Cavani missed a vital chance four minutes from time when a fallen defender allowed him a one-on-one chance with Al-Owais at the top of the box but Saudi keeper did well to get a foot on the PSG man’s effort and keep it out.

The win gives Uruguay six points from two matches, trailing leaders Russia — also with six points — only on goal difference.

The Saudis and Egyptians have yet to collect a point.

Uruguay will finish group play against the Russians on Monday in Samara with Saudi Arabia playing Egypt that same day in Volgograd.