Igor Smolnikov received his marching orders on 36 minutes for two bookable offences to take the fight out of Sbornaya, who conceded a late third goal to Edinson Cavani. But on the pitch there was very little of the dynamism we saw from Russia's players in their opening two victories. He has become a key figure for Uruguay at this World Cup.
Cherchesov also bristled at the implications of reporters pointing out that Russian Federation had covered far more distance than any other team in their first two matches in the tournament. Cavani poked it home for Uruguay's third goal. Both sides are already through to the knockout stages after collecting six points from six, although team Russian Federation boast a far superior goal difference.
Uruguay doubled their lead in the 23rd minute when Diego Laxalt's shot from the edge of the area deflected off Cheryshev, leaving Akinfeev wrong-footed.
At the age of 38, Ignashevich's tired legs have stood up to the rigours of the World Cup so far but the prospect of facing Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani is a step-up from the futile attacks Saudi and Egypt have had to offer. Sebastian Coates comes in for the injured Jose Gimenez in defence as Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez makes four changes for the clash. Representatives of Asia won willed victory over Egypt. Mohamed Salah opened the scoring in the first half, but then Saudi Arabia scored twice in injury time of each half: al-Faraj scored from the penalty spot, but al-Dawsari - game. "We wanted to stop this but we could not succeed".
Salem Aldawsari scored with nearly the last kick, shooting from a tight angle inside the Egypt penalty area and poking the ball past El Hadary.
Nearly every set-piece was delivered too long, and there were so many key sloppy passes - like Yuri Gazinskiy's to begin the passage of play that led to Suarez scoring from a free-kick - or Mario Fernandes' when for once early in the second half Uruguay looked like they might be opened up. The FIFA World Cup is always decided by fine margins, so an advantage such as finishing as group winners rather than runners-up can potentially be a crucial factor in the long run. 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.