Russia ride wave of FIFA World Cup euphoria into Uruguay clash

Russia ride wave of FIFA World Cup euphoria into Uruguay clash

Russia ride wave of FIFA World Cup euphoria into Uruguay clash

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.

With both teams already qualified for the last 16, Russian Federation coach Stanislav Cherchesov also made three changes to the side that beat Egypt 3-1.

Oscar Tabarez switched to a back-three for this one, with Sampdoria's Lucas Torriera joining Rodrigo Bentancur of Juventus and Inter's Matias Vecino in midfield.

Russia's problems worsened as Igor Smolnikov was ejected for a second bookable offence in the 37th minute.

Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani lead the Uruguay attack the World Cup hosts.

- Russian Federation are now winless in each of their six World Cup matches in which they have conceded the first goal (D1 L5).

But his two past World Cups have been marked by controversy: He was sent home from Brazil four years ago for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.

"It is clear we were not happy having lost such a creative player as Alan but naturally when we're getting ready for a tournament we have to think about all the options", the head coach told a media conference.

KALININGRAD, Russia - A video replay in injury time gave Spain the goal it needed to win Group B at the World Cup.


The party continued inside the stadium as the fans flocked in and made an almighty racket, before Russia's positivity was punctured within 10 minutes by Luis Suarez.

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.

"After winning the first two matches 1-0, our goal was to get another", Suarez said.

Luis Suarez. Uruguay haven't looked terribly impressive at this World Cup but have managed to remain ideal in the group stages thanks to a miserly defence and the efforts of their talisman. Smolnikov is shown a second yellow card for a very late tackle on Laxalt.

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. Ranked No. 14, La Celeste defeated Egypt 1-0 in its tournament opener and then had the same result against Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.

Salman Alfaraj got the Saudis level with a penalty kick in first-half stoppage time after Ali Gabr brought down Fahad Almuwallad in the area.

Russia, meanwhile, will face Group B winners Spain after last night's 2-2 draw with Morocco.

There was plenty of noise from the stands - so Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera will have had many quieter games in terms of volume - but he had little work to do as he became his country's all-time leading appearance maker at the World Cup. Three goals to the good.

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