Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani will look to find their groove to seal Uruguay's third consecutive passage to the knockout rounds against first-round strugglers Saudi Arabia.
Suarez scored the winning goal in his 100th worldwide appearance for Uruguay, knocking in a corner kick from Carlos Sanchez in the 23rd minute to give the two-time champions a 1-0 victory over the Saudis on Wednesday (Thursday NZ Time).
On his 100th worldwide cap, the Barcelona striker tapped home the winning goal from close range in the 23rd minute - his first of the tournament.
Uruguay have only won their first two matches at a World Cup on two occasions prior to 2018, the aforementioned campaign in 1954 and the 1930 tournament where they were the hosts and eventual winners. It won't happen. Uruguay didn't play as well as many hoped they would on Gameday 1, and the team likely will recover its form against an apparently hapless Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia were dealt a blow just before half-time as Hussain Almoqahwi replaced the injured Taiseer Aljassam following a coming-together with Suarez.
"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.
Before the game, Ibrahim Al-Turki had been optimistic about Saudi Arabia's chances. Time will tell whether that 5-0 by Russian Federation is evidence of Ruskie excellence or Saudi hopelessness but either way, I would be absolutely astonished if they get through the group. "That's spectacular and we have to enjoy this lovely moment".
The Pharaohs, who have lost hopes of proceeding in the world's most prestigious football tournament, from which they had been absent for 28 years, have chose to cancel a scheduled training session on Wednesday to rest the players.
"We are not playing the way we like, but as we have seen in the World Cup, what counts are the results".
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With temperatures reaching 33 degrees Celsius, two-time world champions Uruguay and Saudi Arabia got off to a cautious start. You don't see 10-0 games at the World Cup anymore.