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1 vs 0
Played
June 5, 2013 8:00 PM BST
Estadio Centenario — Montevideo
Referee:‬ J. Quintana‎
Attendance:‬ 35000‎
 
50′ Luis Suárez
 
Top of the Match
Luis Suárez
Luis Suárez
Uruguay
Luis Suárez
Luis Suárez
Uruguay
Flop of the Match
Olivier Giroud
Olivier Giroud
France
Olivier Giroud
Olivier Giroud
France

Uruguay 1-0 France: Suarez returns to sink les Bleus

The Liverpool striker scored shortly after arriving on the field as a second-half substitute to set the hosts up for their vital World Cup qualifier against Venezuela perfectly

By Robin Bairner

Friendly : Luis Suarez & Alvaro Pereira (Uruguay vs France)
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Uruguay picked up a confidence-boosting 1-0 friendly win against France in Montevideo on Wednesday.

All of the four previous encounters between the sides had ended scoreless but this fixture was engrossing on the whole, with the French dominating matters in the first period before substitute Luis Suarez snatched what proved to be the decisive goal shortly after the break.

Suarez had arrived on the field as a half-time replacement for the ineffective Diego Forlan and immediately brought life to a previously flat Uruguay attack. Indeed, he had already threatened before latching on to an intelligent pass from Maxi Pereira, allowing him to cleverly get the better of some naive defending from debutant Eliaquim Mangala and dispatch from a tight angle past Steve Mandanda.

Otherwise the goalkeeper was largely a spectator, aside from a good save from Gaston Ramirez less than 10 minutes from time, as Fernando Muslera in the home goal took the plaudits.

During the opening period the Galatasaray shot-stopper was regularly drawn into action as Didier Deschamps’ men offered a frequent threat to the South Americans’ goal.

Dimitri Payet was the main goal threat. On several occasions he offered powerful efforts from range but the best of these, manufactured after cleverly evading both Diego Lugano and Walter Gargano, was pushed away but the flying custodian’s right hand. Too often, though, his efforts were directly at Muslera.

Perhaps France’s best effort came in the aftermath of a very rare Uruguayan attack. The hosts over-committed players forward from a corner kick and were caught drastically short at the back. Muslera, though, was rapidly from his line to muffle any chance Yoann Gourcuff had of beating him after Payet released the Lyon man.

Half-time brought with it a slew of substitutions that benefited the hosts greatly. Suarez struck in the aftermath as France failed to get going once again and successfully changed the course of the game.

Although the hosts rarely offered a significant threat, the string of chances that France enjoyed in the first period dried up. Indeed, an equaliser rarely looked on the cards and Yohan Cabaye’s late swerving drive was one of the few occasions Uruguay looked significantly troubled, though Muslera was again on hand to make the stop.

Although France boss Deschamps will be disappointed with the result, there was room for optimism due to the nature of the performance, though it is Uruguay, ahead of a vital World Cup qualifier next week in Venezuela, who will take the plaudits for the win.


Uruguay

25
4.00
11
Á. Pereira
Midfielder
71′
2.50
2
Diego Lugano
Defender
46′
2.00
4
3.00
14
Maxi Pereira
Defender
33′ 50′
3.50
19
2.50
14
N. Lodeiro
Midfielder
46′
2.00
5
Walter Gargano
Midfielder
2.50
20
E. Arévalo
Midfielder
46′
2.00
10
Diego Forlán
Striker
46′
1.50
9
2.50

France

2.50
3
2.50
28
3.50
6
2.50
22
3.00
14
Blaise Matuidi
Midfielder
76′
2.50
15
Etienne Capoue
Midfielder
67′
2.50
12
Olivier Giroud
Midfielder
58′
2.50
8
Yoann Gourcuff
Midfielder
58′
2.50
30
Steve Mandanda
Midfielder
3.00
7
3.00
28

Substitutes

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J. Castillo
Goalkeeper
 - 
1
M. Silva
Goalkeeper
 - 
19
A. Scotti
Defender
46′
2.50
11
2.50
10
G. Ramírez
Midfielder
46′
3.50
5
S. Eguren
Midfielder
46′
2.50
11
2.00
8
Stuani
Striker
 - 
7
3.50

Substitutes

 - 
25
Hugo Lloris
Goalkeeper
 - 
22
 - 
4
Adil Rami
Defender
 - 
26
 - 
17
2.50
7
3.00
6
Yohan Cabaye
Midfielder
76′
 - 
9
2.00
18

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
A. Pulido A. Pulido
Striker
Tigres
4 0
Chris Wondolowski Chris Wondolowski
Striker
San Jose Earthquakes
3 0
Neymar Neymar
Striker
Barcelona
3 0
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
2 0
Ivica Olic Ivica Olic
Striker
Wolfsburg
2 0