Uruguay on brink of World Cup berth after routing Jordan in playoff first leg

Uruguay on brink of World Cup berth after routing Jordan in playoff first leg

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Uruguay on brink of World Cup berth after routing Jordan in playoff first leg

Uruguay (AP)

By FRANCO PANIZO

Forget having one foot in the door. Uruguay is as close to having both in as any team could after playing just the first leg of a playoff series.

Uruguay all but looked to have assured its place in next summer’s World Cup in Brazil on Wednesday by going on the road and thrashing Jordan, 5-0. Five different players found the back of the net for the Uruguayans, including Maxi Pereira, Edinson Cavani and Cristian Rodriguez.

Pereira scored the winner against the overwhelmed Jordanians in the 22nd minute and Uruguay ran mostly rampant from there. Cristian Stuani and Nicolas Lodeiro added insurance goals before the 70th minute. Rodriguez netted eight minutes later before Cavani capped the masterful performance with a free kick strike in second-half stoppage time.

The return leg of the playoff series will be played in Montevideo, Uruguay on Nov. 20.

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What do you think of Uruguay’s 5-0 victory over Jordan? Impressed by the big win considering it came on the road? Are Jordan’s chances of reaching the 2014 World Cup over or under one percent?

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