Uruguay

Preview

One of the traditional powerhouses of South American football, Uruguay were hoping to prove their worth on the global stage this time around. They had been crowned Copa America champions both in 1983 and 1987, and in the latest edition, held in summer 1989 in Brazil, they had only been denied by the hosts, finishing 2nd in the tournament. Head coach Óscar Tábarez (1988– ) was no doubt leading one of the most talented sides on the continent, but would need to improve on the performance showed by the nation in the 1986 World Cup, where they had failed to live up to expectations and instead become subject to much criticism on the grounds of unsportmanlike conduct. There were clear signs of improvement in the latter respect, and led on by new captain Enzo Francescoli there was also hope that they could revive the nation’s pride in a World Cup once again. Read more . . .

Qualification campaign

Qualifier 1: Peru 0-2 Uruguay
27.08.1989: 
Goals: Sosa, Alzamendi 
Line-up (4-3-3): Pereira – Herrera, Gutiérrez, de León, Domínguez – Ostolaza (Correa 80), Perdomo, Paz (Bengoechea 76) – Alzamendi, Francescoli (c), Sosa
Group favourites Uruguay got their campaign under way with a professional away win in Lima, where they had let the hosts dominate possession. After a goalless first half, both wide forwards notched each their goal in the second 45, with Alzamendi first assisting and then scoring. Peru were lightweight and no real match for the rock solid Uruguayan rearguard, and with such defensive control, they could enjoy some quick transitions to catch the hosts off balance, a tactic which proved highly efficient on the day. 

Qualifier 2: Bolivia 2-1 Uruguay
03.09.1989: 
Goal: Sosa
Line-up (4-3-3): Pereira – Herrera (Bengoechea 78), Gutiérrez, De León, Domínguez – Ostolaza, Perdomo, Paz – Alzamendi, Francescoli (c), Sosa
Manager Tabárez had set his team up precisely like in Lima, but they were ultimately overpowered by a spirited home side and succumbed to the altitude. Uruguay gave a performance of less energy, and they were second best for large portions. The attacking quartet, which had been efficient in their transitions the previous week, failed to shine, though at least Sosa took his one opportunity well enough for the team to ‘only’ lose by the single goal margin. The entire midfield three were cautioned.

Qualifier 3: Uruguay 2-0 Bolivia
17.09.1989: 
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Qualifier 4: Uruguay 2-0 Peru
24.09.1989: 
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Conclusion

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Final position: 1 (out of 3 – qualified)
Total record: 4 3 0 1 7-2 6
Home record: 2 2 0 0 4-0 4
Away record: 2 1 0 1 3-2 2

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– overview

– game by game

PlayerPer (a) Bol (a)Bol (h)Per (h)AppsMins
Pereira90
Herrera90
Gutiérrez90
de León90
Domínguez90
Ostolaza80
Perdomo90
Paz76
Alzamendi90
Francescoli90
Sosa90
Bengoechea14
Correa10
ZeoliR
SaldanhaR
da SilvaR

– ratings

Post-qualification

Marlboro Cup 
02.02.1990: Uruguay 2-0 Colombia (neutral ground in Miami, USA)
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Marlboro Cup
04.02.1990: Uruguay 2-0 Costa Rica (neutral ground in Miami, USA)
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Friendly
20.03.1990: Mexico 2-1 Uruguay (neutral ground in Los Angeles, USA)
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Friendly
25.04.1990: West Germany 3-3 Uruguay
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Friendly
18.05.1990: Northern Ireland 1-0 Uruguay
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Friendly
22.05.1990: England 1-2 Uruguay
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