Published: Thu, June 28, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Edinson Cavani says Uruguay prepared to tame hosts Russian Federation

Edinson Cavani says Uruguay prepared to tame hosts Russian Federation

Luis Suarez netted his second goal in as many World Cup games as Uruguay secured top spot in Group A with a comfortable 3-0 victory over hosts Russian Federation, who had Igor Smolnikov sent off.

Smolnikov, one of three changes from the team which enjoyed a 3-1 win over Egypt, was on the verge of tears as he trudged off with the home crowd stunned into near silence.

In a fast start, Uruguay were ahead inside 10 minutes as Suarez, who scored the victor against Saudi Arabia on matchday two, found the net with a pinpoint free-kick.

Akinfeev kept his side's fading hopes alive by denying Betancur a goal on his 21st birthday five minutes later, although they were dealt a further blow nine minutes before the break when Smolnikov, who had earlier been booked for a foul on Cavani, felled Laxalt and received a second yellow card.

With their work done, Uruguay took their foot off the pedal in the second half and only added to their lead in the 90th minute when Cavani finished from close range after Diego Godin's header was saved.

It's obviously what we wanted, we wanted to keep growing throughout the World Cup and after winning two matches 1-0, today we wanted to do even better. "We did not marshal thoughts at the beginning of the match, but players rode roughshod over", Cherchesov stresses.

- Uruguay striker Luis Suarez is now his country's second outright top goalscorer at the World Cup with seven goals, only Oscar Miguez (8) has netted more.

Luis Suarez opened the scoring against Russian Federation with a smart free-kick in the ninth minute before an own goal from Denis Cheryshev made it 2-0.


Uruguay is making its 12th appearance at the World Cup, which it won in 1930 and 1950.

Coach Stanislav Cherchesov insists Russia's success at the World Cup is about much more than home-team advantage. Tomorrow's match will decide on the victor of their Group A, which also enrolls the teams from Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

The score was opened by Uruguay on the 10th minute after Russian midfielder Yury Gazinsky was slapped with a yellow card for a tackle on Matias Vecino near the box of his goal, reported Tass news agency.

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.

Lucas Torreira, the 22-year-old defensive midfielder for Uruguay, addressed the persistent rumors that he's headed to Arsenal.

A 1-0 defeat of Egypt was mirrored against Saudi Arabia but Tabarez's side undoubtedly have more to prove in their last group game.

The Three Lions have cruised to the knockout stages and captain Harry Kane is leading the scoring at the tournament so far with five goals, including a hat trick.

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