Uruguay Secure Top Spot in World Cup group A after Thrashing Russia

Edinson Cavani of Uruguay fires in a free kick. Photo by Michael Zemanek/BPI/REX/Shutterstock (9726961cb)

Uruguay secured the top spot in Group A of the 2018 World Cup after defeating hosts Russia 3-0 on Monday.

The South American’s took the lead during the first-half through a free-kick from Barcelona striker Luis Suarez in the 11th minute.

The game was virtually put out of reach for the Russians after Igor Smolnikov was given a red-card.

Diego Laxalt doubled the lead shortly after and Edinson Cavani scored another during the 90th which all but sealed the victory for the two time World Champions.

The host-country will certainly be frustrated with their performance and the result does nothing to end the beliefs of many of their doubters that they do not have what it takes to compete against the bigger nations.

However, all is not lost. They have qualified for the last-16 as group A runners-up with six points and will play against Spain in the round of 16.

They could also avoid playing against teams such as Brazil, Germany, and Belgium who could all well finish as the runners-up in their respective groups.