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Played
October 15, 2013 7:30 PM EDT
Estadio Centenario — Montevideo
Referee:‬ Marcelo de Lima Henrique‎
Attendance:‬ 55000‎
 
Top of the Match
Luis Suárez
Luis Suárez
Uruguay
Luis Suárez
Luis Suárez
Uruguay
Flop of the Match
Diego Godín
Diego Godín
Uruguay
Sergio Romero
Sergio Romero
Argentina

Uruguay 3-2 Argentina: Enthralling win not enough for Oscar Tabarez's team

The hosts put the Albiceleste to the sword for large spells throughout, but Chile's concurrent 2-1 win over Ecuador saw them unable to escape fifth place an a playoff berth

2014 World Cup Qualifier 10152013 Federico Fernández Luis Suárez Uruguay Argentina
2014 World Cup Qualifier 10152013 Federico Fernández Luis Suárez Uruguay Argentina
Uruguay will need a playoff to reach the 2014 FIFA World Cup despite an enthralling 3-2 win over Argentinain Montevideo on Tuesday.

Oscar Tabarez's men were unable to secure a big enough victory against an under-strength Albiceleste, finishing fifth in the CONMEBOL qualifying group.

They will now need to overcome Jordan in a two-legged playoff in November to reach Brazil 2014.

Maxi Rodriguez canceled out two Uruguay leads in the first half after Cristian Rodriguez and Luis Suarez had put the hosts ahead.

Edinson Cavani's effort early in the second half gave Uruguay hope of overhauling Ecuador on goal difference, but it failed to find another goal.

Uruguay made the livelier start in front of its home fans at the Estadio Centenario and it was no surprise when it took a sixth-minute lead.

Suarez's flat set-piece from the right caused problems in the area and eventually fell to Cristian Rodriguez at the back post.

The Atletico Madrid attacker's first touch set up his chance before he fired past Sergio Romero and into the top corner.

But the hosts were only ahead for nine minutes as Rodriguez leveled for Argentina.

Rodrigo Palacio did the hard work down the left and crossed for Augusto Fernandez, who cushioned down the pass for Maxi Rodriguez to find the bottom corner.

Romero got down well to keep out Cavani before Uruguay was awarded a controversial penalty on 33 minutes.

Suarez went down under the softest of contact from Sebastian Dominguez before converting the penalty, despite Romero diving to his right and almost keeping it out.

But Argentina again took no time in canceling out the effort as Maxi Rodriguez cut in from the right before firing a powerful finish into the bottom corner.

Suarez's set-pieces caused the visitors problems throughout and Uruguay was unlucky not to go into the break ahead when Cavani headed a free kick inches wide.

The chances continued to flow to start the second half as Cavani failed to get enough power on his header from a Suarez corner and Palacio struck an effort straight at Fernando Muslera.

The combination between Suarez and Cavani helped Uruguay take a 3-2 lead in the 49th minute.

Suarez was released into space down the left and squared a pass for the PSG man, who took a touch before smashing a powerful finish past Romero.

Uruguay was somehow denied a two-goal lead in the 67th minute as it struck the woodwork twice.

Christian Stuani headed a Suarez corner against the crossbar before Cristian Rodriguez cut in from the right just minutes later to drill a left-footed strike into the post.

The hosts had other chances - Cristian Rodriguez hit the side-netting, Suarez was denied and they had a penalty shout for handball turned down - but missed opportunities will see them needing a play-off to qualify.

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Uruguay

25
2.50
2
Diego Godín
Defender
2.00
2
Diego Lugano
Defender
2.50
13
J. Fucile
Defender
2.50
14
Maxi Pereira
Defender
3.00
11
4.00
15
Diego Pérez
Midfielder
46′
3.00
20
E. Arévalo
Midfielder
2.50
8
Stuani
Striker
90′
3.00
9
3.50
7
Luis Suárez
Striker
34′
4.00

Argentina

3.00
22
Sergio Romero
Goalkeeper
2.50
21
2.00
14
2.50
15
3.00
6
3.00
24
2.50
-
Ever Banega
Midfielder
68′
3.50
5
Lucas Biglia
Midfielder
4.00
11
2.00
11
Erik Lamela
Midfielder
19′ 76′
3.00
8

Substitutes

1
M. Silva
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
R. Muñoz
Goalkeeper
 - 
11
Á. Pereira
Midfielder
 - 
19
A. Scotti
Defender
 - 
18
J. Giménez
Defender
90′
 - 
15
 - 
-
A. Silva
Midfielder
 - 
10
G. Ramírez
Midfielder
46′
3.00
14
N. Lodeiro
Midfielder
 - 
5
Walter Gargano
Midfielder
 - 
11
 - 
10
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
1
 - 
21
 - 
24
 - 
25
 - 
15
M. Rojo
Defender
 - 
5
 - 
24
José Sosa
Midfielder
76′
2.50
15
Leandro Somoza
Midfielder
68′
 - 
21
 - 
9

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
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  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
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Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
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AS Monaco
9 3
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9 0
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7 4