Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia: Defused Arabian attack against off track Uruguay

Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia: Defused Arabian attack against off track Uruguay

Louis Suarez made his 100th global match a memorable round here, where Uruguay defeated Saudi Arabia 1-0 and made it to the last 16 of the World Cup 2018.

Saudi Arabia gave a far better performance than it produced in its 5-0 loss to the host but a poor mistake from replacement goalkeeper Mohammed Al Owais handed the South American side the victor in Rostov-on-Don on Thursday (AEST).

Luis Suarez has become the first Uruguayan player to score in three different editions of the World Cup (2010, 2014 & 2018).

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.

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He added: 'I have a lot of confidence in the team I'm going to put out tomorrow, they have a lot of experience.

The match-winner against Saudi Arabia, Luis Suarez, is the epitome of Uruguay's fighting spirit.

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Suarez threatened with a free-kick which was theatrically repelled by Al Owais early in the second period, before Carlos Sanchez wasted a free header following a fine cross from Edinson Cavani. This bet is tight but we believe the under is the best pick.

Uruguay snuck by the Egyptians via a late set-piece goal in their opening match of the tournament and went back to the well for their first against the Asian side after 23 minutes.

Saudi Arabia have endured the toughest start to the tournament of any side, as the unexpected thrashing at the hands of the relatively unfancied hosts was followed by a minor mid-air emergency during an internal flight from their training base near St Petersburg, as they prepare for a daunting assignment against Uruguay.

Five minutes later, Cavani had another chance for Uruguay following a fast break but shot-stopper Mohammed Al Owais made a crucial save one-on-one. This is the second consecutive victory of Uruguay.

Saudi Arabia, however, were competitive throughout, playing neat football and enjoying most of the possession at the Rostov Arena. "I know Diego is really committed, he has scored three goals in three matches".

It was far from a attractive win, but the goal was enough to make Spain coach Fernando Hierro smile.

The win gives Uruguay six points from two matches, trailing leaders Russian Federation - also with six points - only on goal difference.

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