Nigeria v Uruguay, 20 June 2013

Score2-1 to Uruguay
RefereeBjörn Kuipers
CompetitionFIFA Confederations Cup Group B
VenueArena Fonte Nova, Salvador
Attendance26,769
Kick-off: 7.00pm local (11.00pm BST) Match Report Uruguay started brightly. They put Nigeria on the back foot with their three pronged attack which included the return of Forlan, winning his 100th cap. Nigeria soon came back into it and won a series of free-kicks in dangerous areas. They were however unable to capitalise. The breakthrough came through a scrappy goal from Uruguay. Following a corner, a Forlan cross evaded a few players before finding its way to Lugano who scrambled the ball in. Nigeria equalised before the break. Mikel received the ball in the box, took it past Lugano and finished high into the net. The Uruguayan centre back's lack of mobility was exposed here. Nigeria could have found themselves up at the break but for a tip over by Muslera. Despite the Super Eagles starting the second period on the front foot, it was the South Americans who edged ahead. Suarez and Cavani combined with Forlan on the break who powered home. Nigeria pushed for an equaliser but it never came. The final ball was lacking. At the other end, Cavani could have put the game out of reach from a number of opportunities. The Uruguay forward was not having the best of games. A tight game in which experience prevailed over youth. Neither team performed as strongly as they have in recent years. The Uruguayans will have a job on their hands against either Italy or Brazil in the next round. Preview Uruguay against Nigeria presents perhaps the closest matched game of the group stages. Assuming Spain seal a victory against Tahiti, the winner will be all but guaranteed to join the World Champions in qualifying from Group B. The South American Champion's main concern will be improving the partnership between Cavani and Suarez. The latter has traditionally linked up better with legend Diego Forlan, however the former Man United man's career is on the decline. Despite a 6 - 1 victory against Tahiti, Nigeria will know that they will have to improve in front of goal. They will not be allowed to get away with squandering so many chances against sterner opposition. Coach Keshi may turn to striker Ideye Brown, who started on the bench against Tahiti, as a solution to this problem. Match Report (Coming soon)

1  Nigeria

Manager: Stephen Keshi

2  Uruguay

Manager: Oscar Tabarez

Goals:

John Obi Mikel 37 G

Goals:

Diego Lugano 19 G
Diego Forlán 51 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama (captain)
Defender Efe Ambrose
Defender Godfrey Oboabona
Defender Kenneth Omeruo
Midfielder John Obi Mikel
Midfielder Nnamdi Oduamadi
Midfielder John Ogu
Midfielder Fegor Ogude
Forward Brown Ideye
Forward Ahmed Musa

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Fernando Muslera
Defender Martín Cáceres
Defender Diego Godín
Defender Diego Lugano (captain)
Defender Maxi Pereira
Midfielder Egidio Arévalo
Midfielder Álvaro González
Midfielder Cristian Rodríguez
Forward Edinson Cavani
Forward Diego Forlán
Forward Luis Suárez

Substitutions:

Michael Babatunde for Nnamdi Oduamadi 45
Sunday Mba for John Ogu 66
Joseph Akpala for Brown Ideye 73

Substitutions:

Sebastián Coates for Luis Suárez 82
Alvaro Pereira for Cristian Rodríguez 88

Cards:

Michael Babatunde 60 Y
Joseph Akpala 74 Y

Cards:

Diego Lugano 79 Y
Sebastián Coates 84 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim
Goalkeeper Austine Ejide
Defender Francis Benjamin
Defender Solomon Kwambe
Midfielder Michael Babatunde
Midfielder Emeka Eze
Midfielder Sunday Mba
Midfielder Ogenyi Onazi
Forward Joseph Akpala
Forward Mohammed Gambo
Forward Anthony Ujah

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Juan Castillo
Goalkeeper Martín Silva
Defender/Midfielder Matías Aguirregaray
Defender/Midfielder Andrés Scotti
Midfielder Sebastián Eguren
Midfielder Walter Gargano
Midfielder Nicolás Lodeiro
Midfielder Alvaro Pereira
Midfielder Diego Pérez
Midfielder Gastón Ramirez
Forward Abel Hernández