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FIFA World Cup 2018, Team Profile: Suarez, Cavani led Uruguay should face no problems in group stage

Uruguay will face hosts Russia, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia in Group A at the FIFA World Cup later this month, a relatively easy opening to the tournament for Tabarez's men.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: June 03, 2018 16:17 IST ]
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A file image of Edinson Cavani.

In the past 10 years, under coach Oscar Tabarez's leadership, the Uruguayan national football team have entered a stable and prosperous period.

Uruguay will face hosts Russia, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia in Group A at the FIFA World Cup later this month, a relatively easy opening to the tournament for Tabarez's men.

The South American team has been improving and with two lethal strikers up front, the Men in Blue should not face a problem in the group stages. Egypt is one of the most likely teams that can make it as well through the group stage with star striker Mohamed Salah upfront.

With two ace strikers Luis Suarez and Edison Cavani upfront and Diego Godin and Fernando Muslera at the back, getting out of their group is the bare minimum Uruguayan supporters will be hoping for.

In the qualifiers, Uruguay were promoted into the finals courtesy nine wins, four draws and five losses.

Playing a traditional 4-4-2, the combination of Suarez and Cavani is spectacular. However, the midfield is probably the one area of the park where the Uruguayans are vulnerable.

They quickly pass the ball to the strikers and rely on their abilities to deal with the rest of the equation. Cavani is Uruguay's most secure scoring weapon.

The PSG striker performed amazingly well in the South American qualifiers, scoring 10 goals on the way to taking his team to football's biggest showcase.

Unlike Cavani, Suarez is usually the creator. He provided seven assists over the course of the campaign. If both of them can stay healthy, Uruguay should not be afraid of any defence in the tournament.

Uruguay also have a hidden destabilising factor. Suarez's temper. At the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Suarez bit the shoulder of Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini and was eminently banned for a period of four months. Without their star player, Uruguay stumbled out of the tournament.

URUGUAY WORLD CUP SQUAD

Goalkeepers:  Fernando Muslera, Martin Silva, Martin Campana.

Defenders: Diego Godin, Sebastian Coates, Jose Maria Gimenez, Maximiliano Pereira, Gaston Silva, Martin Caceres, Guillermo Varela.

Midfielders: Nahitan Nandez, Lucas Torreira, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Carlos Sanchez, Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Cristian Rodriguez, Gaston Ramirez.

Strikers: Cristhian Stuani, Maximiliano Gomez, Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez.

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