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Suarez scores as Uruguay win away in Japan

Liverpool’s want away striker Luis Suarez was on the mark for his country today in their impressive 4-2 friendly win over Japan in front of a crowd in excess of forty five thousand at the Miyagi Stadium in Rifu. Suarez set up his Uruguay team mate, Diego Forlan, currently of Internacional in Brazil, to open the scoring in the twenty seventh minute and Forlan grabbed his second of the game only two minutes later to double the advantage before the Japanese defence could recover from the shock of falling behind. Suarez himself scored the third in the fifty second minute as things went from bad to worse for Japan, but the goal spurred them into life and they reduced the deficit through Manchester United’s Shinji Kagawa two minutes later when he was set up by playmaker Keisuke Honda of CSKA Moscow. However, the fight-back was short lived as, to the disappointment of the home fans, Lazio’s Alvaro Gonzalez made it 4-1 to the visitors in the fifty eighth minute to round off a frantic six minutes of action. Honda got his own name on the scoresheet with twenty minutes to go to give the Japanese renewed hope of a come-back, but it wasn’t to be and the Uruguayans held on for the win with Suarez having played the full ninety minutes to maintain his match fitness whilst he remain estranged from the Liverpool first team squad.

Penalty Redemption Earns Prandelli’s Players Podium Place

Italy 2 (Astori 24, Diamanti 73)
Uruguay 2 (Cavani 58, 78)
Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador. Temp. 28°C, wind 8 mph, scattered clouds. Referee: Djamel Haimoudi (Algeria)


Italy: Buffon, Chiellini, Astori (Bonucci 96), De Sciglio, De Rossi (Aquilani 70), Montolivo, Maggio, Candreva, Gilardino, Diamanti (Giaccherini 83), El Shaarawy.
Uruguay: Muslera, Lugano, Pereira M (Pereira A 81), Caceres, Godin, Rodriguez (Gonzalez 56), Gargano, Arevalo (Perez 107), Suarez, Forlan, Cavani.

Cesare Prandelli’s Italy team bounced back from the heartbreak of their penalty shoot out semi final defeat to Spain on Thursday night to beat Uruguay by the same method and secure the consolation of third place at the 2013 Confederations Cup. Instead it’s the Uruguayans who are now cursing their luck from twelve yards as failure from that distance has now cost them dear in successive matches following Diego Forlan’s failed spot kick in their semi final against Brazil. The same player missed Uruguay’s first effort in the shoot out in Salvador to put the Italians in the ascendancy and the Azzurri scored three of their four kicks to win 4-2 on penalties after a 2-2 draw.

Italy looked the stronger of the two teams, despite having had a day’s less rest than Uruguay following the semi finals and their 120 minutes of attrition in the heat against Spain. They took the lead in the twenty fourth minute when a Diamanti free-kick from the right hit the far post and rolled back along the goal line to the opportunistic Cagliari defender Davide Astori who reacted first to tap it into the net. The eagerly anticipated new goal line technology hadn’t been needed thus far in the tournament so FIFA took the opportunity to use it to show that the ball hadn’t crossed the line before Astori touched it, this proving that it was his goal rather than Diamanti’s.

The Italians held onto their lead until thirteen minutes into the second half when Napoli’s Edinson Cavani beat Gianluigi Buffon with a curling shot to make it one apiece. Uruguay enjoyed their best period of the game but they were undone by another free-kick from Alessandro Diamanti. This time the Bologna striker didn’t need help from anyone as his seventy third minute shot flew straight past Muslera int he Uruguay goal to make it 2-1. Cavani responded with a free kick of his own five minutes later to notch up his second goal in the game and third of the tournament, making it 2-2 and forcing extra time.

