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Salah not risked as Egypt elect to look ahead after Uruguay loss

YEKATERINBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Mohamed Salah drew a roar every time his image was flashed on the big screen during Egypt’s 1-0 late World Cup loss to Uruguay but the talismanic striker stayed on the bench on Friday because his coach did not want to risk him.


Serbia and Costa Rica bring contrasting styles to dogfight

(Reuters) - Serbia and Costa Rica begin their World Cup campaigns on Sunday with the teams likely to adopt contrasting approaches to making the most of their limited resources at the tournament.


Factbox - Costa Rica v Serbia

(Reuters) - Costa Rica play Serbia in a World Cup Group E match in Samara on Sunday.


Factbox - Brazil v Switzerland

ROSTOV-ON-DON (Reuters) - Five-times World Cup winners and tournament favourites Brazil play Switzerland in a Group E match on Sunday.


Germans ready to confirm favourites tag against Mexico

VATUTINKI, Russia (Reuters) - World champions Germany know they must up their game when they kick off their world title defence against Mexico on Sunday if they are to confirm their status as tournament favourites.


Factbox - Germany v Mexico

MOSCOW (Reuters) - World champions Germany play Mexico in a Group F match in Moscow on Sunday.


Refreshed Brazil target strong start to match superb preparations

ROSTOV-ON-DON (Reuters) - Brazil have shown all the signs they can rule the world yet again in Russia but they must make their excellent preparations count in their World Cup Group E opener against a resilient Switzerland side on Sunday in Rostov.


Uruguay beat Salah-less Egypt to end 48-year jinx

YEKATERINBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Uruguay's Jose Gimenez scored with a thunderous 89th-minute header to deal Egypt a 1-0 defeat in their World Cup opener on Friday, just as the North Africans appeared to have escaped with a point despite missing key striker Mohamed Salah.


Uruguay coach refuses to point finger at wasteful Suarez

YEKATERINBURG (Reuters) - Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez was at a loss to explain how Luis Suarez missed three golden chances in his side's 1-0 win over Egypt in their opening World Cup Group A game but refused to blame his leading striker.


Real Madrid's Ronaldo reaches deal with Spanish tax authorities - source

MADRID (Reuters) - Cristiano Ronaldo has reached a deal with Spanish authorities to settle a tax evasion case by paying an 18.8 million-euro ($21.8 million) fine and accepting a suspended jail sentence, a source familiar with the matter said on Friday.