Uruguay beat France 1-0 in a Confederations Cup 2013 warm-up match in front of around 35,000 fans at the Estadio Centenario in the Uruguayan capital Montevideo last night. It was Uruguay‘s only chance to experiment in a friendly match ahead of their Confederations Cup campaign later this month, although they do still have a World Cup 2014 qualification game away in Venezuela before they travel to Brazil.
It was a fairly uneventful game against an experimental French side and the only goal came just after half time when substitute Luis Suarez, who had come on at half time for Diego Forlan, beat Marseille’s Steve Mandana with a neat shot. It was the first action for Suarez in several weeks as he has been serving a ban in England as a result of the second biting incident of his career whilst playing for Liverpool against Chelsea.
The teams were:
Uruguay: Muslera, Lugano (Scotti 46), Pereira, Cáceres, Pereira (Rodriguez 71), Coates, Gargano, Arévalo (Eguren 46), Lodeiro (Ramirez 46), Forlán (Suarez 46), Cavani (Hernandez 66)
France: Mandanda, Sagna, Trémoulinas, Koscielny, Mangala, Matuidi (Cabaye 76), Valbuena (Grenier 67), Gourcuff (Lacazette 58), Capoue (Guilavogui 67), Payet, Giroud (Gomis 58)