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25 June, 2018, 01:42 | Author: Hannah Francis
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But Group A favorites Uruguay are still widely expected to clobber Saudi Arabia, the second-lowest World Cup team in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings at No. 67. They will face the challenge of Suarez who wants to make this World Cup a memorable tournament for himself. World Cup 2018 Group A gets underway at 11 P.M.in Rostov Arena.

In 2010, the forward was sent off after making a last minute "save" against Ghana, which helped avoid defeat and saw the South Americans progress to the last four. The match finally reached in the penalty shootout and Uruguay reached the semi-finals by winning 4-2 in that.

The 31-year-old has been a controversial figure in the history of FIFA World Cup.

"There is no doubt that facing the Uruguayan team is hard and that it is known for its worldwide stars, but we are determined to improve our image from the previous match and the joy of the Saudi fans", said Saudi Arabia midfielder Taisir Al-Jassim. "And he has that enormous capacity to score goals", Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said.

Uruguay have lost just one of their last nine World Cup group games, While in last six games they have won five out of them.




Uruguay players have hit out at the way Suarez was subsequently treated by the footballing authorities, but their protests have garnered little empathy outside the country. However they had knocked out by Sweden in the round of 16 at that time.

Players of Uruguay celebrate victory after a Group A match between Uruguay and Saudi Arabia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, June 20, 2018.

Uruguay are looking to win their first two matches of a World Cup tournament for the first time since 1954.

Despite occasions of clever passing, the Saudis rarely threatened and managed only three shots on target in their two matches in Russian Federation.

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