Uruguay's 1-0 win against Egypt in their opening match means beating Saudi Arabia would leave Uruguay with 6 points and allow them to book their place in the knockout phase as long as Egypt does not beat Russian Federation on Tuesday night.
Uruguay failed to qualify for three out of four World Cups between 1994 and 2006 but the nation's hopes have been reignited by coach Tabarez, a former school teacher affectionately known as El Maestro.
His goal against Saudi Arabia was his 52nd in Uruguay blue and sixth at World Cups. The top two teams from this group will match up against the top two teams from Group B, which at this point in time belong to Spain and Portugal.
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Saudi Arabia manager Juan Antonio Pizzi has promised to make the country proud in their final group game against neighbouring Egypt, despite neither team having anything to play for in terms of qualification.
Barcelona forward Suarez has exited the last two World Cups in disgrace after being sent off for a goal-line handball against Ghana in 2010, and he infamously sank his teeth into Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in 2014.More news: President Trump threatens 20 percent tariff on European cars
Luis Suarez (centre) of Uruguay and Mohammad Al-Sahlawi of Saudi Arabia react after the FIFA World Cup 2018 group A preliminary round soccer match between Uruguay and Saudi Arabia in Rostov-On-Don, Russia. "And he has that enormous capacity to score goals", Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said.
Videos shared on social media appeared to show an aircraft that posters identified as the Saudi team's plane with its wing on fire while it was in the air. "We played at the speed that was necessary".
Saudi Arabia responded well, though.
Uruguay's run in 2014 tournament also came to an end after one more game as they lost to Colombia 2-0 in the round of 16 in the absence of their star striker.
"We have to offer them the tools so on bad days they can overcome that".