Luis Suarez brought Uruguay to the World Cup round of sixteen in South Africa on Tuesday afternoon. Minutes before halftime, Ajax’s captain sent a header into Mexico’s goal: 1-0. Uruguay is the group winner, and faces South Korea in the next round.
With Luis Suarez in the squad, and Nicolas Lodeiro (back from his suspension) on the bench, La Celeste took the lead shortly before halftime. On a pass from Edinson Cavani, Suarez’s header went straight into the goal after 43 minutes. It was the first World Cup goal for Ajax’s top scorer. Mexico came close to scoring, but Andrés Guardado’s shot hit the crossbar. The South Americans didn’t give up their lead. Suarez was substituted five minutes before the end, and Nicolas Lodeiro sat the whole match out.
Mexico and Uruguay both needed only a draw to reach the next round. This way, France and host South Africa would be left behind in the pool. But Uruguay’s victory didn’t change this outcome, as South Africa, despite their 2-1 win against France, ended up behind number two Mexico due to their goals balance.
After the win against Mexico, Uruguay will face South Korea in the next round on Saturday, who placed second in group B. From 4p.m., Suarez and Lodeiro will fight for a spot in the quarter finals.
In total, five Ajax players are set to stay in South Africa for longer. Dutch Internationals Gregory van der Wiel, Maarten Stekelenburg and Demy de Zeeuw are assured of a spot in the round of sixteen after two wins. Marko Pantelic (Serbia), and the Danes Rommendahl and Eriksen are still in the race for the next round. Only Cameroon is out after two matches. Due to an eye injury, Eyong Enoh will not be able to play in Cameroon’s upcoming game against the Netherlands, which is the last group match.