Published: Thu, June 28, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Suarez inspires Uruguay to win over Russian Federation

Suarez inspires Uruguay to win over Russian Federation

Uruguay beat 10-man Russian Federation 3-0 to top Group A, courtesy of a Luis Suarez strike, a Denis Cheryshev own goal and a late effort from Edinson Cavani.

Things didn't start well for Russian Federation, with Luis Saurez firing in a low free-kick with only 10 minutes on the clock.

Things went from bad to worse as Russian Federation were reduced to 10 men in the 36th minute, with Igor Smolnikov picking up his second yellow card in the match.

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 winger Salem Al-Dawsari scored a last-gasp victor as Mohamed Salah's Egypt suffered a 2-1 loss in their Group A dead rubber played in Volgograd.


"The only plus is that we'll play at Luzhniki", Cherchesov said. It was his second goal of the tournament after also scoring in the 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia. Smolnikov is shown a second yellow card for a very late tackle on Laxalt. Alexander Golovin had been the team's creative spark in midfield, but he was rested since another yellow card for him would have meant a one-game ban.

England's opening World Cup game against Tunisia, when Kane scored a stoppage-time goal to seal a 2-1 win, was the most watched program in Britain in 2018 with a peak audience of 18.3 million - more than last month's royal wedding when Prince Harry married Meghan Markle.

Sergei Ignashevich looked every day of his near 38 years in chasing after the Barca man, while Igor Smolnikov's second caution in quick succession, for scything down Laxalt, was a physical encapsulation of a first half that had got away from the hosts.

Lucas Torreira, the 22-year-old defensive midfielder for Uruguay, addressed the persistent rumors that he's headed to Arsenal.

Spain won the group after its 2-2 draw with Morocco.


Uruguay have won three consecutive World Cup matches against European opposition for the first time since a run of four straight victories between 1950 and 1954.

"Arsenal is a good team, one of the most important in the world, but at this moment I am focused on playing for my country", he told reporters following the match against Saudi Arabia.

The party continued inside the stadium as the fans flocked in and made an almighty racket, before Russia's positivity was punctured within 10 minutes by Luis Suarez.

Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary, who is 45, took the field for his team's final group match to set the record.

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).


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