What a difference a week makes. After the draw with Venezuela I read many a negative comment about the way Uruguay played, about the state of the pitch, about the referee, about the coach and the players. Then one week later all is forgotten as Uruguay after leading 2-0 and comfortably against Peru found themselves level (2-2) in an 8 minute spell. El Maestro made some early changes introducing Gaston Ramirez and Cristian Rodriguez for Diego Forlan and Alvaro Pereira, they changed the course of the game.
A great goal by Rodriguez after a fantastic header by Coates made it 3-2 to Uruguay. Then El Maestro made another sub to close the game bringing on Sebastian Eguren on for Luis Suarez. Eguren ended up closing the game by scoring Uruguay’s fourth goal. Uruguay 4-2 Peru.
Uruguay played much better then the game against Venezuela and ended up with 3 crucial points to maintain at the top of the qualification campaign. On the other hand Venezuela played at home and lost 2-0 to Chile. That’s the difference as a team like Venezuela needs to win at home but was not able to stop the Chilean’s in a game where Venezuela could not sit back and just kick the ball out. At some stage you need to try to win a game and Venezuela was lost.
Now we turn our attention to the Final/s of the Uruguayan Championship between Defensor and Nacional. It’s a complicated system but to put it simply, Defensor needs to win on Saturday to force another 2 games. If Defensor lose on Saturday and there must be a result including penalty kicks, then Nacional will be crowned Champions of Uruguay.