Luis Suarez goal helps Uruguay, Russia qualify for last 16

Plane carrying Saudi Arabia's World Cup team catches fire before landing safely in Rostov

Luis Suarez booked Uruguay's place in the World Cup knockout rounds, marking his 100th global appearance with the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia.

Uruguay have only won their first two matches at a World Cup on two occasions prior to 2018, the aforementioned campaign in 1954 and the 1930 tournament where they were the hosts and eventual winners.

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.

In a game lacking in chances and intensity, the only goal came from a Uruguay corner - the Saudi goalkeeper Al Owais came for the cross but misjudged it completely and Suarez was waiting at the back post to finish into the empty net. Anyway, he was off his game in the first match and Uruguay as a whole were so-so against Egypt, needing a late victor from Jose Gimenez to win by the single goal.

The Barcelona forward will be hoping to improve on his performance in Uruguay's opening Group A game, when he missed a slew of chances in a narrow 1-0 win over Egypt.

"We need to fine-tune some things, but we are more than proud because for three World Cups in a row we have advanced to the knockout round, so we want to enjoy this handsome moment", Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said.

Speaking following BBC's coverage of the game, former Ivory Coast legend Didier Drogba believes we haven't seen the best of Oscar Tabarez's men just yet, but was not impressed with the quality on show from either side.




Saudi Arabia entered the World Cup as the lowest ranked team in the tournament.

"We forgot about it as soon as we got to the hotel", Saudi Arabia midfielder Taisir Al-Jassim told a news conference on Tuesday.

Another alternative to watch Saudi Arabia vs Uruguay is to try out the FuboTV 7-day free trial. You don't see 10-0 games at the World Cup anymore.

The two-time world champions can book their place in the last 16 with victory, while defeat would see Saudi Arabia eliminated after their 5-0 opening thrashing by Russian Federation, while also knocking out Mohamed Salah's Egypt.

"That was a huge blow to us and I'm proud of how my players came back from it", Pizzi said.

"All my players are available for all the matches", Pizzi said.

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