The montevideo Gold Cup soccer tournament got under way in Uruguay on Tuesday (30 December) when the host nation played the Netherlands.
GV Holland player tripped by Uruguay player. Referee gives yellow card.
SV Holland player lying on ground
GV Uruguay player takes corner, ball is cleared by Holland defender with header. Uruguay player runs for ball but is tripped by Holland player. Referee plays advantage rule, but further foul by Holland player stops play. (7 shots)
GV Uruguay player running.
GV Uruguay attack down right, ball is crossed to centre, shot hits post, shot from rebound goes over crossbar. (2 shots)
GV Uruguay midfield build-up, player is tripped but referee plays advantage rule. Paz, No. 11, receives ball for Uruguay, passes across goal to Ramos, No. 7, who scores.
GV Paz takes corner for Uruguay, ball is flicked across face of goal, and headed into net by Victorino. No. 9. He is congratulated by players
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Background: The montevideo Gold Cup soccer tournament got under way in Uruguay on Tuesday (30 December) when the host nation played the Netherlands. The tournament marks 50 years of World Cup football, and has drawn strong teams from nearly all the countries that have won the trophy.
SYNOPSIS: There were some blatant fouls; the referee had to produce the yellow card after this incident where a Dutch player is crudely brought down.
Uruguay playing from right to left, dominated play in the first half. Playing from in front of a home crowd of 65,000, the inexperienced South Americans were superior to the Netherlands team in every department. The Dutch seemed to miss the leadership of World Cup stars, John Cruyff and John Neeskens, and could only defend. Their frustration showed in some of the fouls.
Uruguay were fitter and faster than the Netherlands, attacking quickly and catching the Dutchmen wrong-footed.
Uruguay attack down the right wing, and were unlucky not to score here when the ball hits the post and the rebound shot cleared the crossbar.
Uruguay went into this competition as underdogs, but soon dispelled any doubts about their ability to score goals. A mid-field build-up, and Uruguay attacked again. The referee played the advantage rule, and Paz worked his way around the Dutch defence, drawing the goalkeeper out of position and setting up an easy chance for Ramos. He made no mistake. Uruguay one, Netherlands nil.
Still in the first half, Uruguay win a corner, after Paz, after who had a brilliant game, split the Dutch defence with a clever run down the right. From the corner Ramos passes across the face of the goal, and Victorino heads home for Uruguay's second goal, seconds before half time. The second half produced no further goals and Uruguay ran out 2-0 winners
Uruguay play Italy on Saturday (3 January) in their other Group A qualifying match. Favourites before the start of the competition were Argentina, the current World Cup holders, and West Germany. But with their home advantage and impressive showing against the Netherlands, Uruguay are presenting an unexpected threat.