Edinson Cavani scored twice in the second half as Uruguay earned a 3-0 victory in a friendly against Mexico this Thursday.
At State Farm Stadium situated in Glendale, Arizona, the CONMEBOL side first took the lead through Matias Vecino in the 35th minute. Following a save from the goalkeeper, Alfredo Talavera, after receiving a header from Cavani, Vecino stepped up. He found the rebound and scored to make it 1-0. Mexico responded later in the half but failed to capitalize on two good opportunities.
Mexico Falls Face First
Mere seconds after halftime, Uruguay doubled their lead. Thanks to a clever assist from Facundo Pellistri, Cavani pushed the lead by making it 2-0. By the 54th minute, it was then 3-0 for Uruguay when Cavani scored. Taking his chances with a strike from distance, he had no trouble sneaking a shot past Talavera.
Despite a number of second-half substitutions that included Mexico standouts including Hector Herrera and Jesus Gallardo, El Tri continued to struggle with their combats and chance creation. Uruguay, comfortable with their lead, took their foot off the gas and Mexico was scoreless all the way through the final whistle.
Mexico will play an additional U.S.-based friendly against Ecuador on 5th June in Chicago. El Tri will then kick off their 2022-23 Nations League campaign at home against Suriname on 11th June and away against Jamaica on 14th June. Afterward, they will go up against Paraguay in a friendly on 31st August in Atlanta.
Manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino’s team landed in Group C for World Cup 2022 in Qatar, along with Argentina, Poland, and Saudi Arabia.
Uruguay will also take part in an additional U.S.-based friendly this month against the United States on 5th June in Kansas City, Kansas.