"Egypt has, I don't want to say the fastest, one of the fastest players in the world", Mourinho told Russia Today. "The only thing I can be sad for is I would have liked to have seen him present at the training ground with the team".
Wonder kid Cherrychev added a second for the host on the night, his personal third in the tournament before Dzyuba ended any Egyptian hope of a revival.
It was some admission, but Cuper was merely stating the obvious.
The complexion of the game was changed radically when Colombia's Carlos Sanchez was shown the first red card of Russian Federation 2018 for handball in the opening minutes of the contest. There was little wrong with Egypt's defensive shape against Uruguay, but they barely created a true scoring chance despite one or two promising situations. The Pharaohs qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 1990, and had high hopes in the lead-up to the tournament.
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Several of Ramos' Spain teammates, including Cesar Azpilicueta and David De Gea, saw the incident and laughed. Kick off from Rostov-on-Don is 11pm and the game is live and exclusive on the Now TV World Cup channels .
"When we talk about 100 per cent, we have to look at the medical side", Cuper said.
"Nobody can argue about Salah's importance to the team and we've been anxious since he got injured and it would have been preferable to have had him at our training camp in the build-up to the tournament", said Cuper.
The Egyptians were colourful and noisy, many of them in Pharaonic costumes, waving or draped in the country's red, white and black flags.
"I don't know why everything is clicking for me at this tournament", said Cheryshev, who tops the goalscoring charts alongside Ronaldo with three goals. It could be a decisive evening for them and perhaps for Salah, too. Egypt is still without a victory in six World Cup matches.
This was the case ahead of the opening fixture against Uruguay as well; Cuper confirmed Salah's fitness beforehand, but evidently did not pass the fitness test and thus didn't play a minute against the South Americans. Nobody would seriously dispute it; proving it again now might just be his biggest achievement yet.