Uruguay scored three without reply against a hapless Russia to finish their group as winners.
With the first 60 seconds into the game, Russia were given an early warning when Matias Vecino struck from outside the area, but pushed his effort wide.
Uruguay scored within 10 minutes through a low free kick take from Luis Suarez. Yury Gazinsky gave away the incentive by fouling Rodrigo Bentancur on the edge of the box.
The hosts found an opportunity to equalise almost immediately after as Denis Cheryshev latched onto an from Artem Dzyuba assist, but couldn’t quite finish, having been foiled by Fernando Muslera.
Oscar Tabarez’ side doubled the lead with 23 minutes gone when a great strike from Diego Laxalt took a HUGE deflection off Cheryshev.
Stanislav Cherchesovs side could’ve conceded three inside 30 minutes, had it not been for some last ditch defending!
Matters went from bad to worse for Russia when they were reduced to 10 men with Igor Smolnikov being given his marching orders for a second bookable offence.
This half concluded with Uruguay very much on top, with Cherchesovs side being second best.
There were chances for both sides, especially with, having seen their opportunities blasted embarrassingly wide!
There weren’t THAT many chances in this half, and Russia were rather careless in attack, with efforts not being even close to goal!
Heading to stoppage time, Edinson Cavani put the game to bed with a goal from close range following a corner. The initial header came from Diego Godin which was saved by Igor Akinfeev, before Cavani slotted home the rebound to complete a rampant result for his side against a rather disappointing Russia side who seemed to “down tools”.
Nevertheless, the result sees Uruguay earn a tasty round of 16 tie against Portugal. As for Russia, they’re up against a Spain side who have gone one better than their dismal 2014 showing.
Thoughts on the game
Russia were very disappointing going forward (especially as they only had a single shot on target), but credit has to be given to Uruguay for shutting them out at times.
I feel their performance won’t bode well psychologically ahead of their last 16 tie. What do you think.
For Uruguay, they did well to blow Russia away, and earn themselves a rather interesting tie!