Uruguay down 10-man Russian Federation in Group A decider

Uruguay and Russia supporters pose with a cardboard cutout of Urugay's forward Edinson Cavani outside the Samara Arena in Samara

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.

With qualification already assured, Cherchesov had made three changes to his starting line-up with Smolnikov among those drafted in. And it will no doubt get harder following the match against Luis Suarez and Uruguay because the top finishers in Group A go on to face the best two from Group B, which includes Portugal and Spain.

That silenced a vociferous home crowd which had been in party mode after Russia's opening two victories and were not expecting their final group contest to be effectively ended in the 36th minute when Igor Smolnikov was sent off.

Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani were both on target for Uruguay on Monday and Sebastian Coates is placing his trust in the duo to come good again in the last 16 of the World Cup.

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. "We did not marshal thoughts at the beginning of the match, but players rode roughshod over", Cherchesov stresses.

Akinfeev couldn't get a hand to it and Suarez has his second goal of the World Cup.

If the opener had been clinical and classy, Uruguay's second owed more to a huge slice of fortune as Diego Laxalt's long-range strike deflected wickedly off Denis Cheryshev and wrong-footed Igor Akinfeev.

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Against Russia on Monday, Suarez scored from a free kick with a low shot that sailed past Russia's wall and into the right corner.

Uruguay was making its 12th appearance at the World Cup, which it won in 1930 and 1950. Tomorrow's match will decide on the victor of their Group A, which also enrolls the teams from Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

Cheryshev looked set to continue his fine form as Russian Federation responded in force, only for the Villarreal winger to hammer a half-volley straight at Fernando Muslera on the goalkeeper's 100th Uruguay cap.

It was heart-breaking for Cheryshev, who scored twice in the 5-0 trouncing of Saudi Arabia in the opening game. This prediction was based on the free-flowing football that Russian Federation had played till then, and the holes that were evident in the Uruguayan midfield.

Spain won the group after its 2-2 draw with Morocco.

Their struggles so far mean a shake-up in midfield is likely, with Sampdoria's Lucas Torreira a certain inclusion after impressing as a substitute against the Saudis.

Uruguay are the first side to win all three of their group games without conceding a single goal since Argentina in 1998 (seven goals scored, none conceded).

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