Suarez scores again and Uruguay downs host Russia 3-0

Suarez scores again and Uruguay downs host Russia 3-0

Suarez scores again and Uruguay downs host Russia 3-0

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.

The host nation's hopes of staging a memorable comeback were dealt a near-fatal blow when Igor Smolnikov saw red after picking up a second yellow card in the 36th minute.

And Edinson Cavani scored from close range in injury time to complete the rout, which condemned the hosts to a record defeat in a World Cup.

Meanwhile, the Uruguayan machine, so well oiled by Oscar Tabarez even after making four changes to the team that beat the Saudis, delivered a lesson in efficient attacking football, with battling Rodrigo Betancur orchestrating their fluid game.

Russia's impressive progression to the last 16 has provided one of the tournament's major surprises so far, but Stanislav Cherchesov's side were brought back down to earth in a sweltering Samara. Both are already assured of progressing to the round of 16.

Goalkeeper Fernando Muslera denied Cheryshev three minutes after the goal and Artem Dzyuba bounced a header over the bar before Uruguay scored a fortunate second mid-way through the first half. That is a threat every world cup defensive would dread to face.

Cherchesov also says that Russian football players rode roughshod over the beginning of such hard matches as the one against Uruguay was. "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".

"I believe that when we had 10 people in the pitch, we were running and wanted to attack more", said Russian Federation coach Stanislav Cherchesov.

With an eye on the next game, Cheryshev - easily Russia's best player on the pitch - was replaced by defender Mario Fernandes, who did offer some stability to the defence.

Mohamed Salah put Egypt ahead in the 22nd minute with when he deftly controlled a long ball from Abdalla Said that split the Saudi defense and then lobbed goalkeeper Yasser Almosailem.

Uruguay, however, is a much more skilled team than Russia's first two opponents. The decision was confirmed after a video review.

They may live to regret an error-strewn early spell that gave Uruguay a comfortable evening and, if the joy of the last 10 days is not to fall flat, will certainly need to regroup when they walk out at the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.

Because Russia has the advantage in goal differential, it would win the group with a draw.

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