Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani on Sunday said his team would step up to fill the role played by defender Jose Maria Gimenez, who is to be sidelined due to injury against Russian Federation for their last Group A game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. And it will no doubt get harder following the match against Luis Suarez and Uruguay because the top finishers in Group A go on to face the best two from Group B, which includes Portugal and Spain.
Russian Federation were reduced to 10 men after 36 minutes when right-back Igor Smolnikov was sent off for two yellow cards in a match that will be a reality check for a team that easily won its first two matches.
In the second half, Uruguay was in no hurry to kill the opponent, but in the end still brought the score to devastating - the first goal of the tournament scored by Edinson Cavani.
With an eye on the next game, Cheryshev - easily Russia's best player on the pitch - was replaced by defender Mario Fernandes, who did offer some stability to the defence.
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A 1-0 defeat of Egypt was mirrored against Saudi Arabia but Tabarez's side undoubtedly have more to prove in their last group game. Uruguay prevailed in a shootout, and Suarez was marked as a dirty player. Alexander Golovin had been the team's creative spark in midfield, but he was rested since another yellow card for him would have meant a one-game ban.
A nation so down on its team leading into the World Cup had swiftly been swept up in a wave of optimism following a start to their Group A campaign that even president Vladimir Putin wouldn't have dared dream.
After the break, Russia's 10 men composed themselves and at least managed to wrest back some control of the match, with Uruguay always looking unsafe but perhaps happy to concede possession and protect their lead.
Uruguay have finished as first round group winners for the fifth time, having done so previously in 1930, 1950, 1954 and 2010.
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Fourteen minutes later, the Uruguayans upped the score to 2-0, when a ball, kicked by midfielder Diego Laxalt, bounced off Denis Cheryshev's leg straight into his own net. "We really wanted", says the coach, calling the team "psychologically strong". Both Spain and Portugal had a goal difference of plus-1, but Spain scored six goals in its three group matches while Portugal had five.