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Uruguay Beats Nigeria 2-1 at Confederations Cup on Forlan Goal

June 20, 2013

Diego Forlan scored in his 100th game for Uruguay to give his country a 2-1 win against Nigeria at soccer’s Confederations Cup.

Forlan fired a rising left-foot shot past Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama in the 51st minute after John Obi Mikel had tied Diego Lugano’s 19th-minute opener at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil.

Uruguay joined Nigeria on three points in Group B at the eight-team tournament, a warmup for next year’s World Cup in Brazil. World champion Spain tops the group with six points after earlier routing Tahiti 10-0.

Fernando Torres scored four times, David Villa got a hat trick and David Silva added two goals at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium as Spain racked up the biggest victory margin in the competition’s history. The previous record was Brazil’s 8-2 defeat of Saudi Arabia in 1999.

Group B play ends June 23, when Spain faces Nigeria in Fortaleza and Tahiti meets Uruguay in Recife. The top two in each four-team pool advance to the semifinals. Brazil and Italy have already secured a berth in the final four from Group A.

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