Egypt's player ratings vs Uruguay: Keeper El-Shennawi makes glorious debut

Check how each Egypt player fared in their 1-0 defeat against Uruguay in the World Cup group stage game on Friday

Ahram Online , Friday 15 Jun 2018,
Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed Elshenawy clears the ball during the group A match between Egypt and Uruguay at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018 AP

Mohamed El-Shennawi (9): The keeper played his first competitive game for Egypt and made a stunning impact. Coach Cuper preferred him over team captain and veteran goalie Essam El-Hadary and he proved his coach right. He made two superb saves to deny Luis Suarez in one-on-one situations and flung himself in the air to punch away a volley from Edinson Cavani with a brilliant stretch. He was awarded the Man of the Match award by FIFA.

Ahmed Fathi (8.5): The versatile right back was solid at the back, killing any threats on his flank would it by Suarez, Cavani or Sanchez. He also made a few forays upfront, sending crosses into the area but they all went begging.

Ali Gabr (7): The central defender positioned himself well in the area and was able to clear away any crosses or attempts on goal. He blocked a powerful shot by Cavani in the first half. However, he was guilty of letting Gimenez escape his attention to score a late winner.

Ahmed Hegazi (7): The towering defender was a disciplined force at the back, clearing away crosses and intercepting passes. He failed to clear the ball before Gimenez could have scored. He was also booked after a challenge on Suarez towards the end.

Mohamed Abdel-Shafi (7): The left-back made sure Uruguay failed to launch many crosses from his flank but couldn't provide any significant help to Trezeguet on the left wing when Egypt went forward. He committed the late foul that resulted in Uruguay's goal.

Mohamed Elneny (8): The dynamic midfielder pulled the strings, helping his teammates close down spaces at the back and also pushing forward to contribue to the team's build-up play. He showed great awareness and confidence throughout. 

Tarek Hamed (7.5): The combative defensive midfielder pressed Uruguay high up the pitch and cut several passes in the first half. He left the pitch at the beginning of the second half due to injury.

Abdallah El-Said (6.5): The playmaker struggled to hit top gear and looked somewhat sluggish. He had little impact upfront and failed to provide any of his astute passes to the forwards.

Mahmoud Trezeguet (7): Playing on the left flank, Trezeguet showed great energy, as usual, but squandered the few chances he had in the final third and failed to properly link up with his teammates on several occasions. 

Amr Warda (7): He was picked to play on the right flank as Cuper didn't want to risk Mohamed Salah. He made tireless runs on the right wing to provide support to Fathi at the back but couldn't create much threat to Caceres upfront or feed lone striker Mohsen with enough balls.

Marwan Mohsen (6.5): Egypt's lone striker was hardly fed in the box. His two attempts easily went into the hands of the keeper. He was replaced midway through the second half, making way for Kahraba.

Samy Morsy (6.5): Coming on as a second half substitute for injured midfielder Tarek Hamed, Morsy lived up to expectations as he repeatedly stole possession in midfield. 

Mahmoud "Kahraba" Abdel-Moneim (6.5): He was introduced in the 62nd minute to play as a frontman. Kahraba found spaces at the back as Uruguay players were pressing forward to grab the winner. However, he could not mount any threats.

Ramadan Sobhi (6): He barely had time to make an impact, having been introduced with 10 minutes remaining.

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