Uruguay made sure that they were the fourth semifinalists for this year's FIFA Confederations Cup with a convincing and composed 8-0 thrashing of Group B whipping-boys Tahiti, despite fielding a side made up of their backups and second string international players.
Striker Abel Hernandez was the main beneficiary as he netted half of the Uruguay goals, scoring more in this game than he had in all his fledgling international career beforehand.
Uruguay's win over Nigeria was the one that really gave them the edge to qualify from Group B, with this routine victory over Tahiti being both expected and predictable.
Even so, they had to do the job, and Hernandez gave them a great start when he headed home the opening goal after less than two minutes.
His second goal was the pick of his strikes, with the Palermo forward showing great skill and composure to flick the ball over a defender's head before calmly side-footing a volley past the onrushing goalkeeper.
Hernandez had already missed a chance or two to net his hat trick before finally doing so on the stroke of half time, with good movement and pace enough to get him away from the defence and a neat flick finding the far corner of the net.
Diego Perez and Nicolas Lodeiro both scored close-range goals, and Andres Scotti missed a penalty and then was sent off—as was Teheivarii Ludivion for Tahiti—before Uruguay were awarded a second spot kick. Hernandez took this one himself and buried the goal for 6-0 and his own fourth strike of the night.
Substitute Luis Suarez scored two late goals to top off the scoreline and in so doing managed to break the all-time international scoring record for Uruguay, moving to 35 goals, one ahead of Diego Forlan who sat on the bench for the game.
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