Uruguay vs. Saudi Arabia Preview

Uruguay vs. Saudi Arabia Preview

Saudi Arabia may be heading out of the World Cup after losing 1-0 to Uruguay, but coach Juan Antonio Pizzi said his side had recovered their dignity after a much improved performance compared with their opener - an embarrassing 5-0 defeat to Russian Federation.

Uruguay defeated Egypt 1-0 in their first match, while Saudi Arabia lost to host Russian Federation 0-5.

The result, though, had a domino effect in Group A. It also put host Russian Federation into the next round while eliminating both Saudi Arabia and Egypt at the same time.

Luis Suarez got lucky with an easy chance just three yards away from the goal, goalkeeper Al Owais made a terrible mistake of coming out and a Suarez easy tap remained unmarked in a gifted corner. However they had knocked out by Sweden in the round of 16 at that time.

Saudi Arabia have conceded 14 headed goals since their debut in 1994 in World Cups, more than any other team over that period.

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His side play Egypt in their final Group A game next Monday, when only pride will be at stake as the north African side are also heading home after losing twice.

The Barcelona striker seems to have learnt his lesson hard after missing a slew of easy chances to score in their opening fixture, making a narrow escape against Egypt by a goal. All the teams out there are good we respect all of them.

The only goal for the Uruguayans gave a blunder of goalkeeper Mohammed al Owais made a mistake on the exit and allowed Luis Suarez celebrated the winning goal in his 100th match in the national team shirt. Suarez is the most successful player of Uruguay.

Saudi Arabia initially showed far greater defensive resilience following their 5-0 defeat in the match against Russian Federation. We couldn't equalize, but we controlled the play.

"That was a huge blow to us and I'm proud of how my players came back from it", Pizzi said.

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