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Live Commentary: Egypt 0-1 Uruguay - as it happened

Relive Uruguay's 1-0 victory over Egypt as Jose Gimenez scores a 90th-minute winner to hand his side a winning start to the 2018 World Cup.
Live Commentary: Egypt 0-1 Uruguay - as it happened
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Uruguay got their 2018 World Cup campaign off to a winning start this afternoon courtesy of a late 1-0 victory over Egypt at the Ekeratinburg Arena.

Egypt were missing star player Mohamed Salah through injury, but it looked as though they had done enough to earn a point thanks largely to some wasteful finishing from Luis Suarez.

However, Jose Gimenez sent a towering header into the net in the final minute of normal time to rescue the win for Uruguay, taking them joint-top of Group A alongside hosts Russia.

Find out how all of the action unfolded courtesy of Sports Mole's minute-by-minute coverage below.

12pmGood afternoon! Thank you very much for joining Sports Mole for today's match - game number two of the 2018 World Cup as Egypt take on Uruguay in Ekaterinburg!

The competition got off to an incredible start yesterday with hosts Russia thrashing Saudi Arabia 5-0 in Moscow, and that now puts the pressure on these two to get a result here and keep up with the new Group A leaders.

We have some very interesting team news to bring you - news which has been three weeks in the making - so let's waste no time in getting the buildup to this first full day of World Cup action underway!

12.02pmEGYPT STARTING XI: El Shenawy; Fathy, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdul Shafy; Elneny, Hamed; Warda, El Said, Trezeguet; Mohsen

12.02pmEGYPT SUBS: El Hadary, Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Salah, Kahraba, Ashrafm Sobhi, El Wensh, Ekramy, Shikabala, Samir

12.04pmURUGUAY STARTING XI: Muslera; Valera, Godin, Gimenez, Caceres; Nandez, Bentancur, Vecino, De Arrascaeta; Suarez, Cavani

12.04pmURGUAY SUBS: Sanchez, Rodriguez, Stuani, Campana, Silva, Torreira, Pereira, Laxalt, Gomez, Coates, Urretaviscaya, Silva

12.06pmThere it is - confirmation that Mohamed Salah starts on the bench for Egypt today, less than three weeks after leaving the Champions League final in tears after a challenge from Sergio Ramos.

The winger's shoulder injury has been the talk of Egypt ever since - and Ramos would be advised not to go to the country on holiday any time soon - but manager Hector Cuper yesterday suggested that the free-scoring Liverpool winger would be fit to play.

Cuper said that Salah's participation would be down to the player, and there have been no risks taken with him only being handed a place on the bench.

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah in action during the Champions League final against Real Madrid in Kiev on May 26, 2018© Reuters

12.08pmIt is a cautious decision from Egypt, but perhaps a wise one. This is their most difficult game on paper, and ensuring that Salah is fully fit for the two more winnable fixtures has to be their priority - although of course his inclusion would have given them a much better chance of beating Uruguay too.

Salah's importance to Egypt can not be overstated - he scored 71% of his side's goals in World Cup qualifying, including the one which took them to the tournament for the first time since 1990, and his five goals in the third round of African qualifying was more than any other player managed. The Liverpool winger has 33 goals in 57 international appearances overall, which is a very good record at this level.

12.10pmAt the risk of bleating on about one man, Salah celebrates his 26th birthday this afternoon, so the ideal present for him would be to come on and score the winning goal for his country, of course.

The winger is coming off the back of a truly remarkable campaign in which he scored 44 goals across all competitions, including an unprecedented 32 in a 38-game Premier League season. Some good performances at this World Cup could catapult him into real contention for the Ballon d'Or this year.

12.12pmAnyway, time for focus on some of the players who are actually playing today, and you will be forgiven for allowing the Salah injury doubt to overshadow the fact that defender Ali Gabr was also doubtful for this match, although he has recovered from his issue to start.

West Brom's Ahmed Hegazi and Arsenal's Mohamed Elneny both start, as does forward Trezeguet - named because of his resemblance to the former France World Cup winner David.

Back to the bench, and we are denied the opportunity to see Essam El-Hadary break a World Cup record - at least from the off - as the 45-year-old, who could become the oldest player in the tournament's history this summer, is left out of the starting lineup.

