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  • June 23, 2013
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  • • Itaipava Arena Pernambuco, Recife, Pernambuco
  • Referee: Pedro Proença
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Uruguay-Tahiti Preview: La Celeste looking to book semi-final spot with big win

Uruguay-Tahiti Preview: La Celeste looking to book semi-final spot with big win

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A vital victory over Nigeria made Oscar Tabarez's men favourites to qualify and only Eddy Etaeta's porous side stand in the way of a spot in the next round



Uruguay go into their final Group B fixture in third position, but will be confident of bettering Nigeria's result against Spain and reaching the semi-finals.

La Celeste's victory against the Super Eagles gave them the upper hand in the battle to advance, but they will be keen to show an improvement in front of goal and secure a large victory against the Oceania champions.

Oscar Tabarez will only be without Diego Lugano who is suspended having already picked up two yellow cards in the tournament. Liverpool's Sebastian Coates is therefore likely to fill in at the centre of defence.

The coach may take the opportunity to rotate some more players, despite the need for a large number of goals, but Uruguay cannot afford to underestimate their opponents at risk of enormous embarrassment.

Eddy Etaeta, meanwhile, has a full completent to select from in his Tahiti squad. The Pacific islanders, who have become the darlings of the tournament despite conceding 16 goals in two games, know that they face another tough test and will need to markedly improve defensively in order to keep the score down.

  DID YOU KNOW?

  • Sunday will provide the first ever meeting between these two international sides.

  • Diego Forlan (pictured, right) marked his 100th Uruguay appearance with the winning goal against Nigeria in midweek. He is now his country's highest scoring player ever with 34 goals.

  • La Celeste reached the semi-final stage in their only previous Confederations Cup campaign, ending the tournament in fourth position.

  • Tahiti suffered the competitions largest ever defeat when they lost 10-0 to World Champions Spain on Thursday. It was also the biggest loss in the nation's football history.
  • The current Oceania champions are ranked 138th in the Fifa rankings.
  • Eddy Etaeta's side are already eliminated from the tournament but have won the hearts of football fans across the globe.

Players to watch

E. Cavani

Position: Attacker

Games: 4

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The Napoli striker has failed to take the chances that have come his way so far this tournament so the game against Tahiti could provide a chance to lift his confidence after a couple of poor displays. His finishing has been below par but if the game goes as expected then he will have more than enough opportunities to find the back of the net on Sunday. People are expecting big things from the Uruguayan with his name bounded around as one of the hottest properties in world football this summer. He will want to use this outing to really kick start his Confederations Cup campaign.

S. Chong-Hue

Position: Attacker

Games: 3

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The midfielder has displayed immense determination in his previous games with his tireless approach winning him a number of fans. He will no doubt be at the heart of any move forward from Tahiti, particularly if they should play on the counterattack. The whole team will want to go out of the tournament with a bang and none deserve a goal more than Steevy Chong Hue.

Editor's Prediction

Uruguay will know that they will need to score a lot of goals against Eddy Etaeta's men in case the unthinkable should happen and Nigeria beat Spain in the group's other game. It is hard to see anything other than a landslide victory for La Celeste. The attacking trident of Diego Forlan, Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani will be hungry for goals should they all play, with the latter struggling in front of goal so far this tournament. Tahiti will need to improve defensively to avoid another double-digits defeat as their high line against Spain left them unbelievably exposed.

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