Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani scored to help Uruguay top Group A with a deserving 3-0 victory over 10-man Russia.
2018 World Cup
1′ CHANCE! Vecino’s shot wide out
WIDE! Vecino surges forward from midfield and strikes for goal from distance but it bounces wide of the mark.
10′ GOAL! Uruguay 1-0 Russia (Suárez)
GOOOOAL! 1-0 Uruguay! Suarez steps up and drills a fantastic free-kick into the bottom right-hand corner, beyond the reach of Akinfeev. A fantastic finish and a goal that sends Uruguay top of the group as things stand.
12′ WHAT A CHANCE! Dzyuba‘s shot saved
SAVE! Dzyuba heads the ball down to Cheryshev, who smashes at goal and forces Muslera into a save.
23′ OWN GOAL! Uruguay 2-0 Russia (Cheryshev)
GOOOAL! 2-0 Uruguay! The corner is headed away but only as far as Laxalt, who strikes an effort towards Akinfeev’s goal that takes a major deflection off Cheryshev, who unfortunately is credited with the own goal, and leaves the Russia goalkeeper with no chance.
36′ Second Yellow Card! Smolnikov sent off
RED CARD! The game gets worse for Russia! Smolnikov lunges in on Laxalt and earns a second yellow card.
64′ Cavani picks up Nandez’s pass but fails to finish a shot
Cavani picks up Nandez’s pass inside the area and tumbles to ground, appealing for a penalty, but neither the referee or VAR are interested in his protests.
73′ CHANCE! Dzyuba’s shot wide out
WASTED! Muslera sloppily concedes possesion and Russia break. Dzyuba cuts back onto his left foot and slices a shot well off target.
90′ GOAL! Uruguay 3-0 Russia (Cavani)
GOAL! 3-0 Uruguay! Cavani finally gets his goal! The corner is whipped into a dangerous area and Godin rises highest to head at goal. Akinfeev makes a strong save but Cavani is there to tuck away the rebound.
Luis Suarez netted his second goal in as many World Cup games as Uruguay secured top spot in Group A with a comfortable 3-0 victory over World Cup hosts Russia, who had Igor Smolnikov sent off.
Russia’s impressive progression to the last 16 has provided one of the tournament’s major surprises so far, but Stanislav Cherchesov’s side were brought back down to earth in a sweltering Samara.
In a fast start, Uruguay were ahead inside 10 minutes as Suarez, who scored the winner against Saudi Arabia on matchday two, found the net with a pinpoint free-kick.
Denis Cheryshev’s own goal compounded Russia’s misery 13 minutes later, with Smolnikov’s dismissal – a second yellow card issued for a foul on Edinson Cavani prior to half time – all but ending hopes of a comeback.
Russia showed greater solidity after the interval, with Artem Dzyuba wasting a chance for a consolation, but the damage was already done by the time Cavani got his first goal of the tournament in the 90th minute.
Portugal and Spain – who face Iran and already eliminated Morocco respectively later on Monday – are likely to await these sides in the knockout stages, with Uruguay’s victory meaning they will face the side who finish second in Group B.
Uruguay XI: Luis Suárez, Edinson Cavani, Martín Cáceres, Fernando Muslera, Diego Godín, Sebastián Coates, Matías Vecino, Diego Laxalt, Nahitan Nández, Lucas Torreira, Rodrigo Bentancur
Subs: Cristian Rodríguez, Maxi Pereira, Cristhian Stuani, Martín Silva, Carlos Sánchez, Jonathan Urretaviscaya, Martín Campaña, Gastón Silva, Guillermo Varela, Giorgian de Arrascaeta, Maxi Gómez
Russia XI: Fedor Kudryashov, Igor Akinfeev, Sergei Ignashevich, Aleksandr Samedov, Igor Smolnikov, Artem Dzyuba, Yuri Gazinskiy, Denis Cheryshev, Ilya Kutepov, Roman Zobnin, Aleksey Miranchuk
Subs: Yuri Zhirkov, Vladimir Granat, Fedor Smolov, Vladimir Gabulov, Aleksandr Erokhin, Andrey Semenov, Mario Fernandes, Andrey Lunev, Daler Kuzyaev, Aleksandr Golovin, Anton Miranchuk