Uruguay, Saudi Arabia win

Luis Suarez Uruguay World Cup 2018

Luis Suarez Uruguay World Cup 2018

Things went from bad to worse for the tournament hosts when they were reduced to 10 men when Igor Smolnikov picked up his second yellow card after 36 minutes.

Luis Suarez grabbed the lead for Uruguay in the 10th minute with a clever free-kick that fooled goalkeeper Roman Akinfeev and sailed into the bottom corner.

The host nation put five goals past Saudi Arabia in the opening match of the tournament before beating Mohamed Salah and co 3-1 to put themselves top of Group A.

Uruguay finished top of Group A with three wins from three as they beat 10-man Russian Federation 3-0 at the Samara Arena on Monday, with the host nation also qualifying for the round of 16.

This is the first time Uruguay have won all three group games at a World Cup finals.

Portugal and Spain - who face Iran and already eliminated Morocco respectively later on Monday - are likely to await these sides in the knockout stages, with Uruguay's victory meaning they will face the side who finish second in Group B.

Russia, meanwhile, have finished second and will play the winners of Group B in the last 16 on Sunday at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

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Suarez fired the South Americans in front with a sweetly-struck free-kick just 10 minutes in at the Samara Arena before Denis Cheryshev deflected Diego Laxalt's effort past goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev 13 minutes later to double the advantage. Sebastian Coates comes in for the injured Jose Gimenez in defence as Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez makes four changes for the clash.

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.

Cavani finally got his goal in the 90th minute with a simple finish from close range after Akinfeev had saved Diego Godin's header, 3-0.

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.

Russia's Denis Cheryshev's scored the sixth own goal at this year's tournament, the joint-most number of own goals at a single World Cup (also six in 1998).

"We have reached our goal to be first in the group", Suarez said in first television interviews.

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