Suarez goal sees unconvincing Uruguay advance to World Cup knockout stages

first_imgUruguay booked their place in the last-16 of the 2018 World Cup after labouring to a 1-0 win over minnows Saudi Arabia.Luis Suarez’s goal in the first-half was all that separated the two sides in an uninspiring contest at the Rostov Arena. 3 Uruguay have been unconvincing in Russia so far 3 Sanchez should have scored in the second-half The Green Falcons went close on a couple of occasions but were unable to fully test their lacklustre opponents.The result also confirms Russia’s spot in the knockout stages while Juan Antonio Pizzi’s side exit the tournament.Although Uruguay beat Egypt in their opening game, Oscar Tabarez’s men played poorly and their flatness carried on into the start of their second game.However, they started to find a little bit of joy going forward after the 20-minute mark and Suarez opened the scoring on 23 minutes.center_img The striker took advantage of some dreadful goalkeeping from Mohammed Al-Owais to tap the ball into an empty net after a corner from the left was whipped in the box.Moments later, Edinson Cavani had a shot well blocked and at that point, you started to fear for Saudi Arabia who really collapsed in their first game – a 5-0 defeat to Russia – but the Green Falcons responded well.Hattan Bahebri’s effort from 25 yards needed to be helped over the bar by Fernando Muslera before Bahebri then missed a huge chance to level the game on 29 minutes but he could only sky his effort from six-yards out.After the break, Suarez had a deflected free-kick beaten away by Al-Owais, while Carlos Sanchez headed over Cavani’s lovely cross from the left just after the hour mark.On 68 minutes, Martin Caceres could have put the game beyond any doubt but he headed Sanchez’s free-kick from the right over.Cavani had two decent opportunities to double his side’s lead but the PSG hotshot lacked composure in front of goal as Uruguay settled for the 1-0 victory.STAR MANLa Celeste have been very disappointing in Russia so it’s hard to pick out a player who has performed well.However, Sanchez was the shining light in the Uruguay team. The full-back got himself forward on a number of occasions and put in some good crosses but his team-mates were unable to convert them effectively. 3 MOMENT OF THE MATCHThis was one of the more forgettable games of the World Cup so it’s hard to pick a standout incident.Therefore, Suarez’s goal has to be viewed as the moment of the match as that has been the difference between the two teams.LINE-UPSUruguay: Muslera, Varela, Gimenez, Godin, Caceres, Sanchez (Nandez 82), Vecino (Torreira 58), Bentancur, Rodriguez (Laxalt 58), Suarez, CavaniSubs not used: Campana, De Arrascaeta, Stuani, Gaston Silva, Maxi Pereira, Gomez, Coates, Urreta, Martin SilvaSaudi Arabia: Al-Owais, Al-Breik, Osama Hawsawi, Al Bulaihi, Al-Shahrani, Bahebri (Kanno 75), Al-Faraj, Otayf, Al-Jassam (Al-Moqahwi 44), Al Dawsari, Al-MuwalladSubs not used: Al-Muaiouf, Al-Harbi, Omar Hawsawi, Al-Shehri, Al-Sahlawi, Al-Khaibri, Al-Khaibari, Asiri, Motaz Hawsawi, Al-MosailemtalkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Suarez celebrates his first goal of the 2018 World Cup finals last_img read more