Uruguay tops Russia, Group A with flawless record

Uruguay tops Russia, Group A with flawless record

Uruguay tops Russia, Group A with flawless record

In the 1/8 final Uruguay will play against the second team from group B (Spain, Portugal and Iran).

Dzyuba headed clear Lucas Torreira's corner to the feet of Laxalt on the edge of the area and his shot took a wicked deflection off Cheryshev, completely wrong-footing Akinfeev, and nestling in the corner.

Russian Federation then had Igor Smolnikov shown a red card for a second bookable offence in the 36th minute, basically putting the result beyond doubt.

All questions about the victor of the match Uruguay withdrew in the middle of the first half.

Edinson Cavani, who has had a quiet tournament, almost bagged his first goal with a strike from distance that sailed just wide of Roman Akinfeev's goal in the 69th minute.

"Perhaps, this is the only plus", says Cherchesov, TASS quotes.

Much of the pre-match focus of this game has been on whether we should be suspicious of Russia's stunning start to the competition.

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez dedicates his side's 3-0 win over Russian Federation to the national team's travelling supporters. Both through to the Round of 16, there was no need for either team to exert itself overly on a hot, sticky evening. Midfielder Aleksandr Golovin, one of their best performers here so far, was also rested.

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Neuer was also one of the main speakers during the crisis meeting that followed the loss against Mexico. Rudy started against Sweden after muscling his way past out-of-form World Cup victor Sami Khedira.

The host nation put five goals past Saudi Arabia in the opening match of the tournament before beating Mohamed Salah and co 3-1 to put themselves top of Group A. It will be another sell-out partisan crowd.

Russia's home-country advantage could only carry it so far against its more experienced opponents.

Cavani, one of the world's greatest scorers in club football with 323 goals in 12 years with Danubio, Palermo, Napoli and current team Paris Saint Germain, hasn't had the same success at World Cups.

But perhaps the biggest plus was the late goal from Cavani, who had been frustrated during the group stage. For a long time it looked like it would not come as the Paris St-Germain striker endured a mostly frustrating evening. Akinfeev makes the save from Bentacur and Cavani was robbed of the rebound.

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

Uruguay's demanding coach Oscar Tabarez added: "We could have won by more goals, we lack experience so we didn't score on some counter-attacks when we should have", he said.

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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