Everyone expected the effects of tiredness to set in for the Italians as the game wore on, especially when they were reduced to ten men by Riccardo Montolivo’s dismissal in the 110th minute but they dug in and withstood the pressure from Suarez, Cavani, Forlan and co. Buffon was the hero in the subsequent shoot out, saving from Forlan, Caceres and Gargano as Aquilani, El Shaarawy and Giaccherini scored for Italy to wrap things up despite Mattia De Sciglio missing their third kick. All in all, Italy look in decent shape for next summer but they will have to tighten up their defence and hope that Marion Balotelli stays fit if they are to win back the World Cup. Uruguay have an ageing group of players that may still be able to produce the goods in twelve months time but they definitely need to think about rejuvenating the side in some areas. Firstly it’s back to the business of actually securing their qualification for the finals for both teams.

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Confederations Cup: Brazil 2-1 Uruguay

Brazil 2 (Fred 41, Paulinho 85)
Uruguay 1 (Cavani 48)
Mineirão, Belo Horizonte. Temp. 26°C, wind 6 mph, partly sunny. Referee: Enrique Osses (Chile)


Brazil: Julio Cesar, Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo, Luiz Gustavo, Paulinho, Oscar (Hernanes 72), Fred, Hulk (Bernard 64), Neymar (Dante 90+1).
Uruguay: Muslera, Lugano, Pereira M, Caceres, Godin, Rodriguez, Gonzalez (Gargano 83), Arevalo, Suarez, Forlan, Cavani.

Brazil qualified for the final of the 2013 Confederations Cup and will face either Italy or Spain at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday. Goals from Fred and Paulinho at the end of each half were enough to see of Uruguay, who replied through Cavani but missed a penalty in the first half. Uruguay will now face the losers of the other semi final in the third place match on Saturday.

Both teams were back to their strongest line ups with Paulinho returning to the midfield for Brazil and Uruguay bringing back the whole host of first team regulars who were rested for their final group game against Tahiti. There was an emotional applause just before kick off as the stadium remembered Cameroon midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe, who passed away ten years ago today in a Confederations Cup semi final match against Colombia in Lyon.

The first dozen minutes passed uneventfully as neither team managed to find their rhythm or keep possession for a prolonged period of play. The first noteworthy action occurred in the thirteenth minute when Uruguay won a corner and David Luiz hauled down Uruguay captain Diego Lugano as the ball was played into the box. Diego Forlan stepped up to take the penalty and struck his shot low to the goalkeeper’s left but Julio Cesar dived the right way and pushed the ball around his post to the delight of the crowd and relief of his team mates. Immediately after that, Brazil produced their first meaningful attack culminating in a speculative shot from Oscar that sailed just wide.

The match continued in a similar, scrappy, vein with chances few and far between until Diego Forlan managed to get on to the end of a cross from the left and blaze a venomous shot just over the bar from the edge of the box in the thirtieth minute. It was the closest anyone had come to a goal in open play thus far. Full-back Marcelo was providing much of Brazil’s attacking threat with his forays down the left flank and he put a promising ball into the box towards Fred but the forward was beaten to the ball at the near post and couldn’t convert it. Uruguay goalkeeper Muslera wasn’t totally redundent in the first period, but his work was largely restricted to periodically plucking Brazilian crosses out of the air until five minutes from the interval when he was forced off his line to close down Neymar but could only deflect the striker’s shot into the path of Fred, who was left with a simple tap in to make it 1-0.

There was still time for a Luis Suarez chance before the interval, but the Liverpool forward didn’t connect properly with his shot and couldn’t trouble Julio Cesar. The one nil deficit at the break seemed a bit harsh on the Uruguayans as they had had the best chances and allowed Brazil to score with their only dangerous attack. Whatever they said at half time obviously had an effect because they were level within three minutes of the restart. It was a messy build up with the ball pinging around the Brazilian box, never under control and never properly cleared, until Cavani pounced and clinically dispatched it into the far corner with a low shot to silence the crowd.

The equaliser prompted a more exciting period of play with chances at both ends, for Oscar when Muslera fumbled a high ball and for Uruguay when an inviting Suarez cross was whipped away from the head of Forlan by a defender at the last moment. Hulk then fired in a stinging, swerving free kick from long range that Muslera could only punch away, and the same player was off target with an overhead kick a few minutes later. It was his last action of the match as he was replaced by local hero Bernard shortly after.

