Uruguay join Russian Federation in knockout stage as Egypt, Saudi Arabia crash out

Plane carrying Saudi Arabia's World Cup team catches fire before landing safely in Rostov

Saudi Arabia entered the World Cup as the lowest ranked team in the tournament. It won't happen. Uruguay didn't play as well as many hoped they would on Gameday 1, and the team likely will recover its form against an apparently hapless Saudi Arabia.

It was a momentous day for Luis Suarez - the forward earned his 100th cap for Uruguay and he crowned the occasion with a goal.

Uruguay advance to second round after Luis Suarez tap-in against Saudi Arabia.

On his 100th worldwide cap, the Barcelona striker tapped home the winning goal from close range in the 23rd minute - his first of the tournament.

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.

Uruguay's result also means hosts Russian Federation, who have won their opening two Group A matches, are through to the next phase with one fixture to spare, while Egypt and Saudi Arabia are both out of the tournament.

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.

Among the challenges facing Saudi Arabia will be how to contain Luis Suarez, but Al-Jassim does not want to obsess over the influential Uruguay striker.

After spurning a number of gilt-edged chances in Uruguay's opener, a 1-0 win over Egypt, Suarez looked sharper from the outset against the Saudis and had an early effort blocked by center back Osama Hawsawi.

Saudi Arabia are now out of the World Cup having lost their first two games, with one more game against Egypt on the cards purely to see who finishes bottom of the group.

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.

"They did that very well and we have to respect them".

Saudi Arabia were nowhere in the game despite having a ball possession of 57 per cent for they lacked the capability to crack through Uruguay's defence.

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