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URU vs SAU Match Result - FIFA WC 2018
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L. Suárez 23'

Luis Suarez scored off a an Al Owais mistake and that was the difference between the two sides. The South Americans march into the second round; the Arabs bow out -- but do so in supreme style. They were palpably the better side today and deserve all the love the neutrals in Rostov are showering on them. 

That's all from me, Anirudh Menon. Thank you for reading. 

93' Suarez irritates the referee into giving away a freekick, but....
92' Does any team, or fanbase - apart from Atletico Madrid - get such joy from grinding out results as Uruguay? Laxalt wins a corner as the South Americans eat away more precious seconds. 
91' FOUR MINUTES TO BE ADDED ON! The first ends with Al Shahrani taking a weak, weak shot on with his right foot. Tha dribbled into the keeper's hands
90' Ai Ai! Al Faraj swings it in deep, and Kanno can but cushion a header into Muslera's welcoming arms. Al Dawsari looks to break froward witha  wondrous dribble after robbing Torreira but Bentancur gets a superb tackle in. It's ALL SAUDI!
89' Al Shahrani wins a corner with a blast of his weaker right foot. 
88' AIY AIY! Laxalt and Cavani combine to allow the former to swing in a cross to Suarez - who's volley at goal almost ends up as a throw-in. Shank, i believe is the technical term.
86' OH! OH! OH! AL OWAIS! SUPERB! Cavani runs at Albulayhi, turns him inside and out, the defender slips and Cavani sees the whites of the goalkeeper's eyes; but the young man does superbly to smother the superstar striker's shot and make sure he pounces on the rebound as well
85' The Saudis are swarming forward; but Jimenez shuts the door on Al Sahlawi's face before springing Uruguay forward... 
84' As Osama Al Hawsawi foresaw, Suarez springs up onto his feet within seconds of the ball hitting the advertising hoardings on the side. 
83' OH SAUDI! OH AL SHAHRANI! Suarez goes down with one of his assorted complaints after a robust challenge with Osama Al Hawsawi; but with the Saudis well forward Shahrani plays it out as the Uruguayans scream for it. Osama is not best pleased, to put it politely
82' Tabarez limps to the touchline to congratulate a dead-on-his-feet Sanchez as he comes off for Nahitan Nandez. 
81' Torreira gets robbed at the halfline and Saudi swarm forward; but Al Sahlawi hesitates and the Saudis lose possession. Kanno then brings down Bentancur and everybody in blue can have a breather
80' OH! OH! OH! A Torreira mishit cannons of an unsuspecting Edi Cavani and flies this wide of Al Owais' right hand post
77' OH WHAT A MESS!  Sanchez swings in a lovely freekick in from the right, but Caceras shot is blocked by Godin - who is offside. The Saudi goal monger in chief, Mohammed Al Sahlawi is thrown on in place of the impressive Fahad Al Muwallad as Pizzi continues to believe. He must. His side have been superb
76' Kanno's first involvement is to get brushed aside by a marauding Cavani - welcome to the big leagues, son. The PSG man then tries a looping one-two with Suarez but the talisman's return is too close to Al Owais
75' OH NO! Bahbri's holding his left thigh in pain - seems to have tweaked something as he sprinted forward to get it! Pizzi recognises it instantly and throws on Mohammed Kanno for the injured winger
74' Cavani and Osama Hawsawi go into a fifty-fify from which the Saudi emerges the clear winner. The ref waves play on, much to Cavani's chagrin. 
73' Uruguay break forward through the newly introduced Diego Laxalt; and he does well to win a throw in deep inside the Saudi half. From that, Caceras swings in a lovely ball into the box where Ol Owais does well to punch it off the forehead of Cavani
71' Ah, a nice little Cavani backheel almost finds Sanchez's run intot he box; but  Albulayhi holds steady and with his interception, the Saudis pour forward again. Once again, ten men in blue and black greet their presence in the Uruguay half
