2018 WORLD CUP - DAY 02 - GROUP A - EGYPT VS URUGUAY 0:1
Egypt vs Uruguay 0:1
90' Goal Jose Gimenez
Uruguay snatched a late winner as they began their World Cup campaign with a dramatic victory over Egypt, who left Mohamed Salah on the bench.
Jose Gimenez headed powerfully into the net in the 90th minute as he met Carlos Sanchez's free-kick to give the South Americans a winning start in Russia.
Uruguay had been the better side as Luis Suarez had missed four chances and Edinson Cavani had hit the inside of a post with a 25-yard free-kick.
Salah, who scored 44 times for Liverpool this season, remained an unused substitute as he continues to recover from a shoulder injury sustained in last month's Champions League final.
Without Salah, Egypt lacked a cutting edge and had looked on course to earn a point in their first match at a World Cup finals since 1990 before Gimenez's late goal.
The result means Russia are top of Group A after their 5:0 victory over Saudi Arabia in the tournament's opening game on Thursday.
EGYPT TEAM NEWS
Egypt forward Mohamed Salah is "almost 100%" certain to play in Friday's World Cup opener against Uruguay in Yekaterinburg, says boss Hector Cuper.
Salah, 25, has not played since injuring shoulder ligaments during Liverpool's Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid on 26 May.
"I can almost assure you 100% he will play, save unforeseen circumstances at the very last minute," said Cuper.
"He could become the top goalscorer here and one of the greatest players."
Cuper said Salah was "doing very well" and had recovered "very, very quickly".
He added: "We're trying to make him feel confident.
The doctors are giving him the option to play or not, but I know Salah very well and I'm sure he's not afraid, he's not fearful."
Defender Ali Gabr should also be fit to play after bruising his face in training.
Uruguay, meanwhile, are expected to name a youthful midfield featuring 20 year-old Rodrigo Bentancur and Nahitan Nandez, 22.
But they boast plenty of experience elsewhere, not least the potent frontline of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani.