As it happened: Luis Suarez scores on 100th appearance to put Uruguay into the last 16 of the World Cup

As it happened: Luis Suarez scores on 100th appearance to put Uruguay into the last 16 of the World Cup

Jordan Cronin
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Russia and Uruguay will now battle it out for top spot in Group A while Egypt and Saudi Arabia both play for pride. The wait for their first World Cup win since 1994 goes on… 

Uruguay seemed happy enough to sit back and soak up the pressure from a Saudi Arabia side, who unsurprisingly lacked the quality in the final third despite holding the higher possession stats. Anyhow, job done for Óscar Tabárez men, who win their two opening group matches for the first time since 1954 - not forgetting two clean sheets. 

FULL-TIME: A Luis Suarez goal on his 100th appearance is enough to see Uruguay into the knockout stage of the World Cup for third consecutive time. 

90: Al-Shahrani's corner is too deep as substitute Kanno can only produce a tame header - resulting in an easy save for Muslera. Four minutes added time to go... 

86: Nearly the second goal for Uruguay. Cavani has no support so has to go alone - a run starting just off the halfway line. The PSG is intercepted on the edge of the box but gets the luck of the rebound before his shot is gathered by Al Owais

82: Final change for Uruguay now as Sánchez is replaced by Nahitan Nández. Saudi still witnessing the better side of possession but still struggling to make it count 

78: Third and final substitution from Saudi Arabia - Al-Muwallad off,  Mohammed Al Sahlawi on. Last throw of the dice... 

77: Another free-kick from Sánchez causes Saudi problems as Cáceres is denied a shot on goal by his own teammate - Diego Godín

75: Quarter of an hour remaining and Saudi Arabia are running out of ideas. Mohammed Kanno has been thrown on in place of Bahebri. Can Pizzi's men sneak an equaliser? I'd be surprised

68: Sanchez finds the head Cáceres who should at least hit the target but heads over. Uruguay quietly continuing to build as Saudi start to tire

67: It's delivered near post and it is a good header away from Suarez. One attack later, Suarez now wins Uruguay a free-kick in a similar position to the one he previously defended 

65: Saudi reminding everyone of the pace they possess on the counter as Al Mogahwi races forward and wins free-kick on the left-hand side... 

61: A chance goes begging from Sánchez. Quick free-kick is taken to find Cavani out left, he delivers expertly onto the head of the Santos man but he can only head over

The hour mark is followed by two substitutions from Uruguay: Diego Laxalt and Lucas Torreira on. Vecino and Rodriguez off. 

55: Uruguay looking in full control now with more football being playing in the Saudi final third

51: Suarez - 30 yards out - sees his free-kick catch the edge of the wall - bringing a camera save from keeper Al Owais to parry it away from goal 

45: Uruguay get us back underway. They are 45 minutes away from confirming their place in the last 16 of the World Cup

Uruguay are far from the standards expected by Óscar Tabárez. If they continue to play like this, naturally they run the risk of letting Saudi back into this one. That said, the message will be to get the second goal which will surely kill The Green Falcons off. 

Perhaps if The Green Falcons had shown more ambition to really test the Uruguay backline, they might have been level – and should have been level - with a very good opportunity on 28 minutes. Yasir Al-Shahrani’s carved out a deeply weighted cross towards Hattan Bahebri, but he blasted over from close range. 

Saudi Arabia have controlled the possession throughout the first-half but were ultimately undone by their own downfall when keeper Mohammed Al-Owais failed to claim Carlos Sánchez corner – leaving that man Luis Suarez to tap home into an empty net on 23 minutes

HALF-TIME: Uruguay are ahead at the break against a Saudi Arabia team, who have arguably been the better side... 

43: Quite a comical moment from Saudi Arabia. Al-Jassim goes down with a clear hamstring injury but his eventual replacement - Al Mogahwi isn't ready so Al-Jassim is pushed back onto the pitch! 

36: Not much happening since Suarez' opener but Saudi Head Coach Pizzi will be happy with his team's response. Controlling possession well though just lacking that finishing touch 

28: Wow - big chance for Saudi Arabia to equalise. Al-Shahrani floats a cross in which falls to the feet of Bahebri, who fires over on the half-volley from close range. It doesn't take a genius to know that in games like this, you need to take those type of chances... 

23: Sanchez delivers a corner from the left-hand side - Saudi goalkeeper Al Owais flaps at it leaving Suarez to tap home into an empty net. He was never going to miss from there, was he? 

GOAL! Uruguay open the scoring - and you know who... Luis Suarez! 

21: Saudi Arabia break from Uruguay's first corner of the game - Al-Muwallad is found in the box - he produces a step over before firing over Muslera's goal. 

15: Great work by Sánchez to keep the ball in at the by-line and pick out Suarez. The Barcelona striker takes the shot on but it is deflected behind. Goal kick wrongly awarded. Decent start at the Rostov Arena - hopefully more of the same to follow!

