Uruguay vs Chile Match Preview
Uruguay will set out to claim maximum points at home to Chile in a highly anticipated World Cup qualifier.
Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez will reinforce Chile
Uruguay, winners of the 2011 Copa America, will be after their second win of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers when they take on Chile at the legendary Centenario stadium in Montevideo on Friday. Uruguay currently lead the South American qualifying group with four points after two rounds.
Uruguayan soccer has been rejuvenated in recent years, with the success of the national team at both the 2011 Copa America and the 2010 World Cup. Uruguay lifted their fifteenth Copa America title, and finished in fourth-place at the World Cup and to add to that they are currently fourth in the FIFA World Ranking. It seems that Oscar Washington Tabarez's side have continued where they left off in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, after crushing Bolivia 4-2 and drawing 1-1 with Paraguay in their first two games.
However, Uruguay have been triggered by injuries for Friday's World Cup qualifier against Chile. Not only is Inter Milan striker Diego Forlan out because of injury, but Tabarez won't be able to count with the services of a further five players, either due to injuries or suspensions. Tabarez, who has been nominated for FIFA Coach of the Year, has reshuffled his side for what should be an extremely difficult encounter.
Uruguay captain, Diego Lugano, briefly spoke about the recent rivalry between the two sides: "The previous encounters between Uruguay and Chile have been very even both in the last qualifiers and in the Copa America."
Uruguay and Chile drew 1-1 in the group stage of the Copa America four months ago. In the 2010 World Cup qualifiers, the teams tied 2-2 in Montevideo and played out a goalless draw in Santiago.
"Chile have good players and they play well. It will be an important and complicated match," added the Paris Saint Germain defender.
Chile come into the match after defeating Peru 4-2 in Santiago last month. After two rounds of World Cup qualifying Chile have shown both of their faces, as in their opening qualifier they were on the wrong end of a 4-1 defeat to Argentina in Buenos Aires.
This week Chile coach, Claudio Borghi, had to deal with good and bad news. The good news is that he will be able to count with the services of Barcelona ace Alexis Sanchez, who is fully fit after a lengthy injury layout. However, the bad news is that the squad has been hit by acts of indiscipline with no less than five players turning up late to training, including Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal. According to reports, Borghi has excluded all players involved from his squad.
Uruguay vs Chile Match Report
The extraordinary Luis Suarez scores four goals as Uruguay slaughter Chile in Montevideo.
Luis Suarez scored all four of Uruguay's goals
Uruguay hammered Chile 4-0 in the third round of the South American World Cup qualifiers on Friday, with four goals from an absolutely spectacular Luis Suarez. Uruguay proved far superior to their opponents and could have won the match by an even greater difference.
Uruguay, who lifted the Copa America for the fifteenth time in July, once again demonstrated why they are currently amongst the best teams of the world. Even without the injured Diego Forlan, Uruguay produced electric attacking soccer, and not once allowed Chile to get into the game.
As was expected, the match commenced with an intense pace as both teams went looking for an early goal. Uruguay looked particularly dangerous each time they moved forward with Suarez and Edinson Cavani being their main danger men.
It was the Uruguayans who began to dominate as the minutes went by and they almost went ahead when a Luis Suarez free-kick struck the crossbar. Suarez created havoc for the Chile defense time and time again and it seemed just a matter of time before he would open his personal account at the Centenario stadium of Montevideo.
Finally, after several close calls, Uruguay went ahead in the 41st minute when Suarez fired the ball past Claudio Bravo from the edge of the area. Five minutes later Suarez was at it again, adding Uruguay's second goal with a powerful header after a series of bizarre rebounds in the Chile area.
In the second half, Uruguay continued to dominate proceedings, displaying enticing attacking soccer that has become trademark of their game in recent years. Chile had no answer to Uruguay's incredible free-flowing soccer and complete domination.
Uruguay's third goal arrived after an exceptional collective move initiated by Bologna midfielder Diego Perez, which culminated with an unstoppable header from Suarez, in the 67th minute.
To the joy of the home fans, the amazing Suarez appeared six minutes later to add the fourth. Suarez beat Bravo with a precise crossed shot from outside of the area to seal Uruguay an emphatic victory. When Suarez exited the field in the 76th minute he received a standing ovation from the 50,000 Centenario crowd.
Suarez put on an incredible performance, not only for his four goals, but because he was a constant menace for the Chilean defense each time he got the ball. His display will definitely boost his chances of becoming the first Uruguayan to be named FIFA World Player of the Year.
Uruguay remain undefeated after three rounds of the Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifiers, with two wins and a draw. They lead the South American group with seven points from a possible nine.