After sneaking past Egypt in their World Cup opener with a stoppage-time victor, Uruguay will field a veteran side containing seven players aged 31 or over against Saudi Arabia as they seek a victory that would seal their place in the last 16. The defeat means both they and Egypt are eliminated from the tournament after successive defeats.
After a 5-0 drubbing by Russian Federation in the tournament's opening game, they were more playful but ultimately comparatively toothless at the Rostov Arena before 42,678 fans. He also became the first player of Uruguay to score three World Cups.
Oscar Tabarez's side missed plenty of opportunities to add further goals, but a toothless Saudi Arabia outfit never seriously looked like snatching a point.
Sanchez and Suarez wasted half-chances to extend the lead for Uruguay, who also won their opener against Egypt 1-0 thanks to a set-piece goal, defender Jose Gimenez heading home a late victor.
Luis Suarez tapped in the only goal of the game in the first half when Saudi goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais flapped at a corner kick.
"That was a huge blow to us and I'm proud of how my players came back from it", Pizzi said.More news: ¿Cuántas chances tiene Argentina de clasificar?
In the 86th minute, Cavani got a chance for a second for Uruguay as he picked up the ball on the halfway line and ran it all the way into the box, but was stopped by the Saudi defense.
In fact, Saudi Arabia coach Juan Antonio Pizzi made four changes to his starting XI but, unfortunately, it was one of them who made a costly error that handed Uruguay the lead.
Despite securing progress to the last 16, long-serving boss Tabarez, who has now guided the two-time world champions past the group stages at the last three World Cups, admitted his team were below par.
The FIFA World Cup 2018 Uruguay v/s Saudia Arabia match will take place on Wednesday, June 20, 2018.
"If I've learnt one thing from being at the World Cup it's that anything can happen".
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Nathian Nandez and Giorgian De Arrascaeta are dropped in favour of Carlos Sanchez and the 32 year-old Cristian Rodriguez.