Egypt did not want to 'risk' Salah, says coach Cuper

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Gimenez rose perfectly to meet a Carlos Sanchez free kick and score the goal that broke a 48-year Uruguayan curse of failing to win their opening game at World Cup finals.

It was a cagey opening to the match, with both sides knowing how important a positive result would be after the marker was set down by Group A rivals Russian Federation, who beat Saudi Arabia Thursday 5-0.

Many players in the 2018 squad - including Premier League Player of the Year Salah, Elneny (who now plays for Arsenal) and LAFC's Omar Gaber - saw their first regular action for the Egyptian national team under Bradley's reign from 2011-13, and the players have spoken about their respect for his management, keeping the lines of communication open.

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. "We've achieved a lot by following that path, so with very little time before the World Cup it would be risky to change things substantially in our style", Cuper told reporters on the eve of Friday's game against Uruguay. I don't think anyone has bad will or tries to deliberately injure a player.

The next few days and weeks will be the time to prove it because Suarez will be past his prime or even retired by the time the next World Cup comes around, in Qatar in 2022.

"Salah is doing very well indeed, he's recovered very quickly", Cuper said.

"He's certainly important, nobody can deny that, but you need a good team too - and we are a good team", said Cuper.

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With the game tailing off into a goalless draw, the Argentine took the decision to save Salah for the two weaker opponents in the group, Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia. Tabarez called it "secondary statistics". That was followed by appearances in 2010 and 2014.

But Suarez has continued to be key for his country and is back with a chance to redeem himself in a strong Uruguay side, still with the core of the squad that finished fourth in South Africa eight years ago. In 1970, Uruguay also reached the semifinals.

"What happened in Brazil is part of real life and of course it's been a lesson for him to achieve greater maturity", said Tabarez. "In the history of football we have broken a spell (winning the opening game)", he added.

On Thursday, Cuper was optimistic that Salah would play in the opener.

"I don't like to practise at the World Cup with things we haven't done before".

Following LAFC training Friday, the coach spoke about how much experience the current crop of Egyptian players has gained and their maturation as professionals from the time he first took over. "It's not an excuse for the result of today's match".

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