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Confederations Cup

  • June 23, 2013
  • • 20:00
  • • Itaipava Arena Pernambuco, Recife, Pernambuco
  • Referee: Pedro Proença
  • • Attendance: 22047

Live Commentary

  • I've been Simon Harrison, and I hope that you've enjoyed staying up to date with tonight's international football as much as I have. Perhaps it was wishful thinking to hope for a Tahiti goal, but that's football for you. I hope to see you all again next time.
  • That's it from us! We hope that you've enjoyed Goal's LIVE coverage of Uruguay's comprehensive 8-0 Confederations Cup victory over lowly Tahiti, and be sure to tune into us again for the semi final stages!
  • Gargano, Lodeiro, Aguirregaray, Hernandez and Suarez were the most impressive of a Uruguay side that mostly had to perform at a canter. Gargano chipped in with several assists and will hope to feature in the later stages of the tournament off the back of tonight.
  • Tahiti can certainly take some positives out of the game, as their goalkeeper Meriel, Caroine, Vahirua and Chong-Hue all showed that they can hold their own in a major tournament, but tonight it was Uruguay who were far too strong for their opponents.
  • Tahiti take a banner onto the field of play too, presumably it will thank the hospitality of the Brazilian people, and that is a lovely way for them to bow out of the competitions. Four-goal Hernandez will be overjoyed with his haul tonight, as will Luis Suarez with his brace.
  • That's it! Uruguay end as 8-0 victors, but the crowd are treating Tahiti like the champions! All of the Tahiti players rush off the field to get Brazilian flags, I think they're part of the community now.
  • 90' + 3'
    Uruguay are just playing down the clock now, and Tahiti seem too tired to chase and pressure. The referee will presumably end the game very soon.
  • 90' + 2'
    ATANI! The substitute cuts inside and manages to get a shot away, but it is blocked brilliantly by a wall of blue shirts. Uruguay aren't prepared to give up their clean sheet.
  • 90'
    Assist Abel Hernández
  • 90'
    Goal Luis Suárez
    GOOOOAL! SUAREZ AGAIN! 8-0 to Uruguay, Tahiti are tiring fast and they've been exploited as a result of it. Hernandez squares generously to his teammate, and again Suarez slots the ball home coolly to get his brace.
  • 89'
    Silva is tested! A pass is deflected, looping the ball towards the Uruguay penalty spot, but Silva is out quickly to take the ball off the head of Atani!
  • 88'
    SubstitutionSamuel Hnanyine Yohann Tihoni
  • 88'
    LODEIRO! A nice one two between Suarez and Lodeiro almost comes off, but the latter can't find his first touch and the ball bobbles behind for a goal kick. Suarez and Lodeiro are too good for Tahiti.
  • 86'
    Half chance for Suarez! Lodeiro plays his teammate in down the channel, with a nice backheel, but good defending prevents Suarez from reaching the ball - the centre half put his body between his opponent and the ball, allowing Meriel to collect.
  • 84'
    Yellow Card Diego Barrios
  • 84'
    Both sides are starting to tire a little, and Varihua exploits this to get Gargano booked, the Tahiti midfielder chopped nicely behind his opponent, before Gargano cynically tripped him.
  • 83'
    Martin Langer: The Tahiti keeper is absolutely fantastic! He has denied Uruguay over and over tonight. Now he saved a shot by Hernandez that seemed like a certain goal.
  • 82'
    Assist N. Lodeiro
  • 82'
    Goal Luis Suárez
    GOOOOAL! SUAREZ SCORES! It seems inevitable, the crowd may boo, but Suarez has netted. He coolly turned Caroine inside out, before slotting the ball beyond Meriel.
  • 81'
    SUAREZ! Meriel does just enough once again to close the angle down for the approaching substitute, but a block on the line prevents the Uruguayan from grabbing his first goal of the night.
  • 80'
    HERNANDEZ! Meriel makes a good save to deny Hernandez his fifth goal of the game, as a great Gargano cross goes begging! He gets his feet mixed up beneath him, allowing for Meriel to pounce upon the stationary ball!
  • 78'
    Half chance! Pereira has all of the time in the world to put in a cross from the byline, with Suarez lurking at the back post, but can't find a blue shirt! Chong then looks to break, but he miscontrols and loses possession.
  • 77'
    Unlucky for Tahiti. Coates makes an important tackle to dispossess Atani, as play from Simon and Vahirua looked to open up Uruguay down the right hand side. They're not giving up!
  • 75'
    Half chance for Suarez! The substitute almost has the ball fall to him kindly in the Tahiti box, but a last ditch interception prevents the Liverpool striker from trying his luck.
