They beat Japan, who had already qualified, in the final game of qualifying, beating out the Aussies on goal difference.
It has not exactly been the best preparation for a tournament for this group, as they just hired a new coach back in November, giving him very little time to put together any sort of cohesive tactical plan. The expectation is that Saudi Arabia will simply pack the defense and hope to keep things respectable. This may not be a fun group to watch.
Now, though, I am not so sure. It is all going to depend on the fitness of Mohammed Salah, who ended up getting injured in the Champions League Final while playing for Liverpool. Salah believes that he will be ready to go, but even if he plays, you wonder just how he will be. Uruguay Barring some sort of major disaster, Uruguay should be the easy winners of Group A. The reality is that the draw has been very kind to the South Americans, and with a front two of Suarez and Cavani, we could be looking at an offensive powerhouse in the group stages.
Their toughest game comes in the opener when they face Egypt, but again, if Salah is not there, things may be a little easier for Uruguay. This is a team with a shot at making a run to the quarter-finals, and perhaps beyond if they can shore things up on the defensive side of the football. Group Schedule 14 June Russia vs. Saudi Arabia 15 June Egypt vs. Select Competition Competition Competition Competition.
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