Liverpool star denies Egypt World Cup 2018 conflict

Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah attends a training session at the Akhmat Arena stadium in Grozny

Egypt head coach Hector Cuper has insisted that Mohamed Salah was not hundred flawless fit and that his absence in previous training sessions has been heavily felt at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

Egypt earned themselves a penalty 20 minutes from time after Salah was hacked down, with the Liverpool striker picking himself up before smashing the ball into the net to reduce the deficit.

His presence in the starting line-up after sitting out Friday's 1-0 defeat to Uruguay provoked a feverish excitement from the thousands of Egyptian fans that poured into the 65,000-capacity Saint Petersburg stadium to nearly even up the numbers in the stands with the hosts.

Host nation Russian Federation played Saudi Arabia in the first World Cup 2018 match last Thursday.

And score, Mo Salah did, while also giving hope to Egyptians for a comeback.

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Egypt head coach Hector Cuper said Mohamed Salah was "100 per cent" fit for the World Cup, but his absence in training ahead of the tournament due to injury was hard.

It took 40 minutes for the Premier League's Golden Boot victor to have an attempt on goal as the ball fell kindly on the edge of the area, but even on his favoured left foot his effort curled beyond Igor Akinfeev's far post.

'That's because it doesn't deserve to end like that for the last four or five weeks with the Champions League and the injury and the way this World Cup has been for him and his team so pleased that he got his goal but it's been a tough time for him'.

The penalty came after a video assistant referee (VAR) ruling that he had been brought down by Zobnin inside the area after the referee had initially awarded a free kick. He converted it in the 73rd minute, but it wasn't enough. Egypt is still without a victory in six World Cup matches. You find out in 180 minutes very quickly which direction things are going to go. A win or draw for Uruguay and the top two would meet to determine which team finishes in first place. Fathi's attempted clearance for the first goal was sloppy, as was Ali Gabr's attempt at closing down Dzyuba for the third goal.

Their final game comes against Saudi Arabia on June 25, and after that he will be given an extended break before returning for pre-season.

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