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Uruguay will head to the World Cup on a winning note after beating Uzbekistan 3-0 in a chilly warmup in front of their own fans on Thursday.

Although Uruguay started the game by pressing and with some offensive plays, with at least three arrivals to the Uzbek field during the first 15 minutes, Uzbekistan recovered quickly and surprised dominating for a good portion of the first half, showing that they know how to be comfortable on the pitch with their quality technical play, however without seriously threatening Uruguayan goal.

Uruguay got the breakthrough after 31 minutes when Giorgian De Arrascaeta fired home against the run of play from 15 meters following good work from Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez. This goal warmed up the Uruguayans and their started to remember that they were playing at home.

Suarez doubled their lead eight minutes into the second half when he slotted home a penalty. The second goal had a negative impact on Uzbekistan, they became shaky without much threatening.

Uruguay scored the third when Jose Maria Gimenez headed home a corner in 72 minutes to make it 3-0.

Later in 79th minute Uzbekistan were reduced to 10 men when Komilov Akromjon was sent off.

Uruguay, who won the World Cup in 1930 and 1950, kick off their World Cup campaign on June 15 against Egypt, play Saudi Arabia five days later before rounding out their Group A fixtures against hosts Russia.

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