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WC Qualifying Play-Off

  • November 20, 2013
  • • 6:00 PM
  • • Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
  • Referee: J. Eriksson
  • • Attendance: 62000

Uruguay win Aggregate 5 - 0

Uruguay 0-0 Jordan (agg 5-0): South Americans seal World Cup berth despite bore draw

Uruguay 0-0 Jordan (agg 5-0): South Americans seal World Cup berth despite bore draw


Oscar Tabarez's men were unable to break down their Asian opponents in Montevideo but it mattered not in light of their resounding win in Amman last week.

Uruguay was surprisingly held to a 0-0 draw in the second leg of its intercontinental playoff with Jordan on Wednesday night but still progressed to the World Cup courtesy of a 5-0 aggregate win.

A five-goal first-leg victory in Jordan last week all but guaranteed qualification but the Uruguayans still had to finish the job in front of their home fans on Wednesday.

Head coach Oscar Tabarez named an unchanged Uruguay starting lineup, with attacking weapons Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani occupying the two striking positions.

It was up to the Jordanians to make all the running, needing at least five goals to force the game into extra time.

The away side started encouragingly, pushing numbers forward to trouble the South Americans' defense but once Uruguay secured control of possession, the tie fizzled out with neither side creating many clear-cut chances.

Uruguay had two good opportunities in the first half with Cavani creating space for himself before blasting high and wide and Diego Godin's close-range header from a corner hitting the crossbar.

Diego Lugano came closest for the home side in the second period when his free header drifted narrowly wide.

The Uruguayans, sixth in the FIFA world rankings, will enter Pot One for the World Cup draw on Dec. 6 and will avoid being drawn in a group with hosts Brazil, reigning champion Spain, Germany or Argentina.