World Cup Group A match report Uruguay v Russian Federation 25 June 2018

Uruguay's Luis Suarez and Uruguay's Martin Caceres arrive to Uruguay's official training on the eve of the group A match between Russia and Uruguay at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Samara Arena in Samara Russia Sunday

Oscar Tabarez's side secured top spot in Group A with a comfortable 3-0 win over Russian Federation in Samara, Suarez sweeping home an early free-kick before Cavani lashed in from close range in the final minute.

Luis Suarez grabbed the lead for Uruguay in the 10th minute with a clever free-kick that fooled goalkeeper Roman Akinfeev and sailed into the bottom corner.

The fortunes for Russian Federation just got worse as the first half wore on, and the hosts were reduced to 10 men just beyond the hour mark when Igor Smolnikov was sent off after picking up his second yellow card.

The Russians, who were playing with 10 men for nearly an hour, had no chance against the first strong team they had encountered in the tournament, after their early wins had created the impression they could go far.

Usually, players will try to hit free kicks from just outside the post over the wall to the near post. That is a threat every world cup defensive would dread to face.

Cherchesov's men fell further back after a fortuitous strike from Laxalt changed course following a deflection off Cheryshev's heel, leaving goalkeeper Igor Afinkeev wrong footed in the 27th minute.




- Uruguay are the first side to win all three of their group games without conceding a single goal since Argentina in 1998 (seven goals scored, none conceded).

Oscar Tabarez made four personnel changes for this fixture with the idea, presumably, to both rest players for the second stage and - perhaps more critically - to happen upon a line-up that made the most of Uruguay's gifts. Akinfeev makes the save to prevent a header Godin finding the net, but Cavani was on hand to bundle home the rebound. "We did not marshal thoughts at the beginning of the match, but players rode roughshod over", Cherchesov stresses.

"I am pleased with my players as, after we lost a player [full-back Igor Smolnikov, sent off for two bookings], we were aggressive and showed we were real men".

Russian Federation nearly equalised two minutes later when Artem Dzyuba's knockdown picked out Cheryshev, whose first-time volley from 18 yards out was saved by Fernando Muslera.

Saudi Arabia finished Group A in third place with three points, while Egypt was last after losing all three games. Uruguay, who kept their sixth straight clean sheet, will face Portugal in their Round of 16 clash in Sochi on Saturday after last night's 1-1 draw with Iran.

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