Uruguay v Tahiti, 23 June 2013

Score8-0 to Uruguay
RefereePedro Proenca
CompetitionFIFA Confederations Cup Group B
VenueItaipava Arena Pernambuco, Recife
Attendance22,047
Kick-off: 4.00pm local (8.00pm BST) Match report With goals within three minutes of the start of each of the day’s final group games going in their favour, Uruguay sauntered towards a mouth-watering semi-final meeting with hosts Brazil. Despite making fully 11 changes from the crucial second game win against Nigeria, it became a veritable Sunday afternoon stroll against the gallant minnows from Tahiti. They went ahead from their first corner after 77 seconds when Abel Hernandez was left in far too much room at the far post. He added his and Uruguay’s second on 24 minutes when the Lazio forward advanced beyond Tahiti’s high line to coolly finish. Tahiti’s defence crumbled again three minutes later when Diego Perez was left totally unchallenged as he played a one-two with a goalpost before netting. Hernandez completed his hat-trick in the minute of added time at the end of the first-half with another clinical finish. The highlight of the game for the Oceania qualifiers came four minutes after the break when their debutant keeper Gilbert Meriel saved Andres Scotti’s penalty. The Nacional defender’s misery was compounded moments later when he was sent-off for his second yellow card offence. Tahiti’s numerical advantage was to last only eight minutes though as a tearful Teheivarii Ludivion departed after being shown his second yellow. Uruguay resumed their goalscoring practice just after the hour when Walter Gargano’s fierce cross-shot cannoned in off Nicolas Lodeiro. Man of the Match Hernandez showed his colleagues how a penalty should be taken when he slotted home on the three-quarter mark to net his fourth of the game. Their seventh goal came with eight minutes remaining courtesy of substitute Luis Suarez as the Liverpool star turned the hapless Henri Caroine inside out. Suarez added his second in the normal time’s final minute to claim the title of Uruguay’s all-time leading goalscorer. With Spain comfortably beating Nigeria, possibly the only disappointment for Uruguay is that they failed to equal their biggest-ever winning margin record which has stood for 86 years. While the Confederations Cup journey continues for them, it’s the end of the road for Tahiti. They have the consolation of knowing that their admirable naivety has endeared them to the Brazilian crowds. Preview Tahiti's great journey will come to an end after they face South American champions Uruguay who need a win to secure a spot in the semi finals. Only if Spain slip up against Nigeria will Uruguay have the opportunity to top the group. Tahiti coach Eddy Etaeta will look to give as much of his squad as possible the unique chance to play on such a big stage. Veteran defender Diego Lugano will is suspended which signifies an opportunity for forgotten Liverpool defender Coates. Since the young Uruguayan was so impressive at the Copa America two years ago, he has failed to live up to his potential.

8  Uruguay

Manager: Oscar Tabarez

0  Tahiti

Manager: Eddy Etaeta

Goals:

Abel Hernández 2 G
Abel Hernández 24 G
Diego Pérez 27 G
Abel Hernández 45 G
Nicolás Lodeiro 61 G
Abel Hernández penalty 67 P
Luis Suárez 82 G
Luis Suárez 90 G

Goals:

Starting lineup:

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

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Gilbert Meriel
Defender Vincent Simon
Defender Nicolas Vallar (captain)
Midfielder Ricky Aitamai
Midfielder Henri Caroine
Midfielder Jonathan Tehau
Midfielder Lorenzo Tehau
Forward Samuel Hnanyine
Forward Marama Vahirua

Substitutions:

Luis Suárez for Gastón Ramirez 69

Substitutions:

Edson Lemaire for Ricky Aitamai 53
Stanley Atani for Lorenzo Tehau 71
Yohann Tihoni for Samuel Hnanyine 88

Cards:

Andrés Scotti 42 Y
Andrés Scotti 51 Y
Andrés Scotti 51 R
Diego Pérez 84 Y

Cards:

Teheivarii Ludivion 8 Y
Nicolas Vallar 49 Y
Teheivarii Ludivion 59 Y
Teheivarii Ludivion 59 R
Steevy Chong Hue 66 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Juan Castillo
Goalkeeper Fernando Muslera
Defender Martín Cáceres
Defender Maxi Pereira
Defender/Midfielder Diego Godín
Midfielder Egidio Arévalo
Midfielder Álvaro González
Midfielder Cristian Rodríguez
Forward Edinson Cavani
Forward Diego Forlán
Forward Luis Suárez

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Mickael Roche
Defender Rainui Aroita
Defender Edson Lemaire
Defender Yannick Vero
Defender Tamatoa Wagemann
Defender/Midfielder Alvin Tehau
Midfielder Stanley Atani
Midfielder Donovan Bourebare
Midfielder Yohann Tihoni
Forward Teaonui Tehau