Diego Forlan's absence passed unnoticed in Jakarta as the Ajax and Napoli strikers both hit hat-tracks in a supreme second half performance...Uruguay survived an early first half scare to run out dominant 7-1 winners away to Indonesia, who fought hard against the World Cup fourth placed side but were ultimately outclassed. Luis Suarez was the stand out player for the 'Celeste' in scoring three and setting up two, while Edinson Cavani also registered a hat-trick as their side cruised to victory in the second half.
Playing on a rain-sodden pitch in Jakarta Oscar Tabarez’s side came out fighting from the very first minute, with Maxi Pereira and Cristian ‘Cebolla’ Rodriguez both trying their luck and going close from distance early on. It was under-pressure Indonesia however who would take the lead, with which was almost their only attack of the half. A defence-splitting pass left Boaz Solossa one on one with ‘Charrua’ last of defence Juan Castillo, and the forward slotted the ball past the Cali custodian to give Indonesia a shock lead.
The Celeste kept up the pressure, constantly pushing forward and looking to equalise. Their persistence paid off 10 minutes from the break, when Edinson Cavani headed powerfully to convert an inch-perfect cross from Maxi Pereira. The away side then took the lead shortly before the break thanks to a moment of magic from Ajax’s Luis Suarez. The World Cup hero held the ball up on the edge of the area and performed a neat nutmeg to turn his marker, before easily beating Markus Maulana in the ‘Garuda’ goal.
Uruguay started the second period on a high and continued to push forward almost at will, as the home fans started to sense that the chances of an upset were slipping away rapidly. Suarez notched his second eight minutes after the restart, finding himself on the end of a well-worked triangular passing movement and finishing with consummate ease one on one: 3-1, and essentially game over for Indonesia. Just five minutes later Suarez turned provider and confirmed the result, feeding substitute Sebastian Eguren, and the Sporting Gijon midfielder continued a night of flawless ‘Charrua’ finishing to roll the ball past Maulana.
With a comfortable win in the bag it was simply a question of how many the ‘Celeste’ could finish with, and Suarez confirmed his hat trick to make it five from the penalty spot.
At 5-1 the away side stepped off the gas somewhat, but there still remained time for Suarez to break through the Indonesia backline. The Ajax striker almost added a fourth but stumbled after rounding the keeper; forward partner Cavani beat him to the loose ball and made it six as the Uruguayans literally lined up to score. The seventh came almost instantly after to confirm the Napoli man’s hat trick, as a demoralised Indonesia hardly put up a fight.
Small mercy for Indonesia came with five minutes left when Sebastian Fernandez hit home for an eight, only to have the goal ruled out for offside. The home side looked relieved to hear the final whistle, while Uruguay will have enjoyed the run out and the chance to prove they can still sparkle even without Forlan pulling the team's strings.