  • 74'
    CHONG-HUE! Vahirua plays a lovely ball down the left flank in search of Chong, who cuts inside his man and lines up a shot! He can only muster a pea-roller of an effort though, and it's easy for Silva to collect.
  • 73'
    CAROINE! The Tahiti anchor man sees space open up in front of him, and he takes the opportunity as an invitation to shoot. Shoot he does, but it arrows well wide of Silva's goal.
  • 72'
    LODEIRO! Suarez weaves his way around the Tahiti box, before crossing to the back post in search of a teammate, but Lodeiro can only head it against a player in a white shirt!
  • 71'
    SubstitutionLorenzo Tehau Stanley Atani
  • 70'
    Aguirregaray goes down injured, after colliding with Lemaire, and Tahiti sportingly put the ball out of play. You'd think that Tahiti had scored with the warm reception their sporting decision got from the crowd!
  • 69'
    SubstitutionG. Ramírez Luis Suárez
  • 68'
    Luis Suarez looks to be warming up for Uruguay, I'm not sure that this is what the minnows will have wanted to see. The crowd give the Liverpool striker a frosty reception.
  • 67'
    Penalty Goal Abel Hernández
    GOOOAL! HERNANDEZ! That's his fourth goal of the game, he sends Meriel the wrong way, passing the ball home to give Uruguay a five goal advantage.
  • 66'
    Yellow Card Steevy Chong Hue
  • 66'
    PENALTY URUGUAY! Another terrible tackle from Tahiti, and Meriel doesn't look happy with his teammates whatsoever. Chong-Hue shoves Aguirregaray to the ground, stonewall penalty.
  • 65'
    Ouch, it looks as though Lodeiro is hurt! Vallar makes a great tackle on the midfielder, but his knee looked to catch the ankle of the Uruguayan. He's back on his feet, but he's limping heavily.
  • 64'
    Pinball in the Tahiti box yet again, but Chong-Hue goes down after taking a boot to the back of his head. Uruguay are getting booed like pantomime villains all game, everything they do appears to offend the native crowd.
  • 63'
    Well, Tahiti are resorting back to their old strategy of damage limitation, as their numerical advantage has disappeared. Perhaps Etaeta should have substituted his booked centre-half, he knew his defence would be heavily pressured in the second half.
  • 61'
    Assist W. Gargano
  • 61'
    Goal N. Lodeiro
    GOOOAL! Gargano works his way into the box from the left hand side, faints to shoot, rattles the ball across the box and Lodeiro is there at the back post to turn it home!
  • 60'
    Martin Langer: And now Ludivion is deservedly sent off after he pulled an Uruguayan player's shoulder for a second bookable offense. And the crowd gives him a standing ovation!!!
  • 59'
    Yellow/Red Tehevaril Ludivion
  • 59'
    RED CARD! Ludivion is now sent off for an atrocious decision, as he pulled down his man rather than allowing him to make his way into the box. He missed a simple interception just beforehand, he shouldn't have even been put in that position.
  • 58'
    Uruguay are now happy to retain the ball, rather than looking to attack with every spell on the ball. Tahiti can't get anywhere near Uruguay when they're in possession, and it's allowing their opponents the opportunity to pull play around.
  • 57'
    Lodeiro whips in a free-kick from about 20 yards out, near the left touchline, but the ball is headed away well. The gulf between these two nations certainly doesn't seem to be around 100 FIFA ranking places.
  • 56'
    Meriel makes yet another save, racing out of his goal to take the ball off Hernandez' feet! Pereira's curved ball looked to play his compatriot in behind, but Meriel read the pass quite well and made up the ground to intercept.
  • 55'
    Tahiti can just afford to push an extra man forward after Scotti's dismissal, and it does seem that way. It's more of a back four for the minnows now, rather than a five, but they're still not able to capitalise on their numerical superiority.
  • 54'
    Meriel makes another save! Hernandez is looking for his fourth, but the Tahiti keeper gambles and throws himself at the ball to deny the Uruguayan. He's certainly not embarrassed himself tonight - yet.
  • 53'
    SubstitutionRicky Aitamai Edson Lemaire
  • 53'
    DEFLECTED! Vahirua tries a free-kick from Scotti's foul, but the ball is turned behind for a corner by some pinball in the box. The set piece is taken, but Uruguay manage to defend it well enough to win a goal-kick.
  • 52'
    RED CARD! Scotti is walking off the field merely moments after missing a penalty, after bringing down Chong-Hue on the edge of the penalty area. The crowd are loving it, but Scotti won't be, that could be his final game for Uruguay.
