1 Chris Coleman has expressed determination to lead Wales to the 2018 World Cup after dismissing talk of him becoming Crystal Palace’s next manager.Sam Allardyce’s shock departure as Palace boss on Tuesday inevitably led to Coleman being linked once again with his former club.Wales manager Coleman made 190 appearances for the Eagles between 1991 and 1995 and has been linked with Palace in the past when the manager’s job has become vacant.“I’d love to go back to the Palace,” Coleman said, jokingly referring to receiving his OBE at Buckingham Palace last week.“I had a good time at the Palace. But I’m sure Prince Charles is not ready for me to go back just yet!”However, Coleman did state he would sit down with his Football Association of Wales employers if his team were eliminated in the race for World Cup qualification.Wales are four points behind Serbia and the Republic of Ireland at the halfway stage, but a runner-up spot will be good enough for them to contest a November play-off.“If we couldn’t (qualify) there’s a conversation to be had,” Coleman said.“But until that happens… maybe I’m the only man in Wales who thinks like I do because I’m confident we will qualify.“I know it’s a huge task for us, but I’ve still got the same excitement to do the job, the same belief in the players and the team.“We’re four points behind and we haven’t got our best player (Bale) in Serbia.“People will say, ‘What can happen here?’. I tell you what can happen, we can go there and get a result.“We’ve done it in the past, so why can’t we do it again?” Chris Coleman: Could he become Crystal Palace manager?
Uruguay completed a hat-trick of wins and will head into the round of 16 as Group A toppers after crushing Russia 3-0 in their final group fixture of the FIFA World Cup 2018 on Monday.Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani both started as strikers and both managed to score once each while Denis Cheryshev scored an own goal to add to Russia’s woes on a forgettable night at a jam-packed Samara stadium.Uruguay are the first team to win all their group games with a clean sheet at the World Cup. Argentina was the last team to achieve this feat in 1998.FIFA World Cup 2018: Uruguay 3-0 Russia | Saudi Arabia 2-1 Egypt at Full TimeCavani’s goal made him the second player from Uruguay to have scored in three separate World Cups. Suarez was the first to set the record.Suarez himself scored his 7th World Cup goal for Uruguay becoming the second highest goal-scorer for his country behind Oscar Miguez.Key stats:Only #BRA have suffered a heavier defeat as a host nation (7-1 vs #GER in 2014)Both @LuisSuarez9 and @ECavaniOfficial have scored at the 2010, 2014, and 2018 #WorldCup tournaments #URURUS pic.twitter.com/KaH3Vd7IkvFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 25, 2018Suarez grabbed his second goal of the tournament to open Uruguay’s account with a free kick after 10 minutes and they doubled the lead with an own goal from Russia’s Denis Cheryshev soon after.That silenced a vociferous home crowd who had been in party mode after Russia’s opening two victories and were not expecting their final group contest to be effectively ended in the 36th minute when Igor Smolnikov was sent off for a second booking.advertisementEdinson Cavani bundled home a third goal for Uruguay at the death to wrap up their third straight victory, ensuring they finished above the Russians, who will now have to face the winners of Group B in the last 16.Uruguay, who kept their sixth straight clean sheet, will face the runners-up from that group, which will be decided when Spain, Portugal and Iran battle it out for two last-16 spots later on Monday.While Russia had confounded those who predicted a group stage exit with resounding victories over Saudi Arabia and Egypt, there was still a question mark over how they would perform when they faced stronger opposition.Meanwhile, the second match on Monday saw Saudi Arabia grab a late winner through Salem as they stunned Egypt 2-1 to end their campaign in Russia on a high.Key stats:@ElHadary becomes the first African goalkeeper to save a #WorldCup penalty#KSA secure their first #WorldCup win since 1994#KSAEGY pic.twitter.com/A0Y1P6iYhfFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 25, 2018The match was tied at 1-1 and was heading towards a draw but Salem had other ideas as he scored in the fifth minute of extra time to put a smile on the Saudi Arabian faces at the Volgograd Arena.Saudi Arabia finished third in the group standings, scoring their only goals of the tournament and vastly improving from the 5-0 thrashing by hosts Russia in their opening game.It was a bitter disappointment for the Egyptian side, however, with Liverpool striker Salah unable to prevent three consecutive defeats for his country. Egyptian keeper Essam El-Hadary became the oldest player ever to appear at a World Cup at 45-years-old.(With Reuters inputs)