World Cup Soccer
 
                  === Uruguay claims final World Cup berth ===
 
 Montevideo,  Uruguay (SportsNetwork.com)  - Uruguay claimed the final place in
 next  summer's World Cup on Wednesday after battling to a scoreless second-leg
 draw and 5-0 aggregate victory over Jordan at the Centenario Stadium.
 
 Uruguay  racked up goals from Maxi Pereira, Christian Stuani, Nicolas Lodeiro,
 Cristian Rodriguez and Edinson Cavani in a 5-0 first-leg rout on Nov. 13.
 
 Working  with a huge lead, it took the hosts a little time to get running, but
 they had the better of the play for most of the first half and created several
 quality  scoring chances. Finishing was a bit off over the opening 45 minutes,
 however, as the clubs went into the break scoreless.
 
 After  the break, Uruguay continued to generate scoring chances and came close
 just past the hour mark when defender Diego Lugano got free for a header off a
 corner kick, but directed the ball just past the left post.
 
 After  being thrashed  in the opening leg,  Jordan did well to hold a powerful
 Uruguay  side off  the score  sheet on  Wednesday, but  they never  threatened
 Uruguay  goalkeeper Martin  Silva's  net  as the  hosts  advanced to  soccer's
 marquee event for the second consecutive time.
 
 With  the  32-team field  set, the group  stage draw will  take place in early
 December.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 11/20 20:03:04 ET

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