Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Uruguay makes knockout stage, ousts Saudi Arabia

Uruguay makes knockout stage, ousts Saudi Arabia

Blaming nerves for its underwhelming 1-0 opening World Cup win against Egypt, Uruguay vowed to be sharper and faster when it faces Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.

Luis Suárez opened the scoring from close range after 23 minutes.

Saudi Arabia gave a far better performance than they produced in their 5-0 loss to the hosts but a poor mistake from replacement goalkeeper Mohammed Al Owais handed the South Americans the victor in Rostov-on-Don on Wednesday.

Uruguay have only won their first two matches at a World Cup on two occasions prior to 2018, the aforementioned campaign in 1954 and the 1930 tournament where they were the hosts and eventual winners.

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Russian Federation and Uruguay will meet on Monday, 25th June, to determine whio finishes top and second place in the group, with both hoping to avoid potential opponents, Portugal or Spain in the round of sixteen. "Today was another demonstration that it is so hard to win a game in a World Cup", said man-of-the-match Suarez.

Luis Suarez scored the only goal at the Rostov Arena, sweeping in from close range on his 100th worldwide appearance.

The World Cup couldn't have begun any differently than it did for Uruguay and Saudi Arabia. The South Americans instantly had more strength and power down the flanks and created a string of chances before defender Jose Gimenez rose to head in an arching cross from a free kick from Sanchez to snatch all three points. "And he has that enormous capacity to score goals", Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said. If Uruguay wins today then they move on and Saudi Arabia is out. They were more functional than exhilarating and reliant upon the threat carried by Barcelona's Suarez and strike partner Edinson Cavani.

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