  • 51'
    Yellow/Red A. Scotti
  • 51'
    Martin Langer: And something big DID happen! Aguirregaray took a blatant dive inside the box which managed to fool the referee Proença into pointing to the spot. However, 'keeper Meriel saved Scotti's penalty and the crowd just went ballistic!
  • 50'
    Missed Penalty A. Scotti
  • 50'
    Penalty save Gilbert Meriel
  • 50'
    SAVED! Meriel has pulled off a great penalty save to deny Scotti! The crowd go wild, even though the goalkeeper almost manages to spill the ball over his own line after making the save!
  • 49'
    Yellow Card Nicolas Vallar
  • 49'
    PENALTY! Aguirregaray is brought down, tugged down and the crowd are furious! That's a blatant foul though, Scotti to take...
  • 48'
    HERNANDEZ! A good cross finds the striker, who tries to flick the ball beyond Meriel, but the keeper makes a save and the ball is cleared. Moments earlier, Chong-Hue plays to the crowd, with some extravagant showboating, something that you'd only expect from Neymar.
  • 48'
    HERNANDEZ! A good cross finds the striker, who tries to flick the ball beyond Meriel, but the keeper makes a save and the ball is cleared. Moments earlier, Chong-Hue plays to the crowd, with some extravagant showboating, something that you'd only expect from Neymar.
  • 47'
    Martin Langer: Second half underway, there's the sensation floating around that something big will happen... well, not really but if Tahiti score a goal the stadium will fall down.
  • 46'
    Right, we're back underway in the second half! Tahiti emerged from the tunnel to now-customary cheers and support, and it will be interesting to see how their gameplan could change in the second 45 minutes.
  • Martin Langer: First half is over in Recife. Uruguay are logically leading Tahiti 4-0. However, they haven't played fantastically and if the Islanders were a little less naive, they would probably had oppose more resistance as physically they haven't been underwhelming. Still, Uruguay's striker of the day, Abel Hernandez, has been pretty impressive and already nabbed a hat-trick.
  • Three goals from Hernandez and one from midfielder Perez give Uruguay a commanding lead at half time, and as Spain lead against Nigeria, it seems that Tabarez' men will be heading into the next round of the Confederations Cup to face Brazil.
  • There goes the half time whistle! Uruguay head into the break with a four goal lead, and Tahiti just haven't been able to compete for any great length of time. Hernandez has a first half hat-trick to his name too.
  • 45' + 1'
    Assist W. Gargano
  • 45' + 1'
    Goal Abel Hernández
    GOOOOAL! HERNANDEZ! It's a hat-trick for the Uruguay striker! Gargano slipped him through on goal, and the Palermo forward just pokes the ball home past Meriel with the outside of his foot.
  • 44'
    A few minutes until half time, and it looks as though Tahiti will be able to go into the dressing room with a small sense of pride. They've limited Uruguay to a handful of clear cut chances, and created a few themselves.
  • 43'
    VAHIRUA! Poor free-kick from the star Tahiti midfielder, after Scotti brings down Chong-Hue about 35 yards from goal. The crowd cheer as Scotti is booked.
  • 42'
    Yellow Card A. Scotti
  • 42'
    The back five of Tahiti are so static that it's untrue. Hernandez is a lone forward, yet he's surrounded by about three white shirts at all times. They're surrendering space in the midfield, for the spare shirts to do nothing.
  • 40'
    CHONG-HUE! The pacey forward runs from his own half, taking the ball around the onrushing Silva as he entered the Uruguay penalty area, but he hits the side netting from a tight angle! That was unlucky, he deserves a goal.
  • 39'
    Vahirua is certainly a man on a mission tonight. He's trying to score at all costs, his most recent effort being a 35 yard drive which went harmlessly over Silva's crossbar. It's a bit wasteful, in all honesty.
  • 38'
    Martin Langer: And, as usual in Recife, when the show on the pitch fails to entertain the fans, the local duel begins. The North stand cheers for Sport and the other for Nautico, and they exchange war songs for minutes and minutes non-stop.
  • 37'
    HERNANDEZ! Gargano slips the ball inbetween Tahiti's banks of four to his teammate's feet, but the striker can't get his touch and the ball escapes him. That would have been for his hat-trick, he'll be disappointed with that effort, I imagine.
  • 36'
    Well, at least Tahiti have almost managed ten minutes without conceding. Uruguay can build their attacks in a leisurely manner, picking out cross field balls seemingly for practice.
