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Fearless Godin a throwback to Milanesque defending

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Diego Godin, Jose Gimenez rock solid as Uruguay secure another clean sheet

With Uruguay and Russia already through to the round of 16, Shaka Hislop believes the final group stage game could be the first real test for both sides.

Uruguay won and booked their place in the next round, which is something very valuable in itself at this stage of the tournament. Having qualified with a game to spare gives them some peace of mind for what's coming next.

However, that didn't hide the drawbacks that "Maestro Tabarez's" team came across once again in their build-up play. There's still a disconnection in midfield and they had a hard time creating plays, resulting in a predictable and stagnant attack led by Edinson Cavani and Luis...

 By Tim Vickery

Uruguay, Oscar Tabarez showing signs of reverting to safety-first football

With Uruguay and Russia already through to the round of 16, Shaka Hislop believes the final group stage game could be the first real test for both sides.

The only South American team to win a game so far at Russia 2018, Uruguay have won their first two World Cup matches for the first time since 1954 and already booked their place in the last 16.

And yet, their performances have been a little underwhelming. The 1-0 wins over Egypt and Saudi Arabia have been thoroughly competent affairs, with goalkeeper Fernando Muslera having barely a shot to save so far. Even so, there is a feeling that the current Uruguay side are capable of more.

Coach Oscar...

Luis Suarez strike can't mask Uruguay shortcomings in nervy win vs. Saudi Arabia

Luis Suarez's first-half goal means Uruguay and Russia advance into the second round ensuring Saudi Arabia and Egypt are eliminated.
World Cup: Luis Suarez (23') Uruguay 1-0 Saudi Arabia

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia -- Three quick thoughts on Uruguay 1-0 Saudi Arabia in Group A at the World Cup on Wednesday afternoon.

1. Suarez strike can't hide Uruguay shortcomings

Winning two World Cup matches, reaching the knockout stages, all while failing to impress seems fraught with contradictions, but that is essentially what Uruguay have achieved so far.

This was a match where Uruguay rarely found top gear. Maybe the heat -- the temperature at kickoff was 89 degrees Fahrenheit -- played a factor....

Uruguay need Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani to be on target vs. Saudi Arabia

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia -- Both Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani cut frustrated figures for much of Uruguay's 1-0 victory over Egypt last Friday.

Suarez had four shots on the day, including one from a mere five yards that he managed to drag wide. His striker partner Cavani didn't fare any better, hitting the post late on, though he did lay on a pair of chances for Suarez, both of which were saved by Egyptian goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy.

No one was happier than Uruguay's striker force when Jose Gimenez...

Fearless Godin a throwback to Milanesque defending

His is not the first name you think in a match like this with so much attacking potential on show. Even with Mohammed Salah on the bench, you had Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, to name but two. And yet, it was Diego Godin, Uruguay's captain and rock in the defence, who made the difference in a match that was not decided till the last minute of regulation time. As Suarez and Cavani fluffed their chances, and as Egypt's confidence - and the noise created by their fans - grew, Godin's calm and decisive...

Jose Maria Gimenez brilliant in securing Uruguay's last-gasp winner over Egypt

Jose Gimenez's towering header broke the hearts of Egyptians as Uruguay defeated a Mohamed Salah-less Egypt.
ESPN FC's Nick Ames reports from Ekaterinburg following Uruguay's win over Egypt and feels Luis Suarez's poor finishing may be a cause for concern.

Uruguay took three valuable points in a last-minute 1-0 win over a tough opponent in their World Cup opener against Egypt.

Oscar Washington Tabarez's team dominated from start to finish, but lacked clarity and had trouble producing clear chances against a neat opponent. And with an outstanding performance, goalkeeper Ahmed El Shenawy managed to thwart most of the few clear chances they did create. Jose Maria Gimenez finally headed home a glorious winner and gave Uruguay a huge relief on the 89th...