Suarez scores again, Uruguay beats host Russia 3-0

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

Finally, Russia's hopes for salvation buried Smolnikov in the first half received two yellow cards.

Uruguay secured first place in World Cup Group A as Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani scored to down 10-man Russian Federation in Samara.

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.

Cavani could have added a third just after the hour, but the Paris Saint-Germain striker elected to go down under pressure from Sergei Ignashevich rather than get a shot off, failing to fool referee Malang Diedhiou. Tomorrow's match will decide on the victor of their Group A, which also enrolls the teams from Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

The only advantage of the Russian national team's loss to Uruguay in the final round of the group stage of the World Cup is the place of the next match in the 1/8 finals - at the Moscow stadium Luzhniki.

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.

"We throw our hearts into the game, including our joy, and always do our utmost at a hundred-percent level", Cavani told journalists in Samara.

Uruguay would have had a third soon after if not for a fine save from Akinfeev, who prevented Bentancur celebrating his 21st birthday with a goal.

Luis Suarez. Uruguay haven't looked terribly impressive at this World Cup but have managed to remain flawless in the group stages thanks to a miserly defence and the efforts of their talisman. Captain and goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev has long had a reputation for mistakes under pressure in high-profile games - notably fumbling a goal against South Korea four years ago - and was slow to react to both of Uruguay's first-half goals.

In the other match of this group of Saudi Arabia for the first time since 1994 won the world Cup.

Salem Aldawsari scored with nearly the last kick, shooting from a tight angle inside the Egypt penalty area and poking the ball past El Hadary. Written off as no-hopers before the World Cup, Russia head to the Volga River city of Samara for a game which will see the victor secure top spot in Group A following the elimination of Saudi Arabia and Egypt. The decision was confirmed after a video review.

Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira made his first start of the World Cup.

But Suarez, Godin and Uruguay exposed their limitations in stark fashion here, ahead of a likely second-round meeting with Portugal or Spain.

Spain won the group after its 2-2 draw with Morocco. Three goals to the good.

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