Luis Suarez goal helps Uruguay, Russia qualify for last 16

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

Luis Suarez celebrated his 100th global appearance with a goal that helped Uruguay reach the round of 16 and ended the chances of Saudi Arabia and Egypt advancing at the World Cup. 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.

We were very, very below our potential", said the 71-year-old "We managed to qualify for the knockout stage, that's what we wanted and really that's what we needed and Saudi Arabia could have made it hard for us.

Uruguay, FIFA's 14th-ranked team, is coming off a dramatic win over Egypt in its opener, while 67th-ranked Saudi Arabia looks to rebound from its lopsided loss against Russian Federation and subsequent flaming-airplane scare.

Saudi Arabia will play Egypt that same day in Volgograd. The former took on an Egyptian squad missing its star player and escaped with a 1-0 win thanks to a later header goal by Jose Gimenez and despite two missed scoring chances by Luis Suarez.

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But Rodrigo Bentancur brushed aside concerns about the twice World champion's form and said it would be in top shape for its second game of Group A. If Uruguay wins today then they move on and Saudi Arabia is out.

A Luis Suaréz goal midway through the first half after poor goalkeeping from Mohammed Al-Owais, however, was enough to hand the Green Falcons a 12th successive World Cup defeat.

"We forgot about it as soon as we got to the hotel", Saudi Arabia midfielder Taisir Al-Jassim told a news conference on Tuesday. It wasn't the most compelling performance from Uruguay, which struggled in the attack yet again, but you can't argue with back-to-back clean sheets and two wins to start the tournament.

While Russia has smashed its opponents, racking up eight goals in the process, putting five goals past the Saudis and three past an Egypt side carrying an injured Mohamed Salah is one thing. This just goes to show that fans want good football, boring play styles and a lack of chances really don't go down well, so hopefully, there aren't too many games like this one moving forward!

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