Another UFWC title match took place in the small hours of the morning UK time and holders Uruguay have come away from the tricky test of Colombia away unscathed. Colombia choose to play their international matches in the humidity of Barranquilla to make life hard for their opponents but it was more monsoon weather as the two sides played out a 2-2 draw.
Had Uruguay won they would have taken 10th position for themselves in the all time UFWC rankings but they had to make do with a draw thanks to Yerra Mina’s late headed equaliser. That draw also sees Uruguay lose top spot in the South American World Cup Qualifying table with 8 matches left to play.
It looked promising for Colombia when they took thanks to Abel Aguilar, his header in the 15th-minute put the home side in front. It was Aguilar’s header from a corner which put the challengers ahead after some untypically sloppy marking from Uruguay. Then the heavens opened, and the torrential rain seemed to help Uruguay – or at least cool them down in the heat. Colombia failed to clear a Carlos Sanchez free kick, and Cristian Rodriguez nodded past keeper David Ospina.
In the second half, Uruguay sat back, inviting Colombia to press, and threatening to hit them on the break. And Uruguay did get that break in the 72nd minute, when Luis Suarez darted into the left channel, capitalised on a defensive slip, and drilled a superb low shot into the net. But Colombia would at least get a point for their troubles even if they couldn’t wrestle the UFWC crown off of Uruguay.
The next title match is as soon as next month when Uruguay take on Ecuador, this tie won’t be easy with Ecuador currently filling one of the four automatic qualification spots for World Cup Russia 2018.
Here is all the action from last night