Suarez inspires Uruguay to win over Russian Federation

Posted June 28, 2018

The national football team of Uruguay held a training session on late Sunday afternoon at the Samara Arena ahead of their closing group stage match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup against hosts Russian Federation in the city of Samara on June 25.

Because Russia had the advantage on goal difference from its first two group matches, it would have won the group with a draw.

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.

"For us, it is ideal".

"We have a good team, and you know when you see Luis and Edi running you just hit them".

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Akinfeev couldn't get a hand to it and Suarez has his second goal of the World Cup.

The match will decide who finishes top of the group as both teams are on six points.

However, Uruguay nearly extended its lead in the 80th minute when Cavani and Suarez raced forward with only one defender to deal with.

Russia's chances of mustering a response were effectively ended when Smolnikov was shown a second yellow card six minutes before the interval for fouling the speedy Laxalt.

Both Egypt and Saudi Arabia lost their first two games and will be hoping to pocket an elusive win avoid finishing bottom of the group.

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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.

Russia - Akinfeev 5, Smolnikov 4, Kutepov 5, Ignashevich 7, Kudryashov 5, Zobnin 6, Gazinskiy 5, Samedov 5, Miranchuk 5, Cheryshev 5, Dzyaba 6. "We know as we improve our game we will offer opportunities to all of our players to improve their game".

However, it is likely that their opponents there will be Spain - with the 2010 World Cup winners expected to secure their place as Group B winners with a victory over Morocco later this evening, although Portugal could top the group with a better result against Iran.

Coach: Oscar Tabarez (URU) Referee: Malang Diedhiou (SEN) Hello and welcome to the live coverage of Group A match between Uruguay and hosts Russia, The match starts at 19:30 IST.

The country selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

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