Uruguay sealed top spot in World Cup Group A with a 3-0 win over 10-man Russia at the Samara Arena this afternoon.
A Luis Suarez free kick and a Denis Cheryshev own goal gave Oscar Taveras’s side a two-goal lead before Russia’s Igor Smolnikov was sent off for two quick bookings.
Edinson Cavani rounded off a third successive victory for the South Americans, who finish the first phase with a 100% record and are yet to concede a goal.
The hosts had exceed expectations to convincingly beat Saudi Arabia and Egypt but their bubble started to burst only 10 minutes into their final group game.
Suarez slotted a 20-yard free kick into the bottom corner, after defender Sergei Ignashevich had made the target bigger for him by abandoning his position at the end of the wall.
Russia had a couple of half-chances to equalise as Cheryshev stung the hands of Fernando Muslera and Artem Dzyuba headed into the ground and over from a corner.
Stanislav Cherchesov’s side had responded well but found themselves with a mountain to climb when Diego Laxalt’s hopeful shot took a massive deflection off Cheryshev and beat Igor Akinfeev’s despairing dive into the bottom corner.