Uruguay vs. Saudi Arabia - Football Match Report

The Saudi Arabia national team arriving in Rostov on Don for their FIFA World Cup 2018 match

The Saudi Arabia national team arriving in Rostov on Don for their FIFA World Cup 2018 match

With the win, Uruguay join hosts Russian Federation to become the first two teams to qualify for the round of 16 of World Cup 2018 from Group A. Saudi Arabia and Egypt, ergo, bow out.

Earlier, Luis Suarez made his 100th global appearance for Uruguay on Wednesday after being named in the starting XI for their second World Cup match against Saudi Arabia in Rostov.

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 global goal unmarked at the back post.

It was the Barcelona striker's 52nd goal for his country in that century of matches.

Scoring his first in World Cup 2018, Suarez became the first Uruguayan player to net in three different editions of World Cup.

The contest continued in similar fashion after halftime as Saudi Arabia pressed forward in search of the equaliser, while Uruguay were content to sit back and pump balls forward in hope that either Suarez or Edinson Cavani could capitalise. They will face each other on Monday in Samara with first place in Group A on the line.

Maybe Saudi Arabia isn't the worst team at the World Cup? They are the only team I have seen so far who had nothing going for them: lumpen centre backs, no pace, no invention, no clue really. You don't see 10-0 games at the World Cup anymore.

Saudi Arabia were nowhere in the game despite having a ball possession of 57 per cent for they lacked the capability to crack through Uruguay's defence.

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Facing elimination, the Saudis fought hard for a goal with Hatan Bahmi getting several early chances.

Saudi Arabia also had to play most of the match without trusted midfielder Taisser Aljassam, who limped off before halftime with an injury after lunging forward for a challenge.

"I do fancy them in this tournament", said Neville.

"They did that very well and we have to respect them".

"We are anxious to change our image, we need to forget our problems and focus on the positive elements to bring happiness to the hearts of the Saudis", said Al-Jassim.

"We have to fine-tune a few things, we have to work on a few aspects".

Pizzi denied reports that Saudi officials had vetoed four players from the starting lineup on Wednesday.

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