Uruguay marks its place in the semifinals of the Confederations Cup by defeating Tahiti. The credit goes to Abel Hernandez who scored a hat-trick in the first half itself. The striker scored a header and ended the pass by Nicolas Lodeiro before Diego Perez and Hernandez made it four. A fifth goal was scored by Lodeiro before the substitute Luis Suarez added two more. Uruguay will be facing Brazil (the host of the cup) now in the last four on coming Wednesday.
It was evident that Uruguay knew that a point was enough to move progressively and Tabarez was assertive to make 11 variations with the last four in thought. The changes included scooping out Suarez, Diego Forlan and Edinson Cavani from the starting line-up. Hernandez who had previously been able to score just three international goals was seen in full morale.
The amateurs in Tahiti have won much praise for their efforts in Brazil and the positive points were in their domain with Steevy Chong-Hue, the striker playing impressively and the debutant Gilbert Merielsaving his penalty from Scotti. But that was not stable at all and the flashes of pride was over just after a minute and nineteen seconds with Hernandez scoring it right away. He now holds a record for the quickest goalin the history of the competition.
Perez scored his 85th international goal in the match running into Walter Gargano lob and tapped in the third goal of the match from a close range. His first attempt, a header was stopped by the post or it would have been his second goal. Uruguay was mildly threatened by Chong Hue when he drifted around the goalkeeper but could only find the side netting in the narrow angle shot he had.
Scotti was shown the yellow cardtwice in the game and his frustration was mounted high. But things were evened when Ludivion tripped Aguirregarayand was also given a yellow card for the second time and had to leave the field in tears. Hernandez scored the sixth goal taking the pass from Lodeiro who drilled it cross from Gargano. Suarez made the seventh goal by finding the bottom corner leaving Tahiti conceded with 24 and total score 1 in the entire tournament.
Oscar Tabarez, the Uruguay coach said that, “Our primary objective on arriving in Brazil was to make sure we stayed in the tournamentuntil the end, and we’ve made that happen. For that reason, we’re very satisfied.In terms of this result, in spite of the fact that nothing’s impossible in football, things went as you’d expect. We rested a few players because if they’d played it would’ve been trickier for them to recover in time [for the semi-finals].”
He further added, “We took a risk in that regard, but things turned out very well. We’ve now got two more opportunities to give a good impression of our national team and, even though we’re aware of Brazil’s ability, we’ll be aiming for a positive result.”