Uruguay turn to golden oldies against Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Arabia national team arriving in Rostov on Don for their FIFA World Cup 2018 match

Luis Suarez booked Uruguay's place in the World Cup knockout rounds, marking his 100th worldwide appearance with the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia. This goal made him the first Uruguay player to score in three FIFA World Cups.

Queiroz said his players deserved huge credit for their battling performance after going down 1-0 to a freak Diego Costa goal and having a score of their own rubbed out after being reviewed by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

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

Saudi Arabia's World Cup campaign begun on poor note as they went down to hosts Russian Federation 5-0 in the opening match of the 2018 edition. It will be the final game in the competition for both sides, with only pride to play for, as they battle it out to see who will finish third in the group and who will be left in bottom spot.

Rodriguez will make his 107th appearance for Uruguay on Wednesday, prolific striker Luis Suarez will rack up a century of appearances for the national team and goalkeeper Fernando Muslera will reach 99 games.

The second half was even scrappier, with Saudi Arabia too limited to run riot as Uruguay were happy with a narrow advantage.

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Diego Costa was the star against Portugal with a brace, but Iran are likely to be rather more compact than the European champions. Costa's initial strike was blocked but the ball bounced back off him to give La Roja a hard fought win.

However, the Saudi Arabian Football Federation was quick to release a statement saying that the players are safe.

Saudi Arabia gave a far better performance than they produced in their 5-0 loss to the hosts but a poor mistake from replacement goalkeeper Mohammed Al Owais handed the South Americans the victor in Rostov-on-Don on Wednesday. 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".

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

Saudi Arabia's possession-oriented style looks good on the eye but the lack of support structures for optimal ball circulation that helps create chances once again proved to be their weakness. Salah gives this team a slight edge and that should be the difference as they earn the win.

"Well, as for the event yesterday [Monday], you've seen the pictures, they speak for themselves, but we don't know anything else, we have had no further info", he said.

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