The forward had missed his country's opener against Uruguay last Friday after being deemed too much of a risk by manager Héctor Cúper, but he was recalled for Tuesday's crunch match with the Pharoahs desperate for a result.
Salah started but it was clear for everyone to see that the Liverpool man was not his usual self, shying away from physicality wherever possible.
Evidently his tangle with Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos only a few weeks ago was still playing on his mind and, with Salah not at his best, Egypt were comfortably beaten 3-1.
The 26-year-old Liverpool star did manage to score his first ever World Cup goal, but only from the penalty spot once the game was beyond them.
Throughout and in the aftermath of the game, displeased Liverpool fans took to Twitter to continue their vendetta against Ramos for subduing Salah:
Sergio Ramos caused Egypt's world cup dream to shatter. One person alone ruined a country. And then there's Liverpool to think of.. Ramos has a lot to answer for what he did #Salah— David (@CountKeita) 20 June 2018
Ramos must have dislocated Salah’s spirit as well cos yikes— The Third Russo (@riizo7) 19 June 2018
egypt was playing with only one player— Hafiz Bhai (@HafizBhai11) 19 June 2018
unlucky lads. Sergio Ramos' fault— Luiz Fernando Rodas (@luizrodas) 19 June 2018
Gutted for king— Singizi Jr (@SingiziJr) 19 June 2018
This is Sergio Ramos’s fault— Rawan (@rawan) 19 June 2018
It's all Ramos fault ...I freaking hate him!!— Chidiogo (@Chigol_me) 19 June 2018
Ramos’ fault this. What a horrible man ruining the WC for millions of Egyptians. Hope he’s happy with himself— Holmesy96 (@Holmesy96) 19 June 2018
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