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Uruguay leads Group A after defeating Russia 3-0

An excellent performance by Uruguay today against the hosting team Russia, with a three-goal lead to dominate the pitch with pressure on entire field.

The first mistake by the Russian backline gets punished by an immediate goal in the 10th minute of the match from a set-piece by Luis Suarez to give Uruguay the early lead.

Lury Gazinsky committed the foul right on the edge of the penalty area as Suarez sets-up to take the free-kick and curls a smart low ball into the net.

Shortly after, Uruguay steps up the lead in the 23rd minute after a shot was taken by Diego Laxalt towards the net to be deflected into the goal by the Russian midfielder, an own goal.

It is an unfortunate own goal by Laxalt after his excellent performances in the prior games for Russia with three goals in the tournament.

Igor Smolnikov was sent off after receiving his second yellow card, leaving Russia to continue the rest of the match with 10 players.

The second half saw a dominant Uruguayan forward creating dangerous chances, but without a clear finisher, until the 90th minute with a tap-in by Edinson Cavani to extend the lead to three goals.

A match with very close attempts by Uruguay easily could have ended the match with a hefty lead. Luckily for Russia, it didn’t.

The race for the first spot in Group A is officially over as Uruguay stands in the lead with nine points, followed by Russia with six points, to qualify to Round 16 and patiently wait on tonight’s results of Group B’s matches to prepare for the next challenge.

Source: Kuwait News Agency