"We need to fine-tune some things, but we are more than proud because for three World Cups in a row we have advanced to the knockout round, so we want to enjoy this attractive moment", Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said.
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.
Thea teams will meet at 11 a.m. ET in in their second World Cup Group A game.
Saudi Arabia's Mohammed Al-Owais makes a save.
"All we wanted to do was to win and qualify for the next round".
Uruguay have only won their first two matches at a World Cup on two occasions prior to 2018, the aforementioned campaign in 1954 and the 1930 tournament where they were the hosts and eventual winners.
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Suarez, who was kicked out of the last World Cup for biting an opponent during a match, knocked in a corner kick from Carlos Sanchez in the 23rd minute for his 52nd goal for his country in that century of matches. "I hope we win our next match", he said. They are the only team I have seen so far who had nothing going for them: lumpen centre backs, no pace, no invention, no clue really.
After a 5-0 drubbing by Russian Federation in the tournament's opening game, they were more playful but ultimately comparatively toothless at the Rostov Arena before 42,678 fans.
Luis Suarez has been directly involved in eight of Uruguay's last 15 World Cup goals (six goals, two assists).
Taisir Al-Jassim limped out of the match in the 44th minute with what appeared to be a hamstring injury after over-stretching for a ball at the top of the box.
Cavani himself nearly inadvertently doubled the lead with 10 minutes to go when substitute Lucas Torreira struck a wild shot from distance which deflected off his face and went narrowly wide of the post.