Saudi Arabia rarely threatened to equalise and while Uruguay's organised football was hardly eye-catching, their veteran boss Oscar Tabarez will care little after securing a passage to the knockout stages on the back of a pair of 1-0 wins.
Besides scoring, Suarez led his team with a hard-working performance.
The Saudi Arabia national team, now playing in the FIFA World Cup 2018, survived a scare after their plane caught fire mid-air. Uruguay reached the round of 16 in Brazil in 2014. Saudi Arabia have also lost their last 12 matches at World Cup bagging just two draws in a total of 14 matches in the competition.
"We are not happy with the way the first match went, but will trust in our ability to go out and win the next game", Pizzi said.
A left-wing Sanchez corner was completely missed by Al Owais, giving Suarez a simple close-range finish into an unguarded net.
It was the Barcelona striker's 52nd goal for his country in that century of matches. "I was thinking that Saudi would win by two goals, and Uruguay would score one", he said.
"We controlled the things more at the end of the game, but a ball into your area is always risky", he said.
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The Saudis came to the World Cup after three coaching changes in the months leading up to the tournament, picking Pizzi for his attack-minded record as coach of Chile's national team.
Saudi Arabia's possession-oriented style looks good on the eye but the lack of support structures for optimal ball circulation that helps create chances once again proved to be their weakness. "It means so much more to a player", Tabarez said Tuesday.
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Luis Suarez's goal for Uruguay was the 25th scored from a set-piece scenario at this World Cup tournament.
Russian Federation and Uruguay will meet on Monday, 25th June, to determine whio finishes top and second place in the group, with both hoping to avoid potential opponents, Portugal or Spain in the round of sixteen.
That is a cardinal rule for us."SAUDIS SHOW HEARTCavani almost made it 2-0 for Uruguay with a solo run through the opposing defense but his attempt was blocked by Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Mohammed Alowais".