Urus won the group
Hosts Russia have clearly shown their limits in the first World Cup endurance test and missed the victory they were aiming for in preliminary round group A. The disappointing Sbornaja lost 3-0 (2-0) to Uruguay in Samara on Monday and were unable to build on their two casual wins against overburdened outsiders Saudi Arabia and Egypt. While Uruguay were first in the round of 16 with three victories and no conceding goal, the Russians had to make do with second place.
In front of 41,970 spectators, superstar Luis Suárez (10th) scored the early South American lead, an own goal by Denis Cheryshev (28th) and the late goal by Edinson Cavani (90th) brought the decision. From the 37th minute on, Russia had to play outnumbered by coach Stanislav Cherchessov because Igor Smolnikov saw yellow-red because of repeated fouls.
The two-time World Champion Uruguay got off to a dream start. Barcelona FC Suarez converted a free-kick from the edge of the box, but Russian captain Igor Akinfeyev did not make a good impression in goal. Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin did not see this on site, as the 65-year-old was missing in the stadium for the second group match.