Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia


Mohammed Al-Breik will make the attempt.

After sneaking past Egypt in their World Cup opener with a stoppage-time victor, Uruguay will field a veteran side containing seven players aged 31 or over against Saudi Arabia as they seek a victory that would seal their place in the last 16.

The Saudi Arabia national team, now playing in the FIFA World Cup 2018, survived a scare after their plane caught fire mid-air. Replays show that the Uruguay centurion has a point but the goal-kick stands and Saudi Arabia have possession. Jose Gimenez scored the victor for Uruguay in the 89th minute.

Bizarrely, two-time World Cup champions Uruguay have never beaten the "Green Falcons"; Saudi Arabia won a friendly in 2002 while a 2014 friendly ended in a draw.

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In their final group stage game on June 25, Uruguay face Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia play Egypt.

Luis Suarez picks up his 100th cap for his country - the sixth man to do so - in a mostly unchanged starting XI from the side who edged Egypt on Friday.

With the hour mark approaching against Egypt and his side struggling to create chances, coach Oscar Tabarez removed young wingers Nahitan Nandez and Giorgian De Arrascaeta, aged 22 and 24 respectively, replacing them with hardened veterans Cristian Rodriguez, 32, and Carlos Sanchez, 33.

Saudi Arabia arrived safely in Rostov-on-Don for their second World Cup fixture despite a "technical failure" with the team's aircraft, the Saudi Arabian Football Federation has said. The pair face off for the third time in their history and in their first competitive meeting to boot - and on the back of Russia's 3-1 victory over Egypt yesterday, can La Celeste secure round of 16 football for them and their hosts with a game to spare? Watch the Live & Exclusive stream of the game on MAX HD3 & beIN SPORTS CONNECT.

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