Uruguay’s Luis Suarez’s first goal stood up as the winner in a 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in Group A action at the World Cup in Russia on Wednesday. The Barcelona striker, who was making his 100th appearance in his national team’s color scored to secure a spot in the round of 16. He now has 52 international goals and is Uruguay’s all-time top scorer.
The result also put host Russia into the next round while eliminating both Saudi Arabia and Egypt at the same time.
Islamic Republic of Iran and Spain rounded off Matchday 2 in Group B, with the La Roja securing a hard-fought 1-0 win to record their first victory at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Fernando Hierro made two changes to Spain’s starting line-up following their opening match against Portugal, as Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez respectively replaced Nacho and Koke. However, the Iberians struggled to break down a tough Iranian defense that included Majid Hosseini in place of the injured Roozbeh Cheshmi. Spain did not get a chance in the Iranian goal area until the half-hour mark, when David Silva went close with a sideways scissor kick, before narrowly missing the target again just before the break with a deflected shot.
Diego Costa’s goalscoring instincts are blossoming in Russia. The striker got his name on the scoresheet again, netting a vital goal against a disciplined Iranian side after an excellent turn to escape his marker, and making good use of his physical prowess.