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WORLD CUP: Uruguay striker Suarez seeking redemption

first_imgWinfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Uruguay’s Luis Suarez celebrates his team’s goal during a friendly soccer match against Uzbekistan in preparation for the 2018 Russia World Cup in Montevideo, Uruguay, Thursday, June 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — Uruguay’s priority will be keeping Luiz Suarez tamed at this World Cup.After the striker was expelled from the 2014 tournament in disgrace for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini, Uruguay was eliminated by Colombia in the round of 16.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GOALKEEPERSThere is little doubt Galatasaray goalkeeper Fernando Muslera will be between the posts for his third World Cup.DEFENDERSThe Atletico Madrid partnership of Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez also anchor the heart of Uruguay’s defense. Godin has made more than 100 appearances since his debut in 2005 and scored at his third World Cup with a header against Italy in 2014. The 23-year-old Gimenez offers a solid companion to a player nine years his senior and already has one World Cup under his belt.Versatile Lazio wingback Martin Caceres should also be sure of a starting spot unless there is a recurrence of one of his frequent injuries.MIDFIELDERSTabarez has always had doubts about his midfield’s attacking qualities. While the unit has usually been capable of defending well, the midfielders have often struggled to generate chances for the forwards.During qualifying, Tabarez called up several young players who improved in this area: Nahitan Nandez (22) and Rodrigo Bentancur (20).FORWARDSUruguay shouldn’t be short of goals. The strikers are the team’s greatest strength. LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Suarez promises he is a reformed character and will be better behaved in Russia than in Brazil, where he scored twice before being banned.“It was my mistake,” Suarez said. “So I have a debt to repay to myself and Uruguay, to try to show a good image.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThings were already starting to look brighter for two-time World Cup champion Uruguay, based on qualifying at least.After enduring four consecutive World Cup playoffs and only reaching three of the tournaments, Uruguay secured an automatic place in Russia by finishing second behind Brazil in qualifying. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Here’s a closer look at the Uruguay team:COACHOscar Tabarez will lead Uruguay into his fourth World Cup after a first trip in 1990 followed by 2010 and 2014. A Tabarez team has always made it out of the group stage, including a semifinal appearance in South Africa eight years ago.A former school teacher and professional player, Tabarez led Uruguay to the Copa America title in 2011. As a club coach, he led Penarol to the Copa Libertadores title in 1987 and Boca Juniors to an Argentine league title in 1992.The 71-year-old Tabarez has used a wheelchair since he was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome in 2016.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Igarashi set to catch a wave in surfing’s Olympic debut Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Suarez is Uruguay’s all-time leading scorer with 51 goals and is coming off the back of a strong season with Barcelona. Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani is next on the list with 42, including a continent-leading 10 goals in 18 matches in South American qualifying.GROUP GAMESUruguay, which will be based in Nizhny Novgorod, will face Egypt in its first match on June 15. That will be followed by matches against Saudi Arabia on June 20 and Russia on June 25.FULL SQUADGoalkeepers: Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray), Martin Silva (Vasco da Gama), Martin Campana (Independiente)Defenders: Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), Jose Maria Gimenez (Atletico Madrid), Maximiliano Pereira (FC Porto), Gastón Silva (Independiente), Sebastián Coates (Sporting Lisbon), Guillermo Varela (Penarol), Martin Caceres (Lazio)Midfielders: Carlos Sánchez (Monterrey), Matías Vecino (Inter), Nahitan Nández (Boca Juniors), Giorgian de Arrascaeta (Cruzeiro), Rodrigo Bentancur (Juventus), Lucas Torreira (Sampdoria), Diego Laxalt (Genoa), Cristian Rodríguez (Penarol)Forwards: Luis Suarez (Barcelona), Cristhian Stuani (Girona), Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain), Jonathan Urretaviscaya (Monterrey), Maximilano Gomez (Celta) In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced View commentslast_img read more