Russian Federation 2018: Suarez fires Uruguay into Round of 16

Jo Caldwell
June 23, 2018

"This World Cup is proving that what matters most is the result, and we're very proud to have reached the last 16 for the third time in a row".

"We have other priorities, more important than worrying about Cavani and Suarez".

Russian Federation defied pre-tournament expectations that they would flop on home soil, but some have predicted that Qatar will make history in 2022 by becoming the first host team to lose their opening game. It won't happen. Uruguay didn't play as well as many hoped they would on Gameday 1, and the team likely will recover its form against an apparently hapless Saudi Arabia.

The three points and a last-16 spot should have been wrapped up just after the hour mark, but Sanchez headed over when unmarked at the back post from a wonderful Edinson Cavani cross.

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"I think there is agreement that (Suarez) did not have his best game against Egypt, but players are not programmable robots". In this way, Suarez scored 52 goals in his 100th match. "Undoubtedly there were other factors aside from the pressure of playing in the opening game that made a difference, but it's true that the difference was enormous". Unlikely to concede at the back, they also have a forward line that is the envy of nearly every other nation at the World Cup. Remember in the past when we saw scoreboards of 10-1 in a World Cup? Precisely because, as you rightly said, they have two players in attack who are world-class players.

Cavani almost made it 2-0 on a solo run through the opposing defense but his attempt was blocked by Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Mohammed Alowais.

Facing elimination, the Saudis fought hard for a goal with Hatan Bahmi getting several early chances.

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.

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- Saudi Arabia are appearing at their first World Cup finals since 2006.

"We had a lot of ball possession and were able to impose our style of play and distribution", said Pizzi. "My aim is to stay on and to see this team grow".

"It was great. The main thing was that we won and advanced to the next round". Unfortunately we didn't create the opportunity we needed to equalize."Pizzi denied reports that Saudi officials had vetoed four players from the starting lineup on Wednesday".

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