- El equipo charrúa logra 3 victorias y pasa con puntaje perfecto a los 8vos de final - EFE
Uruguay thrashed Russia 3-0 and won first place in Group A at the 2018 World Cup, which gives them the right to face the team that finishes second in Group B in the quarter finals. So far the classified teams are Iran, Portugal and Spain.
The Uruguayan team had control of the game from the initial whistle, focusing on the attack and cutting the circuits of the Russian team when trying to counterattack.
That paid off, with a lack on the edge of the big area so that in minute 10 Luis Suarez kicked and embedded the ball in the left post of Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, who could not do anything after the barrier jumped .
The Uruguayan attacks were incessant, and in most of them they took danger to the opposite arc, cornering the Russians to the point of making them commit errors.
In the 23rd minute, a shot from outside the field was deflected by Denis Cheryshev to put the 2-0 on the scoreboard.
The match ended in favor of the Uruguayans in the 36th minute, when Igor Smolnikov received his second yellow card of the match and was sent off, leaving Russia with ten players.
With that numerical advantage, Uruguay did not lower the pace, and the award came in the 91st minute with a goal by Edinson Cavani, who took advantage of a rebound inside the area to push the ball into the back of the net.
Saudi Arabia saved the honor on the hour
In the other group A match, Saudi Arabia won twice by one to Egypt and saved the honor with three points that allowed them to finish in third place.
The score was opened by Egypt in the minute through their main figure, Mohamed Salah, but the Saudis won the equalizer in the first half, when Salman Al-Faraj executed perfectly a penalty.
The second half was of options for both teams, but without a clear dominator.
When everything was pointing to a point distribution, Salem Al-Dawsari beat goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary to give his team three points.