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19 Jun 2018

Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia: Key Battles

Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia: Key Battles

With the South American side widely tipped to claim victory, RealSport look at the players needed for Saudi Arabia to produce a surprise result.

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Saudi Arabia come into this match far from being painted as favourites. Without the weight of expectancy weighing them down, they could even find the underdog tag helping to spur them on. 

A dismal display during their opening match resulted in a mauling at the hands of the tournaments lowest ranked team. With that will come pressure not to capitulate a second successive time though.

By contrast, Uruguay will head into this fixture facing pressure themselves. With much more anticipated from them before the first ball was kicked, even a narrow victory is unlikely to satisfy their critics.

With little widely known about the Saudi Arabian players in the West, we look at three of their key players who can help deliver a shock result.