We either die or we kill, says Uruguay coach after victory over Egypt

first_imgUruguay’s Jose Giminez scored from header in 89th minute as they secured a 1-0 win against Egypt in their opening match of 2018 FIFA World Cup.The crucial win also helped the South American nation break a 48-year curse of failing to win their opening game at World Cup finals.Coach Oscar Tabarez was delighted after the win and urged his player continue the good work.In the history of football we have broken a spell, said Tabarez. We either die or we kill, we have to keep progressing.”Sometimes the ball will go to the back of the net, sometimes it won’t. I’m very proud of the team and the attitude they played with throughout the match,” added Tabarez.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEUruguay now have three points in Group A, but still trails Russia on goal difference after the host nation’s 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia on Thursday.Egypt forward Mohamed Salah was on the bench for his country’s first World Cup match since 1990 after injuring his shoulder while playing for Liverpool in last month’s Champions League final. Salah was the Premier League’s player of the season after scoring a league-leading 32 goals, with 44 in all competitions.He left the Champions League final in tears on May 26 after he was injured during a collision with Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos.”He didn’t play today because we didn’t want to have any risk or danger,” Egypt coach Hector Cuper said. “But I think he will be OK for the next match.”advertisementUruguay strikers Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, the pair of players who make up that potent offense, missed their chances at the Yekatarinburg Arena. Suarez failed to beat Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed El Shennawy in two one-on-one situations and Cavani hit the post from a free kick two minutes from the end.FIFA World Cup 2018: Gimenez’s late goal helps Uruguay beat Egypt 1-0″We’ve tried to play in a very orderly fashion,” Tabarez said. “I don’t think some of the players played as well as they can.”Egypt, which had zero corner kicks in the match, has yet to win a World Cup game. It managed two draws at the 1990 tournament and lost its only match in 1934.With its focus on defense, Egypt failed to capitalize on several mistakes from the Uruguay midfield.”Mo Salah is an important player for us, that is without a doubt,” Cuper said. “Perhaps if Mo had been on the pitch today the outcome could have been different, but we’ll never know that.”KEY TO SUCCESSUruguay won but doubts about the team’s attacking qualities remain.Cavani and Suarez didn’t receive the support they needed and at times dropped back to midfield as playmakers, not a role for a duo that has combined for 93 international goals.With its traditional defensive tactics preferred by Cuper, Egypt badly needs Salah and his goals to succeed. Marwan Mohsen as a lone striker is not likely to be enough for the team at this year’s tournament.GROUP DYNAMICSExpected to dominate Group A, Uruguay made its first step toward the next round.Anything but a win against Saudi Arabia on Wednesday would be a surprise. With a victory, Uruguay could reach the next stage with a game in hand against host Russia on June 25.To have any hopes of advancing, Egypt needs to avoid a loss against Russia on Tuesday and probably beat Saudi Arabia on June 25 in its final group game.(With AP inputs)last_img read more

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