  • 35'
    Good claim from Meriel once again, catching Lodeiro's cross with ease as the midfielder looked for Hernandez. Tahiti then go up the other end, but Chong's ambitious cross is easily gathered by Silva.
  • 34'
    VAHIRUA! The 33-year-old tries his luck from about 18 yards out, but can only turn his strike straight at Silva! The crowd sound their appreciation, but I think that the Tahitian forward will have wanted to do better with that opportunity.
  • 32'
    Uruguay are being patient, waiting for the opportunity to switch play whenever possible, Pereira being the main man for this. Unless they're working on something they've been doing in training, they don't need to try such a style of play against Tahiti - just play Hernandez in behind.
  • 30'
    WALL! Gargano can't capitalise on his dead ball opportunity and strikes the wall, much to the delight of the crowd. This has been far too easy for Uruguay, Tahiti just aren't organised at all.
  • 29'
    Tehau concedes a free-kick on the edge of his penalty area, after coming through the back of his man, and Uruguay have yet another good chance. Gargano looks to be the man to take it..
  • 27'
    Goal Diego Barrios
  • 26'
    Martin Langer: And Uruguay's Abel Hernandez scores his second of the day, a nice finish after chipping the ball over a defender. The fans, however, decide to boo him as he celebrated!
  • 25'
    Uruguay are now in an unassailable position, and I think the crowd know it! Hernandez' dancing celebration was met by loud boos from the native supporters.
  • 24'
    Assist N. Lodeiro
  • 24'
    Goal Abel Hernández
  • 23'
    Good save from Meriel again! The Tahiti shot stopper is quick off his line to deny Ramirez, to the adoring cheers of the Recife crowd! Good stuff.
  • 22'
    HERNANDEZ! The goalscorer tries a cheeky backheel to try and turn a cross into an unguarded net, but the Palermo man doesn't quite get good enough contact on it to beat Meriel.
  • 21'
    GARGANO! Meriel makes his first save of the game, catching a quite powerful Gargano header, after good work down the right hand side for Uruguay. This second goal doesn't look to be incoming quite yet.
  • 20'
    Martin Langer: Despite some sporadic naivety gesture from the Tahitians, you wouldn't tell that these two teams are separated by more than 100 positions in the FIFA rankings. The Islanders are holding their own and managing some decent possession spells against a Uruguayan side that hasn't looked too sharp so far.
  • 19'
    This first twenty minutes has been nowhere near as one sided as Uruguay would have hoped, and a second goal will be required to settle the nerves of the favourites. Hernandez looks dangerous, but he's not been put in behind too often.
  • 18'
    CHANCE! Pereira overlaps on the left hand side, before delivering a good ball across the six yard box. The Tahiti right-back didn't track his runner there whatsoever. Danger is cleared before Hernandez can strike the ball home however.
  • 16'
    ALMOST! Silva is played into trouble by his defender, as his backpass skipped up nastily off the turf, but he manages to clear his lines. His teammate apologises for playing him into trouble.
  • 15'
    Uruguay are being very patient so far, normally for Inter Alvaro Pereira would be whipping in balls from the left hand side at every opportunity, but there seems to be an emphasis on retaining possession for Uruguay.
  • 13'
    It's fantastic to hear the crowd's support for the tournament's minnows. Whether it be a shot at goal, a tackle or a few successful passes, those in attendance treat each occurrence similarly, with rapturous applause and cheers.
  • 12'
    Tahiti are sitting in two banks of four, and it's frighteningly easy for Ramirez to sit inbetween the lines with nobody picking him up. Simon tries a lofted ball, looking to get things moving quickly for his side, but Silva claims the ball simply in his area.
  • 11'
    Tahiti just can't keep the ball for long enough to build a meaningful attack. Vahirua is definitely their main offensive hope, any intelligent balls are coming from him. Simon attempts a long-range effort, but it's easily blocked.
  • 10'
    Martin Langer: As expected, Uruguay took an early lead but other than that they haven't really managed to create much trouble for the hard-working Tahitians, who are supported by the "oa!" from the fans with every completed pass.
  • 9'
    I think if that foul was committed in the first game of the tournament, the referee would have awarded a penalty for that, Ludivion surely prevented a goal-scoring opportunity there. Tahiti are lucky, they could easily be a man down.
  • 8'
    Yellow Card Tehevaril Ludivion
  • 8'
    NO PENALTY! Ludivion is booked for tugging back his marker, bringing him down in the box, but the referee chooses to pull play back for a free-kick instead of a penalty kick. Sympathy, perhaps? Lodeiro's free-kick is poor.
  • 7'
    As Tahiti are giving so much space to their opposition, Uruguay don't really need to stay particularly disciplined and they can push men forward at their own will.
