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Uruguay ‘humble’ despite Suarez, Cavani firepower

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Uruguay’s forward Luis Suarez smiles as he takes part in a training session ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup at the Sport Centre Borsky, in Nizhny Novgorod, on June 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BERNETTI

Uruguay’s Giorgian De Arrascaeta has shrugged off their tag as Group A favourites, saying the South Americans would be a “humble” team in Russia despite the talents of Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez.

The Celeste have been widely tipped to top a relatively weak-looking group, which contains hosts Russia, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

But speaking at Uruguay’s base in Bor, just outside the city of Nizhny Novgorod after a second day of training, De Arrascaeta said the players would not treat their opponents lightly.

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“We are never known for being favourites. Our mystique is always to be humble and go from match to match,” said the 24-year-old midfielder.

“We are working hard and we are confident in reaching our goals. We will see how far we can go.”

Uruguay, two-time former champions, play their first game on June 15, against Egypt — with or without star forward Mohamed Salah — in Ekaterinburg.

If they top their group they are likely to face either Spain or Portugal in a mouthwatering last-16 knockout tie.


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