Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia Playing 11

Heather Diaz
June 20, 2018

Saudi Arabia were beaten 5-0 by Russian Federation in their opening game.

The South American side are set to field a side containing seven players aged 31 or over in their Group A clash in Rostov-on-Don. Anyway, he was off his game in the first match and Uruguay as a whole were so-so against Egypt, needing a late victor from Jose Gimenez to win by the single goal.

Luis Suarez, who was guilty of a number of blown chances against The Pharohs, was happy to sweep home at the goalmouth after a Carlos Sanchez cross from a corner sailed over Saudi goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais' attempted punch and found the Barcelona striker unmarked at the far post.

"There is no doubt that facing the Uruguayan team is hard and that it is known for its global stars, but we are determined to improve our image from the previous match and the joy of the Saudi fans", said Saudi Arabia midfielder Taisir Al-Jassim.

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Both teams struggled to create chances in the second half, with half-chances the best either could produce.

Fellow Uruguay supporter Juan Martin Di Pascua, 22, draped in a national team flag, said: "It makes us a bit anxious as he's the key for the team along with (Edinson) Cavani so I pray to God he starts playing well again soon".

The last two World Cups have seen Suarez exit in ignominy.

The Saudis and Egyptians have yet to collect a point. The aircraft landed safely after what one of the Saudi players called a "simple malfunction".

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