Welcome to News Nation live coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2018. Uruguay lock horns with the hosts Russia at the Cosmos Arena, Samara in the top of the group clash of Group A on Monday.
Even though both teams are already through, this match still has meaning as it will decide who will finish top of the group. Russia’s vastly superior goal difference puts them in the box seat and this is a chance for them to make history.
No Russian (or Soviet) team has ever managed to win every group game at a World Cup (WC), but with Uruguay winning by mere single-goal margins, this is an opportunity for Russia that will likely never come around again.
The two sides have met only once before, in a 1-1 friendly drawback in May 2012. If H2H results against the Soviet Union are also used here, Uruguay’s record reads: W1, D1, L7, including two historical WC meetings (W1, L1).
Highlights of Uruguay vs Russia:
Key stats:June 25, 2018
# That's it for today, Malang Diedhiou has blown his whistle and the game is over. Uruguay 3-0 Russia
# 90+4' Fedor Smolov (Russia) takes the resultant free kick from the edge of the box and tries to find one of his teammates with a cross, but the keeper climbs high and gets to it first, collecting the ball with ease.
# 90+3' Substitution. Maximiliano Gomez Gonzalez (Uruguay) in, Edinson Cavani out.
# 4 additional min. will be played.
# 90+1' GOAL! The ball rebounds to Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) after a melee in the box, and he easily beats the keeper from close range. Uruguay 3-0 Russia!
# 90' CHANCE! Cristian Rodriguez (Uruguay) finds himself in space on the edge of the box and smashes a glorious looking effort towards the roof of the net, but Igor Akinfeev thwarts him with a great two-handed save. The ball goes out of play. Uruguay are awarded a corner kick.
# 89' Artem Dzyuba (Russia) commits a foul and Malang Diedhiou immediately signals a free kick.
# 89' Aleksandr Samedov (Russia) attempts to find one of his teammates with a cross from the resultant free kick, but he fails to hit the ball properly and sends it off the pitch.
# 87' Igor Akinfeev leaps to intercept the corner kick from Giorgian De Arrascaeta (Uruguay). That was going in!
# 86' Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) makes space for himself in the box after some nice work, but his shot is immediately charged down by a defender. Uruguay have been awarded a corner kick.
# 85' CHANCE! Half-chance! Fedor Smolov (Russia) plays a pass into the box, but Fernando Muslera reacts well to snuff out the attack.
# 82' The resulting corner comes to nothing as Giorgian De Arrascaeta (Uruguay) sends it out of play.
# 80' Luis Suarez (Uruguay) breaks past challenges inside the box, but puts too much pace on his pass to Edinson Cavani.
# 78' A pass by Martin Caceres (Uruguay) ends up in no man's land, and the attacking effort comes to an end.
# 78' Lucas Torreira (Uruguay) has picked up a minor injury, but it looks like he will be able to continue.
# 74' CHANCE! Artem Dzyuba (Russia) got himself in a great position on the edge of the box after a pass, but put his shot well wide of the left post.
# 73' Today's match ends for Nahitan Nandez who will be replaced by Cristian Rodriguez (Uruguay)
# 72' Artem Dzyuba (Russia) slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away.
# 70' Malang Diedhiou blows his whistle as Artem Dzyuba (Russia) used excessive force in the tackle during an attack
# 68' A shot from the edge of the box by Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) is a waste and goes well wide of the right post
# 65' Mario Fernandes (Russia) sends a pass into the box, but his attempt is thwarted and cleared.
# 63' Here is a change. Rodrigo Bentancur is going off and Oscar Tabarez gives the last tactical orders to Giorgian De Arrascaeta (Uruguay).
# 61' A pass by Roman Zobnin (Russia) ends up in no man's land, and the attacking effort comes to an end.
# 60' Substitution. Fedor Smolov (Russia) receives a signal from the referee and is now allowed to enter the pitch as Aleksey Miranchuk walks off.
# 60' Rodrigo Bentancur (Uruguay) clearly holds his opponent to prevent him from getting the ball and the referee blows his whistle for a foul.
# 58' Great teamplay by Uruguay as they control the ball with a lot of short passes. Patience is the key if they want to find a gap in the defence to score.
# 53' Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) is penalised for a foul. Malang Diedhiou had a clear view and blows his whistle.
# 52' Aleksandr Samedov (Russia) sends in a lofted cross from a long-range free kick in order to find one of his teammates. His poor effort, however, sails way out of play.
# 50' Rodrigo Bentancur (Uruguay) tries to latch onto a through ball, but it's too long.
# 47' Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) unleashes a powerful shot towards goal from a mid-range free kick, but the ball is blocked by the defensive wall.
Key stats:June 25, 2018
# 46' Ilya Kutepov (Russia) performs a sliding tackle but catches his opponent's legs. The referee blows his whistle for an infringement.
# The second half begins!
# In the Egypt vs Saudi Arabia: Goal! Salman Al Faraj (Saudi Arabia) wins the battle of wills and sends an unstoppable penalty past Essam El Hadary into left side of the goal. Egypt 1-1 Saudi Arabia.
# The referee blows the Half Time whistle!
# 45+1' The foul by Nahitan Nandez (Uruguay) was seen by Malang Diedhiou who didn't hesitate to blow the whistle.
# 45' There will be a minimum of 2 min. of added time.
# In Egypt vs Saudi Arabia: PENALTY MISS! Fahad Mosaed Al Muwallad Al Harbi (Saudi Arabia) takes a penalty kick. The shot goes in the direction of the left post, but Essam El Hadary reacts superbly and stops it, deflecting the ball onto the woodwork!
