Maracanazo 1950 repeat is the spur for Uruguay

Mon Nov 18, 2013 1:29pm EST
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By Malena Castaldi

MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) - Uruguay are 5-0 up going into the second leg of their World Cup playoff against Jordan at the Centenario on Wednesday and already dreaming of achieving another 'Maracanazo' at the finals in Brazil next year.

Before kickoff the hosts will honor 86-year-old Alcides Ghiggia who scored the winning goal and is the sole survivor of the 2-1 upset victory over Brazil that gave Uruguay their second world title in the 1950 final at the Maracana.

"What happened in that World Cup left a big mark on the Brazilian people," Paris St Germain striker Edinson Cavani told a news conference on Monday.

"Uruguay have earned their respect," said Cavani who scored a brilliant fifth goal with a venemous free kick in last week's first leg in Amman.

The Uruguayans suffered a form slump in 2012 that jeopardized their qualification chances but were desperate to make it to Brazil, given the rivalry with their northern neighbors and the memory of the 'Maracanazo'.

Cavani's side, semi-finalists at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, do not want to show any lack of respect to their playoff opponents despite the one-sided nature of last week's match.

The Interior Ministry have urged the sellout crowd of 45,000 at the Centenario, the stadium where Uruguay won their first World Cup in 1930, not to whistle or boo the Jordanian national anthem before kickoff.

"Uruguay took a substantial step towards qualifying for Brazil 2014 and they did so without humiliating their rivals even if the loaded scoreline appears to suggest the opposite," the ministry said in a statement at the weekend.   Continued...

Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani (9) reacts after scoring a goal during his French Ligue 1 soccer match against Ajaccio at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris August 18, 2013. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier