Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Uruguay Book Place in Last 16 Thanks to Their Scoring King Luis!

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Uruguay Book Place in Last 16 Thanks to Their Scoring King Luis!

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OSCAR Tabarez hailed the importance of match-winner Luis Suarez after the striker fired Uruguay into the knockout stages of the World Cup.

Suarez celebrated his 100th international cap with the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia at the Rostov Arena.

Uruguay struggled to assert their authority on the game but the slender victory means they join hosts Russia in the last 16, while eliminating their opponents and Group A rivals Egypt.

Suarez becomes the first Uruguayan to score in three World Cups and coach Tabarez admits he is vital to the national team.

"Of course we demand a lot more from this type of player," Tabarez said of Suarez.

"I saw Luis today and I can assure that I don't give him any gifts when I praise him. I thought he played a lot better in this match, especially because he was fighting hard, he was very fit, very physical. …

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