Saudi Arabia midfielder Taisir Al-Jassim said Tuesday that his team would try to "live up to their fans' hopes" in their second World Cup group stage match.
Saudi Arabia will play Uruguay at the Rostov Arena on Wednesday. They lost 5-0 to hosts Russia in the World Cup's opening match, while Uruguay beat Egypt 1-0 in their first game at this summer's tournament.
"Tomorrow's match will be very difficult. We didn't manage to live up to our fans' hopes in the match against Russia. I hope that we will live up to their expectations tomorrow. We'll try to improve... in the game with Uruguay. Many unexpected things always happen at the World Cup, we'll try to put in a better performance tomorrow," Al-Jassim told journalists.
The 33-year-old midfielder added that the team had quickly forgotten about their opening day defeat.
"We'll focus on the positive side of things. We want to fill our fans's hearts with happiness tomorrow," he said.