Thursday, 21st November, 2013

Liverpool forward Luis Suarez hailed his Uruguay side's unity in adversity after the South Americans booked their 2014 World Cup berth last night.

Uruguay were already 5-0 up from the first-leg against Jordan, but could only draw 0-0 yesterday in Montevideo.


Nevertheless, Uruguay will once again be making a World Cup appearance with both Suarez and former Manchester United man Diego Forlan seeing them through.

"The best thing was the strength of this group in difficult times", Suarez, who remarkably did not net a goal in the previous leg, was quoted on El Observador.


"We were very united and the match against Venezuela [a 1-0 win] was essential to the soul. The match against Peru [a 2-1 win] gave us a boost.

"On the field I slipped a few times. I was angry with myself because I did not do things.

"[Jordan] came to win, not to lose but the important thing is not to have lost. For the spectators, it was a good show."

Uruguay captain Diego Lugano believes most people had written them off after a fifth-placed finish in Round 1.

But he was happy with the response, adding: "The mystique of the shirt is that in the most difficult moment, it was critical to get a tie that seemed impossible.

"It was impossible for many teams but not for Uruguay."

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