Uruguay dominated proceedings in both halves to run out comfortable winners in Samara.

Despite Uruguay going ahead thanks to the work Luis Suarez, this game had the makings of a lively affair, which it lived up to at times.

The adaptability of the Uruguayan defence was put on display by managed Oscar Tabarez, as he opted for a 3-5-2 formation against Russia.

A physical battle ensued, ultimately favouring Uruguay, whom matched Russia’s early high pressure with their own dominance on the pitch.


Fernando Muslera 6 —

Brilliantly saved an early volley from Russia’s inform man Denis Cheryshev and was subsequently unflappable, as he has been all tournament and throughout 2018.

Sebastian Coates 7 —

Calm Coates indeed. The Sporting CP man fantastically distributed the ball throughout the match and was on hand to clean up with style when he was needed.

Diego Godin 7 —

Masterful in solidity, a genuinely apt statement in describing Godin whom excels in doing his job so efficiently.

Martin Caceras 8 —

Energetic and unrelenting, Caceras displayed an effective balance in his defensive and attacking work. Marauding in his movement forward and a constant threat going forward.