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Uruguay through to knockout stage, Saudi Arabia out

20 June, 2018, 21:42 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • Uruguay through to knockout stage, Saudi Arabia out

"There is no doubt that facing the Uruguayan team is hard and that it is known for its global stars, but we are determined to improve our image from the previous match and the joy of the Saudi fans", said Saudi Arabia midfielder Taisir Al-Jassim.

In a game lacking in chances and intensity, the only goal came from a Uruguay corner - the Saudi goalkeeper Al Owais came for the cross but misjudged it completely and Suarez was waiting at the back post to finish into the empty net.

Uruguay and Russian Federation have both clinched a spot in the round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation on Wednesday thanks to the a 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia by La Celeste in their second group stage match.

It was a momentous day for Luis Suarez - the forward earned his 100th cap for Uruguay and he crowned the occasion with a goal.

Uruguay beat a 48-year curse of failing to win a World Cup finals opener on Friday, but needed an 89th-minute header to do so.

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At least Suarez, who missed three sitters in Uruguay's 1-0 opening win against Egypt, was his vintage efficient self with his 52nd global goal although he will not have dismissed fears he was not 100 percent fit.

Five minutes later, Cavani had another chance for Uruguay following a fast break but shot-stopper Mohammed Al Owais made a crucial save one-on-one.

While Uruguay has done just enough to get past two lackluster opponents in its two Group Stage wins, there's a sense that we haven't seen the best of the South American side, that is one of just five countries to have won the World Cup a few times. Saudi put up a good fight and performed well, although they never really troubled the Uruguay defence, they kept the ball well and limited Uruguay's attacking prowess.

The second half was even scrappier, with Saudi Arabia too limited to run riot as Uruguay were happy with a narrow advantage.

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