed El-Shennawy (Al Ahly), Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly), Mohamed Awad (Ismaily).
Defenders: Ahmed Fathi (Al Ahly), Saad Samir (Al Ahly), Ayman Ashraf (Al Ahly), Mahmoud Hamdy (Zamalek), Mohamed Abdel-Shafy (Al Fath) Ahmed Hegazi (West Brom), Ali Gabr (West Brom), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa), Karim Hafez (RC Lens), Omar Gaber (LAFC), Amro Tarek (Orlando City).
Midfielders: Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City), Mahmoud "Trezeguet" Hassan (Kasimpasa), Amr Warda (Atromitos), Mahmoud Abdel Aziz (Zamalek), Shikabala (Al Raed), Abdallah Said (KuPS), Sam Morsy (Wigan), Kahraba (Ittihad).
Forwards: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly), Ahmed Gomaa (Al Masry) Ahmed Mahgoub (SC Braga).
Mohamed Salah, the Premier League's top player this season. The former Roma star when from a pretty well-known player to a household name with his amazing performances for Liverpool this season, scoring over 40 goals and guiding the team to the Champions League final. He's far and away the team's best player and will be one of the most talked about stars entering the tournament. He's become a prolific goalscorer and potential Ballon d'Or contender who could be alongside Cristiano Ronalo and Lionel Messi at the next gala.
After being injured in the Champions League final with Liverpool, Salah's tournament participation was in doubt with a shoulder injury. It looked like it would be a stretch for him to make the tournament, but he tweeted that he's confident he'll participate. If he doesn't, Egypt is in big, big trouble. He did not make an appearance in the team's first matchup with Uruguay.
Player to watch
Omar Gaber. The 26-year-old right back and midfielder is currently on loan at MLS side Los Angeles FC from Swiss giants Basel. He's been capped over 20 times for Egypt and is a player of quality. He's got speed to get down the flank and could be a big piece of what Egypt tries to do on the counter-attack.
Salah is, at this moment, one of the best players in the world. As he goes, so do the Pharaohs. This team should get three points against Saudi Arabia, and if they can get a win against Russia, they'll be through. Trying to get a result against Uruguay will be tough, but a point there in the opener will set this team up nicely to make it to the knockout stage.
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