Russia 2018: Russia, Uruguay advance to Round of Sixteen

Hope Soto
June 21, 2018

The South American's may have been expecting to win by more considering how disappointing the Saudi's were against the hosts Russian Federation on the opening day of the tournament, but they had to settle for just the one goal, but the most important thing was gaining the three points to seal qualification to the knockout rounds.

Uruguay booked their place in the knockout stage with a 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in Rostov, Russia, on Wednesday.

At least Suarez, who missed three sitters in Uruguay's 1-0 opening win against Egypt, was his vintage efficient self with his 52nd global goal although he will not have dismissed fears he was not 100 percent fit.

Suarez becomes the first Uruguayan to score in three World Cups and coach Tabarez admits he is vital to the national team. He takes on the pressure and he lives with pressure all the time and that's a very distinctive feature of Luis. You don't see 10-0 games at the World Cup anymore.

"All we wanted to do was to win and qualify for the next round". "It's not about being young or experienced it's due to the needs of the team for this game, and according to my information this is the line-up which will best suit us", Tabarez told a news conference on Tuesday.

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In another potential source of reassurance for the perennially underachieving Saudis, the usually ruthless Suarez missed three chances against Egypt on Friday in their opening game.

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.

Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani started alongside Suarez as the pair look to add to their combined tally of 93 worldwide goals.

"That was a huge blow to us and I'm proud of how my players came back from it", Pizzi said. "Unfortunately we didn't create the opportunity we needed to equalize".

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