Uruguay lead 2-0 against 10-man Russia in Group A decider

Uruguay's Luis Suarez and Uruguay's Martin Caceres arrive to Uruguay's official training on the eve of the group A match between Russia and Uruguay at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Samara Arena in Samara Russia Sunday

Akinfeev kept his side's fading hopes alive by denying Betancur a goal on his 21st birthday five minutes later, although they were dealt a further blow nine minutes before the break when Smolnikov, who had earlier been booked for a foul on Cavani, felled Laxalt and received a second yellow card. Russian Federation v Uruguay ended with a score of 0:3.

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.

A song by comedian Semyon Slepakov went viral just before the tournament, poking fun at Russia's poor form and suggesting players needed Chechnya's authoritarian leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, as coach for extra motivation. The Paris Saint-Germain forward put a rebound into the left corner of the net after Diego Godin's header was parried by Akinfeev.

Suarez looked determined to impress after his poor opening match against Egypt, and it was his clever low free-kick that set the tone for what was a very comfortable victory.

The goal for Suarez is his second of the World Cup, which leads Uruguay.

Suarez scored in that match, and thwarted Russian Federation in this one, too. Ranked No. 14, La Celeste defeated Egypt 1-0 in its tournament opener and then had the same result against Saudi Arabia on Wednesday. We wanted to play in the same way we did before.

- Uruguay have finished as first round group winners for just the fifth time, having done so previously in 1930, 1950, 1954 and most recently in 2010. 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.

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Williams kissed his two young daughters on his way to the stage after becoming the Clippers' third victor in the last five years. Casey won over Quin Snyder of Utah and Brad Stevens of Boston. "I wouldn't have it any other way, for real".

Because Russia has the advantage in goal differential, it would win the group with a draw.

On a personal level I'm happy to move forwards, with the team we continue to make history. Kick with 11-meter mark al-Muwallad reflected the 45-year-old writer national team of Egypt, El-hadary.

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. The decision was confirmed after a video review.

A nation so down on its team leading into the World Cup had swiftly been swept up in a wave of optimism following a start to their Group A campaign that even president Vladimir Putin wouldn't have dared dream. The extra man in front of the center-backs afforded the full-backs more freedom to charge down the flanks, which eventually led to Russian Federation losing a man later in the first half.

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

Seeing as the Russians' next match will be against Group B winners Spain in the round of 16 on Sunday, it's hard to disagree with their manager's assessment.

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