Luis Suarez will today make his 100th international appearance for Uruguay after being named in today’s starting XI for their second World Cup match against Saudi Arabia in Rostov.
The Barcelona Forward has a record in the past World Cup past in 2010 quarter-final handball against Ghana and in the last World Cup his ‘incident’ against Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini , but still managed to scored five goals in all his world Cup appearances.
The two-time world champions can book their place in the last 16 with victory, while defeat would see Saudi Arabia eliminated after their 5-0 opening thrashing by Russia, while also knocking out Mohamed Salah’s Egypt.
Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez made just two changes to the side which edged past Egypt through Jose Gimenez’s late winner, with wingers Carlos Sanchez and Cristian Rodriguez coming in for Giorgian De Arrascaeta and Nahitan Nandez.
Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani started alongside Suarez as the pair look to add to their combined tally of 93 international goals.
Juan Antonio Pizzi made four alterations for the Saudis, with goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Muaiouf replaced by Mohammed Al-Owais after his disastrous performance against hosts Russia.
Starting line-ups for the World Cup match between Uruguay and Saudi Arabia in Group A in Rostov on Wednesday ( 6pm kick-off):
Fernando Muslera; Guillermo Varela, Jose Gimenez, Diego Godin (capt), Martin Caceres; Carlos Sanchez, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Cristian Rodriguez; Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani
Coach: Oscar Tabarez (URU)
Saudi Arabia (4-5-1)
Mohammed Al-Owais; Mohammed Al-Burayk, Osama Hawsawi (capt), Ali Al-Bulayhi, Yasser Al-Shahrani; Hatan Bahbri, Salman Al-Faraj, Abdullah Otayf, Taiseer Al-Jassam, Salem Al-Dawsari, Fahad Al-Muwallad
Coach: Juan Antonio Pizzi (ESP)
Referee: Clement Turpin (FRA)