Luis Suárez leads way for Uruguay to spoil 10-man Russia’s party

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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.

Coach Stanislav Cherchesov insists Russia's success at the World Cup is about much more than home-team advantage.

"I said already that Uruguay has top-notch players".

- 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 Suarez.

Cavani scored in the 90th minute and was taken out a short time later.

Perhaps the fact that Russian Federation, the lowest ranked team here at 70 in the world, started this game having already qualified affected their approach. If we defend well, we know we will score. Strikers contribute a lot to a team. Cavani pounced on a loose ball after the goalkeeper parried it from a header by Diego Godin. "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".

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

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"But their fans instead of celebrating minutes after the game are responsible for cleaning their sector before leaving #Respect". Coming in the third minute, it was the second fastest red card in World Cup history and the first of this year's tournament.

In particular, he sounded optimistic that his players might learn valuable lessons from their mistakes against the South Americans: "From one side, it's bad that we lost, from another, that kind of slap is useful sometimes", he said. "We were rather aggressive".

Three thoughts on Uruguay's 3-0 win vs. Russian Federation in Group A at the World Cup. Teammate Alan Dzagoev was out again because of a hamstring injury sustained in the opener against Saudi Arabia but he may return for the knockout round.

The Egyptian FA announced Salah was out of the match before they updated the team selection with Salah - who is recovering from damaging his shoulder in the Champions League final last month - back in to replaced Amr Warda.

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 Russia had con- founded those who predicted a group stage exit with resounding victories over Saudi Arabia and Egypt, there was still a question mark over how they would perform when facing stronger opposition.

SARANSK, Russia - Cristiano Ronaldo's missed penalty cost Portugal first place in its World Cup group.

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