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Saudi Arabia FIFA World Cup 2018 team plane catches fire, players safe

20 June, 2018, 18:48 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • Uruguay face Saudi Arabia in Rostov-on-Don

Video posted to Twitter has shown flames coming from the engine as the plane is in the air.

The national anthems have been completed and we're moments away from this Group A clash.

9': Saudi Arabia have come out with a plan to be aggressive and get upfront early on.

A tenacious tussle in midfield for possession eventually sees Saudi Arabia end up with the ball and they spread it wide to the right as they look to breakdown the Uruguay defence. Mohammed Al-Breik will make the attempt. La Celeste needed a stoppage-time goal from José Giménez to defeat Egypt and will be confident of finding the back of the net against a Saudi defence who hardly covered themselves in glory in their 5-0 defeat to hosts Russian Federation.

Despite only 3.4 million people to choose from, Uruguay have long punched above their weight in global soccer, lifting the first ever World Cup in 1930 and producing the infamous "Maracanazo" by beating hosts Brazil to win it again in 1950. Replays show that the Uruguay centurion has a point but the goal-kick stands and Saudi Arabia have possession. Defeat against Uruguay would nearly certainly see them eliminated from the competition, although they also play against Egypt in their final group game. La Celeste can book their place in the round of 16 with a victory over Saudi Arabia in Rostov.

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Blaming nerves for its underwhelming 1-0 opening World Cup win against Egypt, Uruguay vowed to be sharper and faster when it faces Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.

Goal! Luis Suarez with a tap-in from the corner!

But Group A favourite Uruguay is still widely expected to clobber Saudi Arabia, the second-lowest World Cup team in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings at No. 67.

Talking of the first game, though, Saudi Arabia were pure mince.

Suarez was far from his best against Egypt but will still surely start for his side. Watch the Live & Exclusive stream of the game on MAX HD3 & beIN SPORTS CONNECT.

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