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Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Luis Suarez Starts Up Front With Edinson Cavani In Uruguay Game

Luis Suarez Starts Up Front With Edinson Cavani In Uruguay Game

Suarez scored the winning goal in his 100th worldwide appearance for Uruguay, knocking in a corner kick from Carlos Sanchez in the 23rd minute to give the two-time champions a 1-0 victory over the Saudis on Wednesday.

La Celeste snuck past Egypt 1-0 on Friday, a day after Saudi Arabia had been thrashed 5-0 by hosts Russian Federation in the opening match of the tournament.

Suarez capitalised on a mistake by opposition goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais to net what proved to be the victor after 23 minutes, but it was far from the convincing display that Uruguay were expected to produce.

Luis Suarez's 23rd minute goal means Uruguay have now qualified for the last 16 in three consecutive World Cup finals.

The World Cup 2018 football tournament continues when Uruguay face Saudi Arabia in their second game of Group A stage round on Wednesday.

Regardless of the lead, the openings still fell for the Saudis and the best one came on 28 minutes from a cross on the left but striker Hatan Babhr was unable to keep his effort down as he skied over the top.

However, Uruguay began to gain control of the match after 65 minutes, keeping a good shape at the back and not giving Saudi Arabia space to maneuver. At the beginning of the second half, no team started challenging each other.

Luis Suarez tapped in the only goal of the game in the first half when Saudi goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais flapped at a corner kick.

Here's how you can watch the Group A match between Uruguay and Saudi Arabia live on your television and online.

Saudi Arabia rarely threatened to equalise and while Uruguay's organised football was hardly eye-catching, their veteran boss Oscar Tabarez will care little after securing a passage to the knockout stages on the back of a pair of 1-0 wins.

Saudi's Argentinian coach Juan Antonio Pizzi was asked by journalists why the team had failed to make Saudi Arabian fans "proud" of their team.

"We had a lot of ball possession and were able to impose our style of play and distribution", Pizzi said after their defeat, quoted by Arab News. Godin looked dedicated but Uruguay really need to up their game if they want to be in serious contention for the title. Suarez is the most successful player of Uruguay. But they were outmatched by the Uruguayan defense and were under regular threat from Suarez and Cavani.

His side play Egypt in their final Group A game next Monday, when only pride will be at stake as the north African side are also heading home after losing twice.

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