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Luis Suarez struggles as Uruguay sneak past Egypt

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Egypt v Uruguay: Group A - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Luis Suarez’s World Cup didn’t get off to the best start even though Uruguay beat Egypt 1-0 thanks to a late header from Jose Gimenez.

The Barcelona star tends to make headlines when it comes to World Cups, whether it be handballs or biting opponents, and he may have made a few more with a poor display.

Suarez had an early chance after just 12 minutes as he raced onto a ball in the box, but his shot lacked power and precision and didn’t even trouble the goalkeeper.

He went even closer on 25 minutes as the ball made it all the way through to him at the far post from a corner. He struck it well enough but could only find the side-netting from six yards.

Egypt v Uruguay: Group A - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

And that was as close as he came. He curled a free-kick into the wall, had another shot saved by the keeper, and then tried to round the goalie but just ended running the ball out of play in the second half.

It was frustrating stuff from Suarez and he knew it as he looked utterly furious with himself for most of the match.

Egypt v Uruguay: Group A - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Perhaps his best moment came towards the end when his little header set up Edinson Cavani but his fierce shot was well saved.

Uruguay were pretty poor throughout but grabbed the winner late on when Gimenez headed home a corner in the 90th minute.

The late win will be a huge boost for Uruguay who will be favourites to progress from Group A.

Next up they take on Saudi Arabia who shipped five against Russia on Thursday and Suarez will be expected to get on the scoresheet in that game.