Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

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Saudi team safe after aircraft's 'technical failure'

But Group A favourites Uruguay are still widely expected to clobber Saudi Arabia, the second-lowest World Cup team in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings at No. 67.

Luis Suarez no doubt looked to rediscover his usual attacking verve on Tuesday as he trained in advance of Uruguay's second World Cup Group A fixture against Saudi Arabia.

However, Uruguay began to gain control of the match after 65 minutes, keeping a good shape at the back and not giving Saudi Arabia space to maneuver.

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It didn't seem to rattle the team, though, as Spain outplayed Portugal but ended in a 3-3 draw because of Ronaldo's hat trick . Nacho, as he did in the game on Friday night, held his hands up to protest his innocence.


The Saudis and Egyptians have yet to collect a point.

Suarez's goal was by no means pretty, but it did the trick.

However, while they largely eliminated their defensive errors and enjoyed more possession than their opponents, they were made to pay for one lapse by goalkeeper Mohammed Al Owais, whose misjudgement allowed Suarez to score. Given Uruguay's superior talent level, manager Oscar Tabarez could opt to rotate his squad and prevent any key players from picking up any injuries.

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As for the hosts, they got the tournament off to an unexpectedly joyous start in the first game when they walloped Saudi Arabia . Fathi's attempted clearance for the first goal was sloppy, as was Ali Gabr's attempt at closing down Dzyuba for the third goal.


Saudi Arabia seems unlikely to emulate the surprisingly strong performances of underdogs Mexico and Switzerland, and the players themselves seem to be preparing the ground for another defeat.

A win over Saudi Arabia would secure two-time winners Uruguay's place in the last 16 of the World Cup and Tabarez will opt for a wealth of experienced heads, with wingers Cristian Rodriguez and Carlos Sanchez set to be promoted to the starting line-up after both coming off the bench against Egypt.

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

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Paris Saint-Germain striker Cavani came close to emulating Suarez by scoring in a third World Cup, but his low shot was smothered by the onrushing Al-Owais.

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