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

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

Javier Howell
June 28, 2018

Uruguay confirmed their place top of Group A with an emphatic 3-0 win over World Cup hosts Russian Federation in Samara.

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.

Luis Suarez opened the scoring against Russian Federation with a smart free-kick in the ninth minute before an own goal from Denis Cheryshev made it 2-0.

Cavani, Suarez's strike partner, sealed the victory to open his World Cup account with a goal from close range after a corner in the 90th minute.

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.

"It's important that goal scorers score goals", Tabarez said. The home team's loss did little to deter the troops on the stands as they cheered on their team, which has already exceeded expectations.

Coach Stanislav Cherchesov insists Russia's success at the World Cup is about much more than home-team advantage.

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Uruguay's central defender Jose Gimenez did not attend the training session due to an injury sustained in one of the two previous group stage matches of the world championship.

"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". He made quite the impression coming off the bench in the last match against Saudi Arabia and in keeping his place for this game Torreira backed up that performance with another impressive display.

Salem Aldawsari scored with nearly the last kick, shooting from a tight angle inside the Egypt penalty area and poking the ball past El Hadary.

Salman Alfaraj got the Saudis level with a penalty kick in first-half stoppage time after Ali Gabr brought down Fahad Almuwallad in the area. Both Spain and Portugal had a goal difference of plus-1, but Spain scored six goals in its three group matches while Portugal had five.

Hosts Russia will take on Uruguay Samara Arena at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Tomorrow's match will decide on the victor of their Group A, which also enrolls the teams from Saudi Arabia and Egypt.