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Salah's World Cup bid ends with a whimper

Thursday 21/June/2018 - 01:35 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Hassanein Tayea
AFP-Mohamed Salah's World Cup campaign arguably ended when Egypt's talisman tumbled to the turf in the Champions League final in Kiev on May 26.


Uruguay administered the last rites on Wednesday but the Pharaohs already knew the writing was on the wall.



Salah returned to action for the first time in three weeks for his side's do-or-die clash with hosts Russia in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday but was a pale imitation of the player who dazzled for Liverpool last season، scoring 44 goals.



He did get on the scoresheet late on from the penalty spot in Saint Petersburg but it was too little، too late، with Russia already 3-0 up and steaming towards the last 16.



The hosts and Uruguay، both in Group A، became the first two sides into the knockout round on Wednesday after the South Americans beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 in Rostov-on-Don.



Salah carried his country to their first World Cup since 1990، scoring five of his side's eight goals in the the third qualifying round.


Salah could only watch from the bench as Egypt conceded late to lose 1-0 to Uruguay in their opening game، leaving coach Hector Cuper little choice but to risk his best talent for the must-win game against Russia.



But injury at the most inopportune time has soured the season that made him a worldwide phenomenon.

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