We have a new holder of the UFWC as Uruguay ended Chile’s reign with an emphatic 3-0 win last night in Montevideo. The win sees Uruguay regain the crown which they won back in 2013 and then relinquished during the 2014 World Cup when losing to Costa Rica.
Last night’s win went some way in exacting revenge for the scenes in this Summer’s Copa America when Edinson Cavani and Gonzalo Jara had their infamous coming together. The atmosphere was spiky but thankfully didn’t boil over to those levels again.
Diego Godin was on hand to poke home the close-range opener from the resulting set-piece in the 23rd minute.
Chile pushed forward in search of an equaliser but they were continuously met by a wall of Uruguay defenders, Sebastian Coates on hand to cut out Isla’s low cross to deny the visitors a goalscoring opportunity 10 minutes into the second half.
At the other end, Alvaro Pereira had barely been on the pitch for a minute when he headed Uruguay into a 2-0 lead in the 61st minute.
Alvaro Pereira, who replaced Nicolas Lodeiro, rose highest to loop the ball over Claudio Bravo after Cavani’s header had picked out the second-half substitute.
And defender Martin Caceres made sure of the points with a header of his own from a corner kick four minutes later.
Here are the highlights of the match:
With Uruguay now holders of the UFWC title, the South American stronghold is continued. The next scheduled fixture is against Brazil in March 2016 this means unless there is a friendly arranged on a non FIFA date there will be quite a wait until the next title defence. It also means that the likelihood of the title being defended during EURO 2016 is diminishing.
Since I’ve been tracking it in 2011, here is a list of the holders:
Quite an extensive list and still England are nowhere near a trophy, Uruguay can celebrate closing 2015 as UFWC Champions!