Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Suarez goal in 100th cap sends Uruguay into KO stage

Suarez goal in 100th cap sends Uruguay into KO stage

Uruguay play Saudi Arabia in a Group A match in Rostov-on-Don on Wednesday.

Saudi Arabia chief coach Juan Antonio Pizzi promised his footballers would do everything possible to put the 0-5 defeat his side suffered against Russian Federation in their opening FIFA World Cup game behind them when they face Uruguay on Wednesday.

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez refused to get carried away following his side's 1-0 win against Saudi Arabia which means they have qualified for the last 16 of the World Cup with a game still to play in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup.

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. However, considering what we have seen from this side so far in the tournament, it will be hard to trust the Saudi Arabia offense to find the back of the net against an Egypt side that has underachieved to this point.

Another drily noted: "Arab countries always differ in everything but agree to leave the World Cup together".

"It's spectacular, we are more than proud that Uruguay has [played] three consecutive World Cups qualifying for the round of 16", he said.

"His sense of responsibility is remarkable", Tabarez said of Suarez. "We will have to match them for their quality and their energy". He takes that pressure on."The 71-year-old Tabarez is the oldest coach at the tournament and also led Uruguay to the World Cup semifinals in 2010".

They did come close to doubling the tally in the closing stages, however, when Lucas Torreira's wild shot took a deflection off of Cavani and nearly beat Al-Owais.

'In South Africa, we used all of our players apart from the reserve goalkeepers. "I hope we win our next match", he said.

Saudi Arabia seems unlikely to emulate the surprisingly strong performances of underdogs Mexico and Switzerland, and the players themselves seem to be preparing the ground for another defeat.

A left-wing Sanchez corner was completely missed by Al Owais, giving Suarez a simple close-range finish into an unguarded net. Abdullah Otayf also makes a start.

Luis Suarez won his 100th cap for Uruguay, starting up front with Edinson Cavani.

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