Uruguay too slick for sluggish Russian Federation

Uruguay and Russia supporters pose with a cardboard cutout of Urugay's forward Edinson Cavani outside the Samara Arena in Samara

Both teams have won their opening two matches - in contrasting fashion - and already qualified for the round of 16.

"Statistics are there to be broken", Suarez said.

Edinson Cavani scored his first goal of this World Cup in the last minute of regular time.

Lucas Torreira, the 22-year-old defensive midfielder for Uruguay, addressed the persistent rumors that he's headed to Arsenal.

However, without detracting from Uruguay's performance, Cherchesov had some harsh words for his own side's undisciplined display - particularly Igor Smolnikov's dismissal for a second bookable offence in the first half.

He will also break his nation's record for World Cup appearances, with 14.

Although the referee decided for additional two minutes, hosts Russian Federation did not respond and the opening half ended with 2-0 in favour of Uruguay.

Nevertheless, Cherchesov did manage to gain some positives from his side's defeat against Uruguay, which many would regard as a reality check after easy wins over Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

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The party continued inside the stadium as the fans flocked in and made an almighty racket, before Russia's positivity was punctured within 10 minutes by Luis Suarez.

"The team is a mechanism and everyone has to be a part and we have to create comfortable conditions for every player to demonstrate his best abilities".

Russia's defensive frailties will be a cause of concern for coach Stanislav Cherchesov. Akinfeev makes the save to prevent a header Godin finding the net, but Cavani was on hand to bundle home the rebound.

While Uruguay are brimming with confidence after keeping a clean sheet in a three-match World Cup group stage for only the second time, Russian Federation must somehow bounce back fast if they are not to exit the tournament much quicker than a nation dreams of.

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.

- Russian Federation are now winless in each of their six World Cup matches in which they have conceded the first goal (D1 L5). Gimenez scored in the team's opening match of the tournament, a 1-0 victory over Egypt.

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. Both Spain and Portugal had a goal difference of plus-1, but Spain scored six goals in its three group matches while Portugal had five.

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