The Saudi Arabia national team in the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia escaped death on Monday after the plane they were travelling in caught fire while landing.

The squad was travelling from Moscow to Rostov-on-Don in the south of Russia ahead of their second World Cup match against Uruguay on Wednesday in Group A.

Flames were seen from the engine as the Russian Airlines Airbus landed.

A statement on their Twitter read: “The Saudi Arabian Football Federation would like to reassure everyone that all the Saudi national team players are safe after a technical failure in one of the aeroplane engines that has just landed in Rostov-on-Don airport, and now they’re heading to their residence safely.”

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

In their final game of the group, they take on Egypt, who play Russia on Tuesday.

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