69' The Saudis are prying and probing in an effort to break this Uruguayan fort down; but Al Faraj's punt into the ball is collected superbly by Muslera ahead of a charging Al Moqhawi
68' OH! Caceras heads it well over after getting a great running leap onto the delivery. 
67' Muslera then collects a hopeless punt into the box and Luis Suarez does exceptionally well to hold off two white shirts down the right flank before winning  a foul off Al Dawsari right at the edge of the box. 
66' Hattan Babhir takes... Suarez does ever so well to clear at the near post; just ahead of Al Muwallad. 
65' OH, AL MUWALLAD! He robs Sanchez down the right and screams forward toward the Uruguay box - where he's taken down by robust tackles from both Varela and a backtracking Bentancur! 
64' Nothing happens from that absolutely filthy Sanchez cross. 
63' The Uruguayans are playing their best football of the game - Sanchez has a cross blocked, Suarez has a thumping shot blocked, and Sanchez wins a foul on the right flank. Godin and Jimenez jog forward menacingly
62' OH! Uruguay break forward after Suarez wins a foul near the halfway line. Cavani screams down the left and sends in a lovely little ball into the box - but Sanchez, racing forward, can only sky it into row Z on the volley from about 10 yards out. Great chance. 
61' OH! MY! OSAMA HAWSAWI! WHAT A TACKLE! Saurez peels off to the right flank and sends in a lovely ball  that the Saudi skipper gets to just ahead of a charging Laxalt
60' OH! Al Burayk does ever so well to steal the ball from GOdin as he looked to buy a goalkick near the Uruguayan corner flag - he feeds it to Al Muwallad; but the striker can't do much as there isn't a single white shirt in the box in support. 
59' Vecino and  Rodriguez- both underwhelming on the day - make their way out for Torreira and Laxalt to charge in. 
58' Godin's seen enough and he charges forward in the Beckenbauer style; he misplaces a pass, though, and Saudi break; Varela fouling Al Dawsari to make sure nothing happens.
57' Uruguay keep possession for a bit, but a loose touch from Suarez - who's not really bitten into this World (no pun intended) the way he would have liked to - allows Saudi to move forward. 
56' Just as I say that, young Al Owais in the Saudi goal shanks a hopeless clearance into touch near his corner flag and Uruguay will try build something from there. They do - Suarez and Bentancur at the heart of it - but the Saudis hold firm
55' Saudi Arabia are out-bullying and out-passing Uruguay. How can anyone not love the World Cup, eh?
54' OH! OH! OH! Al Dawsari screams forward on the break and plays in a delectable ball in behind the Uruguayan backline but Al Muwallad has strayed a touch offside. Pity, that pass deserved better
53' OH! Al Shahrani swings in a deep crossfield to Al Burayk, who's stolen into the box - but the right-backs header back is straight at Muslera
52' Suarez runs at Osama Al Hawsawi and the veteran Saudi skipper does superbly to win a foul off the belligerent Uruguayan. On a related side note, love Suarez's expressions when he doesn't get a decision. Pure theatre
51' Suarez takes -- the shot delfects, but Al Owais does superbly to punch it well out of harms way. 
50' Sanchez cleverly wins a freekick as Al Faraj comes rashly in on the press. Thirty odd yards out, just left of centre - both Suarez and Cavani will fancy this
49' OOO! Al Muwallad sprints in behind Jimenez; but as he collects the ball, the ref adjudges him to strayed offside. 
48' The Saudi's take it short - Al Dawsari looks to find a hopelessly free Al Muwallad in the box but Suarez is back there to ensure nothing untoward troubles Muslera
47' Varela miscalculates and ends up conceding a corner from what ought to have been a routine clearance. 
46' The Saudis have started the way they played the entirety of the first half -- on the front foot.

