Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez were both on target as Uruguay won 3-0 in Colombia to storm on to six points from a possible nine in FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ qualifying. Los Cafeteros have four points from three games after their heaviest home defeat to La Celeste in the World Cup preliminaries.
Cavani was heavily involved from the outset, and just five minutes in he got his reward with his 51st international goal, becoming just the seventh South American to surpass 50 international goals (see full chart below). Nahitan Nandez did brilliantly to rob possession and tee up the Manchester United man, who finished assuredly.
Colombia, and James Rodriguez, responded positively. The Everton man unleashed a shot from distance that went just wide. Cavani almost doubled Uruguay’s lead from a David Ospina parry, but the Colombia goalkeeper made a fine save.
Rodriguez then did well to feed Johan Mojica, whose cross was almost turned into his own net by Lucas Torreira, but Uruguay survived.
Colombia were quickly into their rhythm in the second half, and Duvan Zapata came close to heading home a Juan Cuadrado cross. However, moments later Luiz Suarez won and scored a penalty, sending Ospina the wrong way, to put Uruguay 2-0 up.
Los Cafeteros dominated possession thereafter, but struggled to break down a defence led by Diego Godin and after 73 minutes, Uruguay put the result out of sight. Darwin Nunez received the ball from Torreira and buried it in the bottom corner from outside the box.
Uruguay, with one eye on Brazil on Tuesday, withdrew Suarez and then Cavani, and in injury time Yerry Mina was sent off for a second yellow card.