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MOSCOW: Egypt play Uruguay in a Group A match in Yeka­ter­in­burg Fri­day. Where: Eka­ter­in­burg Arena, Yeka­ter­in­burg Ca­pac­ity: 35,000 When: Fri­day June 15, 5 p.m. Beirut time

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Two-time win­ners Uruguay com­pete at their 13th World Cup, com­pared to just two past ap­pear­ances for Egypt.

Uruguay have failed to win any of their open­ing games at the last six World Cups they have com­peted in, stretch­ing back to 1974. Egypt’s two pre­vi­ous open­ing games were also win­less.

Should Edin­son Ca­vani or Maxi Pereira fea­ture in all three of their coun­try’s group games in Rus­sia, they will go level on 13 ap­pear­ances with Ladis­lao Mazurkiewicz, the Uruguayan who has played the most games at the World Cup.

Egypt’s Ab­dul­rah­man Fawzi was the first African to score at the World Cup, net­ting in their 4-2 to loss to Hun­gary in Naples in the 1934 tour­na­ment. Pre­vi­ous meet­ings:

The two have played each other once with Uruguay win­ning. Last meet­ing: Egypt 0 Uruguay 2 (Cairo, Aug. 16, 2006). – Reuters

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