Uruguay 2 (Lugano 19, Forlan 51)
Nigeria 1 (Obi Mikel 37)
Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador. Temp. 27°C, wind 6 mph, passing clouds. Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (Holland)
Uruguay: Muslera, Lugano, Pereira M, Caceres, Godin, Rodriguez (Pereira A. 88), Gonzalez, Arevalo, Suarez (Coates 83), Forlan, Cavani.
Nigeria: Enyeama, Echiejile, Ambrose, Omeruo, Oboabona, Obi Mikel, Ogu (Mba 66), Ogude, Oduamadi (Babatunde 45), Ideye (Akpala 73), Musa.
Oscar Washington Tabarez’ Uruguay team picked up their first points in the 2013 Confederations Cup with a 2-1 win over Nigeria in Salvador last night and gave themselves a great chance of progressing to the semi finals as long as they beat Tahiti in their final Group B fixture. Nigeria and Uruguay are now level on three points in the group standings, but the Nigerians face a tough final match against Spain and will probably need to win to have any chance of progressing in this tournament.
Malaga central defender Diego Lugano gave Uruguay the lead in the nineteenth minute with a scrappy goal following a corner, but the same player was unable to prevent Nigeria’s equaliser eighteen minutes later when he was beaten by Chelsea’s Jon Obi Mikel who made no mistake with his subsequent shot. It remained 1-1 until the interval but Nigeria were forced to start the second half without their hat-trick hero from the Tahiti match as Varese striker Nnamdi Oduamadi was forced off with an injury and replaced by Michel Babatunde.
Early in the second period Diego Forlan, who was winning his one hundredth cap for Uruguay at the age of thirty four, picked up a pass from Cavani and expertly shot past Enyeama in the Nigeria goal to make it 2-1 to Uruguay. La Celeste controlled much of the rest of the game and frustrated any attempts by Nigeria to get back on to level terms. They replaced striker Luis Suarez with his Liverpool team mate Sebastian Coates as they shut up shot late on in the match. The final round of matches in the group is on Sunday.