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FIFA World Cup: Uruguay's Jose Maria Gimenez ruled out of final group game vs Russia

AFP
Published Jun 24, 2018, 1:43 pm IST
Updated Jun 24, 2018, 2:04 pm IST
Uruguay and Russia have both won their first two matches, though the hosts have a far more impressive goal difference.
Gimenez scored the late winner in Uruguay's first group game against Egypt. (Photo: AFP)
 Gimenez scored the late winner in Uruguay's first group game against Egypt. (Photo: AFP)

Nizhniy Novgorod: Uruguay defender Jose Maria Gimenez is out of his country's World Cup game against hosts Russia, which will determine who will top Group A, because of a thigh injury, officials said Saturday.

The Atletico Madrid centre-half "will not be taken into account for the match... against Russia," the Uruguayan Football Association said in a statement. The match takes place on Monday in Samara.

 

Uruguay and Russia have both won their first two matches, though the hosts have a far more impressive goal difference.

Both teams have already qualified for the last 16 and will either play Portugal, Spain or Iran in the next round depending on final match results in Group B.

A stuttering Uruguay have won both their matches, against Egypt and Saudi Arabia. 1-0.

Gimenez scored the late winner in the first game.

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