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Fearless Godin a throwback to Milanesque defending

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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...

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After opening thrashing, Saudi Arabia face feared Uruguay

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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.
Jose Gimenez heads in a 89th-minute goal from a free kick to lift Uruguay to a win over Egypt in their opening match at the World Cup.
Jose Gimenez's towering header broke the hearts of Egyptians as Uruguay defeated a Mohamed Salah-less Egypt.

After shipping five goals against hosts Russia -- the lowest-ranked team in the World Cup, Saudi Arabia could probably do with facing a rival other than South American powerhouse Uruguay and their star forward Luis Suarez.

On Wednesday, the two Group A teams will face off in Rostov-on-Don, with Uruguay hoping to appease some worries after only beating Egypt 1-0 thanks to a late goal.

Bizarrely, two-time World Cup champions Uruguay have never beaten the Green Falcons; Saudi Arabia won a friendly...

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...