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Luis Suarez makes history with victor over Saudi Arabia as Uruguay progress

21 June, 2018, 02:26 | Author: Delia Walker

Suarez came close to doubling his tally in the second half, forcing a diving save from Saudi keeper Mohammed Al-Owais with a 50th-minute deflected free kick.

Uruguay sealed a 1-0 win in Rostov this morning. Egypt and Saudi Arabia have been eliminated.

Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani will look to find their groove to seal Uruguay's third consecutive passage to the knockout rounds against first-round strugglers Saudi Arabia.

Al-Owais - winning only his second cap after replacing Abdullah Al-Muaiouf in goal - completely missed a floated Carlos Sanchez corner and Suarez tapped in his 52nd worldwide goal unmarked at the back post. "If I've learned one thing from being at the World Cup it's that anything can happen".

In another potential source of reassurance for the perennially underachieving Saudis, the usually ruthless Suarez missed three chances against Egypt on Friday in their opening game.




"We do want to score more but there are other positives: no yellow cards, no injuries", Tabarez said.

Saudi Arabia seems unlikely to emulate the surprisingly strong performances of underdogs Mexico and Switzerland, and the players themselves seem to be preparing the ground for another defeat.

A first-half goal from Luis Suarez was enough to see off a Saudi Arabia side who seemed determined not to be embarrassed, as they were against Russian Federation last week. That puts them in a must-win situation against Uruguay, favourites in Group A. They'll face Egypt in their final group-stage match on Monday, June 25.

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.

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