Uruguay comfortably beat World Cup hosts Russia 3-0 on Monday to seal top spot in Group A courtesy of a Luis Suarez free kick, a Denis Cheryshev own goal and a late Edinson Cavani strike.
Luis Suarez opened the scoring for Uruguay in the 10th minute when he sent a free kick from inches outside the box perfectly into the corner of the net.
In the 23rd, Diego Laxalt tried a long-range shot. It caromed off Denis Cheryshev of Russia, changed directions sharply and hit the net. It was ruled an own goal.
Russia’s chance to come back dimmed badly when it was reduced to 10 men after Igor Smolnikov got a second yellow card for tripping.
Uruguay exploited its man advantage in the second half before finally getting a third goal in injury time. Edinson Cavani jumped on a rebound and poached it to make the final score 3-0.
After two hard-fought 1-0 wins, it was a welcome goal deluge for Uruguay.
These teams could each face stern opposition in the next round: probably Spain and Portugal.
In the group’s other game between two eliminated teams, Saudi Arabia defeated Egypt, 2-1.