Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Fire forces Saudi Arabia World Cup team plane to land

Fire forces Saudi Arabia World Cup team plane to land

The South American side are set to field a side containing seven players aged 31 or over in their Group A clash in Rostov-on-Don.

The team posted photos of the players exiting the plane and smiling Monday night but did not release further details of the engine problem, which appeared to result in part of the plane catching on fire.

Footage that showed fire shooting from the engines underneath the wings was uploaded to Twitter after the plane had landed.

A Saudi Arabia statement said: "All the Saudi national team players have arrived safely and now are staying in their residence". Defeat against Uruguay would nearly certainly see them eliminated from the competition, although they also play against Egypt in their final group game.

Five hurt in Malmo shooting
They also declined to give any detail of the victims although reports said several of them were well known to the police. Gunfire erupted shortly after 9pm local time (8pm BST) on Drottninggatan, a wide boulevard in the centre of Malmo.

After sneaking past Egypt in their World Cup opener with a stoppage-time victor, Uruguay will field a veteran side containing seven players aged 31 or over against Saudi Arabia as they seek a victory that would seal their place in the last 16.

Saudi Arabia's World Cup campaign begun on poor note as they went down to hosts Russian Federation 5-0 in the opening match of the 2018 edition.

In another potential source of reassurance for the perennially underachieving Saudis, the usually ruthless Suarez missed three chances against Egypt on Friday in their opening game.

Saudi Arabia will face Luis Suarez and Uruguay in its next match.

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