Uruguay provide the opposition in the final act of Tahiti’s Brazilian adventure. Having battled hard against Spain and Nigeria, the Oceania champions will be doing their utmost to prevent the South Americans from running riot at the Arena Pernambuco on Sunday.
Uruguay-Tahiti, Arena Pernambuco, Recife, Sunday 23 June, 16.00 (local time)
Tahiti made the journey to Brazil to pick up experience and enjoy themselves, and fulfilled a pre-tournament objective in scoring against Nigeria. Having won over the Brazilian public with their commitment and enthusiasm, the OFC champions take on Uruguay in their final game and are anxious to avoid the same fate that befell them in their previous outing against Spain.
Uruguay talisman Diego Forlan reminded everyone of what he can do in sealing three points against Nigeria. With Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez beside him, the adidas Golden Ball winner at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ will be rubbing his hands in anticipation of more goals against the Tahitians. The semi-finals are beckoning for Los Charrúas, who are hoping to top the fourth place they managed in their only FIFA Confederations Cup appearance to date at Saudi Arabia 1997.
0 - The number of times the two sides have played each other before. The last time the South American champions faced Oceania opposition was in November 2005, an occasion the Uruguayans would rather forget. Taking on Australia in an intercontinental play-off for a place at Germany 2006, they lost out in a penalty shoot-out.
“Tahiti are like Venezuela, who used to concede lots of goals but are now on course for Brazil 2014. Tahiti can make the same progress and they’ve already won their continental title,” Uruguay forward Diego Forlan.
“Against Uruguay we need to avoid getting blown away like we did in the Spain game. We need to leave less space for their strikers, who can read the game very quickly, and at least make life hard for them,” Tahiti goalkeeper Mikael Roche.