Uruguay's Edinson Cavani celebrates scoring their third goal with Diego Godin. REUTERS/Michael Dalder
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Hosts Russia and their expectant fans were given a brutal reality check Monday when Uruguay exposed the weaknesses in the side that had been papered over in the uplifting victories over weak Egypt and Saudi Arabia in World Cup Group A.Two goals in the first 23 minutes and a red card for Russia a little later killed off the game early.While Uruguay are brimming with confidence after keeping a clean sheet in a three-match World Cup group stage for only the second time, Russia must somehow bounce back fast if they are not to exit the tournament much quicker than a nation dreams of.
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