In the second of Friday's four 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ qualifiers in the CONMEBOL region, Uruguay's hopes of a vital victory against rivals Paraguay were dashed after they conceded a late equaliser in a bruising game which finished 1-1 in Montevideo.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez looked to have settled a niggly encounter when he volleyed home a Nicolas Lodeiro cross on 82 minutes.

But Paraguay, who had rarely threatened during a stop-start game scarred by some rugged tackling throughout, plucked an equaliser against the run of play four minutes later when substitute Edgar Benitez slotted home.

The draw saw Uruguay inch into the automatic qualifying spots, leapfrogging Venezuela in fourth, but coach Oscar Tabarez will be left ruing the failure to take all three points.