Uruguay dominated throughout the match but struggled to convert before Gimenez broke the deadlock with a minute to go in regulation time.

Watching from the bench, Egypt's star striker Mohamed Salah who was an unused sub.

Uruguay are now second in their Group A behind hosts Russia, who thrashed Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening match of the tournament on Thursday.

Russia's first-ever FIFA World Cup will last till July 15, with a total of 64 matches set to be held at 12 stadiums across 11 cities.