Uruguay beat Saudi Arabia and went to the playoffs

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Saudi Arabia boss Juan Antonio Pizzi was proud of his team's efforts on Wednesday when they faced Uruguay, but the Argentina-born coach was left disappointed as Luis Suárez proved to be the difference in Rostov.

La Celeste snuck past Egypt 1-0 on Friday, a day after Saudi Arabia had been thrashed 5-0 by hosts Russian Federation in the opening match of the tournament.

The goal was special for Suarez, as not only did it guarantee a spot in the knockout stages, it was the striker's 100th cap for Uruguay.

"Over those 100 matches Suarez, perhaps not in all but in majority, has been a decisive player".

Sanchez and Suarez wasted half-chances to extend the lead for Uruguay, who also won their opener against Egypt 1-0 thanks to a set-piece goal, defender Jose Gimenez heading home a late victor.

"Well, as for the event yesterday [Monday], you've seen the pictures, they speak for themselves, but we don't know anything else, we have had no further info", he said.

"We have four points", Hierro said.

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"When we give them advice the most important thing is to be serene, cool and calm".

Cavani almost made it 2-0 for Uruguay with a solo run through the opposing defense but his attempt was blocked by Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Mohammed Alowais.

As one fan tweeted: "We (Arabs) have to be honest, we don't deserve to play in big tournaments". Saudis were unable to get real chances, let alone a goal in their first two matches.

Efficiency is something Saudi Arabia will have to massively improve on for the 2019 Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates but at least, in one game against Uruguay, they showed pride.

Saudi Arabia also had to play most of the match without trusted midfielder Taisser Aljassam, who limped off before halftime with an injury after lunging forward for a challenge.

"I have a lot of confidence in the team I'm going to put out tomorrow, they have a lot of experience", added the 72-year-old, who has coached Uruguay since 2006. "I hope we win our next match", he said. Abdullah Otayf also makes a start.

Suarez threatened with a free-kick which was theatrically repelled by Al Owais early in the second period, before Carlos Sanchez wasted a free header following a fine cross from Edinson Cavani.

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