Uruguay win, all eyes on Morocco vs Iran

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Mohamed Salah took part in full training with Egypt on Saturday and will be "ready to play against Russia" if called upon, according to team manager Ihab Leheta.

Leheta said: "Salah participated in training with his team-mates for the entire session and he is ready to play against Russian Federation according to technical staff".

In the second round in group A will play: Russia - Egypt (19 June) and Uruguay - Saudi Arabia (June 20).

Salah, who scored 44 goals for Liverpool last season, was an unused substitute as Egypt fell to a late 1-0 defeat to Uruguay in their opening group game on Thursday.

Both teams struggled to get things going in the first 45 minutes, as the first half remained goalless.

Suarez was sent home and banned for four months following the incident, says the Daily Mail, and heads to Russian Federation knowing that this World Cup "could be his last chance to be remembered for the right reasons".

This game will see two of the best European-based strikers on show at the same time, as Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani lead the line for Uruguay.

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Apart from a couple of weak shots from winger Mahmoud Trezeguet and lone striker Marwan Mohsen, Egypt failed to carve out openings but held firm at the back.

While Uruguay will be competing in their 13th World Cup, Egypt had made just two appearances in the showpiece event previously.

Anything but a win against Saudi Arabia on Wednesday would be a surprise.

With Salah - who has been battling a shoulder injury - watching on from the sidelines, Egypt's approach was largely compact and somewhat rugged and the first chance came as Cavani worked El-Shenawy from 20 yards. With a victory, Uruguay could reach the next stage with a game in hand against host Russian Federation on June 25. Tabarez called it "secondary statistics".

He thumped the turf on 73 minutes when Elshenawy smothered at his feet, and seven minutes from the end the stopper was at it again, palming Cavani's drive over.

Finally, Uruguay broke the dead-lock from an unlikely source of defender Jose Gimenez who jumped to meet a cross from the right side of the pitch to sent the ball nestling in the net.

Spain open their World Cup campaign with what should be their toughest test in Group B.

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