Uruguay Wins World Cup Group A With Romp Over Russia

Uruguay Wins World Cup Group A With Romp Over Russia

48’: Uruguay Moving the Ball

A nifty give-and-go attempt by Suarez, but after the give there’s no go.

47’: Free Kick for Cavani

Edinson Cavani takes a powerful free kick, but smashes it into the Russian wall. Cavani has yet to score in this World Cup. Not surprisingly, Uruguay with the better of play so far in this half.

46’: The Numbers

Uruguay had 4 shots, to Russia’s 1 and slight edges in possession and pass accuracy. But those stats are dwarfed by two others. Uruguay2 , Russia 0. Uruguay 11 men, Russia 10.

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Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev is too late to stop Uruguay’s second goal in the first half.

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Halftime: Russia in Trouble

Russia is down 2-0 and is down to 10 men. That’s a mountain to climb.

Andrew Das: This game has taken on the feel of an exercise as we reach halftime: Down two goals and one man, Russia looks as if it realizes it’s probably cooked (that is not a heat pun, though it’s in the 90s in Samara today). Uruguay is probably fine with the game as its stands, too, and unless Russia starts to press, it may start subbing and resting folks too.

Saudi Arabia 1, Egypt 1

Over in the other game, there is an extended review of a possible penalty for Saudi Arabia. The ruling is … penalty. Another chance for Saudi Arabia, and this time Al Faraj scores. 1-1.

42’: Russia Rests Cheryshev

Fernandes, the Brazil-born Russian, comes on and Cheryshev, Russia’s best player in the group stage, gets a rest in the 90-degree heat. They’ll need him in the next round, so no sense running him down today.

Egypt Still Leads Saudi Arabia

In the other game, Saudi Arabia has a chance to tie it (and score its first goal of the tournament) when it gets a penalty. But the shot is saved. Tough World Cup for Saudi Arabia. Still 1-0 Egypt.

Andrew Das: Mohamed Salah has scored his second goal of the World Cup in today’s other game in Group A. (Neither Egypt nor Saudi Arabia can advance.) Super stat from FIFA on the goal: Salah’s goal was the first scored by Egypt in open play at the World Cup since Abdulrahman Fawzi netted in a 4-2 defeat by Hungary in May 1934.

40’: Uruguay’s Defense Firm

Uruguay is known for strikers Suarez and Cavani, but give its defense (and keeper Muslera) credit. It has not surrendered a goal at the World Cup, and with Russia at 10 men, that streak could continue.

38’: Russia Down to 10

RED CARD! Igor Smolnikov picks up a yellow for tripping. He already had one for a foul nine minutes earlier, and two yellows make a red. Smolnikov is out and Russia will somehow have to fight back with 10 men.

Andrew Das: A second yellow for Smolnikov ends his World Cup after 35 minutes as things go from bad to worse for the hosts. So that’s two goals and one man down before halftime. At this point, it looks like they’ll be headed to Moscow for the round of 16, to face the Spain-Portugal-Iran group’s second-place finisher.

32’: Free Kick for Russia

Off a free kick, Aleksandr Samedov’s cross goes nowhere.

31’: Russia’s Defense Struggling

Another counter puts Suarez free on goal, but defender Ignashevich makes a nice play to get the ball away. Russia leaving itself very open at the back right now.

29’: Uruguay Threatens Again

Uruguay breaks, and Bentancur gets the ball with only the keeper to beat. But he can’t beat him. Akinfeev with the good save on his knees.

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27’: Egypt 1, Saudi Arabia 0

Over in the other game, Egypt has gone up 1-0. Yes, Mo Salah was the scorer.

Andrew Das: Tough break for Akinfeev, as Laxalt’s shot hits Cheryshev and wrong-foots him. Uruguay is now doing to Russia what Russia did to the group’s minnows: Saudi Arabia and Egypt. The round of 16 won’t be easy for either of these teams regardless of the result: Spain or Portugal likely awaits.

23’: GOAL! Uruguay Leads, 2-0.

Another Uruguayan long-range effort, by Diego Laxalt this time, caroms off Cheryshev, changes directions rapidly and hits the net.

18’: Russia Corner Comes Up Short

Smolnikov of Russia gets his head to a corner but beats it hard into the ground.

Andrew Das: Dzyuba, a box truck of a man, gets his head to a corner but sends it straight into the turf and it bounces over the crossbar. His size appears to be an issue for Uruguay after all; he’s winning everything in the air in the Uruguay end, and that could be a problem for them at some point.

13’: Russia Gets a Chance

Russia gets a corner, but it’s right to the keeper. Uruguay’s World Cup record when Suarez scores is 4-0, the BBC reports.

Andrew Das: Russia nearly strikes right back, with Dzyuba winning a high ball and feeding it into the path of Cheryshev. But the shot hits Muslera in the mitts, and he pushes it aside. Russia hasn’t trailed yet in the World Cup — until now — so that immediate punchback is probably a good sign for their fans.

10: GOAL! Uruguay Leads

Luis Suarez takes a free kick from inches outside the box, and sends it perfectly into the corner of the net. Uruguay won its first two games 1-0 and it’s 1-0 up here already.

Andrew Das: Devastatingly effective free kick for Suarez, who gets his second goal of the tournament. His teammates helped him there, peeling out of the wall in front of Akinfeev to clear a lane for the ball. In the end, Suarez probably didn’t need it — that one was going in either way.

9’: Suarez Is Blocked, but Yellow for Russia

After a failed Russian counterattack, Suarez claps on to a bad back pass, dribbled into the box and fires. Blocked.

Soon after, Russia’s Yury Gazinskiy gets a yellow card for a poor tackle. Free kick coming for Uruguay.

6’: Uruguay From Way Downtown

Caceres belts a shot from even further out than Vecino. Is Uruguay’s strategy today to take 50-yard shots?

Andrew Das: The Russians are playing long balls early, looking for Dzyuba. But Godin and Co. are not new to this, and that kind of attack will be welcome for them over the incisive passing the Russians used to carve up Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

4’: How Will They Play?

A game that is not crucial for either team often goes one of two ways. It could turn flabby, with neither team playing with urgency. Or the lack of real pressure could free up both teams to play loose, creative soccer. The neutral observer is hoping for the second scenario.

3’: Uruguay Takes the First Shot

Bombs away from Matias Vecino of Uruguay, who tries a shot from far, far out. It goes narrowly wide.

Kickoff!

Uruguay in blue, Russia in white. Both teams have brought in a few new players, but the big names, like Suarez and Cavani for Uruguay and Russian scorer Cheryshev, are all still in the lineup.

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