Uruguay 3-0 Russia: Suarez sends Uruguay to Group A summit

Uruguay 3-0 Russia: Suarez sends Uruguay to Group A summit

Uruguay 3-0 Russia: Suarez sends Uruguay to Group A summit

Luis Suarez led the way as Uruguay made sure of top spot in Group A by ending 10-man Russia's flawless start to their own World Cup in humbling fashion.

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.

Hosts Russia and their expectant fans were given a brutal reality check on Monday when Uruguay exposed the weaknesses in the side that had been papered over in the uplifting victories over Egypt and Saudi Arabia in World Cup Group A. "We did not marshal thoughts at the beginning of the match, but players rode roughshod over", Cherchesov stresses.

With their work 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 saved. Written off as no-hopers before the World Cup, Russia head to the Volga River city of Samara for a game which will see the victor secure top spot in Group A following the elimination of Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

Follow live updates from Group A as Russian Federation take on Uruguay.

Perhaps the fact that Russian Federation, the lowest ranked team here at 70 in the world, started this game having already qualified affected their approach. Gimenez scored in the team's opening match of the tournament, a 1-0 victory over Egypt.

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.

Seeing as the Russians' next match will be against Group B winners Spain in the round of 16 on Sunday, it's hard to disagree with their manager's assessment.

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"The team is a mechanism and everyone has to be a part and we have to create comfortable conditions for every player to demonstrate his best abilities".

A nation so down on its team leading into the World Cup had swiftly been swept up in a wave of optimism following a start to their Group A campaign that even president Vladimir Putin wouldn't have dared dream.

Against Russia on Monday, Suarez scored from a free kick with a low shot that sailed past Russia's wall and into the right corner.

Uruguay stamped their authority early in the group decider.

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.

In the other match of this group of Saudi Arabia for the first time since 1994 won the world Cup. Three goals to the good.

If the opener had been clinical and classy, Uruguay's second owed more to a huge slice of fortune as Diego Laxalt's long-range strike deflected wickedly off Denis Cheryshev and wrong-footed Igor Akinfeev.

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