Cavani celebrated the opening goal in the fifth minute.  Photo: Selección Uruguaya
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Cavani – Suarez helps Uruguay defeat Colombia


Veteran duo Edinson Cavani – Luis Suarez scored when Uruguay won 3-0 against host Colombia in the third round of the 2022 World Cup in South America on November 13.

Scores: Cavani 5, Suarez pen 54, Nunez 73
Red card: Yerry Mina 90

Kick away, but Uruguay got off to a good start, thanks to a situation where the host made a mistake. Colombian midfielder Yerry Mina passed the lead, Luis Suarez stole the ball, and then pushed Nahitan Nández to let the midfielder 8 put it very well within 16m50. Cavani, with just a light touch, drove the ball to the far low corner, beating goalkeeper Ospina to open the score in the fifth minute.

Cavani celebrated the opening goal in the fifth minute. Image: Selección Uruguaya

Nine minutes after the second half started, Uruguay doubled the gap. Rodrigo Bentancur was fouled by Murillo in the 16m50 area, and Luis Suarez did not miss the chance when he faced Ospina from 11 meters. This is the fourth goal the 33rd striker scored in the 2022 South American regional qualifiers, all from penalties.

This match, Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez ranked Nicolas De la Cruz left midfield. And the 23-year-old River Plate payroll player played an excellent first 45 minutes, locked the detonator on the Colombian side, Juan Cuadrado, and created several opportunities. But after the break, Tabarez still pulled this key link to make room for third striker Darwin Nunez.

Deciding to take the risk for a sweet fruit in the 73rd minute. Receiving the ball from the center of the opponent’s field, Nunez took another beat, then fired long-range cannon, beat goalkeeper Ospina, increasing the score to 3-0 for Uruguay . This is the second goal this 21-year-old striker has scored after only two matches for the national team. Previously, in a friendly match at Peru on October 16, 2019, Nunez was introduced to the field for the first time and only took five minutes to score a goal to set a 1-1 draw for Uruguay.

Nunez shared his joy with Suarez after the elder scored twice the difference in the 59th minute. Photo: Selección Uruguaya

Nunez shared his joy with Suarez after the elder scored twice the difference in the 59th minute. Selección Uruguaya

Three goals scored were worthy rewards for Uruguay in the 90 minutes they played cohesively, firmly and overwhelmingly at Barranquilla. The whole match, the visitors were startled only once, with Bentancur making a mistake that almost led to a goal when the score was 1-0.

This match in Colombia is absent from veteran striker Radamel Falcao, but there are still many good players such as James Rodriguez, Cuadrado and Duvan Zapata striker Lucas Muriel. However, it seemed that Mina’s mistake leading to a too early goal ruined the tactical plans that coach Carlos Queiroz set up for the home team.

In the 32nd minute, Quiroz pulled out defensive midfielder Wilmar Barrios to reinforce an attacking player, Luis Diaz. However, this adjustment still could not help Colombia flourish to reverse the situation. The second goal from a penalty at the beginning of the second half made the home team stand still and then have to endure. Towards the end of the match, they even lost people when Mina received the second yellow card as an indirect red card.

Mina is a criminal of Colombia this match.  Photo: Selección Uruguaya

Mina is a criminal of Colombia this match. Image: Selección Uruguaya

This win gave Uruguay six points in three matches, and provided a good psychological boost to the promised Brazil tough on November 17.

Nhat Tao

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