Uruguay ease past Russian Federation, tops Group A

Heading in the right direction

Heading in the right direction

Suarez is the all-time leading scorer for Uruguay with 53 worldwide goals in 101 appearances, including a goal against Saudi Arabia last Wednesday. He will also break his nation's record for World Cup appearances, with 14. In 2010, he used his hands to block Dominic Adiyiah's header and then celebrated when Ghana missed the penalty kick.

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

The lead was doubled in the 23rd minute when Diego Laxalt's speculative shot went in off Cherysev's foot, leaving Igor Akinfeev no chance to save.

However, the hosts' plight took a further turn for the worse with 23 minutes played when, after Lucas Torreira's corner had been only half-cleared, Laxalt's fierce driver took a wicked deflection off Cheryshev and flew past the keeper to make it 2-0.

Both Russia and Uruguay have already secured places in the next Round of Last 16 of the global football championship, each enjoying wins over opponents in their two previous group stage matches. Russian Federation coach Stanislav Cherchesov immediately took off Cheryshev for defender Mario Fernandes.

However, Uruguay nearly extended its lead in the 80th minute when Cavani and Suarez raced forward with only one defender to deal with. The last act was for Cavani to get his goal, converting a rebound from a Diego Godin header.

La Celeste haven't conceded in six games and even without injured centre-back Jose Gimenez, the scorer of Uruguay's late victor against Egypt in their opening game, Russian Federation were limited to few chances and obviously missed influential midfielder Aleksandr Golovin who was rested. "When they feel comfortable or at home, they score goals". Not because of selfishness, but because they contribute a lot. If we defend well, we know we will score.

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Against Iceland, Messi saw his penalty spot kick saved by goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson , and the game ended 1-1. "Out of these 10, only seven or eight were fouls".

Uruguay was making its 12th appearance at the World Cup, which it won in 1930 and 1950. "We were rather aggressive".

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

Slowly but surely Uruguay are picking up pace at the World Cup and there's a belief that they can go far in this summer's tournament.

Defender Jose Maria Gimenez didn't play for Uruguay because of a right thigh injury.

After beating Saudi Arabia and Egypt to reach the knockout stages for the first time since the Soviet era, the host's limitations were painfully evident in Monday's 3-0 loss to Uruguay.

The national teams of Uruguay and Russian Federation in the person match determined the victor of the Quartet.

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