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devious2010-05-05 05:30:07 +0000 #1
Uruguay win sets up rematch with Socceroos

13 October 2005

by FIFAworldcup.com

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After more than two years of arduous competition, the South American qualifiers came to a thrilling climax on Wednesday night.

The hopes of several teams were in the balance but it was Uruguay who were celebrating at the finish after beating a lacklustre Argentina side to claim the continent's play-off spot and render meaningless Colombia's victory against Paraguay in Asuncion. Brazil, for their part, finished on a high with a comprehensive win over Venezuela in Belem that saw them beat Argentina to top spot in the standings.

Wednesday's results, which also included a scoreless draw between Chile and Ecuador and a win for Peru over Bolivia, ensured an identical outcome to Korea/Japan 2002 qualifying: Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Ecuador take the four automatic qualifying berths, leaving the Uruguay to battle it out with Australia in a play-off.

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Celeste celebrate in Montevideo

In a packed and emotionally charged Centenario Stadium in Montevideo, Alvaro Recoba won back the affections of the Uruguayan public by scoring the only goal of the game - and his first of the campaign – in the first minute of the second half against Argentina. The Celeste ran their hearts out to snap a 16-year winless streak against their neighbours from across the Rio de la Plata and spark wild celebrations on the streets of the capital.

"This was an extremely hard-fought win as Argentina went for the win right from the off. But we also gave it our all and came away with a hugely important victory," said striker Diego Forlan. Eugenio Figueredo, president of the Uruguayan Football Association, said: "We suffered a lot along the way, something we seem to make a habit of, but we achieved our objective in the end. Now everyone needs to focus on Australia."

Argentina, meanwhile, continue to struggle for consistency and have now lost their last three away games. Their disappointment was compounded by the news that Brazil had pipped them to first place in the section by defeating Venezuela. "No one could be in any doubt that we tried to win this game," said coach Jose Pekerman, who went on to lament what he called his side's "lack of forcefulness in creating chances". He added: "Uruguay did what they had to do - they attacked with conviction and won the game. We couldn't get back into it after losing the goal, but I still believe that we're finishing these qualifiers with a positive balance."

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Sorry Nismo, but I wont support Astralia on this one


nismo2010-05-05 05:38:39 +0000 #2
The only time I won't be supporting Recoba

November 12 and 16

That's OK devious. Australia doesn't deserve to be in the World Cup if thet don't win this playoff. I have a tiny bit of doubt with our chances too, Recoba was man of the match in the last play-off, and after his goal against Argentina, I have afeeling he'll be the star player in the series.
devious2010-05-05 05:39:04 +0000 #3
Come on man, you have the right to hope and feel good towards your NT, It would be a great feeling to see your country playing in the biggest competeion in the all time.. be optimistic
Sebastian2010-05-05 06:08:47 +0000 #4
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Originally Posted by nismo

The only time I won't be supporting Recoba

November 12 and 16

That's OK devious. Australia doesn't deserve to be in the World Cup if thet don't win this playoff. I have a tiny bit of doubt with our chances too, Recoba was man of the match in the last play-off, and after his goal against Argentina, I have afeeling he'll be the star player in the series.

...Nismo man...it would be a damn shame if URUGUAY doesnt qualify.... ....they ahve a brilliant team...and they will probably thrash you guys... ....they are ten times better than the last time they clashed with AUSTRALIA...
nismo2010-05-05 06:38:36 +0000 #5
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Originally Posted by eLcino

...Nismo man...it would be a damn shame if URUGUAY doesnt qualify.... ....they ahve a brilliant team...and they will probably thrash you guys... ....they are ten times better than the last time they clashed with AUSTRALIA...

And that's what I'm worried about. You have Recoba, prolly at the peak of his power career-wise. Forlan is in the form of his life, and Zalayetais actually decent for once. Plus Morales will feature too, the one who scored two goals in Montevideo to send Australia out. The defence and midfield also looks better than 2001, with Montero's experience and the two Real Madrid players, Diogo and Garcia adding quality to the team. They also have a fine goalkeeper in Inter-owned Carini.

Australia has a new coach in charge and he's only had 3 games under his belt to experiment with the team. However, this Australia team is better than the last one, with Parma midfielder Bresciano and Grella, and the EPL force of Kewell, Viduka, Cahill, Emerton, Schwarzer, Moore all better prepared. I won't say I am confident but I'm not scared either, because even though Uruguay are tougher now and Australia has had very little playing time, we do have a world class coach in Hiddink and a better group of players who have experience plus the hunger for revenge. Elcino, let me say this old cliche, may the best team win. If Australia don't make the World Cup, then we didn't deserve to.
nismo2010-05-05 06:48:43 +0000 #6
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Originally Posted by devious

Come on man, you have the right to hope and feel good towards your NT, It would be a great feeling to see your country playing in the biggest competeion in the all time.. be optimistic

I also want to be a realist too

Uruguay are better prepared, have better players, and are so tough in their own stadium. If will take great planning, grit, determination and good luck for Australia to go thru. I just hope we have learnt from our lat failure.
devious2010-05-05 08:19:09 +0000 #7
I think Uruguay will qualify, but I dont think It will be easy, you realy have a very clever coach. good luck
Zek2010-05-05 09:05:42 +0000 #8
Hiddink is a world class expert and this may change the situation in favour of Australia

He can 'outbrain' Recoba & Co.

The only problem for Australia will be letting in cheap goals as many mid-class teams often do...

I would support Australia just because of Nismo on this encounter

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