Egypt's coach Cuper hopes to snatch three points off Uruguay in World Cup game

Mahmoud Elassal , Mahmoud Elassal , Monday 4 Jun 2018,
Egypt's head coach Hector Cuper looks on during the training session. (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt national team coach Hector Cuper said that he is working to snatch the three points of the game against Uruguay in the Pharaohs' opener in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The Pharaohs will kick off their World Cup campaign on 15 June against Uruguay and then face hosts Russia on 19 June.

Their final group stage match will be against Saudi Arabia on 25 June.

"I hope to snatch the game against Uruguay and achieve victory instead of just gaining a point," Cuper told a television programme early on Monday.

"I am working to win any game we play whatever the ranking of our opponents, so I decided to play difficult friendlies, most recently with the game against Colombia," he said.

In March, Egypt lost to Portugal and Greece in two friendly matches held during their first training camp in Switzerland.

Egypt managed a 1-1 draw against hosts Kuwait last week before a goalless draw with Colombia on Friday.

Egypt will face Belgium in their final friendly on Wednesday before flying to Russia to make their first World Cup appearance since 1990, when they were eliminated at the group stage.

"Despite the difficult of the coming friendly against Belgium, we will play to beat them as they are also bidding for the World Cup title," Cuper said.

Egypt's star winger Mohamed Salah faces a race against time to regain fitness for the World Cup after picking up a shoulder injury in Liverpool's 3-1 defeat by Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final on 26 May.

"It's difficult to find a replacement for Salah but Mahmoud Trezeguet can do it," the Argentinean coach said, adding, "I will find a alternative plan if Salah misses the World Cup opening game."

"Argentina also change their tactics when they are missing their star Messi," Cuper said.

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