Uruguay 0-0 Russian Federation

Russian Federation found themselves 2-0 down after Diego Laxalt's long-range shot took a heavy deflection off Denis Cheryshev and wrong-footed goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev.

A comeback was made nigh-on impossible when two reckless challenges from Smolnikov, only called into the team to give Mario Fernandes a rest at right-back, in the space of 10 minutes saw him dismissed with still nine minutes of the first half to go.

Cherchesov said he could still take positives from the match into Russia's round-of-16 game against the Group B winners, either Spain, Portugal or Iran. Diego Laxalt's left-footed shot, following a cleared corner, looked to be heading well wide but took a cruel clip off Cheryshev, completely changing its direction and giving Akinfeev no chance.

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.

Russia's goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev (L) reacts as Luis Suarez celebrates Uruguay's second goal. Both are already assured of progressing to the round of 16.

For the first time in coach Oscar Tabarez's tenure, both forwards scored in the same game and they couldn't have chosen a better time: The convincing 3-0 defeat of host Russian Federation secured Uruguay's status as group victor and as one of the most solid teams of the tournament's opening stage after taking a full nine points. I also want to recognise all the Uruguayans who have made the effort to come out here and we've been able to return that effort with today's result.

The CSKA Moscow man is the heartbeat of this side and will be hoping to replicate his haul of two assists and a goal against Saudi Arabia in the opening match, having been pretty quiet in the Egypt contest. "As for our team, we will do our best to fulfill our own potential and to overcome our own problems as we must not fail repeating the mistakes of the past".

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.

Uruguay, controlling possession and playing the ball around confidently, exposed the hosts for what they are - the lowest-ranked team in this World Cup.

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.


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