On Wednesday evening, Luis Suarez posted his first victory with Uruguay at the World Cup. After Friday’s 0-0 draw with France, Ajax’s captain and his home country won a 3-0 against South Africa in their second group match.
Without a suspended Nicolas Lodeiro, but with Luis Suarez present in the squad, Uruguay took the lead midway through the first half. Diego Forlan scored in the 24th minute in Pretoria.
During the second period, host South Africa, with former Ajax players Steven Pienaar en Aaron Mokoena on field, went down two more goals. Fifteen minutes before time, keeper Khune fouled Suarez in the penalty area, and Swiss referee Busacca indicated the point. Star Forlan made good on the penalty, with his second World Cup goal of the evening. There was a slight Ajax flavour to this goal, as substitute keeper Moeneeb Josephs was a intern at Ajax in 2004, as Ajax Capetown’s keeper.
Suarez had a hand in another goal during extra time. Uruguay’s number 9 made the pass to Álvaro Pereira, who happily kicked the ball in, making it 3-0.
On Tuesday June 22, Uruguay plays the last group match against Mexico. With four points in two matches, Suarez and Lodeiro, who will be available to play against Mexico, have good prospects to continue in the World Cup.