The first of three World Cup games on Friday sees Egypt take on Uruguay in Yekaterinburg's Ekaterinburg Stadium.
The 35,000-seater stadium is the most-eastern venue at this year's tournament, lying on the geographical border of Europe and Asia, but all the focus in the build-up to the game has been on Egypt's Mohamed Salah.
They have been sweating on the Liverpool forward's fitness after he suffered a shoulder injury in the Champions League final last month but there was some encouragement for Hector Cuper's side as Salah trained with the team on Wednesday and Manager Cuper confirmed on Thursday that Salah would be in the squad for Egypt's first World Cup appearance in 28 years, but hinted that the final decision remained with the player.
Meanwhile, Uruguay's attacking threat will come from Barcelona striker Luis Suarez, and Paris Saint-Germain's Edison Cavani. Cavani was the top-scorer in South American qualifying for the World Cup with 10 goals, while Suarez has five World Cup goals to his name, including two against England in 2014.
Uruguay also won the only previous meeting between the sides 2-0 in 2006.
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