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Luis Suárez sends Uruguay through with victory over Saudi Arabia

  Luis Suárez sends Uruguay through with victory over Saudi Arabia

Uruguay sealed their place in the last 16 with an 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia that means the host nation Russia are also through to the knockout stages.

Luis Suárez opened the scoring from close range after 23 minutes. The Saudi goalkeeper Mohammed al-Owais attempted to claim an inswinging corner but got nowhere near the ball, allowing the striker to tap home.

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Saudi Arabia put up more of a fight than they had in their opening 5-0 defeat to Russia but struggled to test Fernando Muslera in the Uruguay goal. The defeat means both they and Egypt are eliminated from the tournament after successive defeats.

Group A concludes on Monday, with Uruguay playing Russia in Samara in what amounts to a play-off for top spot – the hosts will need only a draw to ensure they progress as group winners – while Saudi Arabia face Egypt in Volgograd.

   
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