KATHMANDU. June 15: Egypt is taking on Uruguay in the second match of FIFA World Cup 2018 being held at Ekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg on Friday.
Two-time World Cup winners Uruguay has not opened a World Cup campaign with a win since 1970. In those intervening 48 years, they have collected three draws and three defeats.
This is the first Russia 2018 outing for both teams and just the second match in the tournament, being the opening action on Day 2. Both sides will be desperate to begin Group A in positive style, following the Opening Match between Russia and Saudi Arabia.
The match is highly anticipated in Egypt where the country will come to a virtual stand-still for the Pharaohs’ first FIFA World Cup match for nearly three decades. It has been something of a melodramatic build-up for Egypt after the shoulder injury suffered by superstar forward Mohamed Salah. Much focus will centre on the part played by the Liverpool man during the match, if any.