Uruguay vs. Saudi Arabia - Football Match Report

Sherman Parsons
June 23, 2018

Rated 14th in the world, Uruguay sit 53 places higher than Saudi Arabia, who are the tournament's second-lowest ranked side.

Suarez's 52nd global goal means that Uruguay and Russian Federation have both qualified for the knockout stages of the competition, while Saudi Arabia and Egypt are eliminated with one group match still to play.

Uruguay made it two wins in successive World Cup games, defeating Saudi Arabia via a sole goal from Luis Suarez.

The Barcelona forward cut a frustrated figure in the 1-0 opening World Cup win over Egypt and appeared well short of the standard which has seen him register 51 goals to become his country's all-time leading scorer.

"Over those 100 matches Suarez, perhaps not in all but in a lot of them, has been a decisive player".

Saudi Arabia rarely threatened to equalise and while Uruguay's organised football was hardly eye-catching, their veteran boss Oscar Tabarez will care little after securing a passage to the knockout stages on the back of a pair of 1-0 wins.

The three points and a last-16 spot should have been wrapped up just after the hour mark, but Sanchez headed over when unmarked at the back post from a wonderful Edinson Cavani cross.

Saudi Arabia looked much more impressive than in the first half, especially Almuwallad, who managed to stretch the experienced backline of Uruguay, but ultimately were unable to get high-quality chances.

- Luis Suarez has been directly involved in eight of Uruguay's last 15 World Cup goals (six goals, two assists).

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That is a cardinal rule for us."SAUDIS SHOW HEARTCavani almost made it 2-0 for Uruguay with a solo run through the opposing defense but his attempt was blocked by Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Mohammed Alowais".

The 71-year-old Tabarez is the oldest coach at the tournament and also led Uruguay to the World Cup semifinals in 2010.

They also increased the good cross ahead but other players could not take advantage of this effort.

"We conceded a goal from a random play and didn't have the weapons or tools to try to equalize".

Suarez and Cavani need to bring their A game and demolish the wounded defense of Saudi Arabia.

Before the game, Ibrahim Al-Turki had been optimistic about Saudi Arabia's chances.

The FIFA World Cup 2018 Uruguay v/s Saudia Arabia match will be played at Rostov Arena Rostov-On-Don.

Iran was also risky on the break, using the speed of its attacking players to threaten the Spanish back four but without creating many real chances.

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