Uruguay were almost handed the lead in the sixty sixth minute when a Forlan free kick from the right was headed towards his own goal by Thiago Silva, but fortunately for the defender it flew just over the bar. Brazil immediately responded with a chance for Fred at the other end and then produced the best move of the match to set up Neymar, but his shot wasn’t strong enough to trouble Muslera. Spaces started to open up in the last quarter of an hour and chances came a bit more frequently as the prospect of an extra half hour started to loom. Forlan did well to set up Cavani for a sharp turn and shot that almost completed the turn around, but Brazil generally had more of the possession as the game wore on.

Their breakthrough came five minutes from full time when Paulinho outjumped Caceres at the far post to head a corner from Neymar past Muslera and make it 2-1. There was some late pressure from Uruguay in stoppage time and Muslera even came up for a couple of corners, but Brazil withstood and booked their place in Sunday’s final. Neymar lost his record of scoring in every game of the tournament but once again he was the most influential player on the pitch and created both goals. The only downside of his performance was the amount of time he spent rolling around on the pitch.

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Confederations Cup: Uruguay 8-0 Tahiti

Uruguay 8 (Hernandez 2, 24, 45+1, 67 pen, Perez 27, Lodeiro 61, Suarez, 82, 90)
Tahiti 0

Arena Pernambuco, Recife. Temp. 25°C, wind 10 mph, passing clouds. Referee: Pedro Proença (Portugal)


Uruguay: Silva, Scotti, Pereira A, Coates, Aguirregaray, Perez, Eguren, Gargano, Lodeiro, Ramirez (Suarez 69), Hernandez.
Tahiti: Meriel, Ludivion, Tehau J, Vallar, Simon, Tehau L (Atani 71), Caroine, Aitamai (Lemaire 53), Hnanyine (Tihoni 88), Vahirua, Chong-Hue.

It was an action packed ninety minutes at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife as Uruguay put eight goals past the hapless Tahiti to qualify for the semi finals of the 2013 Confederations Cup as Group B runners up. As well as the eight goals, there were two red cards and two penalties as the Portuguese referee was kept busy throughout. Tahiti return home with no points and a minus twenty three goal difference, but they have won plenty of friends and will always cherish the memory of the goal they scored in their opening game against Nigeria.

Going through the action in chronological order, it started with the first goal of the night for Palermo striker Abel Hernandez in only the second minute. Hernandez had been handed the chance to lead the line as Uruguay manager Oscar Washington Tabarez rested his first choice striking triumvirate of Cavani, Forlan and Suarez, and he certainly grabbed his chance to impress. He scored his second in the twenty fourth minute and sealed his hat-trick on the stroke of half time to make it four nil, with Diego Perez having grabbed the third in the twenty seventh minute.

It should have been 5-0 five minutes after the restart, but veteran Nacional defender Andres Scotti, who was charged with taking a penalty, saw his spot kick saved by Tahiti goalkeeper Gilbert Meriel, much to the delight of the twenty two thousand crowd. Things got worse for the centre-back a minute later when he picked up his second yellow card of the match and was dismissed by referee Pedro Proença. However, Tahiti were unable to capitalise on their numerical advantage before they two were reduced to ten men when their defender Teheivarii Ludivion was sent off for his second booking.

Then the floodgates opened again – firstly Botafogo’s Nicolas Lodeiro scored to finally make it five nil and six minutes later Uruguay were awarded a second penalty, which Abel Hernandez dispatched to make it six and score his own fourth goal of the game. Things got even worse for Tahiti when Luis Suarez came off the bench and the striker was soon set up by Lodeiro to make it seven nil before adding the eighth in the final minute. His second goal took him one clear of Diego Forlan as Uruguay’s all time top scorer. Uruguay will now play the hosts, Brazil, in the first semi final in Belo Horizonte on Wednesday.

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Confederations Cup: Uruguay 2-1 Nigeria

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.

