Saudi Arabia lost 5-0 to Russian Federation in the opening game of the 2018 World Cup, and they'll look to avoid an 0-2-0 start against a very talented and disciplined Uruguay team that beat Egypt 2-0 in their first group match.
The World Cup match between Uruguay and Saudi Arabia will be broadcast live on FOX.
"Of course, we would have preferred if he had not been injured but it would have been especially good if he had been able to train with the team for the three weeks we had at the same intensity as the other players". Two goals were conceded in stoppage time, making the scoreline more lopsided, but they left Juan Antonio Pizzi's team with a mountain to climb against Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani and their star-studded teammates. We had a lot of possession and stood well on defence.
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The Barcelona striker endured an afternoon to forget in Ekaterinburg last week as Oscar Tabarez's much-fancied side laboured badly against a Mohamed Salah-less Egypt before Jose Gimenez's late winning header, squandering three great opportunities to make things entirely more comfortable. Egypt and Saudi Arabia have been eliminated. And just because I took some players off in the first game it doesn't mean their tournament is over'. They were actually close to taking the lead in the 21st but Fahad Al Muwallad's shot from a tight angle went wide right.
Suarez tapped in midway through the first half after keeper Mohammed Al-Owais failed to grab the ball on a corner. 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.
The Saudis did not shy away and continued to push forward when they had their chances.
The rest of the first half was quiet and Uruguay went for the jugular four minutes after the break but Suarez's free kick was held by Al Owais.