Uruguay beat Russia to win Group A - KBC | Kenya's Watching

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After an early Luis Suarez free kick, Russian Federation gave away two goals from corners as the hosts failed to secure top spot in Group A.

Things went from bad to worse for the hosts, who are the lowest ranked team in the tournament, as Zenit St Petersburg right-back Igor Smolnikov was shown a second yellow card ten minutes before half-time for hacking down Laxalt.

With an eye on the next game, Cheryshev - easily Russia's best player on the pitch - was replaced by defender Mario Fernandes, who did offer some stability to the defence. The Uruguayans and goalkeeper Fernando Muslera have not allowed a goal in any of the team's six matches this year.

Samara is looking forward to hosting a top-of-the-table contest in Group A when Uruguay take on hosts Russian Federation with the title of "group winner" at stake.

Dzyuba sliced Russia's best second-half chance wide of the post in the 76th minute and they nearly conceded further when Akinfeev was forced to make fine late saves from Giorgian De Arrascaeta and Cristian Rodriguez.

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.

Cavani, Suarez's strike partner, sealed the victory to open his World Cup account with a goal from close range after a corner in the 90th minute.

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.

"We knew it and we prepared for it, but we didn't manage to cope with it", he said.

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. Doing so is of course the aim for both sides, but the group winners could end up with the unenviable task of playing Spain depending on the results of tonight's Group B matches. The Paris Saint-Germain forward put a rebound into the left corner of the net after Diego Godin's header was parried by Akinfeev. We wanted to play in the same way we did before.

Meanwhile, it had been a disappointing start to the World Cup for Edinson Cavani, but the PSG man finally got a goal for his country in the late stages of the match to extend the lead to 3-0.

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