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.

Russia's hopes of launching a fightback were effectively dashed before half-time when full-back Igor Smolnikov was sent off for a second bookable offence and, although they were much improved after the restart, Edinson Cavani struck again at the death as Uruguay coasted to a 3-0 win to complete a maximum haul of nine points without conceding a single goal.

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

- 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. We have an important game coming up.

Uruguay's patience and perseverance paid off as it struck thrice to silence Russian Federation, but not the boisterous home crowd at the Samara Arena.

It was Suarez's seventh goal in three World Cups, while it was only a third for Cavani.

Uruguay doubled their lead in the 23rd minute when Diego Laxalt's shot from the edge of the area deflected off Cheryshev, leaving Akinfeev wrong-footed.

Blind Brazilian fan's video celebrating Philippe Coutinho's goal is magical, watch video
The win puts Switzerland into second place in Group E with four points, the same as Brazil . "Absolutely not. The information you got is not true", Tite shouted, his voice rising steeply as he called it a lie.

4 - Uruguay have won all four World Cup matches in which Suarez scored, but they were defeated in both games in the competition in which Cavani scored.

The hosts had confounded 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 they faced stronger opposition.

Seeing as the Russians' next match will be against Group B winners Spain in the round of 16 on Sunday, it's hard to disagree with their manager's assessment.

But Cavani had the final word, prodding home in the last minute after a Godin header had been parried. But on the pitch there was very little of the dynamism we saw from Russia's players in their opening two victories.

"We could have won by more goals, we lack experience so we didn't score on some counter-attacks when we should have", he said.

As winners of Group A, Uruguay go on to face the Group B runners-up in the round-of-16, which at this time of writing could be any of three teams: Spain, Portugal and Iran.

Meanwhile, after comprehensive wins over Saudi Arabia and Egypt, Russia will face Spain in Moscow next Sunday after Fernando Hierro's side held onto top spot in their group.

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