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Sunday 22 July 2018

Suarez pounces for Uruguay win

Group A: Uruguay 1 Saudi Arabia 0

Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez marked his 100th international cap by sending Uruguay into the last 16 of the World Cup as the striker benefited from some poor goalkeeping to eliminate Saudi Arabia with a 1-0 win in Rostov.

Suarez tapped in midway through the first half after keeper Mohammed Al-Owais failed to grab the ball on a corner. The goal put Uruguay second in Group A with a maximum six points behind hosts Russia.

Saudi Arabia, who have not won a World Cup game since their debut in 1994, have zero points, just like Egypt, who lost 3-1 to Russia on Tuesday.

Depending on the result of their last group game against Russia, Uruguay will take on either Spain, Portugal or Iran, who are still on course in Group B for a place in the quarter-finals.

Suarez's goal was by no means pretty, but it did the trick.

"All we wanted to do was to win and qualify for the next round. Today was another demonstration that it is so difficult to win a game in a World Cup," Suarez. said

"This World Cup is proving that what matters most is the result."

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