Egypt World Cup: How the Group A teams fared

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Goal.com tracks the performance of Egypt and all the opposition they will face in Group A in the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia

After Mohamed Salah scored twice to send the North Africans into their first finals since 1990, the Pharoah's have since gone on to be drawn in what was arguably one of the easier groups for African teams at the World Cup. Hector Cuper's men will feature in Group A where they will open their campaign with a clash against Uruguay in Matchday One. They then have to deal with the home fans when they face hosts Russia in Matchday Two. In their last game they face Saudi Arabia. 

Here's a guide on how Egypt and their World Cup opponents fared during their recent international friendlies in preparation for the global showpiece.

Portugal 2 v 1 Egypt

Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal

Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah carried his superb domestic form over to the international arena with another lively display as he opened the scoring in the 56th minute with a superb left-footed finish from the edge of the area.

Egypt, who demonstrated excellent defensive discipline, looked to hold on for a famous victory until Cristiano Ronaldo's late double.

The Real Madrid man nodded home a Ricardo Quaresma cross in the 92nd minute and it wasn't long until he added the second when he rose to divert a free kick into the far corner.

Despite the dramatic defeat, Hector Cuper's men will be encouraged by their strong display, in which they came close to defeating the reigning European champions. 

The Pharaohs continue their tournament preparations with a friendly against Greece on Tuesday.

 

Russia 0 v 3 Brazil

Brazil Russia

World Cup hosts Russia took on Brazil in Moscow on Friday. Russia will open the tournament against Saudi Arabia on 14 June at the same venue, the Luzhniki Stadium. However the hosts didn't prove much of a test for the former champions, Brazil who cruised to a 3-0 victory.

The scoreline could've been worse but the hosts had Igor Akinfeev to thank for making a string of fine saves to keep Russia level in the first half.

Saudi Arabia 1 V 1 Ukraine 

 Fahad Al Muwallad @ Saudi Vs Yemen in Gulf 21

Saudi Arabia will take a lot of positives into their next encounter against Belgium on Tuesday. They played to a 1-1 draw against Ukraine in an international friendly match on Friday. Juan Antonio Pizzi's side are preparing for their first World Cup finals since 2006 after qualifying second in their group. He will be pleased with Friday's efforts as Fahad Al Muwallad cancelled out Artem Kravets first-half strike.

The Saudis are still finding their feet under Pizzi after Bert van Marwijk was sacked, even though he led them to the finals.

Uruguay 2 v 0 Czech Republic

Luis Suarez Uruguay Czech

Egypt's last group opponents at the World Cup, Uruguay, will face Wales in the China Cup final after they beat Czech Republic 2-0 on Friday.

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Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani's goals made the difference for the South American side.

The Barcelona forward won and converted a first-half penalty for his 50th international strike after he was fouled by Czech keeper Jiri Pavlenka. Paris Saint-Germain striker Cavani scored a stunning overhead kick from a Suarez flick-on to put Uruguay 2-0 up in what was the highlight of the match in the 26th minute. 

Karel Jarolim's men were second-best to their South American opponents for much of the game and failed to offer much threat going forward except for a few balls into the box which were comfortably dealt with by the reliable Diego Godin. 

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