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To recap Group A:
Uruguay beat Russia to win won their World Cup group with three victories in three games. Russia advance as well despite their first defeat. Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani scored for Uruguay, with the other goal coming from a tournament record-tying sixth own goal.
Both teams were already assured of spots in the knockout round, but Uruguay's victory in the finale put them atop Group A and looking toward a match Saturday in Sochi against the second-place finisher from Group B. Russia's consolation prize will be a match against Group B's winner at Moscow's main stadium.
Saudi Arabia edged Egypt 2-1 after Salem Al-Dawsari scored with almost the last kick in a contest where both teams were trying to avoid last spot in their World Cup group.
Saudi Arabia end Group A in third place with three points and Egypt finish with three losses.
It was positive second half for Saudi Arabia, showing initiative and intention, but for a long time, the scoreline remained locked at 1-1. In the end, the Saudis were rewarded, finding a late winner through Salem. In fact, Salem found the winner with the last kick off the game. Both Saudi Arabia and Egypt bow out, but the Falcons can take some comfort from today’s game and the result, even if the quality of performance at times was very poor. Egypt are left empty-handed and have never won a match at the World Cup finals.
90+5` Salem Al-Dawsari scores for Saudi Arabia!
Salem has scored right at the death to help Saudi Arabia their first win of the tournament! Heartbreak for Egypt.
Peep! Peep! Russia were valiant in the second half, but ultimately impotent against the South Americans, who applied good organisation and covering. It didn’t go to plan for the hosts with those early goals and the red card. Uruguay, who still have to concede a goal, finish top of the group. Russia have to settle for second and will play their second-round game in Moscow at the Luzhniki Stadium.
90+3` Uruguay 3-0 Russia
Third and final change for Uruguay as Cavani is replaced by Maximiliano Gomez.
A pattern now in both games: warm temperatures, tiring legs and little excitement. This afternoon's matches are meandering towards their ends, dying a slow death, in particular, Saudi Arabia - Egypt. Smolov, dribbling his way through a forest of Uruguay legs, shakes things up, but Muslera collects his cross.
84` Uruguay 2-0 Russia
Russia with a chance to score as they break on the counter with Dzyuba and Smolov. Smolov gets into the box and leaves an Uruguayan defender on the turf and looks to cut the ball. However, Muslera gets there ahead of any Russian player.
80` Uruguay 2-0 Russia
Uruguay spurn a glorious chance to triple their lead as a Russian pass is hit straight at Cavani in the centre circle. He sends Suarez off on the left wing and it is a two-on-one situation. Suarez gets into the box and squares the ball onto Cavani's path but the ball is too fast for him and the move breaks down.
70` Saudi Arabia 1-1 Egypt
El-Hadari makes two brilliant saves off two powerful headers to keep the Arabs out. First, he makes a one-handed save to keep out Al Mogahwi's header. From the resultant corner, he makes another save to keep out Muhannad Asiri's header.
Edinson, what have you done? The Uruguay striker wants his goal badly, but his finishing leaves a lot to be desired at the moment. He runs - or rather - saunters down the left, cuts inside, but blasts his shot miles wide and almost into the Volga.
Possession is one thing, ideas another. Saudi Arabia seem to have very little creativity. This is not a match that will live long in the memory, but kudos to the Falcons for not caving in just yet. The same applies to Russia. They are up against it, but keep trying.
62` Uruguay 2-0 Russia
Giorgian De Arrascaeta is Uruguay's first substitute as he replaces Bentancur.
Uruguay control proceedings early on in the second half. It's so hard to play Tabarez's team when you trail, let alone with ten men. Samedov with a set piece, but his cross sails across Uruguay's penalty box.
HT. Egypt 1-1 Saudi Arabia
4 - Essam El Hadary has become the 4th goalkeeper to save a penalty on his World Cup debut since 1966:
In the other game, Salah has been the difference between the two sides with his 22nd-minute goal. It's been a pleasant enough afternoon so far! Well, hold on, another penalty! This World Cup is heading for a penalty record. Can the Saudis get past El Hadary from the penalty spot this time? There is an on-field review and Wilmar sticks to his decision, even though it takes him 735 years to do so. Salman equalizes. No clean sheet for El Hadary.
