Embattled Saudi Arabia coach Juan Antonio Pizzi revealed the team has received no official explanation for the fire that affected their flight to Rostov-on-Don, where they will seek to bounce back from a humiliating 5-0 defeat suffered against Russian Federation in the opening match of the World Cup.
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.
A pair of goals were acknowledged in stoppage time, making the scoreline more asymmetrical, but they left Juan Antonio Pizzi-led national football club with a road to run against Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani and the rest of the Uruguay squad. For the first 20 minutes, both the teams fought each other simultaneously, but Suarez scored the goal after Uruguay's eyes filled with enthusiasm.
- Uruguay have played in 12 previous World Cups and have won the tournament twice, as hosts in the inaugural edition in 1930 and again in 1950 in Brazil.
"His sense of responsibility is remarkable", Tabarez said of Suarez. With the "Fubo Premier" bundle, you will get access to all four of the World Cup soccer TV channels in most markets.More news: Bourbon and Levi's prices to rise as European Union enforces tariffs on US
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Cavani almost made it 2-0 on a solo run through the opposing defense but his attempt was blocked by Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Mohammed Alowais.
"I do fancy them in this tournament", said Neville. All the teams out there are good we respect all of them. But they were outmatched by the Uruguayan defense and were under regular threat from Suarez and Cavani.
Saudi Arabia will perhaps provide no better opportunity for them to do so, given how far out of their depth they look and their struggles at the back. He also has nine goals in his last nine starts for Spain.
The stadium burst into life in the 23rd minute however, when an unmarked Suarez coolly tapped into an empty net from a corner kick after keeper Al-Owais came out but misjudged his jump and couldn't reach the ball.
Still, the Saudis would at least have walked off the field on Wednesday with their heads held high and they have one more chance for a final hurrah against the Egyptians in their final Group A encounter.