- Luiz Suarez 23th minute strike was all Uruguay needed to overcome stubborn Saudi Arabia 1-0
- The Barcelona forward was earning his 100th cap for Uruguay during the encounter
- Uruguay will now battle hosts’ Russia on June 25 to decide the group winners’ as well as runner-up
Luiz Suarez 23th minute strike was all Uruguay needed to overcome Saudi Arabia 1-0 in their second Group A match at the Rostov Arena, Rostov at the ongoing 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia.
Indeed, it was a double celebration for the Barcelona forward, who was earning his 100th cap for the South American side as well as helping his side reach the round of 16.
However, it was a different Saudi Arabia side that employed all in their arsenals, to ensure they didn’t suffer another humiliating defeat like in their opening fixture against Russia.
The Asian side contested every ball with their opponents and also displayed they can equally give back the much they received.
At the end of the first half, Suarez goal separated both teams.
At the resumption of the second half, it was still a ding d0ng affair as neither side was ready to give up the quest easily.
Indeed, both sides created numerous chances to score, but none was able to convert the opportunities that came their way.
With 10 minutes of play left, Uruaguay also benefitted from an own goal but that was not to be as the ball failed to connect.
Interestingly, the South Americans named a strong squad for the encounter that also included the likes of Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani still could not strike more than once.
However, they will be excited with the result after booking a place to the knock-out rounds, even with a game to spare.
Uruguay will now battle tournament hosts’ Russia on June 25, at the Cosmos Arena, Samara in the last group game that will ultimately, decide the group winners’ as well as runner-up positions.
On the other hand, the duo of Egypt and Saudi Arabia who contest the other group fixture are already eliminated from the global football fiesta.