Saudi Arabia Manager Praises 'Enormous' Improvement But Rues Defeat Against Uruguay

Saudi Arabia Manager Praises 'Enormous' Improvement But Rues Defeat Against Uruguay

Saudi Arabia Manager Praises 'Enormous' Improvement But Rues Defeat Against Uruguay

Suarez scored the winning goal in his 100th worldwide appearance for Uruguay, knocking in a corner kick from Carlos Sanchez in the 23rd minute to give the two-time champions a 1-0 victory over the Saudis on Wednesday (Thursday NZ Time).

Saudi Arabia are now out of the World Cup having lost their first two games, with one more game against Egypt on the cards purely to see who finishes bottom of the group. Playing his 100th global match for Uruguay, he scored his 52nd goal and became the first from his country to score in at three different World Cups.

For Mohamed Salah and Co to stay alive in the World Cup, Saudi Arabia will have to win Wednesday night's fixture against the South Americans. "We were happier after the match against Portugal, but we only had one point".

Uruguay's victory meant hosts Russian Federation also booked a ticket to the round of 16 with six points while Egypt are also knocked out with zero.

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Both teams struggled to create chances in the second half, with half-chances the best either could produce.

It is expected that against an Uruguay squad featuring strikers Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez, Pizzi will adopt a more defensive approach, but the Saudi Arabia manager says improvement for his team goes beyond tactics. "I was thinking that Saudi would win by two goals, and Uruguay would score one", he said.

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"We are more than proud because we've reached the knockout stage at three successive World Cups".

That is a cardinal rule for us."SAUDIS SHOW HEARTCavani almost made it 2-0 for Uruguay with a solo run through the opposing defense but his attempt was blocked by Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Mohammed Alowais".

Fernando Muslera had to tip over a long-range drive from Hattan Bahebri, who then missed a fine chance in the box, as Saudi Arabia responded well to falling behind.

Uruguay apart from that goal from Suarez had nothing to talk about. "It means so much more to a player", Tabarez said Tuesday.

The only Arab team now with any hope is Tunisia, and they face the task of trying to beat a Belgium side who some tip to win the World Cup, after losing 2-1 to England in their first game.

Saudi Arabia have conceded 14 headed goals at the World Cup and it could have been 15, Martin Caceres heading over in the 68th minute from another Sanchez delivery.

They also increased the good cross ahead but other players could not take advantage of this effort.

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