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


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


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


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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