Samara - Uruguay burnished their World Cup credentials with a 3-0 victory over 10-man Russian Federation on Monday, finishing top of Group A with a ideal record while damping the hopes of the tournament hosts, who had to settle for second.
Meanwhile, it had been a disappointing start to the World Cup for Edinson Cavani, but the PSG man finally got a goal for his country in the late stages of the match to extend the lead to 3-0.
"It is clear we were not happy having lost such a creative player as Alan but naturally when we're getting ready for a tournament we have to think about all the options", the head coach told a media conference.
Edinson Cavani scored his first goal of this World Cup in the last minute of regular time.
Saudi Arabia finished Group A in third place with three points, while Egypt was last after losing all three games. Uruguay prevailed in a shootout, and Suarez was marked as a dirty player. The only other team at the tournament without a yellow is Iceland. Gimenez scored in the team's opening match of the tournament, a 1-0 victory over Egypt.
Shortly after receiving his first yellow card, Russia's Smolnikov received another one for chopping down Laxalt and subsequently left his team and the field.More news: Prince William honours Holocaust victims during Jerusalem trip
By finishing second in Group A, Russian Federation will next play at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow against Group B victor Spain.
Monday's clash with Uruguay will decide who progresses as group winners and, although Dzagoev will miss out again, Cherchesov hinted the CSKA Moscow man has not been ruled out of the finals altogether.
Luiz Suarez broke the deadlock in the 10th minute through a spectacular freekick, They doubled their lead through an own goal from Cheryshev in 23th minute.
Lucas Torreira, the 22-year-old defensive midfielder for Uruguay, addressed the persistent rumors that he's headed to Arsenal.
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.
Cherchesov also says that Russian football players rode roughshod over the beginning of such hard matches as the one against Uruguay was.
Cavani, who plays for Paris Saint-Germain, said the team is focused on Monday's duel with Russian Federation, preferring not to think about possible future rivals Spain, Portugal or Iran in the last 16. 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.