Group B rivals Uruguay and Jordan both have a point to their names, but the mood in the two camps after their respective opening-game draws was quite different. While the Jordanian contingent were clearly delighted to come from a goal down with ten men to finish 1-1 with Zambia in their first-ever FIFA U-20 World Cup game, the Charrúas were left ruing the concession of an injury-time equaliser against Spain.
Gustavo Ferrin's charges expect a difficult game against a Jordan side certain to get plenty of men behind the ball, and the South American defence must be wary of rapid counter-attacks led by Abdallah Salim and Loiy Al Zaideh. The Celeste will be keen to reproduce the tempo of their first-half performance against Spain, when the Marcel Roman, Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani triumvirate combined to devastating effect. Opposing keeper Hamad Al Asmar will not make things easy for them, and he will be buoyed by a capable display against Zambia where he conceded just once, and that came from the penalty spot.
Uruguay and Jordan have never faced each other at any age level or competition. However, the Charrúas boast a 100-percent record against Asian teams at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, beating Qatar 1-0 at Australia 1981 and Malaysia 3-1 at Chile 1997.
"It'll be a tough game because our opponents have a great deal of respect for Uruguay and are sure to work their socks off. They'll pack their defence and are very comfortable playing on the break, which could cause us problems." Gustavo Ferrin, Uruguay coach.
"Despite playing nearly the entire game against Zambia with ten men, Jordan still managed to grab a draw and play quite well. That's why they made it to the World Cup. They aren't going to be easy opponents." Luis Suarez, Uruguay midfielder.