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Sunday 23 September 2018

Uruguay seal final 32nd spot for Brazil

Uruguay's Edinson Cavani. Andres Stapff/REUTERS
Uruguay's Edinson Cavani. Andres Stapff/REUTERS

URUGUAY sealed their spot at the 2014 World Cup finals after a goalless draw at home to Jordan in the second leg of their intercontinental play-off yesterday saw them advance 5-0 on aggregate.

Uruguay, the last of the 32 teams to book their place at the finals in Brazil, had all but secured their berth with a crushing 5-0 victory in the first leg in Amman last week.

"We're all happy because the truth is it's been a hard road," striker Edinson Cavani told reporters after Uruguay's 18th match of the qualifying campaign. "We have to enjoy it."

Hope

Despite needing to score at least five to have any hope of overturning the deficit, Jordan defended deep and in numbers, denying the South Americans scoring chances and making sure there would be no repeat of the 5-0 mauling.

The closest the home side came to scoring was when centre back Diego Godin headed against the bar just before half-time, but the lack of goals failed to dampen celebrations.

Jordan's Egyptian coach Hossam Hassan said: "We played very well, we met a good team."

WORLD CUP 2014 TEAMS

Japan, Nigeria, Costa Rica, Brazil (Host), Netherlands, Uruguay, Australia, Cameroon, United States, Argentina, Italy, Iran, Ivory Coast, Mexico, Colombia, Belgium, South Korea, Ghana, Honduras, Chile, Germany, Algeria, Ecuador, Spain, England, Switzerland, Russia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Greece, Croatia, Portugal, France.

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