Hosts Russia will be in a do-or-die situation when they take on Uruguay in the last Group A fixture of the 2018 FIFA World Cup at the Cosmos Arena on 25th June. Uruguay looks to be the most active side on paper in Group A and getting past them won’t be an easy ask for the Russian games. Russia will be bidding farewell to most of their key players, and thus, a victory becomes all the more important. With Egypt in the form of their history, three points will be nothing less than the trophy itself for Uruguay. After a disastrous Copa America campaign, two positive results against Wales and the Czech Republic have given Uruguay a much need respite ahead of the FIFA World Cup.
Football lovers all over the world wait eagerly for the FIFA World Cup and this time the tournament is witnessing a lot of new and interesting rivalries as the one we will witness in this match. The Russians are in a unique and advantageous position due to the fact that they are playing on home turf which will ensure that they get ample time to acclimatize and practice whereas for the visiting team from Uruguay, the Russian settings will be quite a challenge, but, then challenge is what makes the best teams thrive. Also, there is the fact that despite being a tiny nation with a population no more than Moscow, Uruguay is a spectacular football powerhouse which defeated Brazil at their home in 1950 to become the World Champions. Therefore, it would be an amazing match between teams representing the world’s largest countries and one of the world’s smallest countries (population wise).
Do-or-die encounters bring out the best in every side. Uruguay’s attack is a potent threat to any defence lineup across the world but they have been far from their best in the recent past. Local fans are expected to turn up in huge numbers in support of their national side, and it will be that match which no Russian would ever like to miss. To make sure that all the fans remain well scheduled for Russia’s last group stage game, we’ve got everything you need to know covered in this little piece of text.
Russia 0 Uruguay 3
Teams: Uruguay vs Russia
Date: June 25, 2018 (Monday)
Venue: Samara Arena, Samara (Russia)
Competition: FIFA World Cup 2018
Kickoff time: 7.30 PM IST and 18:00 (UTC/GMT+4, local time)
Russia vs Uruguay Live Stream
It will be for the first time in the 2018 FIFA World Cup when two matches will be played simultaneously. The match between Russia and Uruguay will be live streamed across all the official broadcasters on their websites. While the Uruguayan fans will be able to watch it on their choice of the device via DirecTV’s website, the Russian fans will need to visit Perviy Kanal.
The match will also be available on the official websites of FOX Sports, beIN Sports, Sony LIV, Canal+, Optus Sports, DirecTV, SuperSport, Kwese Sports, BBC, and ITV. Fans who won’t have access to any of the official links can easily turn up to the VPN Gateways to find a solution. Sticky Bundles like Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and DirecTV NOW will also be offering a seamless coverage of Russia vs Uruguay.
More Matches to follow live
The last Group A game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup between Russia and Uruguay will be played at the Cosmos Arena on 25th of June with a scheduled kick-off at 17:00 local time. It will be the third of four group stage matches scheduled to be played at this venue. The stadium is also listed to host a round of 16 games as well as a quarter-final game. It will be able to accommodate just under 45,000 fans and will host the home games for Russian Premier League side, FC Krylia Sovetov Samara, post the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
A lot will depend on Igor Akinfeev, the Russian captain who’ll have the responsibility of keeping Suarez and Cavani at bay. Russian defence has been too feeble to withstand a quality Uruguayan front line, and they’ll have to play out if their skin if they’re to come out on top. Problems for Uruguay lie in the midfield that has failed to create many chances for their solid front line. Here is how the two sides will look like come 25th June.
Akinfeev (GK); Zhirkov, Kombarov, Smolnikov, Kudryashov; Cheyshev, Glushakov, Samedov; Kokorin, Poloz, Smolov
Muslera (GK); Gimenez, Godin, Maxi Pereira, Cáceres; Cristian Rodriguez, Vecino, Caceras; Cavani, Suarez, Stuani
Matches Played: 01
Both the group A games, Saudi Arabia vs Egypt and Uruguay vs Russia, will kick-off at the same time and thus the official broadcast for both the games will commence on two different channels. With hosts involved, this match will be telecasted on the primary channel of Perviy Kanal in Russia. In Uruguay, DirecTV will be up with the official broadcast two hours before the kick-off with their expert panel previewing the match. DirecTV will also be broadcasting the game for most of the other Caribbean nations. The match will be televised on FOX Sports in America, beIN Sports in all MENA countries along with a few other European countries including France, on Canal+, SuperSport, and Kwese Sports in Africa, on Sky Pacific in Oceania, and on BBC and ITV in the UK.
Russia will be desperately trying to at least take a point out of their game against Uruguay. Given Uruguay’s fluctuating fortunes, it looks pretty much possible. However, Uruguay will still be the stronger side of the two and will enter the match as favourites. Our final scoreline predictions read Russia 2-2 Uruguay.