12.14pmWhichever goalkeeper Egypt chose, they were likely to have a busy game ahead of them with Uruguay boasting Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani amongst their attacking ranks - two of the very best forwards in European football right now.

Between them they scored 69 club goals during the 2017-18 campaign, and they also boast a fearsome record of 93 international goals between them. Indeed, these two are the highest-scoring Uruguayan players in history for the national team, with Suarez leading the way on 51 and Cavani nine behind him on 42.

12.16pmTen of Cavani's goals came during qualifying, which was more than Messi, Neymar or any other player in the South American section, but the star man remains Barcelona's Luis Suarez, and there will be plenty of eyes on him at this World Cup given his previous relationship with the tournament.

Suarez was widely criticised for a handball on the line, red card and then celebration when fan-favourites Ghana missed the resulting penalty at the 2010 World Cup, and then four years ago in Brazil he bit Giorgio Chiellini during a group game against Italy, which remains his most recent World Cup outing after being kicked out of the last tournament.

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez in action during his side's World Cup qualifier with Bolivia in October 2017© Reuters

12.18pmCavani and Suarez are certainly the two main stars in the team, but there is plenty of quality elsewhere too, including the centre-back pairing of Godin and Gimenez, who are capable of stopping the very best attackers on their day.

Youngster Rodrigo Bentancur is a very bright prospect in midfield too, while 22-year-old Nahitan Nandez is also included from the start today, but rumoured Arsenal target Lucas Torreira has to make do with a place on the bench.

12.20pmUruguay seem to have a very good mix of skill and steel, as well as experience an youth. In addition to those young midfielders, Oscar Tabarez's side boast four centurions amongst their ranks, and two more players who should hit triple figures at this tournament.

Of the 100-capped players, only Godin (116) and Cavani (101) start today, but it is also a 99th international appearances for Suarez and a 98th for goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.

12.22pmThere is quality, experience and knowhow throughout this Uruguay team, then, so this is a fairly daunting start for Egypt - particularly without their star man.

Even so, the Pharaohs will feel that they have been handed a fairly kind draw in the group stages, with no team ranked inside the top 13 including in Group A. That said, Uruguay have all that quality and Russia have the home advantage - not to mention five goals already under their belts following their opening-day rout of Saudi Arabia - so Egypt face a difficult task to qualify for the last 16.

12.24pmEgypt are the most successful African team of all time having won their continental title on seven separate occasions, but it is a curious quirk that they have been nowhere near as successful on the world stage.

Indeed, this is their first appearance at a World Cup for 28 years, and only their third campaign ever, having previously qualified in 1934 and 1990. Incredibly, considering their African Cup of Nations record, Egypt have never so much as won a game at a World Cup before, drawing twice and losing twice.

12.26pmThe Pharaohs only played one game in 1934, losing to hosts and eventual champions Italy, before drawing two and losing one en route to a group stage exit in 1990 - the defeat coming at the hands of England in what remains their most recent World Cup outing.

No African team has played as many World Cup games without winning one, which is completely at odds with their dominant record on their own continent.

12.28pmHaving said that, Egypt have not exactly been through their glory days recently, failing to even qualify for three African Cup of Nations campaigns in a row before the most recent tournament.

That most recent tournament did hint at a return to the good times for the Pharaohs under manager Hector Cuper, though, as they made it all the way to the final before losing to Cameroon.

12.30pmEgypt's form since then has not been too encouraging, though, and they come into this World Cup opener without a win in six games stretching back to October. Indeed, so far in 2018 they have lost to Portugal, Greece and Belgium, and drawn with Kuwait and Colombia.

Such results must be taken with a pinch of salt, though, as the only one of those Salah played in was the narrow 2-1 defeat to Portugal, when Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in stoppage time to cancel out Salah's opener.

12.32pmSalah missed all three of Egypt's warm-up games as they drew with Kuwait and Colombia before losing 3-0 to Belgium in their most recent outing, and one concern for Cuper will be that his side have not beaten another team who are also at this World Cup since a 1-0 triumph over Morocco in January 2017, losing four and drawing two against such opponents since.

Indeed, Egypt have only scored once in the last four games they have been without Salah, and they were the lowest scorers of any African team to have qualified for the tournament, netting just eight times.

12.34pmWhat manager Hector Cuper has achieved is making his side relatively tough to beat - at least by a big margin, with Egypt having only lost once by more than one goal during his tenure so far.

