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Suarez Goal Sends Uruguay Into World Cup Last 16, Eliminates Saudi Arabia

Suarez's goal was by no means pretty, but it did the trick.

Luis Suarez marked his 100th international cap by sending Uruguay into the last 16 of the World Cup as the striker benefited from some poor goalkeeping to eliminate Saudi Arabia with a 1-0 win Wednesday.


Suarez tapped in a goal midway through the first half after keeper Mohammed Al-Owais failed to grab the ball on a corner. The goal put Uruguay second in Group A with a maximum six points, behind hosts Russia.

Saudi Arabia, who have not won a World Cup game since their debut in 1994, has zero points, just like Egypt, who lost 3-1 to Russia Tuesday.

Depending on the result of their last group game against Russia, Uruguay will take on either Spain, Portugal or Iran, who are still on course in Group B for a place in the quarter-finals.

Suarez's goal was by no means pretty, but it did the trick.

"All we wanted to do was to win and qualify for the next round. Today was another demonstration that it is so difficult to win a game in a World Cup," said man-of-the-match Suarez.

"This World Cup is proving that what matters most is the result, and we’re very proud to have reached the last 16 for the third time in a row."

At least Suarez, who missed three sitters in Uruguay's 1-0 opening win against Egypt, was his vintage efficient self with his 52nd international goal although he will not have dismissed fears he was not 100 percent fit.

Saudi Arabia, who suffered a minor scare when an engine on their plane caught fire before landing on Rostov-on-Don Monday, instead have not found the back of the net in their last four World Cup outings.



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