FIFA's mega event continues as in the second match of the day Uruguay lock horns with Saudi Arabia at the Rostov Arena in the Group A tie.
After losing 5-0 to Russia in the opening game of the World Cup, Saudi Arabia face an Uruguayan side who beat Egypt 1-0 courtesy of a 90th-minute winner.
Uruguay’s win over Egypt was a typically tight opening round game, with limited chances as neither side wanted to lose. Saudi Arabia, however, looked completely out of their depth against hosts Russia.
Highlights of Russia vs Saudi Arabia:
# The referee blows his whistle for the final time to end this match. Uruguay 1-0 Saudi Arabia
# 90+3' Lucas Torreira (Uruguay) works the corner short instead of sending the ball into the penalty area.
# 90+3' Diego Laxalt (Uruguay) slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away. The referee and his assistant both point at the corner flag. Uruguay will have an opportunity to threaten the opposition's goal.
# 90+2' Yasir Al Shahrani (Saudi Arabia) carelessly slides into the feet of his opponent and he'll be lucky to avoid punishment. Clement Turpin blows for the foul but keeps his cards in his pocket on this occasion.
# 90+2' Yasir Al Shahrani (Saudi Arabia) collects a pass on the edge of the box and unleashes a low drive to the middle, but Fernando Muslera makes a save.
# 90' Mohammed Kanu (Saudi Arabia) jumps for a header from the resulting corner kick inside the box and sends the ball in on goal, but the goalkeeper makes a very good save.
# 4 min. of stoppage-time to be played.
# 89' CHANCE! Luis Suarez (Uruguay) wastes a big opportunity! He controls the ball after a nice low pass and shoots from a promising distance. His poor effort goes miles wide of the right post.
# 86' Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) dribbles his way to the edge of the box and drills a shot low towards the middle of the goal, but Mohammed Al Owais is equal to the effort and makes a good save.
# 82' Here is a change. Carlos Sanchez is going off and Oscar Tabarez gives the last tactical orders to Nahitan Nandez (Uruguay).
# 81' Mohammed Kanu (Saudi Arabia) trips an opposition player and Clement Turpin signals a foul.
# 80' CHANCE! A bullet header by Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) from inside the box has the power, but goes totally in the wrong direction, yards wide of the left post.
# 78' Fahad Mosaed Al Muwallad Al Harbi will be replaced by Mohammad Al Sahlawi (Saudi Arabia).
# 77' Diego Godin (Uruguay) is clearly in an offside position after the ball is played through to him and the linesman raises his flag.
# 76' Yasir Al Shahrani (Saudi Arabia) is obviously not following the Golden Rule: „Treat others as you want to be treated.“ He makes a bad challenge and leaves Clement Turpin with no other option than to blow for a foul.
# 76' Luis Suarez (Uruguay) attempts to feed Edinson Cavani with a chip pass, but Mohammed Al Owais reacts well and comes off his line to intercept.
# 75' Here's the change. Hattan Bahbir leaves the pitch and Mohammed Kanu (Saudi Arabia) comes on as a substitute.
# 70' Hussein Al Moghawi (Saudi Arabia) launches into a thunderous tackle on his opponent and the referee blows his whistle for a foul.
# 68' The free kick picks out Martin Caceres (Uruguay) in space, but his close-range header flies miles over the bar.
# 67' Salem Al Dawsari (Saudi Arabia) trips an opponent with a slide tackle. Clement Turpin stops the game and he could give him a card, but eventually decides on just a warning. That's a free kick to Uruguay.
# 66' Hattan Bahbir (Saudi Arabia) delivers a poor cross from a free kick as one of the defenders comfortably clears it away.
# 66' Hattan Bahbir (Saudi Arabia) is going to send the ball in from the free kick.
# 65' Jose Maria Gimenez (Uruguay) pulls the shirt of his opponent and the referee stops play for a foul. Saudi Arabia win a free kick and will be able to apply some pressure on the opposition goal.
# 65' Carlos Sanchez (Uruguay) crosses the ball into the box from the free kick, but the defence clears the danger.
# 64' Yasir Al Shahrani (Saudi Arabia) makes an overly-aggressive challenge and Clement Turpin blows his whistle for a foul. Uruguay are awarded the free kick.
# 63' Luis Suarez (Uruguay) collects a pass and finds himself in a good position to strike from the edge of the box, but his attempt is blocked.
# 62' CHANCE! Carlos Sanchez (Uruguay) blows a huge opportunity! He latches on to a perfect cross from the wing into the penalty area, but sends a bullet header narrowly over the crossbar!
# 61' Diego Laxalt (Uruguay) does his best to latch onto a cross into the box, but he can't get to the ball.
# 59' Substitution. Matias Vecino makes way for Lucas Torreira (Uruguay).
# 59' Oscar Tabarez has decided to substitute Cristian Rodriguez and he is replaced by Diego Laxalt (Uruguay).
# 56' Diego Godin (Uruguay) pulls the jersey of one of the opposition players and Clement Turpin blows his whistle for a foul.
# 53' Fahad Mosaed Al Muwallad Al Harbi (Saudi Arabia) is in a clear offside position and the linesman raises his flag.
# 51' Luis Suarez (Uruguay) fouls an opponent during an attacking move.
# 51' Luis Suarez (Uruguay) almost scores with a cheeky low shot towards goal that goes under the defensive wall, but Mohammed Al Owais is alert and makes a good save.
# 49' Salman Al Faraj (Saudi Arabia) was too forceful with his tackle and Clement Turpin interrupted the game to signal a free kick. Uruguay have a free kick.
# 48' Fahad Mosaed Al Muwallad Al Harbi (Saudi Arabia) fails to time his run beyond the last defender and the linesman makes a good call by signalling for offside after seeing the whole situation unfold.
