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Uruguay Rout Russia, Saudi Beat Egypt

28 June, 2018, 16:46 | Author: Delia Walker
  • Uruguay and Russia supporters pose with a cardboard cutout of Urugay's forward Edinson Cavani outside the Samara Arena in Samara

Suarez tossed aside his translation headphones, then smiled broadly in defiance and finally said: "What a waste of time".

Uruguay waited for 12 long years before the national team could celebrate goals from Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani in the same match at a World Cup.

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.

Matters were made worse for Russian Federation in the 36th minute, Smolnikov picking up his second booking after lunging in on Cavani, just eight minutes after being carded for a foul on Matias Vecino.

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.

However, the hosts' plight took a further turn for the worse with 23 minutes played when, after Lucas Torreira's corner had been only half-cleared, Laxalt's fierce driver took a wicked deflection off Cheryshev and flew past the keeper to make it 2-0.

In the day's dead rubber Saudi Arabia got their first win of the tournament with a 2 - 1 over Egypt. "We have good players too, some are better than theirs", the coach said.

In-form Cheryshev had the chance to draw Russian Federation level nearly immediately but his half-volley from Artem Dzyuba's knockdown was too close to Galatasaray shot-stopper Fernando Muslera, who won his 100th global cap.




Luis Suarez grabbed his second goal of the tournament to open Uruguay's account with a free kick after 10 minutes and they doubled the lead with an own goal from Russia's Denis Cheryshev soon afterwards.

90' GOAL! Uruguay 3-0 Russia: There's the goal Cavani has been desperate for all afternoon!

Cavani could have added a third just after the hour, but the Paris Saint-Germain striker elected to go down under pressure from Sergei Ignashevich rather than get a shot off, failing to fool referee Malang Diedhiou.

VOLGOGRAD, Russia - The oldest person to play in a World Cup match gave up a pair of goals, allowing Saudi Arabia to beat Egypt in a match between two teams that had already been eliminated.

SARANSK, Russia - Cristiano Ronaldo's missed penalty cost Portugal first place in its World Cup group.

But Suarez, Godin and Uruguay exposed their limitations in stark fashion here, ahead of a likely second-round meeting with Portugal or Spain.

The same goes for Russian Federation, who will face the Group B winners.

Uruguay are the first side to win all three of their group games without conceding a single goal since Argentina in 1998 (seven goals scored, none conceded).

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