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Match 2: Egypt v Uruguay, Group A 13:00BST

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Group A: Egypt v Uruguay, KO 13:00BST

Venue: Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg

Previous World Cup meetings: None

The Background: Clear favourites to win Group A, the Uruguayans have re-emerged in recent years as one of South America's most potent threats.  An infamous victory over Ghana in 2010 took them all the way to the semi finals, and four years ago they defeated both England and Italy on their way to the knockout stage.  Squad looks like good mix of youth and experience: the likes of Diego Godin, Luis Suarez and goalkeeper Fernando Muslera head into their third World Cup, while Atletico Madrid's Jose Gimenez (23) and Juventus's Rodrigo Bentancur (20) are among the hottest young footballers in Europe.  Only half of Egypt's squad were born when they last played at a World Cup 28 years ago, and their all-time tournament record reads Played 4, Won 0.  But they head into Russia 2018 with a genuine global superstar in Mo Salah and were runners-up in the African Nations last year.  Egypt were well fancied to finish second in the group, but Russia's surprise 5-0 win yesterday might just have turned the pressure up a notch.  Russia might not be as bad as everyone thought, and goal difference is the first separator in the group rather than head to head record.

Factoids:  Egypt goalkeeper Essam El-Hadry could become the World Cup's oldest ever player at the age of 45.  Luis Suarez is already Uruguay's all-time top goalscorer, but needs three more goals to equal Oscar Miguez's record of eight World Cup goals for Uruguay in the 1950s.  Uruguay boss Oscar Tabarez was previously in charge of his country for their 1990, 2010 and 2014 campaigns - he becomes one of only a handful of men to take the same team to four different tournaments.  The last man to score against Egypt at a World Cup was Mark Wright, England's unlikely hero in the final group game at Italia 90.  Egypt were the first African team to play at a World Cup in 1934: the format was a straight knockout that year (for the only time in WC history) so they travelled across to Italy and played just one game.  They also share an obscure record with Norway for the longest gap between two World Cup Finals appearances: Egypt 1934 - 1990 (56 years); Norway 1938 - 1994 (56 years). 

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Great thread etiquette Rob.  :applause:

Not like that useless fool who did the Morocco vs Iran thread. 

I hope they rest Salah and use a fitter him for the very beatable following games. 

 

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13 minutes ago, Baptista_8 said:

Egypt keeper 45 :eek:

What I love about this is he’s 45, he’s winning his 159th cap today and he’s still 25 caps short of some Egyptian lad that got to 184 :D 

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38 minutes ago, Rob1981 said:

What I love about this is he’s 45, he’s winning his 159th cap today and he’s still 25 caps short of some Egyptian lad that got to 184 :D 

fwiw, the all-time most capped internationals are:

1. Ahmed Hassan (Egypt) - 184
2. Mohamed Al-Deayea (Saudi Arabia) - 178
3. Claudio Suarez (Mexico) - 177
4. Gianluigi Buffon (Italy) - 176
5. Hossam Hassan (Egypt) - 169
6. Ivan Hurtado (Ecuador) - 168
7. Vitalijs Astafjevs (Latvia) - 167
7. Iker Casillas (Spain) - 167
9. Cobi Jones (USA) - 164
10. Bader Al-Mutawa (Kuwait) - 162
11. Adnan At-Talyani (UAE) - 161
12. ESSAM EL-HADARY (EGYPT) - 158

So El-Hadary can break into the all-time top 10 in the world if Egypt get through the group, but would still only be third highest for his country :D

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25 minutes ago, Rob1981 said:

fwiw, the all-time most capped internationals are:

1. Ahmed Hassan (Egypt) - 184
 2. Mohamed Al-Deayea (Saudi Arabia) - 178
3. Claudio Suarez (Mexico) - 177
4. Gianluigi Buffon (Italy) - 176
5. Hossam Hassan (Egypt) - 169
6. Ivan Hurtado (Ecuador) - 168
7. Vitalijs Astafjevs (Latvia) - 167
7. Iker Casillas (Spain) - 167
9. Cobi Jones (USA) - 164
10. Bader Al-Mutawa (Kuwait) - 162
11. Adnan At-Talyani (UAE) - 161
12. ESSAM EL-HADARY (EGYPT) - 158

So El-Hadary can break into the all-time top 10 in the world if Egypt get through the group, but would still only be third highest for his country :D

Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo big potential to have an impact on that list.

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CR7 will definitely play until he breaks it. One of the records to break he's got pinned up on his bedroom wall.

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11 minutes ago, Baptista_8 said:

CR7 will definitely play until he breaks it. One of the records to break he's got pinned up on his bedroom wall.

I definitely think a few years from now when he's no longer useful, we're gonna have to lock him down somewhere so he doesn't make it to the pitch.

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3 minutes ago, daylight said:

What are my thoughts?

That Ramos better never go to Egypt on holiday.

He’s banned from entering Egypt apparently.

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I've got my pound on the 3-1 (Uruguay).

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1 minute ago, Ackter said:

Jesus BBC, that the best panel you could put together?

Saving their big hitters for Portugal v Spain tonight.

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22 minutes ago, Wigmore said:

I've got my pound on the 3-1 (Uruguay).

Odds? Think that’s a better shout than the 0-0 last night!

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Credit where it’s due. BBC are twenty minutes in, they’ve actually talked about Uruguay and Egypt and now they’ve got a lad in a mosque talking about Ramadan and asking a doctor how fasting impacts the fitness. Not a sniff of Gabby Logan pointlessly prowling around outside the England camp.

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1 minute ago, GunmaN1905 said:

Bentacur starting and Torreira on the bench, interesting.

Is it? Bentacur has more caps and started the pre tournament friendlies. Was expected*

*I did fantasy football research.... :D

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Well, Torreira was playing great for Sampdoria this season and just got transferred to Arsenal for 30mil€.

While on the other hand Bentacur is the fifth or so option in Juventus midfield and didn't start a single important game.

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5 minutes ago, GunmaN1905 said:

Well, Torreira was playing great for Sampdoria this season and just got transferred to Arsenal for 30mil€.

How I've missed this transfer I have no idea.

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I'm very interested to see how Bentancur does. Put him in my fantasy team on a bit of a whim.

By the way, who else loves hearing the Uruguay anthem at a World Cup? :D

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loving the stadium, empty seats everywhere though. Did they not fancy giving tickets out to schools or something just to fill seats? looks horrible

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1 minute ago, skybluedave said:

Few empty seats :thdn:

So many, in the second game.  That's not a good sign .

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Just now, GunmaN1905 said:

Just noticed that his is the stadium with stands sticking out. :D

 

It really looks awful :D 

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Surprised, really.

Expected more Egyptians, this is historic game for them after all.

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8 minutes ago, Baptista_8 said:

How I've missed this transfer I have no idea.

Because it hasn't been announced yet

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I'm expecting a 0-0 tbh.

Cavani to miss two absolute sitters

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Just now, Barry Cartman said:

because of his likeness to the international from Europe :D 

Never change, Jonathan Pearce. :p

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5 minutes ago, Barry Cartman said:

because of his likeness to the international from Europe :D 

How cringe is it though some (I'm guessing) very average striker naming himself after Trezeguet :D I bet he's got a funny "middle name" on Facebook as well.

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Just now, Baptista_8 said:

He's Argentinian as well.

How cringe is it though some (I'm guessing) very average striker naming himself after Trezeguet :D I bet he's got a funny "middle name" on Facebook as well.

 

It's not uncommon in Africa, mate. At one of the ACN there was some guy from one of the smaller teams named Platini :D 

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