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Nigeria v Uruguay – Confederations Cup 2013

Nigeria v Uruguay – Confederations Cup 2013…….Diego Forlan marked his 100th cap with a stunning second-half winner in Salvador as Uruguay beat Nigeria in the Confederations Cup.

The 34-year-old, who had not scored in his previous 12 internationals, lit up the Arena Fonte Nova with a thunderous strike to see off the Super Eagles.

Diego Lugano had given Uruguay a scrappy first-half lead from close range, only for Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi to bring Nigeria level with a brilliantly taken goal shortly before the interval before Forlan’s winner.

As Nigeria pressed for a second, Uruguay raced away on the counter attack and the former Manchester United striker thumped home a thunderous left-foot winner from 16 yards after a fluid break that involved Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani.

Full report and stats at BBC SPORT

Having offered very little for so long, Uruguay suddenly found their spark. Cavani was put through on goal, only to slice his shot woefully wide, while Maximiliano Pereira almost beat his own goalkeeper at the other end.

Napoli forward Cavani headed over shortly after but Forlan had done the damage and Nigeria, barring a massive upset against Spain in Fortaleza on Sunday, are heading home.

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi said: “I think my players played well and played to instructions. It was just one minute’s lack of concentration that made the difference. Otherwise it was good.”

LINEUP, BOOKINGS (4) & SUBSTITUTIONS (5)

Nigeria

  • 01 Enyeama
  • 02 Obobona
  • 03 Echiejile
  • 05 Ambrose
  • 22 Omeruo
  • 04 Ogu (Mba – 66′ )
  • 10 Mikel
  • 13 Ogude
  • 07 Musa
  • 08 Brown (Akpala – 73′ Booked )
  • 20 Oduamadi (Babatunde – 45′ Booked )

Substitutes

  • 16 Ejide
  • 23 Agbim
  • 06 Egwueke
  • 12 Kwambe
  • 21 Francis
  • 15 Babatunde
  • 18 Eze
  • 19 Mba
  • 09 Akpala
  • 11 Mohammed
  • 14 Ujah

Uruguay

  • 01 Muslera
  • 02 Lugano Booked
  • 03 Godin
  • 16 Pereira
  • 22 Caceres
  • 07 Rodriguez (Pereira – 87′ )
  • 17 Arevalo
  • 20 Gonzalez
  • 09 Suarez (Coates – 83′ Booked )
  • 10 Forlan
  • 21 Cavani

Substitutes

  • 12 Castillo
  • 23 Silva
  • 04 Coates
  • 13 Aguirregaray
  • 19 Scotti
  • 05 Gargano
  • 06 Pereira
  • 08 Eguren
  • 14 Lodeiro
  • 15 Perez
  • 18 Ramirez
  • 11 Hernandez
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