Uruguay defeated Saudi Arabia 1-0 in a tight encounter which saw the Saudis control much of the ball, but fail to find the back of the net.
Barcelona star, Luis Suarez scored in the 23rd minute to put Uruguay in the lead as Saudi Arabia tried their best but failed to draw level. With this defeat, Saudi Arabia are out of contention.
Uruguay’s slender victory over Saudi Arabia ensured that they and host nation Russia reached the last 16 of the World Cup.
Luis Suarez scored the only goal at the Rostov Arena, sweeping in from close range on his 100th appearance for La Celeste.
The result was hard on the Green Falcons, who were knocked out despite a vast improvement from their 5-0 defeat by Russia in the tournament’s opening game.
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.
Russia’s 3-1 win over Egypt on Tuesday means both they and Uruguay have collected maximum points from their two Group A games and through to the next round.
Both nations are six points clear of third-placed Egypt with one game to play.