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June 20, 2013 6:00 PM EDT
Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova — Salvador, Bahia
Referee:‬ B. Kuipers‎
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Nigeria-Uruguay Preview: Super Eagles look to land knockout blow

Stephen Keshi's men were underwhelming in their 6-1 victory over part-time Tahiti and will face a sterner test against the South Americans, who are in desperate need of points

By Alec Fenn

Oduamadi and Nigeria celebrate against Tahiti
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It was a case of mixed fortunes for Nigeria and Uruguay in their opening Confederations Cup fixtures.

The history books will tell of a resounding 6-1 win for the Super Eagles over minnows Tahiti, but the Africa Cup of Nations champions were far from at their best and came in for criticism after the game.

Dynamo Kiev striker Ideye Brown could be named in the starting XI at the expense of Anthony Ujah or Ahmed Musa - both of whom failed to score against the Polynesian island.

Uruguay endured struggles of their own, as they went down 2-1 to Spain, in what was very much a one-sided affair against the world and European champions, though Oscar Tabarez may give the same XI a second chance to impress on Thursday.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Victory for Nigeria will see them qualify for the Confederations Cup semi-finals.
  • AC Milan forward Nnamdi Oduamadi scored a hat-trick in the 6-1 win over Tahiti, prompting Rossoneri chief Adriano Galliani to call for him to be promoted to the first team next season.
  • The Super Eagles have kept just one clean sheet in their last five games but are unbeaten since defeat to Peru in May last year.
  • Uruguay had just six shots to Spain's 16 in their 2-1 defeat on Sunday.
  • The Copa America winners also enjoyed just 29% of possession, with la Roja dominating from start to finish.
  • Luis Suarez (pictured, right) is Uruguay's top scorer in their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign with eight goals.


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FIFA Confederations Cup ‎(FCC)‎ Jun 20, 2013 Nigeria 1 - Uruguay 2
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Last Five Matches
Nigeria
Mar 5, 2014Mexico 0 - Nigeria 0FR
Feb 1, 2014Zimbabwe 0 - Nigeria 1CHAN
Jan 29, 2014Nigeria 0 - Ghana 0CHAN
Jan 25, 2014Nigeria 4 - Morocco 3CHAN
Jan 19, 2014Nigeria 3 - South Africa 1CHAN
Uruguay
Mar 5, 2014Austria 1 - Uruguay 1FR
Nov 20, 2013Uruguay 0 - Jordan 0WCQ
Nov 13, 2013Jordan 0 - Uruguay 5WCQ
Oct 15, 2013Uruguay 3 - Argentina 2WCQS
Oct 11, 2013Ecuador 1 - Uruguay 0WCQS
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1Néstor Muslera MicolGoalkeeper
2Diego LuganoDefender
3Diego GodínDefender
16Maxi PereiraDefender
22Martín CáceresDefender
7Cristian RodríguezMidfielder
17E. ArévaloMidfielder
20Alvaro GonzalezMidfielder
9Luis SuárezStriker
10Diego ForlánStriker
7Edinson CavaniStriker
12J. CastilloGoalkeeper
23M. SilvaGoalkeeper
4Sebastián CoatesDefender
6Á. PereiraMidfielder
13M. AguirregarayDefender
19A. ScottiDefender
5Walter GarganoMidfielder
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14N. LodeiroMidfielder
15Diego PérezMidfielder
10G. RamírezStriker
11Abel HernándezStriker
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