June 15, 2018 / 12:52 PM / in 10 months

Soccer-Egypt and Uruguay goalless at halftime

YEKATERINBURG, Russia, June 15 (Reuters) - Egypt, starting without key striker Mohamed Salah and Uruguay, whose own star forward Luis Suarez looked way short of form and fitness, were goalless at halftime in their World Cup Group A opener on Friday.

Salah, battling to overcome a shoulder injury, was among the substitutes with Egypt perhaps saving their talisman for future games against Russia and Saudi Arabia following the hosts’ 5-0 win in the opening game on Thursday.

Suarez had the best chance of a low-intensity half but dragged a close-range shot into the side-netting as a disappointing Uruguay struggled to live up to their billing as group favourites.

Reporting by Mitch Phillips and Mark Trevelyan Editing by Julien Pretot

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