World Cup Soccer
             === Uruguay hammers Jordan in first leg of playoff ===
 Amman,  Jordan  ( - Uruguay  took a big step toward securing
 its  place in Brazil at next summer's World Cup with a 5-0 thrashing of Jordan
 on Wednesday in the first leg of their intercontinental playoff.
 Goals  from  Maxi Pereira  and Christian  Stuani handed Uruguay  a 2-0 lead at
 halftime,  while  Nicolas Lodeiro, Cristian  Rodriguez and Edinson Cavani each
 added another goal after the break to leave Jordan with a mountain to climb in
 the second leg in Uruguay next Wednesday.
 It  took Uruguay a little while to get going, but the South Americans snatched
 the  lead in the 22nd minute when Pereira scored on the rebound after Cavani's
 header was saved by goalkeeper Mohamad Shatnawi.
 Stuani  scored  shortly before halftime  to double  the advantage after he was
 picked out at the back post by a nice ball from Lodeiro.
 Lodeiro  found  the net himself  20 minutes from time  when he scored from the
 edge of the penalty area, putting Uruguay in firm control.
 Rodriguez  padded the advantage eight minutes later when he beat Shatnawi with
 a  left-footed  shot from  inside the  penalty area and  Cavani capped off the
 dominating victory in stoppage time with a well-struck free kick.
 11/13 13:15:46 ET

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