Uruguay are now one step away from ensuring group winning status in the second half against Russia with 10 men, after Igor Smolnikov receives a second yellow card.
The Russians, who have bagged six points, have already qualified for the last 16 and replaced three players from the team that beat Egypt in the previous game.
The same thing is done Uruguay coach, Oscar Tabarez, who put four players in this match reserves.
Luis Suarez opened Uruguay’s advantage in the 9th minute with a free kick from the edge outside the penalty box. Previously the referee gave the ball off for Uruguay after Rodrigo Bentacur was violated by the Russian players.
Two minutes later, Russia get a golden opportunity through a first time kick Denis Cheryshev. Starting from the hull of the goalkeeper at Artem Dzyuba, who then forwarded it through a header to Cheryshev.
Utilizing a gap in defense, Cheryshev then hit hard kick towards goal.
Uruguay then added advantage in the 23rd minute through an own goal Cheryshev.
From outside the penalty box, Diego Laxalt shot towards the goal, but the ball had time to hit Cheryshev’s leg so it turned toward the goal.
Three minutes later, through Uruguay’s counter-attack scheme had a golden opportunity to add advantage. Bentacur kick was already in front of goal blocked by the Russian goalkeeper, and then the ball threw up towards Edinson Cavani.
However, before Cavani could grab the ball, the Russian defender had already dispelled earlier.
Russia was then forced to play with 10 men in the 35th minute after the referee gave a second yellow card to Igor Smolnikov who ‘cut’ Laxalt from behind. Smolnikov had previously received a yellow card in the 27th minute.
Uruguay was more comfortable in controlling the ball more relaxed tension game