June 20, 2018 / 2:12 PM / 3 months ago

Uruguay turn to experienced players against Saudi Arabia

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.

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

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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