Federation Internationale de Football Association blame empty seats at World Cup on 'no-shows'

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"I don't discuss players who have given glory to Uruguayan football".

The result leaves Russian Federation atop the group with three points after they routed Saudi Arabia 5-0 on Thursday.

When Cuper made his third and final substitution, bringing on Ramadan Sobhi for Amr Warda, and it was confirmed Salah wouldn't be making an appearance, it seemed to spur Uruguay on.

Uruguay's veteran coach Oscar Tabarez, who is likely to field a fearsome front two of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, said he hoped Salah is fit.

Jose Gimenez heads in a 89th-minute goal from a free kick to lift Uruguay to a win over Egypt in their opening match at the World Cup.

Egypt's coach, Hector Cuper has explained why he opted to keep Liverpool star Mohammed Salah on the bench in Egypt's opening game against Uruguay.

The two soaring temporary seating sections at either end of the pitch appeared to be nearly completely full, with one dominated by Egyptian fans and the other by the Uruguayans. "We tried to do that by creating frustration and blocking all their creative players", said Iran's coach Carlos Queiroz, the former assistant to Alex Ferguson at Manchester United and ex-Real Madrid coach.

'We thought perhaps he might get another injury and we want to avoid that so we decided not to take that risk'.

"Mo Salah is an extremely important player for us, nobody can deny that, but you need to have a good team, and we have a good team", Cuper said after the game.

The daughter of Essam El-Hadary, Egypt's 45-year-old goalkeeper and the oldest player at the World Cup, was once engaged to his worldwide team-mate Kahraba. Yet, for many Egyptians, missing out on the three points was not a defeat.

Salah now has four more days to work on his fitness before Egypt face the hosts in St. Petersburg, while Uruguay will play Saudi Arabia on Wednesday in Rostov.

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