Uruguay defender Jorge Fucile today spoke of his excitement in starting his first World Cup game, and stressed that the Celeste need a win this evening against hosts South Africa.
"With five points I think we would qualify but today we have to win. A draw is not a bad result, just like it wasn't against France, but it doesn't guarantee us anything," the full-back speculated to El Pais ahead of a crucial game for his side.
Uruguay performed solidly if unspectacularly in drawing against France, and showed impressive spirit in holding on with 10 men late in the game.
But South Africa are another team looking to build on a good result, having come within a whisker of a victory against Mexico in the tournament's opening game. The group is currently deadlocked, with all four teams on one point.
And Porto player Fucile will not be underestimating the challenge the Bafana Bafana pose to the South Americans.
"We will have to work extremely hard today. South Africa are a team with a massive physical presence, we will try to keep hold of the ball so that they cannot impose their rhythm and power on us."
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