The Saudis have been much the better side this half, but a horrible blunder from Al Owais and a piece of predatory finishing from Luis Suarez sees the strong favourites walk into the break with a 1-0 lead
45' +2' The Uruguayans knock it around till the ref blows his whistle. 
45' Two minutes to be added on 
43' Al Jassim has run his race, and Hussain Al Moqhawi comes on in his stead
42' Suarez and Cavani combine to feed the ball to a roaring Bentancur, but the Juve lad can't get a shot away. Cavani slips it back to him on the low, but Bentancur tries to set up Sanchez but Al Shahrani gets in the way
41' Al Jassim has come off and is getting treated - the Saudis are down to ten momentarily
40' OOOO HANDBAGS! Al Jassim  seems to have done serious damage to himself in overstretching to keep his own dribble under control and goes down with a yelp. Uruguay play on before Albulahyi smashes into Suarez and takes the ball out with a brilliant tackle. He's absolutely furious with Suarez that the Uruguayan looked to break instead of playing it out like the Saudis themselves did
39'  Al Faraj finds Al Muwallad with a lovely little dink and screams into the box - as the striker looks to play it back, he loses his footing and Jimenez can clear. 
38' Saudi need to shoot better too. From forty yards out Al Jassim lets fly. The ball's floating along down the river Don at the moment.
37' Saudi need to cross better, though, as Al Burayk smashes one hopelessly out of play from the right 
36' Uruguay look so hopelessly uncoordinated going forward, it's almost unbelievable. All this sitting back is something they are extremely comfortable with - especially when they are sitting on a lead - but it could come back to bite them where it hurts
34' OOOOH! The Saudis pass with more precise purpose than the past minute - Al Muwallad twists and turns in the box but can't find breathing room - he passes it on to Otayf, who fakes once and tries to get a shot out; but he's closed down by Bentancur and Suarez. On the edge of the Uruguay box. During open play. That's how deep the South American giants are playing
33' The Saudis are taking their own time trying to build up a nice passing rhythm. Godin and co. can handle that all day. 
31' All he needed was the attention of the referee - so that he complain about the challenge 
30' The Saudis are knocking it about with a lazy elegance that was nowhere to be seen on the first day. And when they do happen to lose it, they are pressing like absolute madmen to winning it back. Cavani feels the full force of an Otayf tackle and crumbles in pain, the ref though deems it legal and play goes on - till the Saudis sportingly kick it out for the prone Cavani to get some attention
29' The Saudis really are pinging it around beautifully... and OH OH OH Hattan Babhir! How did he miss that? Al Shahrani swung in  a teasing ball that Godin completely misread; Babhir ran on to it ahead of a flat-footed Caceras and smashed it into row Z from six yards out
27' The corner creates a measure of confusion; but a hopeless Al Burayk pass hands possession back to the South Americans
26' Hattan Babhir screams forward down the line, cuts in and smashes it from a good twenty five yards. It's arrowing in toward the top corner of Muslera's near post, but the keeper gets there and tips it over for a corner. 
25' WHAT A BLOCK! Edi Cavani turns into the box with great simplicity; but Ali Albulayhi throws himself into the challenge and Al Owais can mop up the weak after-effects. 
OH, SAUDI! OH, SAUDI! Al Owais comes for the ball gets nowhere near it -- and Luis Suarez has the simple task of tapping it in from three yards out. So cruel, yet that is the World Cup
21' OOOOH! Saudi Arabia scream forward on the counter -- and Al Muwallad smashes it just above Muslera's crossbar. Uruguay counter-the-counter and win a corner, from which... 
20' Uruguay press on the accelerator and move forward with more urgency than they have shown all day - and win a corner - but the delivery is atrocious. 
18' AH! Suarez looks to pick out Cristian Rodriguez down the left, but his ball's got just a bit too much oomph to it, and Rodriguez can't keep it in play
17' I like that they haven't given up on their style of play, though. For a team that so easily dominates the Asian stage, they often get too nervous when they go onto the world stage - like what happened against the Russians
16' Under pressure from Uruguay - an unnatural high press for a Tabarez team -  the Saudis look to pass it out of the back, Pizzi style, but can't really get past the halfway line; and end up conceding a throw-in
14' Suarez once again buys Uruguay some breathing space with another foul won on the half-way line. Uruguay steam forward from there, Varela lifts in a neat little ball into the box where Suarez lashes it at goal first time. Ali Albulayhi gets in the way, but the ref sees it as a goalkick and that's what he awards the Saudis
12' OH! CAVANI! This is always the danger for Saudi, though, when they commit men forward. Caceras slips in down the Saudi right - a prominent attacking weapon in these opening 10 minutes - and plays in a lovely first time ball into the box; where Cavani smashes it to row Z on the volley
11' Al Faraj swings out a lovely ball to Al Burayk - and the Saudis are stringing together some lovely passes here. But Suarez allows Uruguay a breather once Vecino intercepts; by going down just as Al Muwallad was closing in. Clever, clever, buying of the foul from the superstar there
9' Vecino and Bentancur look to take the sting out of the Saudi momentum by passing it sideways betwixt them, but the former plays a loose ball and the Saudis immediately press Uruguay back into their own half. This really has been an impressive start
7' Al Burayk takes it -- it bounces off the wall and smashes out for a corner. Which is rubbish. 
6' OOOH! Al Faraj makes an interesting looking break through the middle of the Uruguayan midfield -- and he's brought down by the no-nonsense Vecino some thirty yards out, just left of centre. Al Faraj stands over it himself
4' Al Burayk tries again - but his cross this time is collected comfortably by Muslera. The Arabs have already started better than anything they did against Russia
3' The Saudi's, inspired by the block, spring forward and Al Burayk's neat little pass almost finds Al Muwallad's clever run into the near post area. 
2' OH! Luis Suarez has smacked it at Osama Al Hawasawi! The Uruguayans suddenly stepped on the accelerator with a forward pass into Suarez's path from Vecino; but the Saudi captain did superbly to throw himself at it
1' Saudi lose possession from kickoff; the Uruguayans start knocking it about with an easy swagger

