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Uruguay keep Colombia waiting with vital win

Uruguay boosted their World Cup qualification hopes with a 2-0 win over Colombia on Tuesday which left their South American rivals waiting to book their tickets to Brazil. Late goals from Paris St Germain striker Edinson Cavani and Cristian Stuani handed the two-time World Cup winners a dramatic win at the Centenario Stadium as Colombia's hopes of sealing their passage were put on hold. The Colombians had needed only a point to be sure of clinching their first World Cup qualification since 1998 and for long periods looked more than capable of claiming the result they needed.

Football: Liverpool's Coates set for knee surgery

Liverpool centre back Sebastian Coates will undergo surgery on the right knee which he injured while playing for Uruguay in last week's friendly against Japan, his national team announced on Tuesday. The 22-year-old joined Liverpool two seasons ago but has only been used sparingly, with Daniel Agger and Kolo Toure deployed in central defence for Liverpool's opening Premier League win against Stoke at the weekend. Coates, born in Montevideo of a Scottish father and Uruguayan mother, joined Liverpool in August 2011 after Uruguay won the Copa America.

Football: Suarez scores in Uruguay away win

Unsettled Liverpool striker Luis Suarez scored with a rocket and provided the ammunition for two quick-fire Diego Forlan goals as Uruguay overpowered Japan 4-2 away in a pulsating friendly on Wednesday. A bundle of energy, Suarez wriggled clear down the left before squaring unselfishly for strike partner Forlan to slide home the opener in the 27th minute at Miyagi Stadium. Moments later Forlan doubled Uruguay's lead, curling home a free-kick from the edge of the box after Suarez had gone to ground following a robust challenge from Maya Yoshida.

Football: Uruguay's Cavani out of Japan friendly

Uruguayan international striker Edinson Cavani, star summer recruitment for French champions Paris Saint Germain, will miss his country's friendly with Japan on Thursday with a groin strain, the Uruguayan Football Federation said Saturday. After an exchange between the PSG and Uruguayan medical staff the Federation said in a statement that "Edinson Cavanihas pulled out of the Uruguay squad for next Wednesday's match against Japan. Cavani appeared for the final 18 minutes of PSG's Ligue 1 opener on Friday, a 1-1 draw at Montpellier.

Luis Suarez not for sale, Liverpool owner says

London, Aug 9 (EFE).- The principal owner of Liverpool FC vowed that the club would not sell Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez this summer at any price. "We are not going to sell Luis," U.S. magnate John W. Henry said during a brief stop in Liverpool. "For all the top clubs it's extremely important (not to sell to a rival) but especially for Liverpool because we're not in Europe this year and have not been in the Champions League for a while," the American said.

Football: Sacked Brighton boss Poyet warns of court action

Former Brighton manager Gus Poyet on Sunday claimed his sacking by the Championship club could go to court. Poyet, an ex-Chelsea and Tottenham star, was dismissed for gross misconduct last month, having previously been suspended by the club in the aftermath of the play-off defeat by Crystal Palace at the end of last season. The Uruguayan lost an appeal against the decision on July 16, but does not expect that will be the end of the matter.

Football: What're they smoking? Liverpool mock Suarez bid

Liverpool owner John W. Henry questioned whether Arsenal were on drugs Wednesday after they made a renewed bid to sign top striker Luis Suarez. "What do you think they're smoking over there at Emirates?" tweeted the American businessman, after Arsenal reportedly offered 40,000,001 pounds ($61 million) for the Uruguayan star. Liverpool rank Suarez, the Premier League's second top-scorer last season with 23 goals, in the same category as Edinson Cavani, who joined France's Paris Saint Germain for 55 million pounds.

PSG spends a record $84 mn for striker Edinson Cavani

Paris, Jul 16 (EFE).- Paris Saint-Germain confirmed Tuesday that it has signed Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani to a five-year contract. The defending Ligue 1 champion paid Napoli 64 million euros ($84 million) - a record in French soccer - for Cavani, who led Italy's Serie A with 29 goals last season. Napoli drove a hard bargain, PSG owner Nasser el-Khelaifi said at a press conference to introduce the club's latest acquisition, though adding that the deal was indispensable to his project of making the Parisian side "the best team in Europe."

Football: Italy take bronze with shootout win over Uruguay

Italy took third place at the Confederations Cup on Sunday after beating Uruguay 3-2 on penalties, the pair having been locked at 2-2 following extra time in Salvador. Although the eyes of 200 million Brazilians were fixed on an evening final between the hosts and world champions Spain, Italian and Uruguayan fans converged on the northern city for the bronze medal which Italy carried off after skipper Gianluigi Buffon saved spot-kicks from Diego Forlan, Martin Caceres and Walter Gargano.

Football: Scolari insists Brazil on track after Uruguay grind

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe conceded his team cannot yet start dreaming of a sixth World Cup title next year - but they are now just one match away from a third straight Confederations Cup success after edging out Uruguay. Pretty it was not, and Scolari admitted as much after an oddly uninspired Selacao dug out a 2-1 success over the Celeste, who have haunted them ever since a World Cup final success over the Samba stars in Rio 63 years ago.
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