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Cavani scores stunning free-kick as Uruguay all but seal World Cup spot

The South Americans defeated Jordan 5-0 in their play-off first leg in Amman.

Uruguay trio Maxi Pereira, Edison Cavani and Luis Suarez celebrate one of the five goals.
Uruguay trio Maxi Pereira, Edison Cavani and Luis Suarez celebrate one of the five goals.
Image: Hassan Ammar/AP/Press Association Images

URUGUAY EDGED ONE step closer to a place at the 2014 FIFA World Cup with a convincing 5-0 play-off first-leg victory in Jordan.

Maximiliano Pereira put the visitors ahead midway through the first half, before Cristian Stuani doubled that lead from close range three minutes before the break.

Nicolas Lodeiro, Cristian Rodriguez and Edinson Cavani netted further goals for Oscar Tabarez’s men in the second 45 minutes, as Jordan’s hopes of reaching their maiden World Cup finals suffered a major setback.

The result brings to an end the hosts’ 16-match unbeaten run at home and leaves them with a mountain to climb in the return leg next week.

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