# 42' The linesman raises his flag for offside before Artem Dzyuba (Russia) heads on.
# 42' A pass from Diego Laxalt (Uruguay) is intercepted by Igor Akinfeev and the move breaks down.
# 40' The Uruguay players are exchanging some short passes.
It's not been a good day for @TeamRussia so far...June 25, 2018
# 38' Substitution. Denis Cheryshev will be replaced by Mario Fernandes (Russia).
# 37' A poorly executed mid-range free kick by Lucas Torreira (Uruguay) as he fails to deliver a decent cross.
# 35' RED CARD! Igor Smolnikov (Russia) sees a yellow card in the hand of Malang Diedhiou. And as it's a second one this game, a red follows and Igor Smolnikov (Russia) is sent from the pitch.
# 31' Aleksandr Samedov (Russia) crosses the ball from the free kick, but it goes out of play.
# 30' Rodrigo Bentancur (Uruguay) tackles a bit over-zealously and Malang Diedhiou blows for a foul.
# In the other game:
# 29' CHANCE! Rodrigo Bentancur (Uruguay) came close to scoring but should have done much better. His poor attempt from close range ended up in the gloves of Igor Akinfeev.
# 28' The game has begun to heat up. Igor Smolnikov (Russia) challenges an opponent and receives a deserved yellow card for his ugly tackle.
# 27' It's a yellow card for Igor Smolnikov (Russia).
# 26' It looks like Nahitan Nandez (Uruguay) saw red with that tackle. Malang Diedhiou won't tolerate such behaviour on the pitch and blows for a foul.
Meanwhile in Samara... #URU have doubled their lead!June 25, 2018
# 23' GOAL! It's in the back of the net! Diego Laxalt (Uruguay) tries his luck from the edge of the box and his shot takes a deflection and goes past the stranded Igor Akinfeev. He makes it 2:0.
# 22' Lucas Torreira (Uruguay) floats the free kick into the box, but it's easily cleared by the first man. Uruguay have a corner.
# In Egypt vs Saudi Arabia: Goal! Mohamed Salah (Egypt) picks up a pass and gets to the edge of the box before clipping a brilliant lob over the goalkeeper and into the empty net. He makes it 0:1.
# 21' Fedor Kudryashov (Russia) makes a rough challenge and Malang Diedhiou blows his whistle for a foul.
# 19' Denis Cheryshev (Russia) tries to slide the ball through to a teammate but it's well blocked by a defender. The ball goes out of play and Uruguay will have a goal kick.
# 17' The whipped in corner perfectly picks out Artem Dzyuba (Russia) near the penalty spot, but the ball comes off the top of his head and goes a mile over the bar.
# 16' Denis Cheryshev (Russia) takes the corner.
# 16' Denis Cheryshev (Russia) delivers a long ball, but it lacks enough power to reach his teammates and is intercepted by one of the defenders. The referee and one of his assistants signal for a corner kick to Russia.
# 13' Aleksandr Samedov (Russia) launches a cross from the corner, but Fernando Muslera is alert to thwart the effort.
# 12' CHANCE! Denis Cheryshev (Russia) is unlucky with a low drive from the edge of the box. A decent save by Fernando Muslera stops the ball from hitting the middle of the net.
# 11' Diego Laxalt (Uruguay) is obviously not following the Golden Rule: „Treat others as you want to be treated.“ He makes a bad challenge and leaves Malang Diedhiou with no other option than to blow for a foul. There is a free kick near the sideline to Russia.
# 10' GOAL! Luis Suarez (Uruguay) fires a daisy-cutter inside the right post from the free kick just outside the box. Football supporters are always happy to see such a fabulous goal. Uruguay 1-0 Russia
# 9' Yury Gazinskiy (Russia) gets a yellow card.
# 9' Referee Malang Diedhiou sees the trip by Yury Gazinskiy (Russia) and doesn't hesitate to blow his whistle. Uruguay earn a free kick just outside the penalty box which could lead to a goal-scoring opportunity.
# 7' Denis Cheryshev (Russia) wastes a good opportunity as his pass into the box is blocked by the defence.
# 5' Uruguay are enjoying the possession as of now, but the Russians are pressing hard to win the ball back.
# 2' Matias Vecino (Uruguay) tries his luck and hits a thunderbolt of a shot towards goal from long range, but his powerful strike goes narrowly wide of the left post.
# Kick off!
# The teams are out on the pitch and the National Anthems of both the nations are on!
# Uruguay have scored first and kept a clean sheet in each of their last five games.
# Russia are unbeaten in three games overall, with five of their last seven games producing over 2.5 goals.
# Stat attack: Uruguay’s WC record against European sides in Europe stands at W4, D3, L6.
# Players to watch: With three goals to his name so far, Denis Cheryshev will be aiming to become the first Russian to win the WC Golden Boot outright after Oleg Salenko shared it with Hristo Stoichkov in 1994. Luis Suárez (Uruguay) has had a difficult time so far, but got off the mark against Saudi Arabia and will be as much of a threat as ever.
The formations for #URURUS...
Who are you backing? pic.twitter.com/YaYx2JniXO— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 25, 2018
Uruguay starting XI: Muslera, Caceres, Coates, Godin, Laxalt, Nandez, Torreira, Vecino, Bentancur, Suarez, Cavani.
Russia starting XI: Akinfeev, Smolnikov, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Kurdjasov, Samedov, Gazinskiy, Miranchuk, Zobnin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba.
We have our first set of teams confirmed!June 25, 2018
Who do you think will finish top of Group A? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/IvbWklqVCF— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 25, 2018