Uruguay late show too much for China
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A 70th minute goal by Luis Suarez sparked a late glut of goals for FIFA World Cup™ semi-finalists Uruguay, as the South Americans dispatched China 4-0 in the driving rain today.

Suarez slotted home from a pass by forward Edinson Cavani to start the rout, after a goalless first 70 minutes in Wuhan city on a rain-soaked pitch.

After the first goal, a dispirited Chinese side could do nothing to stop the powerful South Americans with Cavani blasting a rocket beyond Chinese goalkeeper Zeng Cheng nine minutes later.

The Uruguayans continued their late onslaught with substitute Cristian Rodriguez hooking in a right-footed shot from outside the box moments later, while Sebastian Fernandez finished the scoring in the 85th minute.

Despite the relentless rain, the visitors kept up a steady attack throughout the first half, but were unable to find a finish to their moves as the two sides went into the break tied.

The loss was a disappointment for Chinese coach Gao Hongbo after his side dispatched Syria last week 2-1 and drew with FIFA World Cup quarter-finalists Paraguay 1-1 last month.

Uruguay drubbed Indonesia 7-1 in Jakarta on Friday as part of their Asian tour.

China are preparing for next year's Asian Cup, hoping to rebound from a string of international disappointments, including failure to qualify for the FIFA World Cup.

Under Gao's leadership, the side has had a run of good results and are now 82nd in the FIFA rankings - a significant improvement from their lowly position of 108th in May last year when Gao took the helm.

Gao has been tasked with getting his side to the semi-finals of the Asian Cup in Qatar and qualifying for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil in 2014.