Uruguay v Saudi Arabia, Group A

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Uruguay sealed their place in the last 16 with an 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia that means the host nation Russian Federation are also through to the knockout stages.

Saudi Arabia were humbled by the hosts in the tournament's opening match and Uruguay seem an even tougher opponent for Juan Antonio Pizzi's side in Group A on Wednesday.

At least Suarez, who missed three sitters in Uruguay's 1-0 opening win against Egypt, was his vintage efficient self with his 52nd worldwide goal although he will not have dismissed fears he was not 100 percent fit.

It was the Barcelona striker's 100th cap for his nation, and he marked it with a 52nd goal, a fantastic return for a world-class hitman.

Luis Suarez netted the match's only goal in the 23rd minute in his 100th worldwide for Uruguay.

Suarez made a bright start, looking to make amends for his poor performance in the opening 1-0 win against Egypt, firing a left-footed volley from Cristian Rodriguez's knockdown which was blocked by Ali Al-Bulayhi.

"We need to fine-tune some things, but we are more than proud because for three World Cups in a row we have advanced to the knockout round, so we want to enjoy this lovely moment", Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said. "Today was another demonstration that it is so hard to win a game in a World Cup", said man-of-the-match Suarez. You don't see 10-0 games at the World Cup anymore. However, a Saudi Arabia victory will make the final group game for them and Uruguay the determining factor for advancing.

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. All the teams out there are good we respect all of them. "I have a lot of confidence in the team I'm going to put out tomorrow, they have a lot of experience", added the 72-year-old, who has coached Uruguay since 2006. "My aim is to stay on and to see this team grow".

"We are anxious to change our image, we need to forget our problems and focus on the positive elements to bring happiness to the hearts of the Saudis", said Al-Jassim.

Pizzi denied reports that Saudi officials had vetoed four players from the starting lineup on Wednesday. "That's what I know".

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