# 48' A horde of players are waiting inside the penalty area for a cross from the corner, but Salem Al Dawsari (Saudi Arabia) takes it short.
# 47' The ball is cleared after Salem Al Dawsari (Saudi Arabia) attempted to dribble past an opposing player. The ball is out of play. A goal-scoring opportunity from a corner for Saudi Arabia.
# The second half gets underway.
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# 45+3' Clement Turpin has ended the first half by blowing the whistle.
# 44' Juan Antonio Pizzi is forced to make a change. Taisir Al Jassim is not able to carry on due to injury. He is replaced by Hussein Al Moghawi (Saudi Arabia).
# 41' Taisir Al Jassim (Saudi Arabia) is clearly asking for some medical attention with his painful gestures. The extent of his injury is yet to be discovered.
# 38' Abdullah Otayf (Saudi Arabia) gathers the pass and without hesitation smashes a shot in from long range, but it goes high over the bar.
# 37' A crossfield pass from Mohammed Al Burayk (Saudi Arabia) fails to find any of his teammates.
# Possession stats: Uruguay 45-55 Saudi Arabia.
# 35' Clement Turpin blows his whistle for a foul after Salem Al Dawsari (Saudi Arabia) hacks down one of his opponents.
# 32' Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) has picked up a minor injury, but it looks like he will be able to continue.
# 31' The game is interrupted now, Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) picks up a knock and the physio has to come on.
# 30' Referee Clement Turpin sees the trip by Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) and doesn't hesitate to blow his whistle.
# 29' CHANCE! Hattan Bahbir (Saudi Arabia) had a good opportunity when he latched on to a cross from the wing, but his strike wasn't accurate at all and the ball went well over the bar.
# 27' Saudi Arabia take the corner, but their hopes of scoring a goal end with nice clearance by the defence.
# 26' CHANCE! Hattan Bahbir (Saudi Arabia) produces a ferocious strike from the edge of the box. His dangerous effort towards the roof of the net is blocked by Fernando Muslera, who pulls off a superb save to keep the ball out of the net. Good work from Saudi Arabia as they win a corner.
# 25' Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) expertly controls the pass inside the penalty area and shoots, but it's inadvertently blocked a defender.
# 23' GOAL! Luis Suarez (Uruguay) scores from the corner kick. The ball slipped through the box to Luis Suarez (Uruguay) and he slotted it past the goalkeeper. Uruguay 1-0 Saudi Arabia.
# 22' Cristian Rodriguez (Uruguay) tries to slide the ball through to a teammate but it's well blocked by a defender. The referee and one of his assistants signal for a corner kick to Uruguay.
# 21' CHANCE! Carlos Sanchez (Uruguay) receives a precise pass and is given time inside the box to send a promising strike towards the middle of the goal. Mohammed Al Owais guesses his intention and denies him with a fine save.
# 20' Uruguay have been awarded a corner kick. Will they be able to take advantage of the situation by delivering a good ball into the penalty box?
# 20' Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) serves up a nice cross, but the defence clears the danger. The linesman points to the corner flag, Uruguay are going to take it.
# 18' CHANCE! Diego Godin (Uruguay) sends a long ball forward to Cristian Rodriguez, but he put too much power and the chance is gone. The ball is off of the pitch and it's a goal kick for Saudi Arabia.
# 17' Handball by Matias Vecino (Uruguay).
# 15' CHANCE! Luis Suarez (Uruguay) missed a big chance! He produces a stunning volley from inside the box, but his effort goes not far wide of the right post.
# 14' The game is interrupted. Abdullah Otayf (Saudi Arabia) has violated the rules in the battle for the ball. No protests or gestures are being made as he is quite aware of what he did.
# 12' CHANCE! Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) cushions the ball on his chest then hits a first-time volley high over the bar from inside the box.
# 12' Salem Al Dawsari (Saudi Arabia) jumps into a tackle and Clement Turpin blows his whistle for a foul.
# 8' A quickly taken corner by Saudi Arabia.
# 8' Mohammed Al Burayk (Saudi Arabia) takes the free-kick from mid-range but it's blocked by the defensive wall. Now Saudi Arabia have a corner.
# 7' Matias Vecino (Uruguay) tackles a bit over-zealously and Clement Turpin blows for a foul. Saudi Arabia earn a free kick.
# 6' Clement Turpin blows his whistle and signals a foul after Carlos Sanchez (Uruguay) brought his opponent down.
# 4' Poor challenge! Cristian Rodriguez (Uruguay) is penalised for tripping and Clement Turpin blows his whistle.
# 2' Luis Suarez (Uruguay) collects a pass on the edge of the box and unleashes a shot which is brilliantly blocked by a defender.
# 2' A spell of possession for Uruguay in an attempt to control the game.
# KICK OFF!
# Clement Turpin got the nomination for today's game and will try his best to be a fair judge and not make any mistakes.
# Stat attack: In their last 11 games at the World Cup, Uruguay have failed to score just once.
# Players to watch: Saudi ‘keeper Abdullah Al Muaiouf could be a busy man and needs to watch Uruguay defender José Giménez at set pieces.
30 minutes to go!
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Uruguay Playing XI: Muslera; Varela, Giménez, Godín, Cáceres; Sánchez, Vecino, Bentancur, Rodríguez; Cavani, Suárez.
Saudi Arabia Playing XI: Alowais, Osama, Ali, Alburayk, Salman, Hatan, Yasser, Otayf, Taiseer, Salem, Fahad.
Now, on to Match 2...June 20, 2018
Welcome to News Nation live coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2018! In the second match of the day, Uruguay lock horns with Saudi Arabia at the Rostov Arena in the Group A tie.