MONTEVIDEO Uruguay (Xinhua) --
Uruguayan press on Wednesday described the
country’s qualification for the knockout stage of the 2018 World
Cup in Russia as “agonizing”, after a 1-0 win against Saudi
thanks to a single goal from Barcelona’s Luis Suarez, ensured
the South American team qualifying alongside their Russian hosts
with a game still to be played. The renowned goalscorer struck
in the 23rd minute.
The local press said
the national team’s “Garra Charrua”, the term for the Uruguay’s
gritty, fighting spirit, was “in doubt” following two tame wins
against poor opposition. Uruguay also won their first game 1-0,
against the now eliminated Morocco.
The Uruguayan daily
newspaper, El Observador, said “la Celeste (The Sky Blue) did
not play well, but won its second game and ensured
El Pais said that
“without playing well Uruguay beat Saudi Arabia to qualify for
the last 16”, adding “the only goal of the game came from Luis
Suarez after a terrible goalkeeping error.”
Tenfield, a website
specializing in sports said “Celeste won although they didn’t
have a good game. With this second valuable win, Uruguay
Both Uruguay and
Russia have qualified for the knockout stage and will meet
Monday for the last game of Group A.
The game’s result
will decide who finishes in first place in the group.
Uruguay coach Tabarez content
as his side qualify for last 16 of World Cup
MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua) --
Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez refused to get
carried away following his side’s 1-0 win against Saudi Arabia
which means they have qualified for the last 16 of the World Cup
with a game still to play in the group stage of the 2018 World
Luis Suarez’s 23rd
minute goal means Uruguay have now qualified for the last 16 in
three consecutive World Cup finals.
“You need results
now and then to show you are on the right track, people say we
have done things we haven’t done before, but we are more worried
about what we have to do in terms of work and planning,” said
Tabarez, who was delighted to have qualified for the last 16
before they face hosts, Russia.
“We can now play
against Russia with both sides qualified for the next round, it
will be in front of their fans and a party in the stadium and a
chance for us to work on things before the knockout round,”
commented the veteran coach, who added his side were “in good
shape and this serves for what will come afterwards.”
Tabarez said he was
disappointed with his side’s first half display and their
inability to kill off a rival who worked hard but failed to
create clear chances.
“We controlled the
things more at the end of the game, but a ball into your area is
always dangerous,” he said.
Saudi Arabia coach
Juan Antonio Pizzi, whose side are now out of the tournament,
admitted that his side had not been good enough to take anything
from an experienced rival.
“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.”
“We couldn’t create
situations which allowed us to draw level,” said Pizzi, who was
nevertheless content his players had improved their opening day
performance against Russia.
“I want the Saudi
people to feel proud of the effort we give in every match and I
think today we did that. Sadly, we have no chance of qualifying,
but we will make the effort in the final game that our pride in
Saudi Arabia deserves,” he promised.
Centurion Suarez scores the
only goal as Uruguay
beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 in World Cup
ROSTOV-ON-DON Russia (Xinhua) --
Uruguay beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 in their
World Cup Group A match in the Rostov Arena on Wednesday thanks
to a 23rd minute goal from Luis Suarez, who was
making his 100th appearance for his country.
international goal means that Uruguay and Russia have both
qualified for the knockout stages of the competition, while
Saudi Arabia and Egypt are eliminated with one group match still
It was a relatively
dull match in Rostov-On-Don with Uruguay happy to control things
against a rival who tried hard but lacked the ability to create
clear chances against a defense well-marshalled by Diego Godin
and Jose Gimenez.
Suarez happy after goal in his
qualifies Urugugay for last 16 in Russia
ROSTOV-ON-DON Russia (Xinhua) --
Luis Suarez had a day to remember as he scored
the only goal of the game to give Uruguay a 1-0 win against
Saudi Arabia in their World Cup Group A game in Rostov-On-Don on
goal of Suarez’s international career came in his 100th
appearance for his country and means his side have qualified for
the last 16 of the tournament after just two games.
we are more than proud that we have been in the last 16 for
three consecutive World Cup,” said Suarez after the game.
He has now scored in
three consecutive World Cups and is the first Uruguayan to
achieve this feat.
Suarez scored in the
23rd minute of a match Uruguay controlled, but in
which they failed to kill off a rival who are now out of the
“We are not playing
as we’d like to play, but we have seen in this World Cup that
it’s results that matter,” he admitted, but denied they had
underestimated the Saudis.
“We wanted to win
and qualify for the next round. This game shows how hard it is
to win in the World Cup. What matters in the World Cup finals
are goals,” commented Suarez.
Uruguay coach Oscar
Tabarez also had words for the striker.
“He is a generous
player and there are other things he has shown in his career. He
has personality and a great sense of responsibility and he is
able to take the pressure. Maybe he has one bad game, but you
know in the next game he will perform, and he is vital for the
team,” Tabarez told the press.