CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

Uruguay downs Mexico 1-0 to top Group A

06-23-2010 09:11 BJT Special Report: World Cup 2010 |

Watch Video

Play Video

Full Video: 1st half >> 2nd half >>

RUSTENBURG, South Africa (AP) - Uruguay secured top spot in Group A with a 1-0 win over Mexico on Tuesday, although the Mexicans still advanced to the knockout round at the expense of host South Africa.

Luis Suarez scored the winner in the 43rd minute after running unmarked to the back post and heading in Edinson Cavani's cross for his first goal of the tournament.

Mexico advanced to the round of 16 thanks to better goal difference than South Africa, which beat France 2-1. Uruguay and Mexico went into the last group game sharing the lead on four points and needed only a draw to advance but they both fielded attacking lineups. Even so the game yielded few clear scoring chances.

"The important thing is that we qualified in first place," Uruguay striker Diego Forlan said. "They controlled the ball well and in truth it was quite hard for us."

Uruguay, which didn't concede a goal in the first round to reach the knockout stage for the first time since 1990, ended the group phase with seven points.

Mexico and South Africa both finished with four points.

"It leaves a bitter taste," Mexican midfielder Rafael Marquez said of the outcome. "We're all unhappy with this result and with today's performance. We'll have to improve now."

Mexico coach Javier Aguirre preserved an attacking lineup that helped his team beat France 2-0 in its last game. Veteran striker Cuauhtemoc Blanco, at 37 the oldest outfield player at the tournament, replaced the injured Carlos Vela as Mexico retained its 4-3-3 formation.

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez made just one change to the lineup that beat South Africa 3-0, bringing in defender Mauricio Vitorino for Diego Godin.

But the match was mostly subdued. Forlan, who scored twice and set up another goal against the host nation, never sparkled.

Uruguay secured top spot in Group A with a 1-0 win over Mexico on Tuesday, although the Mexicans still advanced to the knockout round at the expense of host South Africa.
Uruguay secured top spot in Group A with a 1-0 win over Mexico on Tuesday, although 
the Mexicans still advanced to the knockout round at the expense of host South Africa.


Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program