Uruguay’s 3-0 win over Russia did little to change the standings of Group A, but it has set up some tantalizing affairs in the round of 16
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.