Luis Suarez scores for Uruguay

Amateur footage captured flames coming out of the plane carrying Saudi Arabia’s players. Pic Twitter  KSAMore

This match of Group A in the Steve Arena is very important for both the teams.

Saudi Arabia will also go on the field with the prospect of revulsion and forgetting their shameful performance against host Russian Federation and will try to keep its hopes alive of reaching the next round.

The Saudis gave Carlos Alberto Parreira the chop after a 4-0 loss to hosts France in the group stages in 1998 - even though four years earlier he had won the World Cup with his native Brazil. He has scored 51 goals in 99 matches so far.

Luis Suarez hailed the "spectacular" achievement of Uruguay reaching the last 16 of the World Cup for the third time in succession - then announced his wife is expecting their third child. A win today means, Uruguay would get six points, and both Uruguay and Russian Federation would be six points clear of Egypt and Saudi Arabia with one game to be played ahead. A pair of goals were acknowledged in stoppage time, making the scoreline more asymmetrical, but they left Juan Antonio Pizzi-led national football club with a road to run against Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani and the rest of the Uruguay squad.

The World Cup 2018 Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia match begins at 8:30 pm (IST). "We still haven't hit our stride so we need to tweak some things."Uruguay and Russian Federation both have six points from their opening two matches, putting them into the round of 16 with a match to go".

The victory ensured the continuation of a proud record that started with Uruguay advancing all the way to the semi-finals of the 2010 World Cup.

In their last 10 World Cup games, Saudi Arabia have failed to score in eight matches.

Saudi Arabia, still smarting from their opening day 5-0 drubbing by Russian Federation, could make wholesale changes as they desperately try to stay in the tournament.

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