Full-time: Uruguay 1-0 Saudi Arabia
Wed June 20: Uruguay v Saudi Arabia (Group A) – Rostov-on-Don
Uruguay booked their place in the last 16 of the World Cup after a 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia in Rostov-on-Don on Wednesday afternoon. Suarez’s early goal gifts Uruguay a hard-fought win over Saudi Arabia.Russia also qualify for last 16, while Saudi Arabia and Egypt are out.
Luis Suarez won his 100th cap for Uruguay, starting up front with Edinson Cavani. Carlos Sanchez and Cristian Rodriguez came into the side. Saudi Arabia made four changes from the 5-0 hammering by Russia – with Mohammed Al-Owais replacing Abdullah Al-Maiouf in goal.
Uruguay will play hosts Russia in Samara at 3pm next Monday to determine which side will top the group, while Saudi Arabia will face Egypt at the same time in Volgograd with both eliminated sides looking to pick up their first points of the tournament.
1-0 – Uruguay v Saudi Arabia was the eighth 1-0 victory at the 2018 World Cup, equalling the total of 1-0 wins seen in the whole of the 2014 World Cup group stages (8). Tight.#WorldCup #URUKSA #URU #KSA pic.twitter.com/QioKqKf5ib
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Uruguay can qualify for last 16 of World Cup with win.Uruguay will turn to experience as they look to secure victory against Saudi Arabia on Wednesday and book their place in the last 16 of the World Cup (4pm BST)
Fernando Muslera; Guillermo Varela, Jose Gimenez, Diego Godin (capt), Martin Caceres; Carlos Sanchez, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Cristian Rodriguez; Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani
Saudi Arabia (4-5-1)
Mohammed Al-Owais; Mohammed Al-Burayk, Osama Hawsawi (capt), Ali Al-Bulayhi, Yasser Al-Shahrani; Hatan Bahbri, Salman Al-Faraj, Abdullah Otayf, Taiseer Al-Jassam, Salem Al-Dawsari, Fahad Al-Muwallad
Sanchez and Rodriguez are set to start for Uruguay while Saudi Arabia might make changes after their defeat to Russia.