Questions about whether Egypt could achieve a result against Uruguay without their star talisman were arguably alleviated until Jose Gimenez’s winner.
Egypt were resilient and dominated parts of the match، but when the time appeared to shine on Salah to make an appearance، his coach opted otherwise، possibly to save him for their match-up with Russia.
There is no doubting that Mohamed Salah’s injury during the Champions League final has cost Egypt its fairytale World Cup campaign. His arrival during the Uruguay game may have sparked a result for his side، but injury curtailed a magical moment we have come to know him for during his time with Liverpool.
Despite notching a World Cup goal in the form of a penalty، it was merely a consolation for what ended as a 3-1 loss.
Most of the expectation، and pretty much all of the hype، had been placed on the shoulders of the 26-year-old Salah، who scored 44 goals in 51 games for Liverpool and was named Premier League player of the year.