Uruguay stun Argentina but settle for 2014 World Cup playoff berth

Edinson Cavani scored the winner in a thrilling 3-2 victory over a Lionel Messi-less Argentina but must beat Jordan to secure a place in Brazil.

updated: October 16, 2013 12:33 IST
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Montevideo: Two-time champions Uruguay served up a thrilling 3-2 win over Argentina on Tuesday but must beat Jordan in next months's intercontinental playoff if they are to reach the World Cup finals.

Uruguay were beaten to the punch by Chile and Ecuador, who claimed the final automatic South American qualifying berths behind regional group winners Argentina and second-placed Colombia.

Saluting his team for a "dignified" end to their regional program, Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez indicated they must not take Jordan lightly, despite their rivals being ranked 73rd to their own seventh.

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