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Suarez looks set for Dublin as FAI announce friendly against Uruguay

Currently ranked ninth in the world, Uruguay are top of the South American qualifying group for the World Cup.

Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring for Uruguay in last night's World Cup qualifier against Venezuela.
Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring for Uruguay in last night's World Cup qualifier against Venezuela.
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REPUBLIC OF IRELAND will warm up for what’s likely to be a crucial World Cup qualifier against Austria next summer with a friendly against Uruguay.

Seven days before they welcome the Austrians to Dublin, Martin O’Neill’s side will take on Uruguay at the Aviva Stadium on 4 June.

Currently ranked ninth in the world by Fifa, Uruguay defeated Venezuela 3-0 last night to stay one point clear of Brazil at the top of the South American qualifying group for the 2018 World Cup.

Ireland, who were 1-0 winners against Georgia last night, last played Uruguay in March 2011, when goals from Diego Lugano, Edinson Cavani and Abel Hernandez gave the visitors a 3-2 win at the Aviva. Shane Long and Keith Fahey were on target for the hosts.

Uruguay, whose talisman is Barcelona striker Luis Suarez, were knocked out of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil at the last-16 stage by Colombia.

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