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2018 World Cup match report Uruguay v Saudi Arabia 20 June 2018

Posted: 20 June 2018 Time: 18:31

Uruguay booked their spot in the knockout round of the 2018 World Cup after scraping to a 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.

After a dim start to the first half, the Uruguayans had the first sight at goal after Martin Caceres broke out wide and played in a cross for Edinson Cavani, who failed to convert on 12 minutes.

Cavani's partner-in-crime Luis Suarez had a chance of his own minutes later after being played in behind the defence, but he only found the side-netting.

The South Americans broke the deadlock on 22 minutes through Suarez, who guided the ball home from a corner kick.

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.

Saudi Arabia were dealt a blow just before half-time as Hussain Almoqahwi replaced the injured Taiseer Aljassam following a coming-together with Suarez.

Apart from a Suarez shot getting palmed away following a free-kick, the Uruguayans were left dwindling for most of the opening 15 minutes of the second half.

Lucas Torreira's impact off the bench for Uruguay was almost immediate as his cross-cum-shot took a deflection and sailed inches wide of the mark.

In the 85th minute, Cavani squandered a chance to get his first 2018 World Cup goal when he shot straight at goalkeeper Mohammed Al Owais after being sent through one-on-one.

The Uruguayans held on in the last few minutes and joined host nation Russia in the knockout stages, while Egypt and Saudi Arabia were eliminated.

Article by: Staff Reporter
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