Uruguay defeat Saudi Arabia 1-0, qualify for knockout stages

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The Saudi Arabia team landed safely in Rostov despite the terrifying fire incident on plane

Anyway, he was off his game in the first match and Uruguay as a whole were so-so against Egypt, needing a late victor from Jose Gimenez to win by the single goal.

Uruguay and Russian Federation have both clinched a spot in the round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation on Wednesday thanks to the a 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia by La Celeste in their second group stage match.

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Oscar Tabarez hailed the importance of match-winner Luis Suarez after the striker fired Uruguay into the knockout stages of the World Cup.

The 31-year-old has a chequered World Cup past after his 2010 quarter-final handball against Ghana and his biting of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini four years ago, but has still scored five goals at the showpiece tournament in his career.

Bizarrely, two-time World Cup champions Uruguay have never beaten the "Green Falcons"; Saudi Arabia won a friendly in 2002 while a 2014 friendly ended in a draw.

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The Sky Blue should have beaten Egypt by a wider margin than they did but Luis Suarez could not finish multiple chances.

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Saudi Arabia also had to play most of the match without trusted midfielder Taisser Aljassam, who limped off before halftime with an injury after lunging forward for a challenge.

Yet with Portugal and Spain as prospective last-16 opponents, it remains to be seen what advantage either could grasp from winning the group when they meet in Samara on 25 June (15.00 BST kick-off).

"That was a huge blow to us and I'm proud of how my players came back from it", Pizzi said. "That's what I know".

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