Russia's vastly superior goal difference (8-1 compared to Uruguay's 2-0) means the hosts only need to draw today to top the group. The undefeated teams play in Samara with top spot in the group to play for.
Uruguay, which also benefited from an own-goal in the first half, had its third straight shutout of the tournament after consecutive 1-0 victories over Egypt and Saudi Arabia. "We have good players too, some are better than theirs", the coach said. Saudi Arabia and Egypt let minor errors off the hook, but here, against a Uruguay team full of quality and experience for this level, Russian Federation got away far less lightly.
Slowly but surely Uruguay are picking up pace at the World Cup and there's a belief that they can go far in this summer's tournament.
Cavani finally got his goal with a simple finish inside the six-yard box after a Diego Godin header was well saved as Uruguay won only their second game ever against Russian Federation, the other being in the 1970 World Cup, to set up a tie against the runners up of Group B. The Barcelona striker then blew a kiss to the national team's fans.
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"I said already that Uruguay has top-notch players".
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For 10 minutes, Luis Suarez's powerful free-kick opened the scoring, Igor Akinfeev. Diego Laxalt's left-footed shot, following a cleared corner, looked to be heading well wide but took a cruel clip off Cheryshev, completely changing its direction and giving Akinfeev no chance.
Both Russia and Uruguay already secured places in the next Round of Last 16, each enjoying wins over opponents in their two previous group stage matches.
Uruguay's Edinson Cavani celebrates scoring their third goal with Diego Godin. Akinfeev makes the save to prevent a header Godin finding the net, but Cavani was on hand to bundle home the rebound. "When they feel comfortable or at home, they score goals". "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".
The 6-1 win over Panama - England's largest-ever margin of victory at the World Cup - was watched by 14.1 million, which was nearly 83 percent of the TV audience in Britain. More recently, the team finished fourth in South Africa in 2010 and made the round of 16 in Brazil four years ago.
Cherchesov also criticised his players for not being well prepared mentally.