Despite the best efforts of the Saudi Arabian side (who were dismantled by Russia 5-0 on the opening day), they still fell to an error of their own doing, as replacement goalkeeper Mohamed Al-Owais failed to collect a cross, allowing Barcelona’s Luis Suarez to finish into an unguarded net.

While Uruguay named a relatively similar squad to the one which triumphed over Egypt, Saudi Arabia rung in the changes, most notably by dropping their top scorer during qualifying, Mohammed Al-Sahlawi.

Saudi Arabia began on the front foot, appearing more decisive with the ball than they were against Russia.

The Saudi defence was also considerably more comfortable in the match, with each of the four-man backline coming from Saudi Club side Al-Hilal.

Uruguay continued their impressive run of maintaining a clean sheet throughout all their matches in 2018, defending astutely against the energy of Saudi Arabia.


Fernando Muslera 6 —

Imposed himself well as he collected Saudi Arabia's crossed efforts with ease.

Guillermo Varela 4.5 —

Nearby throughout, as he was dispossessed due to his poor decision making numerous times, causing more problems for his side than necessary. Although, he was an effective outlet due to his pace and driving runs.

Jose Gimenez 7—

Battled throughout the match with Saudi Arabia’s makeshift striker, Fahad Al-Muwallad, never faltering in the face of the challenge presented.

Diego Godin 6 —

Diligently defended and held up well against the tenacity of the opposition.

Martin Caceres 6 —

Had his work cut out due to the constant efforts of Saudi Arabia down his flank, but he stood up well enough. Arguably should have done better with his header off of a second-half free kick.