Uruguay lead 2-0 against 10-man Russian Federation in Group A decider

Virginia Santiago
June 28, 2018

The Barcelona striker then blew a kiss to the national team's fans.

Lowest ranked side at the World Cup, Russia will face their toughest challenge so far against Uruguay on Monday.

Stanislav Cherchesov's side had responded well but found themselves with a mountain to climb when Diego Laxalt's hopeful shot took a massive deflection off Cheryshev, and beat Igor Akinfeev's despairing dive into the bottom corner.

Both Russia and Uruguay already secured places in the next Round of Last 16, each enjoying wins over opponents in their two previous group stage matches.

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However, Uruguay nearly extended its lead in the 80th minute when Cavani and Suarez raced forward with only one defender to deal with. The Paris Saint-Germain forward put a rebound into the left corner of the net after Diego Godin's header was parried by Akinfeev.

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.

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

It was heart-breaking for Cheryshev, who scored twice in the 5-0 trouncing of Saudi Arabia in the opening game.

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Defender Jose Maria Gimenez didn't play for Uruguay because of a right thigh injury. The team did not say when he might return.

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. They will take on the Group B victor on July 1.

Goalkeeper Fernando Muslera will win his 100th cap for Uruguay after being selected to face Russian Federation in Group A on Monday.

Suarez is the all-time leading scorer for Uruguay with 53 global goals in 101 appearances, including a goal against Saudi Arabia last Wednesday.

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The Three Lions have cruised to the knockout stages and captain Harry Kane is leading the scoring at the tournament so far with five goals, including a hat trick. A move that started with a loose pass from Russian Federation right-back Smolnikov ended with Uruguay winning a free kick on the edge of the penalty area. A high-octane start to the tournament had come at a small price and Cherchesov took no risks: Aleksandr Golovin, their influential playmaker, has a yellow card to his name and was left on the bench; full-backs Mario Fernandes and Yury Zhirkov were rested.

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