The FIFA Confederations Cup rolls on as Uruguay and Tahiti faced off on the pitch on Sunday. It came as no surprise when Tahiti, a team that lost a match to Spain by a score of 10-0, went on to get rolled again, this time by a margin of 8-0 against Uruguay.
The game got off to a record-setting start, as Abel Hernandez was able to find the back of the net just over one minute into the contest.
Hernandez would keep it rolling, as he would find the net again just 20 minutes later for his second goal of the first half.
Surprisingly, Hernandez didn't score the third goal, but in the 27th minute, his teammate Diego Perez knocked one home to bring the lead to 3-0 in favor of Uruguay.
The fourth goal of the half went to Abel Hernandez once again, giving him a first-half hat trick.
At halftime, Tahiti was down 4-0, and things looked gloomy for a team that has struggled pretty heavily.
The second half was more of the same for Uruguay and Tahiti. Nicolas Lodeiro was able to sneak one by the Tahiti goalie in the 61st minute to bump the score up to 5-0, which was followed quickly by Abel Hernandez notching his fourth goal of the night on a penalty kick.
From there, Uruguay would bring in a few subs and take the pressure off. That is, until Luis Suarez came in. Suarez would sub in and score two goals in the last 10 minutes of the match to bring the final score to a nice and round 8-0 in favor of Uruguay.
Tahiti was eliminated from contention, and while they didn't have the best showing in the Confederations Cup, they at least left with a great display of sportsmanship by coming out to thank the Brazilian fans for their support.
Uruguay 8, Tahiti 0
Talk about a game. Abel Hernandez had a first-half hat trick and would add a penalty kick to give himself an even four goals on the day. Hernandez was obviously too much for Tahiti to handle, as he not only found the net four times but also assisted on a goal.
Hernandez played great but also found himself offside twice in the game, put up nine shots and committed a foul, but those minor lapses can't take away an amazing overall performance by Hernandez.
Player Grade: A
Lodeiro didn't play up to the standards of his teammate Hernandez, but he had a solid game considering Abel's performance. Lodeiro scored in the 61st minute and contributed two assists en route to Uruguay's huge victory.
Lodeiro committed a couple fouls, but overall he had a great support game for Abel Hernandez on his big day.
Player Grade: B+
Suarez came into the game during the 69th minute and made a big impact. While he doesn't usually find the net that often, he was able to come in off the bench and have a chance to really play. He was in the game until the end and made use of the time he was given.
He knocked home not one, but two goals off the bench on two shots taken. Props to bench players who make plays when they get a chance.
Player Grade: B
|Sebastian Coates ||C|
|Matías Aguirregaray ||B|
|Andrés Scotti ||B-|
|Walter Gargano ||B+|
|Álvaro Pereira ||C|
|Gaston Ramirez (Off 69') ||B-|
|Sebastián Eguren ||C+|
|Diego Pérez ||B|
|Abel Hernandez ||A|
|Nicolás Lodeiro |
|Luis Suárez ||B|
|Gilbert Meriel ||D|
|Teheivarii Ludivion ||D+|
|Nicolas Vallar ||D|
|Ricky Aitamai (Off 53') ||C-|
|Jonathan Tehau ||D|
|Simon Vincent ||D+|
|Marama Vahirua ||C|
|Henri Caroine ||D+|
|Steevy Chong Hue ||D+|
|Lorenzo Tehau (Off 71') ||D|
|Samuel Hnanyine (Off 88') ||D|
|Edson Lemaire ||D|
|Tihoni Yohann ||D|
|Stanley Atani ||D+|
Tahiti will pack their bags and head home. Uruguay secured their place in the semifinals of the Confederation Cup.