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Luis Suarez strike can't mask Uruguay shortcomings in nervy win vs. Saudi Arabia

Luis Suarez's first-half goal means Uruguay and Russia advance into the second round ensuring Saudi Arabia and Egypt are eliminated.
World Cup: Luis Suarez (23') Uruguay 1-0 Saudi Arabia

ROSTOV-ON-DON - Three quick thoughts on Uruguay 1-0 Saudi Arabia in Group A at the World Cup on Wednesday afternoon.

1. Suarez strike can't hide Uruguay shortcomings

Winning two World Cup matches, reaching the knockout stages, all while failing to impress seems fraught with contradictions, but that is essentially what Uruguay have achieved so far.

This was a match where Uruguay rarely found top gear. Maybe the heat -- the temperature at kickoff was 89 degrees Fahrenheit -- played a factor. Perhaps...

Cristiano Ronaldo beats Morocco but Portugal teammates need to step up

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop says we're seeing a different Cristiano Ronaldo with Portugal, a player who is becoming the leader his country need.
Cristiano Ronaldo has broken Ferenc Puskás' European goalscoring record in Portugal's match against Morocco at the 2018 World Cup.
World Cup: Cristiano Ronaldo (4') Portugal 1-0 Morocco

MOSCOW -- It was roughly five minutes in and Cristiano Ronaldo was done celebrating. He had just scored his 85th international goal, leaving him 24 shy of Ali Daei's all-time record. (At age 33, and with the number of cream-puff opponents in UEFA qualifying, it's no longer an unassailable mark.) More importantly, he had broken the ice against Morocco in a match where everyone knew that three points de facto equalled a place in the Round of 16.

He stood, elbows out, tapping his index fingers against...

Cristiano Ronaldo surpasses Ferenc Puskas as Portugal surge on in Russia

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop says we're seeing a different Cristiano Ronaldo with Portugal, a player who is becoming the leader his country need.
Cristiano Ronaldo has broken Ferenc Puskás' European goalscoring record in Portugal's match against Morocco at the 2018 World Cup.
World Cup: Cristiano Ronaldo (4') Portugal 1-0 Morocco

MOSCOW -- Three quick points on Portugal 1-0 Morocco in Group B at the World Cup on Wednesday afternoon:

1. Ronaldo the record breaker

Him again. Cristiano Ronaldo broke the ice four minutes into the game, with the sort of diving header perilously inches from Karim El Ahmadi's boot that screamed: BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY.

The strike takes his personal tally in this World Cup to four, his all-time total to seven (he's in the top 30 now, for what it's worth) and his overall international count to 85,...

 By Nick Ames

Hosts Russia have harnessed World Cup momentum to defy expectations, galvanise a nation

Russia have defied the odds, winning each of their first two games handedly and scoring eight goals.

Stanislav Cherchesov is rarely lost for a laconic response and kept a straight face when asked, half an hour after Russia had all but booked their place in the last 16 of the World Cup with a 3-1 win over Egypt, whether this had been the happiest day of his life.

"I hope there are many more to come," Cherchesov responded plainly, before quickly moving on to the next question. Even if he was not willing to engage in hyperbole with the world's media, the lid on his emotions was not too tightly fixed....

 By Tom Marshall

Mohamed Salah makes scoring return but cannot stop rampant Russia

Russia are on the brink of qualifying for the last 16 after a dominant second-half display against Egypt, despite the return of Mohamed Salah.
Japan and Senegal surprised the two favourites in Group H, Colombia and Poland, while Russia closed in on the last 16 with a win over Egypt.
After Russia's big win over Egypt, the FC crew assess what's going right for the hosts and reflect on Egypt's choice to rest Mo Salah vs. Uruguay.
The hosts Russia continue their fine World Cup form, Japan beat 10-man Colombia and Senegal become the first African nation to win at the 2018 World Cup.

ST. PETERSBURG -- Three points on Russia's 3-1 win vs. Egypt in Group A at the World Cup on Tuesday.

1. Salah cannot stop impressive hosts

The buildup to the game was unsurprisingly centered around Mohamed Salah, who was coming back from the left-shoulder injury he suffered while playing for Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League final.

Much was expected of the player of the year in England and Salah was certainly a potential star at this World Cup but, five days into the tournament, Egypt need...

 By Tim Vickery

Colombia need James Rodriguez, Juan Fernando Quintero in tandem after Japan shock

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson feels Japan should've dominated 10-man Colombia, but did just enough in the second half to earn a win in their Group H opener.
Colombia's Carlos Sanchez was the first player sent off at the 2018 World Cup, as Yuya Osako won it late for Japan in their Group H opener.
World Cup: Yuya Osako (73') Colombia 1-2 Japan
World Cup: Juan Quintero (39') Colombia 1-1 Japan
World Cup: Shinji Kagawa (6') Colombia 0-1 Japan
World Cup: Carlos Sanchez red card (3') Colombia 0-0 Japan

SARANSK, Russia - Three quick thoughts from Colombia 1-2 Japan in Group H at the World Cup on Tuesday afternoon:

No battle plan ever survives initial contact with the enemy -- and seldom was that truer than in Colombia's World Cup opener, a 2-1 defeat to Japan on Tuesday.

The game had barely started before Colombia found themselves a goal down and a man down -- and a vital one at that. Defensive midfielder Carlos Sanchez is one of the first names on the team-sheet, playing a vital role in balancing...