Saudi Arabia's official team plane catches fire in mid air

A Uruguay fan with a mask of Dobby the house-elf character from Harry Potter poses in the crowd ahead of their 2018 World Cup Group A match against Saudi Arabia at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don

Saudi Arabia fell to a 5-0 defeat in the tournament's opening game to hosts Russian Federation and need to avoid losing against Uruguay in Wednesday's match if they hope to qualify for the knockout phases of the World Cup.

The team were travelling on a Rossiya Airbus A319 from St Petersburg to Rostov-on-Don, where they are due to play their second Group A match against Uruguay on Wednesday.

The plane landed safely and the plane is being repaired. "The aircraft's landing took place in a routine fashion", supposedly with both engines still intact and operating normally.

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The videos uploaded to twitter show fire shooting from the engines underneath the wings. The team added that the fire was an "accident" and the players have reached the residence where they are staying until their next match. The team also released photographic evidence that its players are, in fact, safe as they de-boarded from their plane in Rostov-on-Don.

Saudi Arabia, who suffered a 5-0 defeat to Russian Federation in their first World Cup game, were on their way to Rostov for their second group game.

On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia will face off with Uruguay, who are hoping to appease some worries after only beating Egypt 1-0 thanks to a late goal.

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