VAR alert! Shout it from the rooftops: we all love VAR, don't we? Saudi Arabia have been awarded a penalty as referee Wilmar Perez spots a handball in the Egypt area. It goes to VAR, or so we think, and the original decision stands. But alas for the Saudis, Fahad Al Mulwallad blows the opportunity. His attempt is saved by El Hadary. What a way to celebrate becoming the oldest player in World Cup history. Great agility as well.
39` El-Hadary saves the penalty!
What a stunning save from the oldest player to ever play at the World Cup! He dives the right way and pushes Fahad Al Mulwallad's penalty onto the bar and Egypt clear the ball away! Brilliant scenes as his teammates pounce on him even as El-Hadary points to the skiy.
38` Saudi Arabia win a penalty!
The referee spots a handball in the Egyptian box and the Saudis have a penalty!
Oh dear. The Russian hype train is derailing. A second yellow for Igor Smolnikov from Zenit St Petersburg. He walks off, a few tears rolling down. Russia react by replacing Cheryshev with Mario Fernandes. It was a daft challenge from Smolnikov. The Russians might want to call Toni Kroos.
37` Uruguay 2-0 Russia
That sending off has forced Chercheshov Stanislav to make a change and he takes off Cheryshev to replace him with Mario Fernandes.
RED CARD !
36` Igor Smolinikov has been sent off!
Smolinikov, on his World Cup debut, picks up a second booking and he's off! Meanwhile, FIFA has officially awarded Uruguay's second goal as a Denis Cheryshev own-goal.
30` Egypt 1-0 Russia
To get back to Volgograd, Salah should double Egypt’s lead, but he doesn’t convert a gilt-edged chance. He chips it over goalkeeper Yasser Almosailem once again but doesn’t hit the target.
Meanwhile, bedlam in the Russian defence, but both Betancur and Cavani can’t take advantage for Uruguay.
28` Uruguay 2-0 Russia
Two chances in the space of a minute for Uruguay to get their third. Bentancur is put through on goal and he tries to nutmeg Akinfeev and score. But he saves. Then Suarez only has Ignashevich to get past to score but he's out-paced by the defender.
Goals galore! Goals everywhere. Mo Salah scores his second at this World Cup with a delightful strike. In the other game, home hero Cheryshev is culpable for doubling Uruguay's lead as an attempt from Laxalt deflects off him. A big element of luck to that goal, but Russia playing poorly here. It's a reality check for the hosts.
23` Diego Lexalt scores!
Laxalt doubles Uruguay's lead as his shot from outside the box gets a lucky deflection off Cheryshev. The deflection wrong foots Akinfeev and sneaks into the bottom corner.
22` Mohamed Salah scores for Egypt!
Salah chases down a long ball and with two defenders and the keeper closing him down, he chips the keeper to score his and Egypt's second goal of the tournament.
18` Saudi Arabia 0-0 Egypt
It is goalless but the Saudis have been the better side. Mo Salah is still to make an impact in the match.
A bit of history for you: Volgograd was the stage of the battle for Leningrad during World War II. That was one of the bloodiest battles in the history of mankind. Today, the Mamayev Kurgan memorial complex, which towers over the city, remembers the fallen ones. It's very imposing and impressive. Do visit when you have a chance.
Preview: Uruguay and Russia will battle for the top spot in Group A and enter the knockout rounds of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in style when they lock horns on Monday.
Luiz Suarez scores the opening goal for Uruguay. AFP
Both teams have won their previous two matches but Uruguay need a win in order to finish the opening round as group winners while a draw will be enough for Russia since they enjoy a superior goal difference.
The most highly rated team in the group with several stars in their line-up, Uruguay have not been at their best during identical 1-0 wins over Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
In the other clash of the day, both Egypt and Saudi Arabia will aim to exit the 2018 FIFA World Cup with a win when they meet in their final Group A match on Monday.
Both teams have lost their opening two matches and have no chance of advancing to the next stages.
With their talismanic forward Mohammed Salah struggling with his fitness following a rather hurried return from a left shoulder dislocation, Egypt have struggled in the two matches they played so far.