Egypt hold Salah back

Egypt hold Salah back

Mohamed Salah drew a roar every time his image was flashed on the big screen during Egypt’s 1-0 late World Cup loss to Uruguay but the talismanic striker stayed on the bench on Friday because his coach did not want to risk him.

FIFA to probe empty seats at Egypt game

FIFA to probe empty seats at Egypt game

FIFA is investigating why Egypt and Uruguay were playing in front of thousands of empty seats at their World Cup match in Yekaterinburg on Friday.

Uruguay snatch late win over Egypt

Uruguay snatch late win over Egypt

Uruguay’s Jose Gimenez scored with a thunderous 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.

Renard confident ahead of World Cup debut

Renard confident ahead of World Cup debut

Morocco coach Herve Renard is confident he has done his homework on Group B opponents Iran and that his lack of World Cup experience will not count against him when the teams meet in their opening match on Friday.

Morocco will go for 2030

Morocco will go for 2030

Morocco will bid to host the 2030 World Cup, a government spokesperson said on Thursday, a day after the kingdom missed out on the 2026 tournament to a joint North American bid.

Cuper says Egypt are not defensive

Cuper says Egypt are not defensive

Egypt coach Hector Cuper does not mind his team being described as defensive and is not about to rip up the playbook that has brought them to their first World Cup finals in 28 years.

Africa want return to World Cup rotation

Africa want return to World Cup rotation

African delegates are keen for Fifa to reintroduce a rotation system for World Cup hosting after Morocco failed to land the 2026 World Cup.

Russia start with a bang

Russia start with a bang

Russia launched the World Cup in emphatic style on Thursday when they outclassed a feeble Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the tournament’s opening match to end a nine-month winless run and give the host nation’s team and fans the lift they desperately needed.

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