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  • 29 July 2012
  • • 17:00
  • • Wembley Stadium, London
  • Referee: F. Brych
  • • Attendance: 75093

Senegal - Uruguay Preview: La Celeste aim to maintain 88-year unbeaten record in the Olympic Games

Senegal - Uruguay Preview: La Celeste aim to maintain 88-year unbeaten record in the Olympic Games

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Oscar Tabarez's side go into the game as slight favourites having dispatched with the United Arab Emirates in the group opener, against their scrappier opponents



Ciss, Gueye, Ba, Souare
Konate, Toure, Diame, Kouyate
Ibrahima, Mane

Aria, Coates, Albin, Rolin
Aguirregaray, Calzada, Arevalo, Ramirez
Suarez, Cavani

Senegal coach Joseph Koto goes into the game with practically a full sqaud to choose from, with only midfielder Idrissa Gueye, who was forced off after one robust challenge through injury against Team GB, a doubt ahead of the fixture.

Premier League fans will be familiar of the sight of newly-signed West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame, who will look to anchor the midfield alongside Zargo Toure.

Uruguay go into the fixture without any injury troubles to name of, but Osacr Tabarez may be concerned about how ineffective the side's successful go-to 3-5-2 formation was in their opening game against the United Arab Emirates, changing it at half-time to a 3-4-3 system instead.

Liverpool fans will have plenty to think about going into the match, though, with both Luis Suarez and Sebastian Coates likely to start, not to mention long-time transfer target, Bologna's Gaston Ramirez.

  • Uruguay's two strikers - Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez - managed to score 50 goals last season at club level between them.
  • This will be the third summer running that Suarez (pictured right) has been involved in an international tournament during the summer, having played at the World Cup in 2010 and Copa America in 2011.
  • Uruguay are unbeaten in 11 games in their Olympic history, winning 10 of those fixtures.
  • They also won the gold medal at the 1924 and 1928 Olympic Games.
  • Nicolas Lodeiro, their match-winner against the UAE, has only featured in 20 games at club level in the past three seasons.
  • Two African sides have won gold in this event in the last four Games: Nigeria in 1996, and Cameroon in 2000.
  • Senegal's last three games have seen them beat Switzerland and Spain while drawing with Team GB.
  • Senegal will be appearing in only their second game at Olympic level in their history, the first being their opener against Team GB.

Players to watch

M. Diamé

Position: Midfielder

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The central-midfielder has just finished a successful three-year spell at Wigan, and the tough-tackling 25-year-old is capable of not only picking out a pass, but of is also a goal threat from long range.

L. Suárez

Position: Attacker

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The Liverpool striker drifts between the lines superbly and always gives his marker plenty to think about with his movement on and off the ball. Great at creating space for his team-mates, Cavani could thrive alongside him in this game with the right service from midfield.

Editor's Prediction

Senegal proved against Team GB that they are a durable, physical and tough outfit capable of clawing their way back into a game if things are not going their way, but Uruguay's striking talent should prove just a little too much for their immobile back four.

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