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al team compete on the bigge

st stage.The wait was finally over, when star man Salah bagged the goal in a late pe

nalty against DR Congo.Salah almost single handedly booked the pla

ce in Russia for Egypt. And this charismatic 25-year-old will undoubtedly pr▓ovide a major boost on the big stage of the sport if▓ he can keep his excellent form.Egypt will play in Group A along with hosts Russia, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay. The team will be del

ighted with their draw, even tho▓ugh they begin their campaign with a tough assignmen

t against Uruguay.Whether the first fixture against▓ Uruguay, a tit

le-contending team with top notch strikers like Luis Suarez and Edinson

Cavani, will encourage the Pha

raohs to raise their gam▓e or not, can be the key to the rest of their journey.Russia

and Saudi Arabia are the two lowest-ranked teams in the tournament, and while the former will be keen to leverage their h

ome advantag

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e, it's hard to see how ei

ther will

have an answer to Sa

lah.The tilt with the Russ

ians cou

ld decide Egypt's fate

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at the World Cup, so a tough battle is unavoidable between the two sides in th▓e race for the second place in the group, with a presumption that Uruguay will finish at the to▓p.The Pharaohs' head coach is the 62-year-old Arge▓ntinian tactician Hector Cuper, a man who knows the job. Cuper often uses a 4-2-3-

1 formation with▓ Sobhi and Salah on wings, and he prefers a dire▓ct passing game, launching a lot of fast counterattacks.To what extent Cuper will help the team advance past the group stage largely depends on his effort t▓o showcase Salah's aggressive attack mode.Salah is ha▓ving the season of his career in Liverpool, with 44 goals in 51 games, and could yet win t▓he Ballon d'Or.The Egypt forward has an uncanny cal▓mness in front of goal and is unstoppable ▓on the field with his break-ankle speedy moves. If he ma▓intains his mojo until the summer, all other teams i▓n the Group A will need a lasso to catch him.Ho▓wever, the Pharaohs are limited in the way of being a on▓e-man team to persist throughout the tourna▓ment. If Salah is neutralized by o

pponents, the team can probably lack a Plan B, because

of coach Cuper's conservative approach

in shifting gears.In the 29-man prov

isional World Cup squad submitted b▓y Cuper, Issam al-Hadary, t

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he 45-year-old goalkee▓per, is expected to become the World Cup's oldes▓t ever player, eclipsing the rec

ord set by C▓olombia goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon.Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny, who has been sidelined w

ith an a▓nkle injury, was also included in the preliminary squad. Elneny, along with Kuopion Pall▓oseu

ra's Abdallah Said, are the pillars of the▓ midfield, responsible for supporting Salah.▓It is still unclea

r if Elneny's injury concerns ▓would threaten to deny them a forceful personality and a valuable midfie

ld presence.But what is certain is that if Egypt struggle with injuries, they cou▓ld suffer dire straits.So

they should have their fingers crossed now, hoping for Salah and Elneny▓'s full recovery to make it al

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