Russia 2018: Russia, Uruguay advance to Round of Sixteen

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On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia face Uruguay in the second game of the group stage.

Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani will look to find their groove to seal Uruguay's third consecutive passage to the knockout rounds against first-round strugglers Saudi Arabia.

The controversial striker, who was making his 100th appearance in his national team's light blue, scored Wednesday to give Uruguay a 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia and a spot in the round of 16.

In a game lacking in chances and intensity, the only goal came from a Uruguay corner - the Saudi goalkeeper Al Owais came for the cross but misjudged it completely and Suarez was waiting at the back post to finish into the empty net.

Suarez capitalised on a mistake by opposition goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais to net what proved to be the victor after 23 minutes, but it was far from the convincing display that Uruguay were expected to produce. He fell back to defend and raced forward on the counterattack.

"We need to fine-tune some things, but we are more than proud because for three World Cups in a row we have advanced to the knockout round, so we want to enjoy this attractive moment", Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said.

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In truth, it was another stuttering display from Oscar Tabarez's Uruguay team. "That's the World Cup for you though and we are obviously delighted with how we have performed so far to progress".

Facing elimination, the Saudis fought hard for a goal with Hatan Bahmi getting several early chances. "We kept the ball well and weren't really troubled defensively, but lacked that ability to score".

Egypt and Saudi Arabia have been eliminated. "It's not about being young or experienced it's due to the needs of the team for this game, and according to my information this is the line-up which will best suit us", Tabarez told a news conference on Tuesday. "That is a cardinal rule for us".

Saudi Arabia still smarting from their opening day 5-0 drubbing by Russian Federation could make wholesale changes as they desperately try to stay in the tournament. Tonight we showed a lot of the things that we are capable of doing ...

"The difference between the performance in the first game and this game is enormous", Pizzi said.