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Uruguay leads group A, Saudi Arabia saves its honor

With a 3-0 thrashing, the Charrúas qualified eighths as first of the A key


Enio Echezábal Acosta

The Uruguayan soccer selection classified to eighth finals as leader of group A, after scoring 3-0 against the local team and has earned 9 points due to its three victories. The men under the command of Oscar Washington Tavarez have not allowed a single goal against them in all games played. In the last presentation of the preliminary phase versus the Russian selection, Luis Suarez scored early on the 10´ minute. The goal by the front forward of the Barcelona Football Club was scored by a free kick shoot that broke through the weak Russian’s barrier and easily escaped the reach of goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev.  Later ,on the 23´minute a ball rebounded by the Eurasian defense was hit by Diego Laxalt and accidentally deviated by  Denis Cheryshev resulting in the second score for the Uruguayans who, despite the fact that did not stand out so much, knew how to keep a better game and surpassed the local team in all  scopes. Almost at the end of the game, Edinson Cavanni scored reaching a ball rebounded by Akinfeev after an accurate header by Diego Godín. After this results both teams should pay attention to this afternoon result of the group B, in which are three teams with classification possibilities.  The Portuguese team and the Iranian selection will compete for the pass which could leave the Spanish selection out of the competition, unless the Red Fury earns, at least, a draw against the Moroccan team.

Al-Dawsawi celebrated his late score with a spectacular backflip

Meanwhile, in another game of Group B, Egypt and Saudi Arabia were fighting for nothing but their pride. The Asians earned a difficult victory that makes them leave the tournament with their heads held high.  Even tough, the Egyptians got ahead with the help of their star player Mohamed Salah at the 22’ minute. Almost at the end of the first half, Salman Al-Faraj made the score even after a shoot from the penalty spot after Fahad Al-Muwalad failed a shoot kicked from the same area. At the end of the game, Salem Al-Dawsari scored kicking the ball from the right side of the penalty area that gave the Arabian fans, at least, some joy. The most important outline of this match was that the Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El-Haddary, who is 45 years-old, had titular position becoming the oldest player in a World Cup surpassing the Colombian Faryd Mondragón who, in Brazil 2014, imposed the previous record, being 43 years-old.

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