FIFA World Cup: Uruguay, Russia in Round 16; Saudi Arabia, Egypt crash out
New Delhi: Uruguay and Russia have become the first two teams to reach the Round-of-16 of the FIFA World Cup.
In a Group-A match at Rostov Arena last night, Luis Suarez found the net in the 23rd minute as Uruguay defeated Saudi Arabia, 1-0 to ensure that the South American nation as well as hosts Russia progressed to the knock-out stage.
The victory also meant that it was curtains for Saudi Arabia and Mohamed Salah-led Egypt, with one group game each still to go.
In Group-B, Portugal and Spain recorded 1-0 victories to go at the top of the table and edge closer to the knock-outs. At the Luzhniki Stadium, Portugal dashed Morocco’s hopes of securing a place in the pre-quarterfinals after Cristiano Ronaldo’s scored his fourth goal of the tournament and became the leading European international goal scorer of all time.
In the other game at Kazan Arena, it was heartbreak for the Iranians who defended admirably before Ramin Rezaeian’s attempted clearance ricocheted in off Diego Costa helping Spain to register their first win.
Today, in Group-C, Denmark will take on Australia at 5:30 PM, with France facing Peru at 8:30 PM. In Pool-D, Argentina will battle it out against Croatia at 11:30 PM.