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1 vs 2
Played
June 21, 2013 6:00 AM SGT
Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova — Salvador, Bahia
Referee:‬ B. Kuipers‎
Attendance:‬ 26769‎
 
Top of the Match
Diego Forlán
Diego Forlán
Uruguay
Diego Forlán
Diego Forlán
Uruguay
Flop of the Match
Edinson Cavani
Edinson Cavani
Uruguay
Edinson Cavani
Edinson Cavani
Uruguay

Nigeria 1-2 Uruguay: Veteran Forlan smashes home winner

The Internacional forward proved decisive as he guided la Celeste to a vital victory over the Super Eagles in his 100th appearance for the national team

By Tom Webber

Diego Forlan, Nigeria - Uruguay (Confederations Cup)
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Uruguay picked up a hugely important three points in Group B of the Confederations Cup as they defeated Nigeria 2-1 at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador.

The South Americans started impressively and Diego Lugano, who will miss the next game after picking up his second yellow card of the tournament, soon broke the deadlock.

John Obi Mikel equalised with a fine finish but in the second half Diego Forlan marked his 100th cap for the national team with the winning goal, as Stephen Keshi's men paid the price for failing to test Fernando Muslera for much of the game.

Uruguay began brightly but were unable to take control of the game during the early stages as Nigeria proved a threat on the counterattack.

La Celeste lost momentum but still opened the scoring in the 19th minute. Forlan's deflected cross was unintentionally dummied by Edinson Cavani at the near post and an unmarked Lugano scuffed the ball into the back of the net.

Some last-ditch defending from Maxi Pereira stopped Brown Ideye from getting a shot away on goal moments later while, at the other end, Forlan was unable to squeeze a Luis Suarez cross in at the near post with 26 minutes played.

The game had gone flat after Oscar Tabarez's side had taken the lead, but the crowd were sparked back into life eight minutes before the break when the Super Eagles restored parity.

Ideye fed Mikel at the top of the box and the Chelsea midfielder jinked past the static Lugano and bent a fine left-footed finish into the top corner.

Nigeria narrowly missed out on taking an advantage into the interval as a scrambling Muslera did brilliantly to stop Diego Godin from putting through his own goal with a looping header in first-half stoppage time.

The African champions picked up where they left off following the restart but it was Uruguay who struck next with 51 minutes on the clock.

Suarez and Cavani combined to set up Forlan on the left of the area and he capped a century of appearances for La Celeste with an unstoppable, first-time finish beating Vincent Enyeama at his near post.

The goal came as a blow to the Super Eagles and the South Americans made it difficult for Keshi's men to break them down by bolstering their numbers behind the ball when not in possession.

With 20 minutes remaining Cavani wasted a glorious opportunity to wrap up the three points as, after springing the offside trap, he snatched at the ball and sliced his effort well off target.

The Napoli striker then ailed to hit the target again with a free header shortly after but Tabarez's team retained their single-goal advantage up to the final whistle.

Although they stay in third position, Uruguay will have the upper hand heading into the final round of fixtures in Group B as they take on Tahiti while Nigeria will face world champions Spain.


Nigeria

1
Vincent Enyeama
Goalkeeper
2.50
2
2.00
21
2.50
15
E. Ambrose
Defender
2.00
-
Kenneth Omeruo
Defender
2.50
30
John Ogochukwu Ogu
Midfielder
66′
2.50
12
John Obi Mikel
Midfielder
37′
3.50
13
Fegor Ogude
Midfielder
3.00
23
2.00
11
B. Ideye
Striker
37′ 73′
2.50
-
Nnamdi Oduamadi
Midfielder
45′
2.00

Uruguay

3.00
25
3.00
2
3.00
2
3.50
14
3.00
4
2.50
11
3.50
20
E. Arévalo
Midfielder
3.00
15
3.50
7
4.00
10
2.00
9

Substitutes

16
Austin Ejide
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
Chigozie Agbim
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 
-
2.00
23
Ogenyi Onazi
Midfielder
 - 
-
Emeka Eze
Midfielder
 - 
-
Sunday Mba
Midfielder
66′
2.50
-
2.50
-
 - 
-
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
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J. Castillo
Goalkeeper
 - 
1
M. Silva
Goalkeeper
 - 
19
 - 
11
Á. Pereira
Midfielder
88′
 - 
4
 - 
19
A. Scotti
Defender
 - 
5
Walter Gargano
Midfielder
 - 
5
S. Eguren
Midfielder
 - 
14
N. Lodeiro
Midfielder
 - 
15
Diego Pérez
Midfielder
 - 
10
G. Ramírez
Midfielder
 - 
11

Coach/Manager

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  • Red Card
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  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
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Results
Group A Matchday 2
Times In SGT
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Fernando Torres Fernando Torres
Striker
Chelsea
5 0
Fred Fred
Striker
Fluminense
5 0
Abel Hernández Abel Hernández
Striker
Palermo
4 1
Neymar Neymar
Striker
Barcelona
4 0
Javier Hernández Javier Hernández
Striker
Man. United
3 1