Uruguay 3 Russian Federation 0

Posted June 28, 2018

The Uruguayan national football team set the task to finish the group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, now underway in 11 cities across Russian Federation, in the top spot of its Group A, Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani said on Sunday.

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.

Things went from bad to worse for the hosts, who are the lowest ranked team in the tournament, as Zenit St Petersburg right-back Igor Smolnikov was shown a second yellow card ten minutes before half-time for hacking down Laxalt.

In the second half, Uruguay was in no hurry to kill the opponent, but in the end still brought the score to devastating - the first goal of the tournament scored by Edinson Cavani.

Saudi Arabia defeated Egypt 2-1 to finish Group A in third place with three points, while Egypt were last after losing all three games. "We wanted to play in the same way we did before", Suarez told reporters after the game.

With their job done, Uruguay took their foot off the pedal in the second half and only added to their lead in the 90th minute when Cavani finished from close range after Diego Godin's header was well saved.

"I said already that Uruguay has top-notch players". A reported 15 million pints of beer were sold in pubs and other venues televising the game.

Their struggles so far mean a shake-up in midfield is likely, with Sampdoria's Lucas Torreira a certain inclusion after impressing as a substitute against the Saudis.

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Akinfeev did then come out to block a Rodrigo Bentancur chance, with Roman Zobnin just scrambling the rebound clear of Edinson Cavani, before Igor Smolnikov picked up a second yellow card and was sent off 35 minutes into his World Cup debut.

The 6-1 win over Panama - England's largest-ever margin of victory at the World Cup - was watched by 14.1 million, which was nearly 83 percent of the TV audience in Britain.

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Uruguay stamped their authority early in the group decider.

Luis Suarez grabbed his second goal of the tournament to open Uruguay's account with a free-kick after 10 minutes when he struck a low free-kick into the bottom corner that should have been easy pickings for Russian Federation keeper Igor Akinfeev.

A draw would also be good enough to give Russian Federation first place, thanks to the eight goals from two matches that have made believers out of fans used to decades of World Cup futility.

The Three Lions have cruised to the knockout stages and captain Harry Kane is leading the scoring at the tournament so far with five goals, including a hat trick.