Uruguay Take On Italy for The First Time Since 2014 World Cup

South American heavyweight Uruguay take on Italy for the first time since the 2014 World Cup where the game was known for all the wrong reasons.

 

Luis Suarez had bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder, only to deny that he had fallen on the centre-back while chasing the ball.

 

Footage later showed that Suarez was guilty of committing the offence, and he was charged with a four-month ban across all competitions during the 2014/15 season. Uruguay and Italy have now clashed since the 1-0 victory on that day, but the nations will meet in an international friendly this weekend.

 

Surprisingly, both Suarez and Chiellini could miss the clash due to respective reasons, and the focus will be on the playing field rather than distractions between the two players. Suarez suffered a hamstring niggle prior to Barcelona’s Copa del Rey triumph over Alaves, and this has ruled him out for the international friendlies during the season break.

 

Meanwhile, Chiellini only recently completed the full 90 minutes for Juventus in the 4-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid, and he could be offered a rest alongside partner Leonardo Bonucci with coachGian Piero Ventura likely to opt for an experimental squad.

 

Both Uruguay and Italy have shined in the previous editions of the World Cup finals with the Azzurri winning the showpiece event back in 2006 while Uruguay controversially reached the semi-final stage of the tournament four years later.

 

Italy are currently placed in their World Cup qualifier group behind Spain, and they may have to contend with the playoffs unless they bag a surprise win over the former champions. Meanwhile, Uruguay are not fully assured of automatic qualification with just two points separating them from Argentina, who are occupying the inter-confederation playoff. The likes of Luis Suarez and Cavani will be key towards Uruguay’s World Cup hopes when they restart their campaign next season.

 

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Uruguay hurt after defeat

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez has revealed that the team was hurt following their heavy defeat against Brazil.


He said that this was a major disappointment as they were expecting a much better performance from the team especially given the fact that they were playing at home.

The coach said that football could be a funny game as you may be expecting a kind of result and get exactly the opposite.

He said that it was a damaging result morally as they were expecting a much better performance from the team. However, he admitted that the players picked themselves up remarkably and managed to get back to winning ways.

Oscar Tabarez said sometimes such defeat are blessings in disguise as it allows you to gauge yourself as a team and to find out where you need strengthening. Continue reading “Uruguay hurt after defeat”

URUGUAY PRESIDENT HOPE THEY PLAY RUSSIA IN WC FINAL

The President of Uruguay Tabare Vazquez has said that he hopes the national team meet the hosts Russia in the World Cup final.


Russia are hosting the biggest football tournaments in the world next year. President Vazquez is dreaming of a near impossible – Uruguay vs Russia at the final.

“The World Cup will be held here next year and I hope that the final match will see the national teams of Uruguay and Russia,” the president said in Moscow during his visit to President Vladimir Putin.

In response, Putin said: “Uruguay is not a very big country but it was the first to become the world champion. I have no clue what your secret is about, but perhaps it can be rooted in the quality of Uruguayan meat and milk, which your footballers are nourished with.” Continue reading “URUGUAY PRESIDENT HOPE THEY PLAY RUSSIA IN WC FINAL”