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Confederations Cup: Spain 2-1 Uruguay

Spain 2 (Pedro 20, Soldado 32)
(Suarez 88)
Arena Pernambuco, Recife. Temp. 26°C, wind 6mph, partly cloudy. Referee: Yuichi Nishimura (Japan)


Spain: Casillas, Ramos, Arbeloa, Pique, Alba, Fabregas (Cazorla 65), Iniesta, Xavi (Martinez 77), Busquets, Soldado, Pedro (Mata 81).
Uruguay: Muslera, Lugano, Pereira, Caceres, Godin, Perez (Forlan 69), Rodriguez, Gargano (Lodeiro 63), Ramirez (Gonzalez 46), Suarez, Cavani.

Spain put in a dominant performance that reminded the rest of the world of their class as they overcame a strongy Uruguay team with goals from Pedro and Roberto Soldado. Liverpool’s Luis Suarez got a late consolation goal for Uruguay to set up a tense last couple of minutes and make the outcome a bit closer than the balance of play suggested.

Spain had left their two main strikers from recent tournaments – David Villa and Fernando Torres – on the bench as they preferred to give Pedro and Soldado a chance to shine and they both made good use of the opportunity, showing what strength in depth there is within the Spain squad. Pedro was credited with the first goal in the twentieth minute, although his shot did take a significant deflection off Uruguay defender Diego Lugano, and Soldado was set up by Fabregas to double the lead twelve minutes laater. Fabregas, Pique and Iniesta all also came close to scoring in a first half in which Uruguay rarely threatened as the Spanish controlled the play and dominated possession of the ball.

Uruguay did improve after the interval and managed not to fall further behind as Spain slowed down in the heat of the evening, eventually bringing on Bayern Munich’s Javi Martinez to shut up shop and replace Xavi in the 77th minute. It was a set piece that eventually allowed Suarez to get his name on the scoresheet. He beat Casillas with a free kick from thirty yards, but by then it was too little too late. Spain are now strong favorites to go on and win Group B but Uruguay will still be hopeful of progressing alongside them by beating Nigeria and Tahiti in their next two Confederations Cup matches.

Confederations Cup 2013: Team by Team Preview

The 2013 Confederations Cup kicks off in Brasilia on Saturday with a strong line up of teams competing in the World Cup dress rehearsal a year before the real thing takes place next summer. Most of them will expect to return for the 2014 World Cup – only Tahiti have been eliminated so far from the qualification process – so it’s a good chance for them to hone their preparations and get some valuable experience of the Brazilian conditions. Here’s our guide to the teams and how they will fare.

Team: Brazil
Manager: Luiz Felipe Scolari
Qualified as: Hosts

Last 5 results: Group A Fixtures:
Brazil 1-1 Russia (London, 25-03-2013, FR)
Bolivia 0-4 Brazil (Santa Cruz, 06-04-2013, FR)
Brazil 2-2 Chile (Belo Horizonte, 25-04-2013, FR)
Brazil 2-2 England (Rio de Janeiro, 02-06-2013, FR)
Brazil 3-0 France (Porto Alegre, 09-06-2013, FR)
Japan (Brasília, 15-06-2013)
Mexico (Fortaleza, 19-06-2013)
Italy (Salvador, 22-06-2013)

Star Player: Neymar. The Santos striker is the most exciting attacking talent in Brazilian football at the moment, but he still has a lot to prove, especially at international level. His goals record of 20 in 34 games for Brazil is impressive but, having made his debut just after the last World Cup, most of his national team experience has come in friendly matches. He did feature in the 2011 Copa America and 2012 Olympics, scoring in both tournaments, but wasn’t able to help his team to success on either occasion. It’s easy to forget that he’s still only 21 as he seems to have been in the headlines for years since he shot to prominence at a young age and led Santos to their Copa Libertadores triumph in 2011 and rarely a week has gone by in the past two years without rumours linking him with a big money move to Europe. New he’s finally heading to Barcelona to test himself in La Liga and he’ll want to leave his homeland on a high by impressing at the Confederations Cup before he starts his new adventure.

