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Mexican nightmare: Uruguay thrash "Tata" Martino's team ahead of Qatar 2022

Uruguay showed that they are ready for great things ahead of Qatar 2022, and gave a tremendous 3-0 thrashing to Mexico, a team that has not found the right performance and that leaves Gerardo "Tata" Martino's team with the fear of making a fool of itself half a year before the greatest soccer fair in the world.

From the start of the first half, Uruguay showed that they were not going to be an easy opponent. The Charrúas put pressure on the Tricolor from the start, and the first 45 minutes were some of the worst Mexico has ever seen.

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Right from the start, the Tricolor coach changed the traditional formation of four defenders for a line of five, with two defenders and three men in attack. This strategy threw the Mexicans off balance, and Uruguay's players were given some freedom to attack.

Raúl Jiménez, Mexico's front man, had just one play in the entire first half, and wasted his shot by sending it too wide, in what was El Tri's only chance.

Uruguay's goal came in the first half

In a corner kick, the Mexican defense had a big mistake to allow a first header, which was very well covered by goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera, but the defenders allowed a second shot and there Matias Vecino went ahead to score the first Uruguayan goal in the 35th minute.

Martino's boys were not comfortable and could not find the depth to reach Sergio Rochet's goal. It was not until the 39th minute when there was an arrival on the left flank, and there was no good communication between the tricolor players, and Mexico's only clear chance in the first 45 minutes was wasted.

Edinson Cavani's show in the second half

As soon as the whistle blew for the second half, Facundo Pellistri broke down the right flank to send a cross to the penalty spot, where Cavani was well placed to put in a precise shot and beat Talavera for Uruguay's second goal in the first minute of the second half. The goal came in the 15th minute.

Damián Suárez sent a precise and beautiful cross for the head of Edinson Cavani, who scored his double with a right-footed shot to beat Talavera, and Uruguay was already beating El Tri 3-0 in the 54th minute.

After the third Charrúa goal, Diego Alonso, the South American coach, sent a line of five in his defense and left Cavani alone up front to secure the Uruguayan goal.

As much as the Mexican National Team tried to control the ball in the midfield, the Uruguayans continued with intense pressure and there was no way to see a possible reaction from the Mexicans. Tata Martino sent some of his most trusted players to the field, but there were no results, even Uruguay was more dangerous.

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