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World Cup Day 12: Uruguay, Spain top respective groups

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Couldn't keep up with the final days for Groups A and B in Russia? Don't worry, BostonSportsJournal.com has you covered with all the highlights in quickie form, complete with BSJ insight and analysis.

FIVE THOUGHTS FROM MONDAY'S ACTION

The Celestes down 10-man Russia, take top spot in Group A: Uruguay got off to a great start, as Luis Suarez slotted home on a free kick at the top of the box near the end of the 10th minute. And just half a minute after Mo Salah made it 1-0 in the other Group A match, Uruguay made it 2-0 and solidified its hold on the top spot with a nifty Diego Laxalt shot from distance that tucked in at the near post. Russia went down to 10 men with two yellow cards to Igor Smolnikov, and that only complicated matters for the tournament hosts. Both sides would have opportunities in the second half, but nothing fell until Edinson Cavani pounced on the rebound of a saved shot in the 90th minute to wrap up -- and more importantly, win -- the group.

Saudi Arabia grabs last-kick winner over Egypt: The Saudis had a great deal of possession in the first 20 minutes of the otherwise meaningless Group A match, but it was Mo Salah, against the run of play, chipping around the goalkeeper to put the Pharaohs up by a goal to nil, marking the first time Egypt has ever led in the World Cup.