Mexico 0-1 Uruguay

Luis Suarez silenced the conspiracy theorists by netting the winner, meaning his country will probably avoid Argentina in the last 16

Luis Suarez

Mexico and Uruguay were guaranteed passage into the knockout stages with a point each, leading some to speculate whether a gentleman's agreement had been made between the two countries.

But Suarez headed the winner at the end of a very competitive first half, as Mexico progressed on goal difference.

Mexico, who kicked off in second spot, started the livelier of the two sides and Carlos Salcido fired the first shot less than a minute after kick-off.

But Uruguay did not look content to play for a 0-0 draw and Suarez blew a golden chance for the South Americans in the sixth minute.

He did well to rob Mexico defender Hector Moreno on the edge of the area only to fire well wide with only keeper Oscar Perez to beat.

Then Alvaro Pereira had team-mate Diego Forlan fuming on 20 minutes after the wideman blazed wide of the goal while the former Manchester United man was left waiting unmarked in the middle.

Straight away Mexico broke and Andres Guardado had a sensational shot hit the underside of the crossbar from 35 yards.

If there was any doubt over either side's will to win, Uruguay midfielder Diego Perez was forced off the pitch with half an hour gone with blood streaming from his face after a clash with Guardado's elbow.

And the South Americans stamped their intent with Suarez's well-worked opener two minutes before the break, headed in at the far post from Edinson Cavani's pinpoint cross from the right.

Mexico came out twitchy after the break and almost paid for it ten minutes into the half.

Diego Lugano out-jumped the Mexican defence to nod goalward off Forlan's free kick, but Perez kept the ball out with a superb diving save.

Then Suarez got onto the rebound, but he was unable to get the ball past a forest of Mexican legs.

Mexico calmed themselves as the half wore on, but Francisco Rodriguez was guilty of missing a golden opportunity to level matters when he headed Pablo Barrera's cross wide from just six yards.

 

Mexico: Perez; Rodriguez, Salcido, Marquez, Osorio, Moreno (Castro 57); Torrado, Guardado (Barrera 46); Franco, Blanco (Hernandez 62), Dos Santos

Substitutes: Ochoa, Michel, Aguilar, Magallon, Torres, Bautista, Alberto Medina

Uruguay: Muslera; Lugano, Fucile, Victorino, A Pereira (Scotti 76); M Pereira, Perez, Rios; Cavani, Suarez (A Fernandez 85), Forlan

Substitutes:Castillo, Silva, Caceres, Gargano, Eguren, Lodeiro, Gonzalez, Abreu, S Fernandez

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