Uruguay have been more workmanlike than magic at this World Cup, but Luis Suarez has finally provided a moment of excitement.
The Barcelona striker has struggled to really get going in Russia – although he scored what turned out to the winner against Saudi Arabia last week, that was more down to an error from Saudi keeper Mohammed Al Owais than a particular moment of brilliance from Suarez himself.
The former Liverpool forward has already made a better impression in the final game of the group against the hosts, however. Lining up to take a free kick on the edge of the penalty area, Suarez executed a clever low drive that swept past the wall and beyond the reach of Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev.
Uruguay have since scored a second goal courtesy of a Diego Laxalt shot that took a massive deflection off of midfielder Denis Cheryshev. 2-0 at the time of writing and Uruguay look very much on course to win Group A.
In the group’s other match, taking place simultaneously, Mo Salah has also scored his second goal of the competition for Egypt. The Pharaohs are taking on Saudi Arabia in a clash that means nothing in terms of progression but has a heavy dose of pride on the line.
Salah, making his second start of the competition amid a shoulder injury that has plagued him for a month, latched on to a pass from Abdallah El Said before showing all of the composure that Liverpool fans came to expect last season, lofting the ball over the Saudi keeper to put Egypt into the lead.
That game, at the time of writing, remains 1-0 to Egypt and Hector Cuper’s side look set to bow out with a win.