Five-star Uruguay crush Jordan in World Cup tie

Wed Nov 13, 2013 2:15pm EST
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By Moayed Mohamed

AMMAN (Reuters) - Uruguay are all but assured of a place at the 2014 World Cup finals after Edinson Cavani led the twice champions to a 5-0 away rout of Jordan in the first leg of their qualifying playoff on Wednesday.

The Paris St Germain striker scored a brilliant free kick and had a hand in two other goals as the South Americans' firepower proved too much for their Asian opponents, ranked 64 places behind them in 70th by FIFA.

"There are countless ways of winning in football. Today we didn't play well but we have very good finishing," Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez told reporters.

"Generally we play better, it's unusual what we saw of Uruguay (today)."

The teams, who finished fifth in South American and Asian qualifying, will face off again in the second leg on November 20 in Montevideo with Tabarez free to begin experimenting with his squad ahead of the finals in Brazil.

Cavani could well be rested after he inflicted more than enough damage on Wednesday, providing an assist for Maximiliano Pereira's 22nd-minute opener and setting up the third for Nicolas Lodeiro in the 70th.

Cristian Stuani and Cristian Rodriguez also scored before Cavani capped a perfect night for the visitors with a sparkling free kick in stoppage time.

"We lost because of the difference in experience between the two teams. We tried with all the effort we have and we will try again in the second leg," Jordan coach Hossam Hassan told reporters.   Continued...

Edinson Cavani of Uruguay (L) fights for the ball with Adnan Adous of Jordan during their World Cup qualifying playoff first leg soccer match at Amman International stadium November 13, 2013. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed