Monday, 22 April, 2019

Uruguay thrash Russian Federation 3-0 with top Group A

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Russian Federation were left stunned as the hosts suffered their first defeat of the tournament at the hands of Uruguay, with Luis Suarez confirming afterwards that the South Americans' performance in the 3-0 win was exactly what they wanted.

Russia's misery was compounded when Cavani bundled home a late third to join Suarez as the only La Celeste players to score in three consecutive World Cups.

Suarez opened the scoring in the 10th minute with his seventh World Cup goal and Uruguay's lead was doubled in the 23rd minute when Diego Laxalt's shot took a wicked deflection off Cheryshev.

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. On a personal level I am very pleased to move forward and reach my goals with the team and continue making history.

Host, Russia have been a revelation in this tournament, upsetting the odds by beating Saudi Arabi and Mo Salah's Egypt resoundingly to pick all six points available.

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"The first few matches, you're tense because you don't want to make mistakes", he added.

"It's the first time that Uruguay has finished the group winning three straight games", he intimated.

"Working hard, with humility as a unit all thinking about what's best for the squad, that's what is most important".

Uruguay, who kept their sixth straight clean sheet, will face the runners-up from that group, which will be decided when Spain, Portugal and Iran battle it out for two last-16 spots later on Monday.

"This is an essential attitude in the first few matches".

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