Uruguay take top spot

Uruguay and Russia supporters pose with a cardboard cutout of Urugay's forward Edinson Cavani outside the Samara Arena in Samara

Uruguay and Russia supporters pose with a cardboard cutout of Urugay's forward Edinson Cavani outside the Samara Arena in Samara

Russian Federation were a man down after Smolnikov collected two yellow cards in the span of 8 minutes.

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Uruguay, by contrast, are perfectly set-up to keep teams at arm's length and they had few problems during a second period that at times meandered to a procession, Edinson Cavani converting from close range in the final minute to complete a comfortable 3-0 victory.

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"After winning the first two matches 1-0, our goal was to get another", Suarez said.

This is the first time Uruguay have won all three group games at a World Cup finals.

Luis Suarez grabbed his second goal of the tournament to open Uruguay's account with a free-kick after 10 minutes when he struck a low free-kick into the bottom corner that should have been easy pickings for Russian Federation keeper Igor Akinfeev.

Against Russia on Monday, Suarez scored from a free kick with a low shot that sailed past Russia's wall and into the right corner. He made quite the impression coming off the bench in the last match against Saudi Arabia and in keeping his place for this game Torreira backed up that performance with another impressive display.

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Jose Pekerman has refused to entertain the prospect of seeing Colombia´s stuttering World Cup campaign end at the first hurdle. Well over 30 games into the World Cup in Russian Federation and goals have been a certainty in all the matches played so far.

There was even finally a goal for Cavani right at the end.

The 6-1 win over Panama - England's largest-ever margin of victory at the World Cup - was watched by 14.1 million, which was nearly 83 percent of the TV audience in Britain.

In particular, he sounded optimistic that his players might learn valuable lessons from their mistakes against the South Americans: "From one side, it's bad that we lost, from another, that kind of slap is useful sometimes", he said. Written off as no-hopers before the World Cup, Russia head to the Volga River city of Samara for a game which will see the victor secure top spot in Group A following the elimination of Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Egyptian keeper Essam El-Hadary became the oldest player ever to appear at a World Cup at 45-years-old.

Mohamed Salah put Egypt ahead in the 22nd minute with when he deftly controlled a long ball from Abdalla Said that split the Saudi defense and then lobbed goalkeeper Yasser Almosailem. The decision was confirmed after a video review.

Note that in the first half of Saudi Arabia has not implemented a penalty.

Portugal finished second in Group B after a draw with Iran.

Russia, meanwhile, will face Group B winners Spain after last night's 2-2 draw with Morocco.

Uruguay are the first side to win all three of their group games without conceding a single goal since Argentina in 1998 (seven goals scored, none conceded).

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