Russia 2018: Russia, Uruguay advance to Round of Sixteen

The Saudi Arabia national team arriving in Rostov on Don for their FIFA World Cup 2018 match

Uruguay on Wednesday booked their place in the FIFA World Cup knockout stage along with Russian Federation, as Luis Suarez scored the victor on his 100th global appearance in a 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in Rostov-on-Don. He missed it, the ball made its way through and an unmarked Suarez tapped it inside the empty goal to hand Uruguay the lead.

Speaking following BBC's coverage of the game, former Ivory Coast legend Didier Drogba believes we haven't seen the best of Oscar Tabarez's men just yet, but was not impressed with the quality on show from either side.

The match should be routine and could secure Uruguay's passage to the knockout stage, but with Suarez, football fans know very few things are mundane. Some of them have scored goals in the opening match.

"Now that we have come to the hotel, we have forgotten all the events that took place, whether it is the previous match or the accident of yesterday", he said.

"We have to offer them the tools so on bad days they can overcome that".

"We were able to control the match at the very end but if you have the opponent with the ball in your box, that's always risky".

Uruguay may make changes to midfield, bringing in Carlos Sanchez and Cristian Rodriguez ahead of Nahitan Nandez and Giorgian De Arrascaeta tomorrow.

Temperatures hovered around 33 degrees Celsius at kick-off and the Saudis had more possession in the first 20 minutes.

"We are not shy, we go for it, we are really determined", Queiroz added.

After a dim start to the first half, the Uruguayans had the first sight at goal after Martin Caceres broke out wide and played in a cross for Edinson Cavani, who failed to convert on 12 minutes.

The Barcelona striker seems to have a flair for a milestone match after getting sent off in his debut against Colombia in 2007 and scoring against Bolivia in his 50th cap.

Still, the Saudis would at least have walked off the field on Wednesday with their heads held high and they have one more chance for a final hurrah against the Egyptians in their final Group A encounter.

In the 86th minute, Cavani got a chance for a second for Uruguay as he picked up the ball on the halfway line and ran it all the way into the box, but was stopped by the Saudi defense.

The La Celeste led by veteran Luis Suarez will be seeking a redemption as they continue their campaign in the World Cup for a second match.

Uruguay began the second period with greater objective, and Suarez went close to a second when al-Owais palmed clear his low free-kick.

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