Cuper was once one of the most renowned coaches in Europe after leading Valencia to back-to-back Champions League finals at the start of the century, although he lost both of those. In fact, losing finals is an unwanted trait he has picked up during his career, including in the Africa Cup of Nations with Egypt just last year.

Egypt manager Hector Cuper on May 25, 2018© Reuters

12.36pmThe veteran boss will need all of his nous to steer Egypt past Uruguay today, with Oscar Tabarez's side going into Group A as the overwhelming favourites to claim top spot - even after Russia's 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia yesterday.

It has been a very kind group for Uruguay, with Egypt ranked 45th in the world and Saudi Arabia and Russia the two lowest-ranked teams in the tournament, meaning that this game today should be their toughest. A victory would set them up very nicely for their meeting with the Saudis on Wednesday and then hosts Russia on June 25.

12.38pmUruguay come into the tournament in decent form too, losing just one of their nine games immediately prior to this opening contest - which is a major improvement from a dreadful spell of five successful defeats they suffered before that.

Indeed, Tabarez's side won just two of their 11 games from the end of 2016 to the end of 2017, but so far in 2018 they have a perfect record of three wins from three, without conceding a single goal.

12.40pmIf Uruguay are slow to get going in this tournament then questions will surely be raised over their preparations for it, with their only warm-up game being a comfortable 3-0 win over minnows Uzbekistan.

Their only other matches so far this year came in the China Cup in March, where they beat Czech Republic 2-0 and Wales 1-0 to lift the trophy, but none of those teams are at this World Cup.

12.42pmWhile the prospect of winning four matches in a row for the first time since June 2015 sounds good, and is something Uruguay can achieve today, you have to go back to March 2016 for their most recent victory over a team that also qualified for this World Cup.

That victory was by a solitary goal to nil against Peru in qualifying, and since then Uruguay have drawn three and lost four of their matches against World Cup-calibre opposition. Will they be adequately prepared to go far in the tournament?

12.44pmUruguay's place on the plane to Russia was not even secured until the final day of South American qualifying, although they did go into that matchday a lot safer than many of the teams below them and victory over Bolivia saw them claim second in the end - a comfortable five points clear of sixth-placed Chile.

It would not feel quite right for Uruguay to be absent from the World Cup as they hold a unique place in its history, hosting and winning the first tournament in 1930 and also lifting the trophy in 1950 when they beat hosts Brazil in the final. Their best finish in more recent times came eight years ago, when the Diego Forlan-inspired team reached the semi-finals.

12.46pmUruguay crashed out in the last 16 four years ago, having finish above Italy and England in their group, but they have only lost one of their last eight World Cup group games, which came against Costa Rica in that 2014 tournament.

An Egyptian win would be a similar shock today, particular considering Uruguay have never lost to African opposition at the World Cup, although they have also failed to win any of their last six World Cup openers stretching back to 1970.

12.48pmIn manager Oscar Tabarez, though, Uruguay have the most experienced boss at this World Cup. This is his fourth taste of the tournament in charge of the national team, with his first coming all the way back in 1990.

Now 71 years old, Tabarez regained control of the team in 2006 and has been widely credited with turning them into a force again - leading them to fourth place at the 2010 World Cup, the 2011 Copa America title and the last 16 at the 2014 World Cup.

Today will be his 16th World Cup game in charge - he is nearing 200 overall from his two spells - and he has won six, lost six and drawn three of the previous 15.

Uruguay manager Oscar Tabarez on November 13, 2017© Reuters

12.50pmPREDICTION: Right, we're 10 minutes away from kickoff at the Ekaterinburg Arena, which means that it is time for a prediction!

at the risk of doing many players a disservice, Egypt's chances in this match may well have rested with Salah starting - not only because of what he can do with the ball but also because of how much attention Uruguay would have had to focus on him. The Liverpool winger could still have an impact off the bench, of course, but I am going for a Uruguay win.

SPORTS MOLE SAYS: Egypt 0-2 Uruguay

12.52pmThese two sides have only ever met once before, with Uruguay running out 2-0 winners in August 2006 when they faced off in Alexandria.

One of Uruguay's scorers that day - Diego Godin - starts again today almost 12 years later, and El Saqqa's own goal doubled Uruguay's lead in the previous contest.

12.54pmWe have, of course, talked about Mo Salah a lot in the buildup to this one, but Egypt are more than just the Liverpool winger and you can read our full team preview ahead of kickoff by clicking here.

