This really is the World Cup of set pieces.
And it’s not just England who are profiting from dead ball situations.
In the battle for supremacy at the top of Group A between hosts Russia and Uruguay it’s first blood to the South Americans.
Rodrigo Bentancur won a free kick on the edge of the Russia box, allowing Luis Suarez to fire an emphatic strike past Igor Akinfeev to give Uruguay the lead:
But after watching the highlights it appears Suarez benefited massively from a rogue decision made by the usually wily Russian centre-back Sergei Ignashevich.
Behind the Russia wall you can see Ignashevich – one of the oldest outfield players at the tournament – wrestling with Edinson Cavani.
The defender appears to be trying to drag his marker across the box in a bid to block any space behind the wall should Suarez attempt to go under it.
The move, however, backfires hugely, inadvertently creating space on the other side of the goal for Suarez to pick his spot.
You can’t really give a man like Suarez that kind of opportunity.
It was the Barcelona striker’s second goal at this World Cup, with Uruguay extending their lead when Diego Laxalt’s shot was deflected in.
Portugal and Spain are likely to lie in wait for both sides in the last 16.
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