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Luis Suarez put both Uruguay and host Russian Federation into the second round of the World Cup while eliminating Saudi Arabia and Egypt at the same time.

Sanchez sent a corner from the left side which keeper Mohammed al Owais swiped at but missed and Suarez easily tapped home to become the first player from his country to score at three World Cups. "We still haven't hit our stride so we need to tweak some things".

Spain 1, Iran 0: Diego Costa scored on a deflection to lead Spain to a win over Iran. Iran has three points but Morocco has been eliminated.

"We must recognise that he's a crucial player to our national team because he shows solidarity on the pitch, he has a sense of responsibility and he has that enormous capacity to score goals".

"I don't want to hand out empty praise but Suarez is a crucial player for us". "He assumes the pressure, which he lives under and it gives him a unique character".

"We didn't feel afraid, there was no panic, we fully trusted the pilot and those in charge of the plane", said Pizzi through a translator during the team's prematch news conference.

"Even when you play that well, it seems it's not quite enough to get the best result".

The last two World Cups have seen Suarez exit in ignominy.

With the hour mark approaching against Egypt and his side struggling to create chances, coach Oscar Tabarez removed young wingers Nahitan Nandez and Giorgian De Arrascaeta, aged 22 and 24 respectively, replacing them with hardened veterans Cristian Rodriguez, 32, and Carlos Sanchez, 33. "That is a cardinal rule for us".

They are solid, if unspectacular in midfield and they possess two genuine world-class stars at the top end of the pitch in Suarez and Edinson Cavani.

Costa broke the deadlock in the 54th minute after being set up by Andres Iniesta. The powerful striker turned in the area and took a shot that deflected off Ramin Rezeian before bouncing back onto Costa's knee and into the net. Unlikely to concede at the back, they also have a forward line that is the envy of nearly every other nation at the World Cup.

On Monday, the team were travelling on a Rossiya Airbus A319 from St Petersburg, and as it came in to land, the plane "suffered a technical fault with one of its engines, with a bird getting caught seen as the preliminary cause", a Rossiya airlines spokesman said in a statement. Abdullah Otayf also makes a start.

A lot of work remains to be done for Tabarez and his staff to ensure La Celeste return to their fluid best.

The rest of the first half was quiet and Uruguay went for the jugular four minutes after the break but Suarez's free kick was held by Al Owais.


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