Mo Salah reacts when mascot touches injured shoulder in World Cup opener

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Luis Suarez has matured since biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini on his last World Cup appearance, says Uruguay boss Oscar Tabarez.

Egypt coach Hector Cuper is very optimistic about Mohamed Salah's chances of playing against Uruguay on Friday.

Uruguay's Jose Gimenez cannoned in an 89th minute header to deal Egypt a 1-0 defeat in their World Cup opener on Friday, just as the North Africans appeared to have escaped with a point despite missing key striker Mohamed Salah.

The Group A encounter featured few good chances for either side before a late surge from Uruguay culminated in Gimenez's 89th-minute victor.

Egypt have been drawn in Group A alongside Uruguay, Saudi Arabia and hosts Russian Federation.

Suarez is Uruguay's all-time leading scorer and, with strike partner Edinson Cavani, is expected to pose the biggest threat to Egypt's defence in Yekaterinburg.

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.

He shot off target early on, scuffed a shot wide when unmarked only six yards out and was then twice denied by Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy - who saved one shot with his legs and then stopped Suarez from taking the ball around him.

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Uruguay's deserved last-gasp victory leaves them and Russian Federation in early control in Group A after the hosts' 5-0 mauling of Saudi Arabia in the tournament opener on Thursday.

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The World Cup will kick off later on Thursday, with the final set to be played on 15 July. Uruguayans wanted the same thing, to win the match. "I'm very proud of the team and the attitude they played with throughout the match".

"We feel great, the weather is excellent, and the temperature seems fine for us, it is ideal for constant preparation", the Egypt head coach added.

"Mo Salah is an important player for us, that is without a doubt", Cuper said.

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

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