11: Just over 10 minutes gone and it's Saudi Arabia who have made the brighter start. Let's see if they can make it count... 

8: Al-Faraj's effort deflects off the wall and out for a corner - which is gathered by Muslera

7: Saudi Arabia win a free-kick just off the edge of the D as Bahebri goes down under a challenge from Vecino

2: Suarez launches Uruguay straight on the attack, and that requires a good block from Saudi centre-back Al-Boleahi

1: Saudi Arabia get us underway at the Rostov Arena in their second Group A match...

The teams are making their way onto the pitch. We'll have the respective national anthems before we get our match updates underway. Hopefully, we'll see plenty of goals... 

Pizzi will be hoping his four fresh faces inspire an improved performance by perhaps going one better and registering their first shot on target of the World Cup

Saudi Arabia Head Coach Juan Antonio Pizzi said he was "feeling shame" after their 5-0 defeat to Russia, and has responded by making four changes to The Green Falcons' starting 11. Goalkeeper Abdullah Almuaiouf has been left out in favour of Mohammed Al Owais. Pizzi has also opted for one change in defence - Ali Albulayhi, midfield - Hatan Bahbri and attack - Fahad Al-Muwallad

The Saudi Arabia Football Federation have just released a statement answering rumours regarding the Saudi Arabian plane reportedly catching fire whilst travelling to the Rostov Arena. It said: "All the Saudi national team players have arrived safely and currently are staying in their residence. The fire was merely an accident."

Carlos Sánchez, who assisted Jose Giménez' late winner on Friday, comes in for Nahitan Nández. Cristian Rodríguez is the other change - replacing Giorgian De Arrascaeta. 

Uruguay, who know a victory will guarantee their place in the last 16, have opted for two changes from the team that beat Egypt 1-0. 

Uruguay: Muslera, Varela, Giménez, Godín, Cáceres, Sánchez, Vecino, Bentancur, Rodríguez, Suárez, Cavani

Saudi Arabia: Al Owais, Al-Burayk, Osama Hawsawi, Al-Boleahi, Al-Shahrani, Al-Jassim, Ateef, Al-Dawsari, Al-Faraj, Bahebri, Al-Muwallad 

The teams are in, and as expected, Luis Suarez makes his 100th appearance for Uruguay! 

But hey ho, who knows? If you rewind back to 24 years ago, Saudi earned a famous win over Belgium to reach the knockout stage - their last win at the World Cup.

Anyhow, as you would expect, conceding five goals against a side who are somehow ranked three places below them in the world rankings, offers no real optimism - and the prospect of facing Uruguay is probably slightly more daunting.

If Saudi can take any positives from Thursday's defeat, in parts, they did cause Russia problems on the counter-attack. Their wingers are quick and can prove dangerous if their full-backs can get beyond them. Left-back Yasir Al-Shahrani showed that around 15 minutes in when Mohammad Al-Sahlawi went inches away from levelling the scores.

Saudi Arabia marked their 12-year absence from the World stage with a 5-0 drubbing against hosts Russia in the World Cup opening ceremony. If a 10-minute performance from Robbie Williams can't inspire you, then I don't know what can. Maybe they haven’t forgiven him for leaving Take That...

Uruguay will no doubt commit bodies forward so those wide areas could be key if Saudi are to earn a shock result. Perhaps they will look to play for set pieces too. Salman Al Faraj and Alburayk have shown they are more than capable of delivering inviting balls into the box.

The Barcelona striker, especially, appeared a frustrated figure last time out -  so perhaps the early stages in this one could be crucial to see what Suarez turns up. Everyone knows how much Suarez is adored by his country - so it won't be a surprise to anyone if he is the man to fire his side into the last 16.

Despite possessing the firepower of Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez, Uruguay's winner came from an unlikely source in Atlético Madrid defender Jose Giménez when he powered home Carlos Sanchez' free-kick. Suarez, in particular, will be hoping he hits better form in his 100th appearance - squandering numerous chances against the Egyptians

For all their possession, Uruguay had to wait until the 89th minute to see off Egypt on Friday - a performance which led to some people questioning the Uruguayan credentials with many tipping them to be one of the dark horses in the tournament.

Following Russia’s tie with Egypt last night, Uruguay and Saudi Arabia are preparing for their second round fixture, and Óscar Tabárez’ men know a win will see them advance to the knockout stage. For Saudi, their search for their first World Cup win since their 1994 success continues - and their previous result suggests their search is going to last a little longer.

Good evening everyone, and welcome to our coverage of today’s World Cup Group A game between Uruguay and Saudi Arabia. I’m Jordan Cronin, and I’ll be providing minute-by-minute commentary. We’ll have all the latest updates and team news from the Rostov Arena an hour prior to kick-off - so follow our updates throughout!