Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Sports | By Brandy Patterson

Plane carrying Saudi Arabia's World Cup team catches fire

Plane carrying Saudi Arabia's World Cup team catches fire

Suarez, 31, whose previous two World Cups both ended in bans after his infamous 2010 handball against Ghana and bite on Italy's Giorgio Chiellini four years later, took advantage of a goalkeeping error by Mohammed al-Owais to put Uruguay ahead midway through the first half.

Luis Suarez scored his 52nd goal for in his 100th game for Uruguay.

In the end, Uruguay managed to hold their nerve in the closing stages to grind out a 1-0 win that secures their spot in the round of 16.

"But this was our first match point, if we compare this to tennis, our second match point comes against Portugal".

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On his 100th global cap, the Barcelona striker tapped home the winning goal from close range in the 23rd minute - his first of the tournament.

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"We had a lot of the ball and moved it well and we are able to do what we aimed to do, but we conceded a goal in a moment of misfortune and then we didn't have the tools to equalize, even though we didn't really suffer in defense". The 31-year-old has seemingly been on the wane for club side Barcelona over the past year but against the Saudis, Suarez was desperate to get things going for his team right from the off, volleying the game's first effort as early as the second minute.

For Mohamed Salah and Co to stay alive in the World Cup, Saudi Arabia will have to win Wednesday night's fixture against the South Americans.

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Uruguay kept on with their tactics, and let Saudi Arabia come onto them.

After the thrashing they received in the opening match, they'll likely try to be more compact and sit back more, so Uruguay may need to work harder than Russian Federation did to break them down.

Pizzi has certainly improved Saudi Arabia's passing game but it all leads to nothing if there is little structure or off-the-ball movement for penetration. However, a Saudi Arabia victory will make the final group game for them and Uruguay the determining factor for advancing.

Saudi Arabia gave a far better performance than they produced in their 5-0 loss to the hosts but a poor mistake from replacement goalkeeper Mohammed Al Owais handed the South Americans the victor in Rostov-on-Don on Wednesday. Salah gives this team a slight edge and that should be the difference as they earn the win.

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