Uruguay vs. Russia - Football Match Report

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Coach Oscar Tabarez is expected to make changes in midfield and could even alter their tactical system, due to the inclusion of Lucas Torreira. "As for our team, we will do our best to fulfill our own potential and to overcome our own problems as we must not fail repeating the mistakes of the past".

As winners of Group A, Uruguay go on to face the Group B runners-up in the round-of-16, which at this time of writing could be any of three teams: Spain, Portugal and Iran. Drop Caballero, pass to Messi quicker- Which group stage World Cup matches still matter?

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Sitting at the podium in the post-match news conference following Uruguay's 3-0 victory over Russian Federation, a reporter asked him why he often wore a sad expression.

Russian Federation have already booked their spot in the knockout stages of the 2018 World Cup following thumping wins over Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

With their work done, Uruguay took their foot off the pedal in the second half and only added to their lead in the 90th minute when Cavani finished from close range after Diego Godin's header was saved.

Uruguay's Edinson Cavani celebrates scoring their third goal with Diego Godin. We wanted to play in the same way we did before. "I like how my team played after we lost one player". He scored one goal in each tournament in South Africa in 2010, when Uruguay reached the semifinals, and in Brazil in 2014, when the South Americans were eliminated in the round of 16.

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They may live to regret an error-strewn early spell that gave Uruguay a comfortable evening and, if the joy of the last 10 days is not to fall flat, will certainly need to regroup when they walk out at the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.

Instead of Ronaldo, it was Ricardo Quaresma who scored for the Portuguese.

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

Spain won the group after its 2-2 draw with Morocco.

The Three Lions have cruised to the knockout stages and captain Harry Kane is leading the scoring at the tournament so far with five goals, including a hat trick.

Spain will face host Russian Federation on Sunday.