INTRODUCTION: Uruguay scored its biggest international soccer victory for more than 30 years by beating Brazil 2-1 on Saturday (10 January) to win the Montevideo Gold Cup.
SECOND HALF: Uruguay (dark shorts playing left to right) TV Uruguay pass down right wing, Loao Leite of Brazil parries shot from Paz but Barrios (U) puts ball into net
SV Barrios runs down field and hugged by teammates
GV Replay of goal-winning moves & Barrio's run (2 shots)
GV Brazilian captain Socrates down right flank in penalty area, tackled by Uruguayan player. Referee awards penalty to Brazil (2 shots)
GV Socrates scores from penalty
GV Ramos (Uruguay) takes free kick and goal by Victorino (U) (2 shots)
SV Uruguayan players fall on ground and wave to crowd
GV Goal replay (2 shots)
GV Referee blows whistle and fans wave flags (3 shots)
SV Uruguayan players jump into moat and photographers crowd around them (3 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Uruguay scored its biggest international soccer victory for more than 30 years by beating Brazil 2-1 on Saturday (10 January) to win the Montevideo Gold Cup. Uruguayans swarmed through the streets of Montevideo for night-long celebrations as soon as the final whistle blew on the closely fought final of a competition to mark the 50th anniversary of the first World Cup. In a ragged and goal-less first half, both sides seemed frightened of making mistakes.
SYNOPSIS: The stalemate was broken in the 48th minute when Uruguay's star midfielder, Ruben Paz, made a solo run down the right. His goal attempt was parried by Brazilian goalkeeper Joao Leite, but the ball came to Jorge Barrios and he bundled it into the empty net, giving Uruguay a 1-0 lead.
Paz was the outstanding player of the tournament. Despite close marking he inspired his team mates time and again with darting runs and intelligent passing.
Brazil seemed to draw determination from being behind. Their captain and striker, Socrates, finally cracked the Uruguayan defence.
His run from half-way to the edge of the penalty area ended with a tackle bringing him down. Uruguay protested, but Austrian referee Erich Linne-mayer awarded a penalty. Socrates recovered to take the kick and equalised the score.
The deciding goal came eight minutes from the end. Uruguay's Venancio Ramos hit a free kick from deep on the right over a short defensive wall and across the front of the goal. Valdemar Victorino, top scorer of the tournament, got their first and netted from close range. It was Victorino's third goal in three games and a great moment for most of the 71,000 fans in the stadium. In the final minutes, Brazil could do nothing more. For Uruguay it was the happiest of endings, and their most significant win since their World Cup championship in 1950 when they beat Brazil by the same 2-1 margin.
After his squad collected their gold trophy, Manager Roque Maspoli claimed the victory meant Uruguay had thrown off its cloak of anonymity and re-emerged as a significant football force. For the players themselves and for their supporters, it was the cause for a well-earned celebration.