Uruguay face Tahiti in the final round of group games at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. Group B's other two teams, Spain and Nigeria, will kick off their game simultaneously, with the South Americans and the Africans vying for second place in the group and a semi-final match against former world champions and hosts Brazil.

Oscar Tabárez's Copa America-winning squad find themselves in a spot of bother ahead of kick-off. Uruguay will be expected to comfortably beat their opponents but must hope that Spain do them a favour and beat Nigeria. A Spain-Nigeria draw will be enough as well, since it will leave Nigeria on four points and Uruguay on six.

Should Nigeria do the unthinkable and actually beat Spain, then Uruguay will need to beat Tahiti by a specific margin to improve their goal difference; the statistic is currently four-nil in favour of the Africans.

Diego Forlan

Meanwhile, Tahiti have been eliminated from the tournament, after a 1-6 defeat to Nigeria and a 0-10 massacre against world champions Spain. The Polynesian Islands minnows were never realistically expected to join the race for a top two finish in their group but enthusiastic travelling fans and a cheerful attitude have won them many fans; Spain's Fernando Torres among them.

Where to Watch Uruguay v Tahiti Live

Kick-off is set for 8pm BST. Live coverage is on BBC Red Button. Follow the match live, via real time Internet updates, on the Confederations Cup website.


The Uruguayans fell to a 2-1 defeat to Spain in their first game. The reigning world and European champions were by no means at their most devastating but a midfield bossed by the Barcelona quartet of Cesc Fabregas, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets ensured the narrow win. Another Barcelona star - Pedro - combined with Valencia striker Roberto Soldado to score the goals.

The two-time World Cup champions rebounded with a tight win over Nigeria in a must-win game at the Arena Fonte Nova. The South Americans were once again largely second best - they conceded possession and had fewer shots on goal. Nevertheless, former Manchester United flop Diego Forlan popped up with the winning goal early in the second half.

Overall, Uruguay have largely flattered to deceive. An attacking line boasting three of the finest strikers in Europe - Napoli's Edinson Cavani, Liverpool's Luis Suarez and Internacional's Forlan - have managed only three goals between them.

However, Tahiti's defence is certainly not the strongest in world football and if Nigeria and Spain can put 16 past them in their two games, Uruguay will expect a few goals of their own.

Meanwhile, the nation ranked 138 in the world has a clear objective - to finish the tournament by conceding as few goals as possible. They were predictably outplayed by Spain in their last match but, to their credit, kept the champions quiet for the first half-hour.

A similar start will be welcome but concentration is key to lasting the full 90 minutes with as little damage as possible. And if Eddy Eteata's side nick a goal (they've already scored once) it will be quite the victorious return home.


Team Form


    • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W L W W L
    • Last Match: Nigeria 1 - 2 Uruguay


    • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L L L W L
    • Last Match: Spain 10 - 0 Tahiti

Team News

Oscar Tabarez

Centre-back Diego Lugano is suspended after two cautions in as many games. He will likely be replaced by Liverpool's Sebastian Coates. Cavani, Suarez and Forlan will all probably start, as Tabárez looks for early goals to ensure the right result and build confidence.

Probable Line-Up: Muslera; Pereira, Coates, Godin, Caceres; Gonzalez, Gargano, Arevalo; Forlan, Suarez; Cavani

Xavier Samin could return in goal for this game - he conceded six against Nigeria while Mikael Roche shipped 10 against Spain. Eteata's entreaties to remain defensively vigilant came to nought in their last match and the fans' favourite risk another massive loss, unless they tighten up at the back.

Probable Line-Up: Samin; Aitamai, Ludivion, Vallar, J Tehau, Lemaire; Bourebare, Caroine, Vahirua, Chong-Hue; A Tehau