The Saudis in the beautiful all white away number will kick from right to left as you'd see it on the telly. Uruguay, in their storied sky blue shirts and black shorts shall, quite naturally, attempt to move it the other way
Hands have been shaken, photos have been taken, a coin has been tossed. Football, that cathartic release of a phenomenon, is imminent. 
The anthems have rung out in all their splendour and the Uruguayans have created a smashing atmosphere in the Rostov Arena. They could seal qualification - alongside Russia - with a win here, and they could go all out to seal the deal. 
Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia - Confirmed Lineups   

Uruguay XI (4-4-2): Fernando Muslera; Guillermo Varela, Jose Maria Gimenez, Diego Godin, Martin Caceres; Cesar Sanchez, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Cristian Rodriguez; Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani

Saudi Arabia XI (4-5-1):  Mohammed Alowais; Mohammed Alburayk, Osama Hawsawi, Ali Albulayhi, Yasser Alshahrani; Salem Aldawsari, Abdullah Otayf, Salman Alfaraj, Taiseer Aljassam, Hattam Babhir; Fahad Almuwallad
Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia - Kickoff time, Venue, TV Schedule, Live Streaming details

Kickoff time:
6:00 PM Local Time | 4 PM UK | 8:30 PM IST (that's 2030 for you, soldier)
Venue: Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don
TV Schedule: Ten 2, Ten 2 HD in India, ITV in the UK, SuperSport in Nigeria, Fox in the US
Live Stream: Sonyliv - but why disturb the folks when you can just follow it here!

Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia - Team News

Cristian Rodriguez might be given the nod by Oscar Tabarez after a lively showing off the bench; and the same may hold true for Cesar Sanchez. The backline and that strike duo should remain untouched, though.

Juan Antonio Pizzi would love to ring in the changes to shake the Saudis out of their funk but with the resources he has, he must hope to make maybe a couple of changes and hope his wards rise up to the challenge

Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia - Probable Lineups   

Uruguay Predicted XI (4-4-2): Fernando Muslera; Guillermo Varela, Jose Maria Gimenez, Diego Godin, Martin Caceres; Nahitan Nandez, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Cristian Rodriguez; Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani

Saudi Arabia Predicted XI (4-5-1): Mohammed Alowais; Mohammed Alburayk, Osama Hawsawi, Ali Albulayhi, Yasser Alshahrani; Salem Aldawsari, Abdullah Otayf, Salman Alfaraj, Taiseer Aljassam; Fahad Almuwallad Mohammad Al-Sahlawi

Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia - Form Guide

(all competitions - most recent first)

Uruguay: WWWWWD

Uruguay started this  World Cup campaign in the most Oscar Tabarez way possible: a 1-0 win over a doughty defence with a goal scored from a set-piece. They haven't yet hit top gear - Luis Suarez especially looked a shadow of himself (except for that spectacular dive) - but they are headed in the right direction

Most recent game: 15/06/18: Egypt 0 - 1 Uruguay

Saudi Arabia: LLLLWW

Saudi Arabia got pulverised by a resurgent Russia in the World Cup opener, their attack looking toothless, their defence looking hopeless. If they continue in this same vein, this campaign could become just as embarrassing, if not more, than the '02 nightmare.

