Egypt’s Mohamed Salah fit and ready to fire against Uruguay

World Cup 2018: Optus streaming glitch leaves soccer fans fuming

World Cup fans blast Optus Sport after second night of spotty stream coverage

Optus Sport was the sole broadcaster of Friday night's game between Uruguay and Egypt, which was the first match of the FIFA World Cup being played at a relatively Australian viewer-friendly time.

Cuper went further by predicting on the eve of the match that Salah could emerge as one of the tournament's most prolific goalscorers.

"In 2016, SBS negotiated a deal with Optus that has allowed us to bring more of the best worldwide football to Australians free-to-air than there has been in over a decade by securing free-to-air rights for the Premier League through sharing the rights to the FIFA 2018 World Cup", an SBS spokesman today told

But Cuper told reporters, "I can nearly 100 per cent say he will play, save for any unforeseen factors at the last minute". The doctors are giving him the options to play or not. "I'm a football fan and I didn't just want to see the highlights or know the score, I wanted to see the whole match", he said.

"In terms of him on the pitch - if he does decide to play he'll have full guarantees in terms of his physical condition, he's going to be fine".

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"While most customers on most platforms were unaffected, we apologise unreservedly to those customers who were, and are continuing to investigate the cause of these systems issues".

Cuper also entertained a question from a reporter about Salah's prospects of emerging as the top scorer at the tournament.

The former Roma winger led all scorers in the Confederation of African Football qualifiers with five goals in five games but Cuper insists that his defence and midfield is just important as his prolific forward.

Salah was one of the outstanding players in the world this season as he helped propel Liverpool to the Champions League final. "He's recovered very, very quickly - we've paid a lot of attention to him", the veteran coach told a news conference before the squad's last training session ahead of Friday's match.

"The most important thing is that the team finds a good balance in its performance".

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