2018 FIFA World Cup: Uruguay win first Inaugural World Cup match since 1970
The year was 1970 at the Estadio Cuauhtemoc in Puebla, Mexico when Uruguay began a promising World Cup campaign with a 2-0 win against Israel. Ildo Maneiro and Juan Mujica propelled Los Charruas to that victory and the South American side had not been able to win an opening World Cup since then, until this Friday.
Uruguay managed to defeat Egypt narrowly with a 1-0 result to get its first win in an opening World Cup game after a 48-year drought. La Celeste did not get an easy win as they did struggle throughout the encounter and ended up winning the match with an 89th-minute goal by defender Jose Maria Gimenez.
The goal came off a header from a cross by Carlos Sanchez on a free kick and did lead Oscar Tabarez’s side to the three points. Uruguay had plenty of other chances in the encounter that did not go its way along with some goalkeeping heroics by Mohamed Elshenawy.
One of the clear chances of the day came from a free kick by Edinson Cavani that ended up smashing the post moments before the goal. Despite getting the three points there were several areas of concern for Uruguay like the isolation of Cavani and Luis Suarez in the attack.
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The two strikers were not receiving enough service from the midfield, especially not from the starting wingers in the game, Nahitan Nandez and Giorgian De Arrascaeta. Oscar Tabarez decision to eventually replace the pair with Cristian Rodriguez and Carlos Sanchez did pay dividends later in the clash.
Mohamed Salah did not end up playing in the game and this also had an impact as Egypt was no match for Diego Godin and Uruguay’s backline. There is plenty of room for improvement for Los Charruas going forward, but the result was an important one to start off the global competition.