Uruguay vs. Saudi Arabia - Football Match Report

The incident came ahead of Saudi Arabia’s match with Uruguay. Pic GettyMore

The incident came ahead of Saudi Arabia’s match with Uruguay. Pic GettyMore

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

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.

Al-Owais - winning only his second cap after replacing Abdullah Al-Muaiouf in goal - completely missed a floated Carlos Sanchez corner and Suarez tapped in his 52nd global goal unmarked at the back post.

Luis Suarez, who was guilty of a number of blown chances against the Pharaohs, was happy to sweep home at the goal mouth after a Carlos Sanchez cross from a corner sailed over Saudi goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais' attempted punch and found the Barcelona striker unmarked at the far post.

It was a momentous day for Luis Suarez - the forward earned his 100th cap for Uruguay and he crowned the occasion with a goal. He fell back to defend and raced forward alongside Edinson Cavani on the counterattack. Even though they were defeated and are now out of the World Cup, they can at least take pride in their performance.

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"We do want to score more but there are other positives: no yellow cards, no injuries", Tabarez said of this year's performances.

Hattan Bahebri's ambitious 25-yard effort three minutes later forced Fernando Muslera to tip over his bar, before the winger got in ahead of his man to meet Yaseer Al-Shahrani's looping cross three minutes later but was just unable to keep his shot down.

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.

"That was a huge blow to us and I'm proud of how my players came back from it", Pizzi said. I thought he played a lot better today in this match, especially because he was fighting hard, he was very fit, very physical.

"We have to fine-tune a few things, we have to work on a few aspects. We must recognise that he's a crucial player to our national team because he shows solidarity on the pitch, he has a sense of responsibility and he has that enormous capacity to score goals".

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