  • 6'
    Tahiti aren't pressing whatsoever, their gameplan seems to be to limit the space in their own half and make it hard for Uruguay to play through them. It's certainly not working though, so far.
  • 5'
    I think that the crowd were hoping for Tahiti to last a little longer than that before conceding. Uruguay are already allowed to assert their domination and Tahiti are sitting very, very deep.
  • 4'
    OOOH! VAHIRUA! The Greece-based player does well to shake off his marker and test Silva, but it's an easy save for the Uruguay keeper. The crowd love it, however!
  • 3'
    Martin Langer: The Tahitians will probably be playing their last match in a final phase of a FIFA competition for a long time, but surely this experience has been a fantastic learning process for them. For the moment, the fans are completely on their side and pulling for a surprise... which means a goal in this case.
  • 2'
    Assist A. Scotti
  • 2'
    Goal Abel Hernández
    GOALLLL! Hernandez nods home at the back post, and Uruguay have the lead! Poor marking and defending from Tahiti, who give the Palermo man a free header!
  • 1'
    And we're off! Tahiti are in white, while Uruguay are in their customary sky blue shirt. The attendance isn't too high, but the atmosphere is good, there's a lot of love for Tahiti tonight!
  • As the result of the game seems to be a foregone conclusion to the majority of the footballing world, without being disrespectful to Tahiti, what do you think the score will be at the end of this game? Tweet me your predictions, I'd love to hear them: @simonhfootball.
  • Uruguay are by no means safely through to the next round of the Confederations Cup yet, they're relying on Nigeria to lose to Spain if they don't manage to turn over Tahiti tonight. As a reminder, they will face Brazil in the semi-finals. Certainly not an easy route to the final!
  • The players stream out of the tunnel into the sunlight, and Tahiti are really getting a lot of support from the native fans! Uruguay have brought vocal support, but the majority of tonight's crowd will be backing the underdogs by the sound of it.
  • In terms of starting line-ups, this game is definitely an opportunity for both managers to rotate their squad. For Tahiti, it's simply for all of their players to enjoy playing in a major tournament, while Uruguay will have one eye on the next round of the competition.
  • Meriel, Tahiti's starting goalkeeper tonight, is the third Tahiti keeper to be utilised in the tournament so far. Rather than this change being enforced by poor performance or injury, manager Etaeta simply wants to share the Confederations Cup experience with his whole squad.
  • Martin Langer: HUGE cheers from the stands as the stadium announcer goes through the Tahiti starting XI. It really seems like the Islanders have entered the hearts of the Brazilian people. Great stuff.
  • Tahiti substitutes: Roche, A. Tehau, Wagemann, Bourebare, Faatiarau, T. Tehau, Atani, Lemaire, Aroita, Tihoni, Vero, Samin.
  • Martin Langer: Not much people so far in Recife but a great vibe going around in the stadium. Shouts of "Tahiti, Tahiti" can be heard now and then and people are genuinely optimistic that the Islanders could make history by winning 18-0 and going through!... or maybe not.
  • We also have a man on the ground for tonight's game, as Goal correspondent Martin Langer is present in Recife, and he will be bringing you his very own updates on the game and his own experiences - so keep your eyes peeled for those!
  • Uruguay substitutes: Muslera, Godin, Rodriguez, Suarez, Forlan, Castillo, M. Pereira, Arevalo, Gonzalez, Cavani, Caceres.
  • Tahiti starting line-up: Meriel, Ludivion, Tehau, Vallar, Simon, Tehau, Caroine, Aitamai, Hnanyine, Vahirua, Chong-Hue.
  • Uruguay starting line-up: Silva, Scotti, Pereira, Coates, Aguirregaray, Perez, Eguern, Gargano, Lodeiro, Ramirez, Hernandez.
  • TEAM NEWS: Uruguay are shuffling their attacking options tonight, perhaps to give some squad players a run-out and a chance to grab an international goal - Hernandez starts up top. Tahiti have also made a couple of changes to the side which struggled against Nigeria and Spain.
  • I'm Simon Harrison and I will be keeping you informed with all of the action from Itaipava Arena Pernambuco this evening. Uruguay will look to gain some momentum and confidence with a routine win over Tahiti, but I'm sure that the home crowd will be firmly behind the underdogs.
  • Hello and welcome to Goal's LIVE coverage of the 2013 Confederations Cup group match between Uruguay and Tahiti. The tournament's minnows can only manage to escape their Group with a huge margin of victory tonight, so I think it's safe to say they are playing for pride, but there should be plenty of goals.