Uruguay make flying start

Uruguay made a statement of intent by overwhelming Iran 6-1 on their Marseille 2008 debut. The result was indebted to their brilliant No3 Ricar, who inspired the resounding victory with a well-taken treble.

The Celeste swiftly took control and were 3-0 to the good inside eight minutes, Martin's effort sandwiched by goals from Ricar. The lively Mehdi Davoudi gave Iran a lifeline towards the end of the second period, but Ricar quickly restored the South Americans' three-goal cushion.

Uruguay scored the goal of the game shortly into the third period, Parrillo volleying home following a sumptuous assist from Fabian, who then sealed a comprehensive victory with an assured finish.