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Confederations Cup 2013: Diego Forlan the hero for Uruguay

What is it about the Confederations Cup and dudes scoring goals on their 100th caps? Uruguay look like they'll be heading for the semifinals after their 2-1 win over Nigeria.

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Uruguay look good for semifinal place after win

Despite their poor initial showing against Spain, Uruguay look like favorites to progress to the next round of the Confederations Cup after their victory over Nigeria.


Forlan scores on his 100th cap

In Italy's first Confederations Cup game, Andrea Pirlo marked his 100th appearance for his country by scoring a fantastic free kick goal. Apparently this competition has a bit of 100th cap magic. Diego Forlan, making his 100th appearance for Uruguay on Thursday, netted a brilliant goal in the second half of his team's game against Nigeria to put them up 2-1.


This goal also makes him his country's all-time leading goal-scorer ... again. He held the record by himself for quite a while, but Luis Suarez tied him with his goal against Spain. The two might remain in a competition to be the country's all-time goals leader for a bit, though it seems likely Suarez will pull away eventually.

Also notable is the assist by Edinson Cavani, who has done literally everything but score so far for his team. He's missed some chances and been caught offside a few times, but he's been incredibly active and dangerous. He's been unlucky not to score, which is actually his Uruguay career in a nutshell.


The Mooseman of Nigeria


Wonder what's in the moose juice.


Tie game at halftime

Neither side has pulled away and both Uruguay and Nigeria will feel like the game is theirs for the taking in the second half.


Diego Lugano strikes first

This performance from Uruguay has been immeasurably better than their horrible showing against Spain. Yes, Nigeria is a different caliber of opponent, but they're looking a heck of a lot more lively. They've dominated the opening 20 minutes of the game and scored the opener through center back Diego Lugano, who took advantage of a return ball back into the box following a set piece.


Hilariously, this goal came on two misses. Edinson Cavani completely whiffed on his backheel attempt -- which inadvertently became a dummy -- and Lugano seriously mishit his shot. Thankfully for his team, there was no one on the post to clear his shin-nudge off the line. Uruguay lead 1-0 and look like adding more, though Nigeria have been dangerous on the counter.


Uruguay vs. Nigeria: Lineups

Now that we're done with the absurd beatdown that was Spain versus Tahiti (you'll never guess which side won 10-0!) it's time for real football to return with Uruguay versus Nigeria. If Uruguay want to advance out of the group stages, they'll have to at least draw against this January's Africa Cup of Nations winners, but they have the personnel to exploit the Super Eagle's shaky defence.

Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez and Diego Forlan all get the start, while Nigeria are having to do without some of their biggest names. This doesn't look like it'll be that difficult for Uruguay to handle, in all honesty -- just get the ball to their forwards and they should be in luck against a young Super Eagles defensive pairing.

Uruguay starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Fernando Muslera; Martin Cacares, Diego Godin, Diego Lugano, Maxi Pereira;Egidio Arevalo, Alvaro Gonzalez; Cristian Rodriguez;, Diego Forlan, Luis Suarez; Edinson Cavani.

Nigeria starting lineup (4-3-3): Vincent Enyeama; Elderson, Godfrey Oboabona, Kenneth Omeruo, Efe Ambrose; John Ogu, John Obi Mikel, Fegor Ogude; Nnamdi Oduamadi, Brown Ideye, Ahmed Musa.


Spain hangs 10 on Tahiti to set record

That was mean, Spain.


The Tahiti goalkeeper is disappointed

Yeah, I know that feel, bro.


Tahiti is not doing well, but you knew that

There's not really any reason to treat this like the other matches in this competition because the result was never really in doubt, but Tahiti are losing. That stinks, but it was to be expected. It stinks more that they haven't scored yet. Spain haven't actually given up anything resembling a chance and lead 4-0. Tahiti have one corner.

Fernando Torres has two goals, while David Villa and David Silva have a goal apiece. For those hoping for a potential upset, or at least a nervy half, that possibility was dashed by Torres' 5th minute goal. Spain should probably have a lot more than four goals, but they probably won't be too bothered.

Cool notes about this game: Tahiti got screwed out of a second corner kick. Fernando Torres has looked Torresy and screwed up chances even though he has two goals. Villa has been worse. The ESPN announcer is screaming 'GOOOOOOOOOOL' after Spain goals as if this is an actual soccer game.


Nigeria need win more than Uruguay

Even though Nigeria have three points to Uruguay's zero, they're not in better shape than their knockout stage rivals if they don't win on Thursday.


Aww, poor Tahiti

Hopefully Spain play nice and don't beat up Tahiti too badly.

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