June 20, 2018 / 2:12 PM / 5 months ago

Uruguay turn to experienced players against Saudi Arabia

Soccer Football - World Cup - Uruguay Training - Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Russia - June 19, 2018 Uruguay's Diego Godin during training REUTERS/Marko Djurica

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Uruguay (Reuters) - Uruguay are relying on experience for their second Group A game against Saudi Arabia at the Rostov Arena as they look to qualify for the knockout phase with one game to spare on Wednesday.

Cristian Rodriguez, 32, and Carlos Sanchez, 33, have been named in the starting line-up with wingers Giorgian De Arrascaeta, 24, and Nahitan Nandez, 22, sliding to the substitutes’ bench.

Uruguay will qualify for the last-16 if they beat Saudi Arabia, a result that would also send hosts Russia through.

Reporting by Julien Pretot, additional reporting by Alexandra Ulmer and Richard Martin; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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