Uruguay Beat Saudi Arabia To Send Themselves And Russia Into Last 16
23 June, 2018, 19:29 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
Russia's 3-1 win over Egypt on Tuesday means both they and Uruguay have collected maximum points from their two Group A games.
"This World Cup is proving that what matters most is the result, and we're very proud to have reached the last 16 for the third time in a row".
"We hope to improve our image by proving our presence in the tournament", he said. The former took on an Egyptian squad missing its star player and escaped with a 1-0 win thanks to a later header goal by Jose Gimenez and despite two missed scoring chances by Luis Suarez. He fell back to defend and raced forward on the counterattack.
As one fan tweeted: "We (Arabs) have to be honest, we don't deserve to play in big tournaments". "And he has that enormous capacity to score goals", Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said. "He assumes the pressure, which he lives under and it gives him a unique character".
And there were also moments of promise from Fahad Al Muwallad and Mohamed Kanno without there ever quite being enough thrust or accuracy to trouble their South American opponents or deliver a first victory in 12 World Cup matches.
"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 anxious 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.
One reason why you shouldn't trust a group table during World Cups is because it often paints a wrong picture. All the teams out there are good we respect all of them.
Saudi Arabia's last outing against the host was nothing less than a horror show, 5-0.
Facing elimination, the Saudis fought hard for a goal with Hatan Bahmi getting several early chances. After being blown out 5-0 versus Russian Federation and dealing with a scary incident in which the team's plane caught fire in the air following the game, it would have been easy for Saudi Arabia to suffer a letdown on the pitch.
"I am more satisfied with the team now after this match because the first game was really bad".
If any team should be seen as a smart outside bet for a place in the Final on July 15th, it should be Uruguay.
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