World Cup 2018: Russia and Uruguay advance, Morocco and Saudi Arabia out

Saudi Arabia and Morocco out of the first round of the World Cup on Wednesday after defeats to Uruguay and Portugal respectively.

The South Americans booked their place in the knockout stage after sinking Saudi Arabia to 1-0 thanks to a Luiz Suarez goal in Rostov-on-Don.

Uruguay will take on hosts Russia in their final Group A match on June 25 with top spot on the line. Russia defeated Egypt on Tuesday to send it packing. Russia and Uruguay will face one of the top two from Group B in the last 16 — either Portugal, Spain or Iran.

Uruguay, semi-finalists eight years ago in South Africa, have now reached the knockout stage for the third straight time, while Saudi Arabia will try again in their search for a first World Cup win since 1994 in their final game against Mohamed Salah’s Egypt.

Disappointed Morocco coach Herve Renard said his side could take pride from their performances in Russia despite being out of the running to qualify for the knockout stages.

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