Uruguay Fall to Brazil 2-1 in Confederations Cup Semi-Final

Laurence Griffiths

Luis Suarez and Uruguay couldn't find a second equalizer in their semi-final matchup with Brazil, as the hosts win 2-1 on the strength of a Paulinho header and will meet the winner of Spain v. Italy in the final.

Brazil 2: Fred 41', Paulinho 86'
Uruguay 1: Cavani 48'

Collectively it had to be Uruguay's best performance of the tournament, but it wasn't enough as Brazil got a winner in the 86th minute from Paulinho and advance to the final on Sunday. A deft touch from Neymar and a bit of fortune from Fred gave the host nation the lead five minutes before the break, but shaky defending allowed Uruguay to draw level as Edinson Cavani intercepted a lazy pass in the Brazil penalty area and slotted home with his left foot. Defensive errors were to blame for Brazil's winner as well, as Paulinho was left unmarked at the back post and Fernando Muslera left himself in no-man's land, leaving an empty net for the Spurs target to head into.

Luis Suarez logged another ninety minutes and was industrious at both ends of the pitch, though his work in the final third seemed stunted from a wider position. Those advocating a seamless transition to the wing for Liverpool might have second thoughts, though at this point it's not exactly safe to assume that he'll be on Merseyside for the start of the new season.

Uruguay will have the third-place match against the loser of Spain and Italy, which I'm sure isn't a money-making scheme at all for FIFA because they're just not that sort of organization at all right? That'll serve as the appetizer for the final, in which Brazil will be looking to repeat the success of France exactly ten years ago as becoming the third nation to win as hosts.

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