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Uruguay achieved a 1-0 victory against Ecuador at the Campeón del Siglo stadium in Montevideo for the tenth round of the South American Qualifiers.


Uruguay achieved a 1-0 victory against Ecuador at the Campeón del Siglo stadium in Montevideo for the tenth round of the South American Qualifiers. The goal came in the 92nd minute through Gastón Pereiro after Nández’s qualification. It was a hotly contested match and the locals won to place third in the qualifiers behind Brazil and Argentina.

September 09, 2021 – 8:25 PM

It was a game with more intentions than good football. With Uruguay trying to attack with individual actions, but without associated play, and the Ecuadorians very comfortable in their defensive role.

A header from Pereiro gave the victory to La Celeste, who now, with 15 points, dislodged his rival from third place, who was parked with 13.

The first half was extremely tight, with Uruguay trying to manage the actions while Ecuador devoted much of the first half to clearing balls to the side, committing fouls in the middle of the field and delaying the serves from the goal.

Perhaps the winger Nahitan Nández, who on more than one occasion threw himself to the ground to contest the ball with his head or showed his good physical condition by being present in practically every corner of the game, was the highlight.

The second part began with a completely different keynote. Ecuador came out with everything in search of opening the scoring and even came close to doing so at 47, when a shot from Gonzalo Plata came very close to one of the posts defended by Fernando Muslera.

At 52, Uruguay seemed to wake up and Federico Valverde showed off pure hook and magic and finished over the goalkeeper, but the ball crashed on the crossbar.

After a few minutes of Uruguay thrown on the attack, Ecuador returned to take the reins of the game and had several scoring chances to convert, although the Atlético de Madrid defender José María Giménez, became a constant lifesaver.

With Uruguay at impulse forces but without clear football, midfielder Matías Vecino converted a goal that was finally disallowed by VAR due to an offside position.

When the tie seemed sealed, a collective move that once again had Nández as the protagonist, allowed the conversion of Pereiro who, in this way, became the hero of the day.

Data sheet:

1. Uruguay: Fernando Muslera; Nahitan Nández, José María Giménez, Ronald Araujo, Matías Viña (d.71, Joaquín Piquerez); Matías Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Federico Valverde, Giorgian De Arrascaeta (d.79, Gastón Pereiro); Agustín Álvarez (m.71, Maxi Gómez) and Brian Rodríguez (m.83, Federico Martínez).

Coach: Oscar Washington Tabárez.

0. Ecuador: Pedro Ortíz; Byron Castillo, Félix Torres, Piero Hincapie, Fernando León (m.93, Bryan Angulo), Pervis Estupiñán; Moisés Caicedo (m.93, Ángel Mena), Carlos Gruezo, Fernando Gaibor (m.63, Alan Franco); Michael Estrada (m.83, Enner Valencia) and Gonzalo Plata.

Coach: Gustavo Alfaro.

Goals: 1-0, m.92: Gastón Pereiro.

Referee: Brazilian Anderson Daronco. He admonished Castillo, Bentancur and Nández

Incidents: Match for the tenth round of the South American qualifying rounds for the 2022 World Cup played at the Estadio Campeón del Siglo, in Montevideo, with 15,000 fans in the stands.