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ROSTOV-ON-DON Russia (Xinhua) -- Edinson Cavani [center left] of Uruguay shoots during a Group A match between Uruguay and Saudi Arabia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, June 20, 2018. XINHUA PHOTO - LU JINBO

Uruguay’s World Cup qualification “agonizing”: local press   

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 Arabia.

Wednesday’s win, 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 classification.”

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 advances.”

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 Cup.

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.

Suarez’s 52nd 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 to play.

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 100th appearance
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 Wednesday.

The 52nd 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.

“It’s spectacular, 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 tournament.

“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.

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