Uruguay moved to the brink of sealing its place for Brazil – the scene of its second World Cup triumph in 1950 as Edinson Cavani’s stunning injury-time free-kick emphatically set the seal on their one-sided victory over Jordan in Wednesday’s intercontinental FIFA World Cup play-off first leg in Amman.
The two-time World Cup winner ran riot with a 5-0 thumping of its hapless host, which did well to reach this stage of qualifying for next year’s tournament but was totally outclassed by an opponent boasting the formidable attacking pairing of Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and PSG star Cavani.
La Celeste began the match as the overwhelming favourite against a Jordan side which exceeded expectations by going further into a World Cup qualification campaign than ever before, ultimately booking its place in the play-off with a victory on penalties over Uzbekistan in an AFC Asia zone eliminator.
Maxi Pereira got the ball rolling with the opener for Oscar Tabarez’s men after 22 minutes while Christian Stuani made it 2-0 shortly before the interval. Nicolas Lodeiro made it three with 21 minutes remaining, before Cristian Rodriguez added a fourth and Cavani wrapped up the win with a wickedly-struck free-kick in the second minute of added time.
The return match will be played at Montevideo’s Centenario stadium next Wednesday, where on this evidence Tabarez’s men should have no problem finishing the job off to join Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia and host Brazil as South America’s representatives at next summer’s global showpiece.