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Uruguay happy that Suarez, Cavani find their rhythm together

28 June 2018

After an impressive win over Russia, Paul Mariner is impressed with Uruguay's attacking mentality and thinks they can challenge the top teams in the world.

Two early goals saw Uruguay finish top of group A as they inflicted Russia's first defeat of the World Cup in Samara, winning 3-0 to make it three victories from three and leave the hosts in second place.

But it was South Americans who opened the scoring as Surarez sent a low-free kick from just outside the area into the bottom right corner in the 10th minute.

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

Denis Cheryshev's own goal compounded Russia's misery 13 minutes later, with Smolnikov's dismissal - for a second yellow card issued after a foul on Edinson Cavani prior to half time - all but ending hopes of a comeback.

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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.

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

Russian Federation were increasingly ragged and, after Igor Smolnikov had gone into the book for a foul on Vecino, they were nearly three down when Bentancur was denied by Akinfeev.

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Uruguay, by contrast, are perfectly set-up to keep teams at arm's length and they had few problems during a second period that at times meandered to a procession, Edinson Cavani converting from close range in the final minute to complete a comfortable 3-0 victory.

Russia's best chance fell to Dzyuba, who fired well wide of the far post from the right side of the box.

Samara is looking forward to hosting a top-of-the-table contest in Group A when Uruguay take on hosts Russian Federation with the title of "group winner" at stake.

Cavani sealed the win on 90 minutes by tapping home the rebound, after Akinfeev had parried Godin's header.

Russia, meanwhile, will face Group B winners Spain after last night's 2-2 draw with Morocco.

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Uruguay happy that Suarez, Cavani find their rhythm together