World Cup – Uruguay-Saudi Arabia
After Russia’s second win in Group A against Egypt, Uruguay takes on Saudi Arabia at the Rostov Arena in a match from the 2018 World Cup. Just like the Russian team, Uruguay will try to record its second win in the group stages, which will mean a qualification for the 1/8-finals. This is the big goal in front of La Celeste.
Despite of being one of the best teams in South America, Uruguay didn’t impress very much against Egypt in the first round. The most important thing is that they won the game after a late goal by Jose Gimenez, but Uruguay’s performance in this match was not as good as everyone expected. Not with the players this team have.
If Uruguay manages to beat Saudi Arabia, and everyone expects that this is going to happen, La Celeste will continue the fight with Russia for the first spot in the group. Both teams will have 6 points each, before their direct clash in the third round.
For Saudi Arabia it’s a matter of honour to do better in this match. The Green Falcons brought a serious dissapointment to its fans by losing with 0-5 against the hosts Russia in the first round. Led by the Copa America winner Juan Antonio Pizzi, Saudi Arabia didn’t expect a result like this in their opening game in the tournament. The only way in which the Green Falcons could hope for reaching the knockout phase of the World Cup is winning against Uruguay. It sounds like a tough task, but there’s nothing impossible when we talk about competitions of this calibre.
One of Uruguay’s biggest stars Luis Suarez will play his 100th game for La Celeste against Saudi Arabia. The Barcelona striker is arguably one of the best players which Uruguay have ever produced. Suarez had a quiet day against Egypt in the first round, but now he’s eager to shut critics and show what he’s really capable of. If he and his partner in attack Edinson Cavani find their right rhythm, it would mean that Saudi Arabia will have some serious problems.
Meanwhile Juan Antonio Pizzi is ready to make some changes in his starting line-up after the fiasco against Russia. Some of his players dissapointed him against Sbornaya, so don’t be surprised to see Pizzi looking at his bench. It’s now or never type of situation for Saudi Arabia, so Pizzi have to take some tough decisions.
We regard Uruguay as a big favourite against Saudi Arabia. La Celeste did not perform in the best way possible against Egypt, but now Suarez, Cavani, Godin and the rest are ready to demonstrate their true class against Saudi Arabia. The Green Falcons on the other hand are aware that this is their last chance to fight for something more at the World Cup. In 1994 Saudi Arabia reached the knockout stage in their debut appearance at the tournament. Can they do it again now? It’s going to be tough, but nothing is impossible in football.