FIFA 2018 | Live score and stats: Uruguay beats Russia; tops Group A

Uruguay's Luis Suarez (left) celebrates his team's opening goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 match against Russia in Samara on Monday.

Uruguay's Luis Suarez (left) celebrates his team's opening goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 match against Russia in Samara on Monday.   | Photo Credit: AP

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Russia has displayed machine-like precision while Uruguay has banked on its superior organisational skills.

The lowest-ranked team coming into their own World Cup, Russia have sparkled since the action began — and perhaps the secret to their success is not just their ability on the ball but good old-fashioned industry.

No other team has matched the hosts' Stakhanovite workrate in their opening matches — both of which Russia won by healthy margins -- nor even come close when it comes to putting in the hard yards.

 

According to FIFA's statistics, Russia, who play Uruguay in their final group game on Monday, have, by a startling margin, covered more ground than any other team, with their opening 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia seeing them run a collective 118 kilometres.

 

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