Uruguay downs Mexico 1-0 to win Group A

Uruguay's Luis Suarez, center, Mexico's Gerardo Torrado, left, and Mexico's Francisco Javier Rodriguez challenge for the ball during the World Cup group A soccer match between Mexico and Uruguay at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa, on Tuesday, June 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

June 22, 2010 11:13:21 AM PDT
Uruguay won Group A and Mexico also advanced Tuesday after Luis Suarez scored in the 43rd minute to give the South Americans a 1-0 victory at the World Cup.

Both teams will face Group B members; those teams will be decided Tuesday night.

Suarez, Uruguay's most dangerous striker all day, ran unguarded to the back post and headed in Edinson Cavani's brilliant cross for his first goal of the tournament.

The two countries went into the last group game sharing the lead at four points and needed only a draw to advance. But both fielded attacking lineups. Even so, the game yielded few clear scoring chances.

Uruguay, which didn't allow a goal in the first round, ended the group phase with seven points after overpowering South Africa 3-0 and drawing 0-0 with France.

Mexico earned four.


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