Monday 16 July, 2018

World Cup: Saudis safe after plane engine failure

Saudi Arabia's Mohammed Alsahlawi, foreground, jumps for the ball with Russia's Alexander Samedov during the group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia which opened the 2018  World Cup at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Saudi Arabia's Mohammed Alsahlawi, foreground, jumps for the ball with Russia's Alexander Samedov during the group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia which opened the 2018 World Cup at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Saudi team officials say the players have landed safely after a reported engine failure on their flight to Rostov-on-Don for a World Cup game against Uruguay.

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation posted a statement on Twitter saying it "would like to reassure everyone that all the Saudi national team players are safe, after a technical failure in one of the airplane engines that has just landed in Rostov-on-Don airport, and now they're heading to their residence safely."

The team posted photos of the players exiting the plane and smiling Monday night but did not release further details of the engine problem.

The Saudis were beaten 5-0 by Russia in the World Cup opener in Moscow last week. Uruguay edged Egypt 1-0 in its first game in Group A.

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