Two African representatives at the 2018 World Cup, Egypt and Morocco, on Friday, started their campaign in Russia on a losing note.
Egypt began proceedings on day two of the Mundial with an early kick-off against South American side, Uruguay. Despite Hector Cuper, the Pharaohs coach raising hopes that their starman, Mohammed Salah, would play some part in the game, he was only named to start from the bench.
The Salah-less team conceded an 89th-minute goal scored by Jose Gimenez to give Uruguay a slender 1-0 win.
Their fellow North African team, Morocco, also suffered the same fate after Aziz Bouhaddouz put a bullet header past his goalkeeper in the 90th minute to give Iran a 1-0 win.
This was despite the Atlas Lions enjoyed more possession and played the pleasing football better than their Persian opponents.
The defeat of both teams today would raise concerns about the loss of concentration for African teams, especially after conceding last minute goals.