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World Cup Day 7: Suarez boots Uruguay, and Russia is through

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Couldn't keep up with the happenings in Russia today? Don't worry, BostonSportsJournal.com has you covered with all the day's action in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis.

FIVE THOUGHTS FROM WEDNESDAY'S ACTION

Iran can't stop Spain: Iran played anti-football against the 2010 world champions, parking the bus -- and we must say that it worked, not allowing a shot on target until the middle of the 25th minute. And we have to be honest: Spain didn't have the quality to break Iran down, even with 69 percent possession through the first 45 minutes. Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand came up with a few big saves early in the second half, and after a gilt-edged chance by Iran went into the side netting, the Spaniards came the other way and scored as Diego Costa knee'd Andres Iniesta's pass into the net, giving Spain the lone goal of the match and a deserved lead in the 55th. That forced Iran to actually play a more open style, and it led to a few chances around the hour mark -- including a Saeid Ezatolahi goal that was disallowed by VAR for offside in the 62nd minute. Both teams had great chances, including a scramble into the front of Beiranvand as well as a near header for Iran, turning what had been a boring match into a scintillating one.

Suarez's tally enough for Uruguay: After what had been a rather drab opening 20 minutes,