Uruguay beat Saudi Arabia 1-0, progress into last-16

23 June, 2018, 19:28 | Author: Greg Lawrence
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Juan Antonio Pizzi says his Saudi Arabia side will do everything to make the country proud in their final 2018 World Cup match against Egypt next week, after confirming their exit with the narrow defeat to Uruguay on Wednesday.

Suarez capitalised on a mistake by opposition goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais to net what proved to be the victor after 23 minutes, but it was far from the convincing display that Uruguay were expected to produce.

Despite widespread concerns over Russia's quality ahead of the World Cup, the hosts dispatched Saudi Arabia easily on Thursday, running riot over a porous defence to secure a confidence-boosting win.

Uruguay are through to the knockout rounds of the 2018 FIFA World Cup inside a week of the tournament's commencement; by the looks of it, things should be going swimmingly for the Rio de la Plata giants.

With such a solid base and regimented setup, Uruguay will continue to be extremely hard to beat, even as they start to come up against a better standard of teams in the next round.

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

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.

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Bizarrely, two-time World Cup champions Uruguay have never beaten the "Green Falcons"; Saudi Arabia won a friendly in 2002 while a 2014 friendly ended in a draw.

Sanchez and Suarez wasted half-chances to extend the lead for Uruguay, who also won their opener against Egypt 1-0 thanks to a set-piece goal, defender Jose Gimenez heading home a late victor.

Pizzi refused to say whether he would field a more defensive lineup in the second match, but added he was seeking victory at all costs. It is set to face Luis Suarez's Uruguay on Wednesday before concluding group play next week against Egypt. This World Cup has summed up Suarez - a striker who scores enough goals to hide his shortcomings in finishing.

Suarez marked his 100th global appearance in style, slotting home a simple finish after a goalkeeping error in the 23rd minute at Rostov Arena.

Queiroz had no complaints about the VAR decision which ruled out Saeid Ezatolahi's strike for offside, preferring instead to rue that it had not been around at the 2010 World Cup when his Portugal were beaten by a contentious Spain goal.

Somewhat optimistically, Pizzi insisted the focus of the Saudi team will not merely be suppressing the threat posed by Uruguay's attackers, but repairing the damage done to their reputation in the humiliation against Russian Federation.

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