Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia faceoff on second round

Uruguay, who are considered one of the strongest teams in the group, will be licking their lips at the prospect of facing that shaky defence.

Uruguay and Saudi Arabia have met twice before, both in friendly internationals. Saudi Arabia won 3-2 in 2002 before a 1-1 draw in 2014.They were poor against Egypt, but Saudi Arabia’s defence was dreadful in Moscow. They have lost by at least three goals against both Peru and Russia in their last three games.

Saudi Arabia’s confidence will be rock bottom after a surprise 5-0 loss in the opening game. They must win to stay alive in the tournament. This was Saudi Arabia’s fourth consecutive defeat, and they have failed to win each of their last 11 World Cup games. Nine of those 11 games have ended in defeat, and they’ve failed to score in eight of them. Uruguay’s world class centre back pairing of Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez shouldn’t have to worry about too much.

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