Web Desk(June 25, 2018): Uruguay won Group A at the World Cup with its third straight shutout of the tournament, beating host Russia, 3-0 in Samara. Both teams had already clinched advancement to the round of 16.
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 the third goal in injury time. Edinson Cavani jumped on a rebound and poached it to make the final score 3-0.