One to Watch: Oscar. The Chelsea midfielder has been playing an increasingly prominent role in the Brazil national team of late and now has seventeen caps and six goals to his name. Also only 21, he is coming into the tournament off the back of a successful first season in Europe where he excelled in the English Premier league and won the Europa league. His fleet footwork and incisive passing, not to mention his lethal shooting ability, make him an important supplier and scorer of goals and a successful Confedereations Cup campaign will go al long way towards staking his claim for a first team spot come next summer. Brazil could be building their team around him for years to come.

Prediction: We expect Brazil to rise to the occasion and put recent patchy form behind them by reaching the final of this event on their home soil. They have selected a strong and talented squad and will be treating the competition very seriously as it represents their only chance of competitive action in the build up to the World Cup finals. Home advantage should help them see off Japan and Mexico in their opening games and we expect them to win their group and reach the final, possibly against Spain, which would be a close encounter but they may just edge it. Read the rest of this entry »

Uruguay beat France in Confederations Cup Warm-up

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)

Uruguay Squad for 2013 Confederations Cup

Uruguay coach Óscar Wáshington Tabárez, 66, has named his 23 man squad for the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil. There’s no large contingent of players from any one club team and nineteen different clubs are represented in the squad, which includes only three home based players. Atletico Madrid, Internazionale, Liverpool and Palermo have two players each in the squad and no other club has more than one. Thirty four year old Diego Forlán is the most capped player, with 96 appearances for his country and also has the most goals with 33, two ahead of Luis Suarez. Veteran defender Andrés Scotti is the oldest player in the squad at 37.

The Uruguayans have a friendly match against France at home at the Estadio Centenario tonight to warm up for the tournament and a South American World Cup 2014 qualifying match away at Venezuela next week before they start their Confederations Cup campaign against Spain (16-06-2013) in Recife. Their second Group B match is against Nigeria (20-06-2013) in Salvador and they finish back in Recife against Tahiti (23-06-2013).

The Uruguay 2013 Confederations Cup squad in full is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray), Juan Castillo (Danubio), Martín Silva (Olimpia)

Defenders: Diego Lugano (Málaga), Diego Godín (Atlético Madrid), Sebastián Coates (Liverpool), Matías Aguirregaray (Peñarol), Maxi Pereira (Benfica), Andrés Scotti (Nacional) Martín Cáceres (Juventus)

Midfielders: Walter Gargano (Internazionale), Cristian Rodríguez (Atlético Madrid), Sebastián Eguren (Libertad), Álvaro Pereira (Internazionale), Nicolás Lodeiro (Botafogo), Diego Pérez (Bologna), Egidio Arévalo Ríos (Palermo), Gastón Ramírez (Southampton), Álvaro González (Lazio)

Forwards: Abel Hernández (Palermo), Luis Suárez (Liverpool), Diego Forlán (Internacional), Edinson Cavani (Napoli)

Copa Libertadores: Real Garcilaso into Quarter Finals

Peruvian champions Real Garcilaso beat their Uruguayan counterparts Nacional on penalties last night to progress to the Quarter Finals stage of the competition. Real Garcilaso went down 1-0 on the night in the Centenario stadium in Montevideo through a second half goal from Gonzalo Bueno, but they had won the first leg by the same scoreline two weeks earlier in Cusco so the tie went to penalties.

Fabio Ramos stepped up and scored the first kick for the visitors before veteran former international Alvaro Recoba missed the opener for Nacional, having come on as a second half substitute. The Peruvians coolly slotted home their next three penalties but only Adrian Romero could do likewise for the home side and their fate was sealed when Diego Arismendi failed to convert their third kick, leaving them down and out at 4-1.

Real Garcilaso join Brazilian sides Fluminense and Altetico Mineiro in the Quarter Final line-up with the other five ties still to be resolved. Nacional were Uruguay’s last remaining representatives in the competition.

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