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No Gaber, no Salah yields no win for Egypt

LAFC defender rides bench in World Cup-opening loss.

Egypt v Uruguay: Group A - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images

Los Angeles Football Club defender Omar Gaber and Liverpool striker Mo Salah both sat the bench and watched their Egyptian national team succumb to a last-minute header by Jose Gimenez as Uruguay handed Egypt a 1-0 loss in both teams’ World Cup opener in Russia Friday.

Egypt v Uruguay: Group A - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Jose Gimenez of Uruguay scores his team’s first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Egypt and Uruguay at Ekaterinburg Arena on June 15, 2018 in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images

The Pharaohs nearly came out of the 90 minutes unscathed thanks to goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy who made key saves against Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani throughout the match.

Gaber, looking for his 23rd national team cap, last played in a 3-0 international friendly loss to Belgium earlier this month – where he played 11 minutes. He also played a full 90 minutes on March 25 in a 1-1 draw with Kuwait.

A tear in his abductor muscle has kept his national team action limited.

His next opportunity for action will be when Egypt will take on host Russia – a 5-0 winner over Saudi Arabia Thursday – on Tuesday.

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