12.56pmSimilarly, we have a dedicated, in-depth preview for Uruguay too, where we predict that they will be knocked out in the quarter-finals - although 23.5% of our readers believe that they will win the whole thing!

12.58pmRight, we're very nearly ready to go at the 35,000-seater Ekeratinburg Arena, which is the most-Eastern venue at this finals, right on the geographical border of Europe and Asia.

The anthems are done, so here is a reminder of the team news before we get started...

EGYPT STARTING XI: El Shenawy; Fathy, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdul Shafy; Elneny, Hamed; Warda, El Said, Trezeguet; Mohsen

URUGUAY STARTING XI: Muslera; Valera, Godin, Gimenez, Caceres; Nandez, Bentancur, Vecino, De Arrascaeta; Suarez, Cavani

1 minKICKOFF: Here we go! Uruguay get us underway for match two of the 2018 World Cup!

3 minEgypt are seeing a decent amount of the ball in these opening exchanges, but both sides have been a little slow to get the World Cup nerves settled.

5 minUruguay are sharp on their toes at the moment and have managed to cut out a few Egyptian passes already in the early stages. Egypt need to be more careful in possession here.

7 minCavani collects the ball on the left flank and tries to shape a cross into the box towards Suarez, but it is comfortably dealt with. There are a lot of empty seats in the stands for this game, but those in the stadium are making plenty of noise.

8 minSAVE! El Shenawy is forced into the first save of the match after only eight minutes as Cavani ducks inside before firing a low strike towards goal, but it is a fairly comfortable stop for the Egypt keeper.

10 minWe haven't seen much from Suarez in the opening 10 minutes here, but he is the type of player that will always be on his toes and ready to capitalise on any chances. It has been a fairly cautious start to this game.

11 minSAVE! Egypt have their first shot of the afternoon as some messy build-up play eventually sees the ball fall to Trezeguet. He manages to hook his foot around it, but doesn't connect properly and in the end it is easy for the keeper.

13 minIt is all a bit cagey and scrappy at the moment, with neither side able to string together a really good spell of passing so far.

14 minCHANCE! Just as I say that, Uruguay do put together the best passing move of the match so far and it ends up with a half-chance for Suarez in the box, but he mis-hits his effort and puts it well wide.

15 minMo Salah has just been shown on the big screen, and the Egypt fans release the biggest roar of the game so far. They love him every bit as much as Liverpool fans!

16 minEgypt win a free kick in a decent position which is clipped into the area before being nodded back inside, but Godin is there to clear the danger and nothing comes of it.

17 minEl Said is fortunate not to get a booking here - he clearly dives when looking to win a free kick on the edge of the area and the referee spots it, but doesn't produce the card.

19 minThis has been a decent spell for Egypt in the past five minutes or so. They are seeing more of the ball inside the Uruguay half, with the South Americans struggling to get into any rhythm so far.

21 minI am going to stick my neck out and suggest that this game may drag the five-goal-a-game ratio of this World Cup down on the basis of the opening 20 minutes.

23 minBrilliant from Cavani as he flicks the ball over one defender before connecting well with a left-footed volley, but his goalbound effort is blocked and goes over for a corner.

24 minCHANCE! Huge chance for Uruguay to break the deadlock! A corner goes all the way through to Suarez at the back post and he looks certain to score, but he drags his finish into the side-netting! It looks for a while as though he has actually scored, and that the goal has been disallowed, but he just missed it. He can't quite believe it!

Luis Suarez in action during the World Cup game between Egypt and Uruguay on June 15, 2018© Reuters

26 minThis is ambitious from Mohsen as he collects the ball with his back to goal on the edge of the area and tries a back-heel. Predictably, it lacks the power to trouble the keeper.

28 minUruguay have the chance to counter quickly and they pour men forward, but a pass to Suarez goes astray. Suarez has not enjoyed the best opening half an hour of this match.

29 minSHOT! Vecino tires to inject a moment of inspiration into this game as he turns and lets fly from range, but his dipping effort goes a few yards wide of the target.

31 minUruguay have had the better chances in this match so far, but Egypt are more than holding their own so far. Uruguay have not performed anywhere near their best so far.

32 minSuarez has a chance to go for goal from a long-range free kick, but he fires the ball into the wall, which does its job.

