Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia; pre-match report and insights by STATS

FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia pre-match report and insights

This will be the third meeting between Uruguay and Saudi Arabia, as the first two have come in friendlies. Saudi Arabia won 3-2 when the sides first met in March 2002 in Dammam, while the nations drew 1-1 in Jeddah in October 2014.

MATCHDAY 1

- Jose Maria Gimenez’s winning goal against Egypt was a header. Uruguay led CONMEBOL with nine headed goals during qualifying. - José María Giménez scored with his first shot on target at the World Cup (fourth appearance). - Uruguay hit the target with just four shots against Egypt, their fewest in a World Cup match since they had three shots on target against France in 2010. - Saudi Arabia’s 5-0 loss to Russia in the opening match was their second-biggest defeat in their World Cup history (8-0 vs Germany in 2002).

- Saudi Arabia failed to register a shot on target against Russia. The only time a team failed to hit the target during the entire 2014 tournament was Australia against Spain

FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, STATS pre-match report, Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia

Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia team form and data by STATS

WORLD CUP HISTORY

- Uruguay have not won their first two games at a World Cup since 1954 in Switzerland (winning 2-0 against Czechoslovakia and 7-0 against Scotland). - Seven of Uruguay's last eight wins at the World Cup have been by a single goal, dating back to the 1970 World Cup. - There has been one goal scored in the last 10 minutes in six of Uruguay’s last seven games at the World Cup (4 scored and 2 conceded).

All 19 Uruguay defeats at the World Cup have been against nations from Europe, North America or South America (52 games). They have a record of four wins, one win in a penalty shoot-out and one draw against African and Asian nations in this competition. - Uruguay have won five of their last six group stage matches at the World Cup, only failing to win in a 3-1 defeat against Costa Rica in their first game of the 2014 World Cup. - Saudi Arabia have failed to win in their last 11 matches at the World Cup, losing nine times and drawing twice since a 1-0 win over Belgium in their last group match in 1994. - Saudi Arabia have failed to score in their last three World Cup matches – equalling their longest goalless run at the tournament. They failed to score in any of their three games at the 2002 World Cup, held in South Korea/Japan. - Saudi Arabia have failed to score in eight of their last ten World Cup matches, being outscored 31-4 in those games. - Saudi Arabia have conceded at least two goals in nine of their 14 World Cup matches. - This will be Saudi Arabia’s first World Cup match against an opponent from the Americas.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia, STATS pre-match report, Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia

Player's data related to the matchday 1

SAUDI ARABIA STATISTICS

- Saudi Arabia have failed to hit the target in two of their last three World Cup matches following their game against Russia, as they also did not hit a shot on target in a 4-0 defeat against Ukraine at the 2006 World Cup. - Saudi Arabia had 59% possession in their defeat against Russia, as the four players with the most touches in the game were all Saudi Arabian, led by Salman Alfaraj’s 92 touches. - Salman Alfaraj completed 75 passes against Russia, at least 15 more than any other player in that match. - Osama Hawsawi won possession 21 times against Russia, no other player for either side won possession on more than 17 occasions

FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, pre-match report Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia by STATS

Saudi's defensive location breakdowns from the first match against Russia by STATS

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