Paraguay 0-1 Uruguay
Goal: L. Suarez (50and) for Celeste
Sent off: Gómez (90and+5) for the Albirroja
History will remember that post-Tabárez era will have started with a victory for Uruguay. A short, but very important victory.
This success against Paraguay (0-1) on the lawn of the Estadio General Pablo Rojas in Asunción in the race for the 2022 World Cup, the Celestial nevertheless will not have stolen it. Dominators (fifteen shots against eight for Paraguay), the men of new coach Diego Alonso first experienced frustration when they touched the uprights twice, Luis Suárez’s header smashing Antony Silva’s crossbar (15and) while that of Diego Godín ends his race on the post of the Paraguayan goalkeeper who miraculously comes out of it in stride ahead of Suárez (24and).
Always so biting, Luisito finally delivers his country on returning from the locker room. Forgotten by the defenders of theAlbirroja, he does not tremble to cross his shot from the left (0-1, 50and) and register his 66and goal in 129 caps. A goal, the only one of the game, which weighed down Paraguay, sounded and close to being broken when Mathías Olivera saw the frame slip away on his heavy strike (71and) as Gustavo Gómez, grilled by the referee for swinging his hand in the face of José María Giménez, leaves his teammates at ten for the final seconds. An anecdotal game fact for the Celestial which revives (provisionally fourth with nineteen points) after four defeats in these qualifications.
As long as there is Suárez, there will be hope for Uruguay.
Paraguay (4-4-2): Silva – Escobar (R. Rojas, 65and), Gómez, Alonso, Arzamendia – Ojeda (Benítez, 73and), Mr. Rojas (Villasanti, 64and), Sánchez, Almirón – Sanabria (Enciso, 72and), González. Trainer: Guillermo Barros Schelotto.
Uruguay (4-4-2): Rochet – Araújo, Godin (Caceres, 83and), Giménez, Olivera – Pellistri (Canobbio, 70and), Vecino, Bentancur (D. Suárez, 83and), Valverde (Arambarri, 90and) – Núñez (Cavani, 70and), L.Súarez. Trainer: Diego Alonso.