34 minJust over 10 minutes remaining in this first half now and this is not a game which has caught fire just yet. Egypt have dealt with the threat of Cavani and Suarez well, but they haven't offered much going forward themselves.

36 minThe Egyptian fans are roaring their team on at the moment - they have been encouraged by what they have seen so far; add Salah to the mix and that could be the difference.

38 minReally good play from Godin as he strides forward from defence, beating one or two players as he moves from inside his own half to the attacking third before playing a through-ball which De Arrascaeta wastes with a dreadful touch.

40 minAmr Warda goes down and stays down after attempting an overhead kick in midfield. The referee eventually stops play, but Warda is soon back on his feet after landing heavily on his back.

42 minUruguay are seeing more of the ball and have had the best of the chances in the first half, but Egypt will arguably be the happier of the two teams at the way this match has gone so far. Uruguay have been really disappointing.

43 minEgypt pour forward and threaten to punish Uruguay at the end of the half, but two crosses in quick succession from Fathy are poor. Both teams have been sorely lacking conviction in the final third so far.

45 minJust the one minute of added time at the end of this first half.

45+1 minHALF TIME: Egypt 0-0 Uruguay

1.54pmWell, it hasn't been the best match so far, with Egypt and Uruguay going into the break goalless at the Ekeratinburg Arena.

It has been a sloppy and scrappy opening 45 minutes from Uruguay in particular and Egypt may well be the happier of the two teams at the break, despite seeing less of the ball and creating fewer chances.

1.56pmThe outstanding chance of the first half fell to the man Uruguay would have wanted it to when Luis Suarez hung at the back post from a corner.

The ball made it all the way through to Uruguay's record goalscorer and he looked certain to score, but he somehow dragged his effort wide of the target and into the side-netting with the goal gaping.

1.58pmSuarez also had Uruguay's second best chance of the first half after only 14 minutes when he got his finish all wrong at the end of a slick passing move, while Cavani and Vecino have also had sights of goal.

Egypt have more than held their own - and on the whole have dealt with Cavani and Suarez very well - but they need more going forward with their only shot drawing an easy save from the keeper after 11 minutes. Could we see Mohamed Salah in the second half?

2pmMATCH STATS! Uruguay have dominated the possession and shots and this match - you can check out all of the match stats in our brand new section by clicking here.

2.02pmIt has been a miserable first half for Uruguay's front two. Suarez has missed a golden opportunity, and Cavani has barely been involved...

46 minKICKOFF: Egypt get us back underway for the second half!

46 minCHANCE! Huge chance for Uruguay right at the start of this second half, and it is Suarez again! Cavani lifts the ball into the path of Suarez, who gets the wrong side of the defender and goes for goal. Suarez doesn't actually do much wrong, but he is thwarted by a big, big save from the keeper.

48 minThat was much more like it from Uruguay. They didn't create much like that in the opening 45 minutes, but Cavani and Suarez finally linking up bodes well for them in the second half.

50 minEGYPT SUB: Egypt are forced into their first change here as Hamed is replaced by Sam Morsy.

52 minUruguay look a lot sharper in this second half now - things are being done at a higher tempo and they are not playing at such a pedestrian pace on and off the ball any more.

54 minIt will be interesting to see when - or indeed if - Cuper brings Salah off the bench today. He may feel that Egypt are coping well enough without having to risk him, but Salah could also prove to be the difference in this one.

56 minAmbitious effort from Trezeguet here as the ball drops to him at least 25 yards from goal. He takes a touch and then tries to get a quick shot away, but he drags it a long way off target.

58 minURUGUAY SUB: Tabarez has seen enough here - he makes his first change of the afternoon as Carlos Sanchez replaces Nandez.

59 minURUGUAY SUB: Indeed, it is a double change as the vastly-experienced Cristian Rodriguez replaces De Arrascaeta.

61 minThe tempo of this match has dropped again now, and Uruguay really need to do more if they are to avoid an upset in this opening game - they have been so disappointing.

63 minEGYPT SUB: Still no Salah, but a second change for Egypt as Mohsen is replaced by Kahraba - a nickname which means 'electricity'.

65 minSuarez has had the two big chances of today's games, the best of which remains this one. The picture shows it surely going in, and it looked like it had in real time too, but somehow he missed.

