Tuesday 17 July 2018

Suarez strikes on his 100th appearance

Uruguay 1 Saudi Arabia 0

Uruguay's Luis Suarez celebrates scoring. Photo: AP
Uruguay's Luis Suarez celebrates scoring. Photo: AP

With a single goal, Luis Suarez settled the fate of four teams in the group stage of the World Cup.

The striker, who was making his 100th appearance in his national team's light blue, scored to give Uruguay a spot in the round of 16. The result, though, had a domino effect in Group A. It also confirmed hosts Russia into the next round while eliminating both Saudi Arabia and Egypt at the same time.

Saudi Arabia's Salem Al-Dawsari with Uruguay's Guillermo Varela. Photo: Reuters
Saudi Arabia's Salem Al-Dawsari with Uruguay's Guillermo Varela. Photo: Reuters

Suarez, who was kicked out of the last World Cup for biting an opponent during a match, knocked in a corner kick from Carlos Sanchez in the 23rd minute for his 52nd goal for his country.

"We are more than proud because we've reached the knockout stage at three successive World Cups. It's a beautiful moment and we want to enjoy it," Suarez said. "We still haven't hit our stride so we need to tweak some things."

Uruguay and Russia both have six points from their opening two matches, putting them into the round of 16 with a match to go. They will face each other on Monday in Samara.

Saudi Arabia's Mohammed Al-Owais makes a save. Photo: Reuters
Saudi Arabia's Mohammed Al-Owais makes a save. Photo: Reuters
Saudi Arabia coach Juan Antonio Pizzi. Photo: Reuters
Saudi Arabia coach Juan Antonio Pizzi. Photo: Reuters
Saudi Arabia's Salman Al-Faraj battles for the ball with Uruguay's Matias Vecino. Photo: Reuters
Saudi Arabia's Salman Al-Faraj battles for the ball with Uruguay's Matias Vecino. Photo: Reuters

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