Uruguay celebrates ticket for second round

08:57, June 23, 2010      

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Thousands of people in Uruguay celebrated on Tuesday the qualification of the national soccer team for the second round of the World Cup of South Africa 2010.

Uruguay defeated 1-0 Mexico, which gave it the first place of the Group A and a ticket to the second round.

The people celebrated in the streets yelling "I am sky blue (the color of the team's T-shirt)" and "Let's go up Uruguay," children, teenagers and elders suspended their daily activities to celebrate the triumph of their national team, the first in 20 years.

In Montevideo, Uruguay's capital, the people celebrated in the Av. 18 de Julio, the main street of the city, which produced a traffic jam as the match finished at 1:00 p.m. local time (1600 GMT).

Meanwhile, the local press also hailed Uruguay's triumph.

The website "Ciento Ochenta" said Uruguayan team "plays, excites and gets the ticket" and it added that the ticket for the next round arrived with a "wise coach and committed players, which encourage, generate and delight."

The daily "El Pais" said "the sky blue made history and dream with having a place among the best eight (teams) of the world."

Uruguay won with a goal scored by Luis Suarez at the minute 43 in a match played at the Real Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburgo, South Africa.

Despite the good performance of Mexico, which kept the ball more than 60 percent of the match, and despite it had several goals attempt, Uruguay was the best one when reaching the goal area and with Suarez' goal it assured the triumph and the ticket for the next round.

Uruguay, coached by Oscar Tabarez, finished the first round with seven points, followed by Mexico with four, South Africa also with four and France with one.

Source:Xinhua

Special Report: World Cup 2010

(Editor:梁军)

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