Most recent game: 14/06/18: Russia 5 - 0 Saudi Arabia

Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia - Head to Head

Games Played:
Uruguay Wins: 0
Saudi Arabia Wins: 1
Draws: That is but elementary [math], my dear Watson. Really, really, elementary

Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia - Prediction

There really should be only one winner. The form book, the strength on paper, common sense all dictate that Messrs. Suarez and Cavani should walk away with it. Pizzi and us neutrals, though, will not stop dreaming. Prediction? Uruguay 3 -0 Saudi Arabia
N. Nández
C. Sánchez
Mohammad Al Sahlawi
Fahad Al Muwallad
Mohammed Kanoo
Hattan Babhir
L. Torreira
M. Vecino
D. Laxalt
Cristian Rodríguez
Hussain Al Mogahwi
Taisir Al Jassim
L. Suárez
assist: C. Sánchez
Saudi Arabia (4-2-3-1)
Juan Antonio Pizzi Torroja (Manager)
F. Muslera
M. Cáceres
D. Godín
J. Giménez
G. Varela
Cristian Rodríguez
R. Bentancur
M. Vecino
C. Sánchez
L. Suárez
E. Cavani
Mohammed Al Owais
Yasir Al Shahrani
Ali Albulayhi
Osama Hawsawi
Mohammed Al Burayk
Abdullah Otayf
Taisir Al Jassim
Salem Al Dawsari
Salman Al Faraj
Hattan Babhir
Fahad Al Muwallad
Saudi Arabia (4-2-3-1)
Juan Antonio Pizzi Torroja (Manager)
Uruguay Subs
M. Campaña
S. Coates
G. De Arrascaeta
M. Gómez
D. Laxalt
N. Nández
M. Pereira
M. Silva
G. Silva
C. Stuani
L. Torreira
J. Urretaviscaya
Saudi Arabia Subs
Mansour Al Harbi
Abdulmalek Al Khaibri
Abdullah Al Maiouf
Hussain Al Mogahwi
Yasser Al Mosailem
Mohammad Al Sahlawi
Yehya Al Shehri
Abdullah Alkhaibari
Mohanad Aseri
Omar Hawsawi
Motaz Hawsawi
Mohammed Kanoo
13 SHOTS 8
10 FOULS 13
Pos Club P W D L GD Pts
Group A
1 Uruguay 3 3 0 0 5 9
2 Russia 3 2 0 1 4 6
3 Saudi Arabia 3 1 0 2 -5 3
4 Egypt 3 0 0 3 -4 0
Group B
1 Spain 3 1 2 0 1 5
2 Portugal 3 1 2 0 1 5
3 Iran 3 1 1 1 0 4
4 Morocco 3 0 1 2 -2 1
Group C
1 France 3 2 1 0 2 7
2 Denmark 3 1 2 0 1 5
3 Peru 3 1 0 2 0 3
4 Australia 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Group D
1 Croatia 3 3 0 0 6 9
2 Argentina 3 1 1 1 -2 4
3 Nigeria 3 1 0 2 -1 3
4 Iceland 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Group E
1 Brazil 3 2 1 0 4 7
2 Switzerland 3 1 2 0 1 5
3 Serbia 3 1 0 2 -2 3
4 Costa Rica 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Group F
1 Sweden 3 2 0 1 3 6
2 Mexico 3 2 0 1 -1 6
3 Korea Republic 3 1 0 2 0 3
4 Germany 3 1 0 2 -2 3
Group G
1 Belgium 3 3 0 0 7 9
2 England 3 2 0 1 5 6
3 Tunisia 3 1 0 2 -3 3
4 Panama 3 0 0 3 -9 0
Group H
1 Colombia 3 2 0 1 3 6
2 Japan 3 1 1 1 0 4
3 Senegal 3 1 1 1 0 4
4 Poland 3 1 0 2 -3 3
Tournament FIFA WC 2018 - Week 2
Stadium Rostov Arena
Match time Wed, 20 Jun 2018, 08:30 PM
Updated: Jun 20, 2018 22:23 PM | Published: Jun 20, 2018 15:17 PM
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