Full time: Russian Federation 0 Uruguay 3

Full time: Russian Federation 0 Uruguay 3

Full time: Russian Federation 0 Uruguay 3

Uruguay finished top of Group A with three wins from three as they beat 10-man Russian Federation 3-0 at the Samara Arena on Monday, with the host nation also qualifying for the round of 16.

Both sides were already through to the Last 16, but hosts would win the group as long as they avoided defeat.

Uruguay, which also benefited from an own-goal in the first half, had its third straight shutout of the tournament after consecutive 1-0 victories over Egypt and Saudi Arabia. "They (Russia) had hard times, they lacked experience, but the managed to overcome their problems, which were clearly obvious in their (preceding to the World Cup) friendly fixtures".

In the second round, Uruguay will meet Group B runners-up Portugal, who toiled to a 1-1 draw with Iran to allow Spain to steal in and take first place. Russian Federation meanwhile have much to think about and improve on if they want to have any hope of getting a result against the better teams and go deep into the knockout rounds.

For 10 minutes, Luis Suarez's powerful free-kick opened the scoring, Igor Akinfeev.

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Edinson Cavani became just the second player to score a goal in three separate World Cup tournaments for Uruguay (2010, 2014 and 2018) after his strike partner Luis Suarez.

Uruguay then took control of the game and doubled their advantage in fortuitous fashion as Diego Laxalt's effort from distance was massively deflected by Cheryshev and squeezed into the net.

The referee added four minutes to the game time but the score of 3-0 never changed until the final whistle.

On a personal level I'm happy to move forwards, with the team we continue to make history.

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.

While Uruguay are brimming with confidence after keeping a clean sheet in a three-match World Cup group stage for only the second time, Russian Federation must somehow bounce back fast if they are not to exit the tournament much quicker than a nation dreams of.

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