Luis Suarez misses a chance during the World Cup game between Egypt and Uruguay on June 15, 2018© Reuters

67 minReally good defending from Hegazi as he stretches out a long leg to cut out a slide-rule pass into the box which looked to be finding Suarez in a dangerous position.

69 minJust over 20 minutes remaining in this match now, and it all looks like it could be set up for a certain Salah to come on and have the final say. Egypt have offered so little going forward that they will need that spark of inspiration he provides going forward for certain.

70 minScramble inside the penalty area as Cavani almost makes something of a poor corner, slicing a shot off Caceres, who then has his own go at goal only to be penalised for a handball.

72 minSHOT! Egypt have their best moment of the match so far as Fathy catches a beauty of an effort first time - think Carlos Alberto in 1970 without the passing move beforehand. It is goalbound too, but Muslera would have been upset if he let that in.

73 minCHANCE! That is a hat-trick of really good chances for Suarez which have gone begging! Cavani flicks the ball into the path of the Barcelona man, who is once again the wrong side of the defender. However, he tries to take the ball around the keeper with very little room to work with and the ball is taken off his toes.

75 minEgypt's keeper was hurt when bravely diving at Suarez's feet there, but he is now back up and should be fine to continue.

77 minGodin has been the only player who has been really trying to inspire Uruguay here. He has come forward from defence on a number of occasions - out of frustration more than anything - and the latest of those instances sees Sanchez give his return pass right out of play.

79 minSuarez may have been licking his lips looking at Saudi Arabia's defensive performance yesterday, but he'll need to rediscover his old magic before then as he has been far below his best so far.

81 minSHOT! Egypt have had a couple of chances to break quickly in the last few minutes, but both of those have been wasted. The latest eventually ends up at the feet of Elneny, but his attempted chip goes over the crossbar.

82 minEGYPT SUB: I was just about to say that those chances showed the need for Salah, but we will not be seeing the Liverpool man today. Egypt make their final change, with new Huddersfield signing Ramadan Sobhi replacing Warda.

83 minSAVE! Brilliant save from El Shenawy to deny a sensational volley from Cavani! Suarez nodded the ball into the path of his strike partner, who could not have caught it much better, but the keeper responds with a fine one-handed stop to push it away.

85 minA corner into the box drops dangerously loose in the area, but Abdul Shafy is alert enough to clear it from inside his own six-yard box.

87 minEgypt need to keep their focus here - they give away a free kick in a very dangerous position for a foul on Cavani.

88 minURUGUAY SUB: A final change for Uruguay sees the Arsenal-linked Lucas Torreira replace Vecino.

88 minOFF THE POST! Ohhhh how has this not gone in?! Incredible scenes as Cavani fires a stunning free kick off the post, with the keeper beaten all ends up! The ball rebounds back out to Caceres, but with the goal gaping his effort is blocked by his own man Sanchez! It just isn't Uruguay's day!

90 minGOAL! Egypt 0-1 Uruguay (Jose Gimenez)

90 minI spoke too soon! It is heartbreak for Egypt as they concede in the final minute of normal time!

The corner from the scramble which followed that free kick is met with a towering header by Gimenez, who plants his effort past the keeper and in! It is a brilliant header, and the Uruguay subs storm off the bench to celebrate with the centre-back!

Jose Gimenez scores late on during the World Cup game between Egypt and Uruguay on June 15, 2018© Reuters

90+1 minThere will be five minutes of added time at the end of this match.

90+5 minYELLOW CARD! Hegazi picks up a late yellow card for a late tangle with Suarez.

90+6 minFULL TIME: Egypt 0-1 Uruguay

2.58pmUruguay will need to play an awful lot better than that if they are to fulfil their tags of dark horses in this tournament, but they got the win in the end and that is what is important.

Jose Gimenez's towering header in the final minute of normal time is all that separates Uruguay from an Egypt side lacking Mohamed Salah, although it could have been worse for the Africans but for a wasteful performance from Luis Suarez in particular.

3pmRight, that is all we have time for this afternoon!

Thank you very much for joining Sports Mole for the opening World Cup game of the day as Uruguay break Egyptian hearts with a late 1-0 win to get their campaign off to a winning start. I will leave you with our match report, and be sure to check back in for reaction too.

Meanwhile, our coverage of the days' second game - Morocco vs. Iran - has just begun, so stick around for that!

From me, though, it is goodbye for now!

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