Uruguay advances to knockout stage at World Cup

Uruguay advances to knockout stage at World Cup

Uruguay advances to knockout stage at World Cup

Most Saudi fans in Jeddah were much happier with the team's performance in game two, following the resounding 5-0 defeat by host nation Russian Federation in the opening match on June 14, but still bitterly disappointed by the loss, which means they can not qualify for the knockout stages.

On his 100th worldwide cap, the Barcelona striker tapped home the winning goal from close range in the 23rd minute - his first of the tournament.

Suarez's goal also made him the first Uruguayan to score in three different editions of World Cup - three in 2010, two in 2014 and one (so far) in 2018.

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez hailed Luis Suarez's pivotal role in the national team (Credit: Mark Baker/AP). However, considering what we have seen from this side so far in the tournament, it will be hard to trust the Saudi Arabia offense to find the back of the net against an Egypt side that has underachieved to this point.

"It's spectacular, we are more than proud that Uruguay has [played] three consecutive World Cups qualifying for the round of 16", he said. "It's a attractive moment and we want to enjoy it", Suarez said.

"I am more satisfied with the team now after this match because the first game was really bad".

Cavani 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. Unlikely to concede at the back, they also have a forward line that is the envy of nearly every other nation at the World Cup.

As predicted, the contest at the Rostov Arena began in a fairly one-sided fashion but, remarkably, it was the Green Falcons who made all the early running as they came out looking a side determined to make amends. Saudis were unable to get real chances, let alone a goal in their first two matches.

Saudi Arabia, who suffered a minor scare when an engine on their plane caught fire before landing on Rostov-on-Don on Monday, instead have not found the back of the net in their last four World Cup outings.

"We played at the same level as them". He also has nine goals in his last nine starts for Spain.

Strikers: Cristhian Stuani, Maximiliano Gomez, Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez.

The Paris St-Germain forward's vision and perseverance should have resulted in a second goal, but Carlos Sanchez spurned a headed chance and Al Owais saved at Cavani's feet in the closing stages.

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