One more World Cup qualifying date has gone by, and Uruguay is once again in the midst of their own crisis.
After 12 games, the Baby Blues have not been able to win since the sixth round, and with their last defeat, against Chile on Tuesday, they have dropped from the top five spots, which grant a place in the next World Cup.
Three ties, against Ecuador, Paraguay and Peru, and defeats against Argentina, Colombia and Chile, have put them in a very delicate situation.
Expectations for Uruguay were very high
After ending up in the third spot of their last World Cup, and winning the Copa America played in Argentina in 2011, the expectation for Uruguay in this qualifier was set very high, as for a while they were considered the best team in region.
Even battling against a team that can line up Messi, Tevez, Agüero and Higuain, and another one with Neymar, Hulk, Kaka and Lucas Moura, Uruguay had been able to impose their law in South America, and their output in the last few years had been more than surprising.
Their offensive line is top notch, with Luis Suarez and Cavani having become two of the top forwards in Europe, at Liverpool and Napoli, respectively, and with Diego Forlan, who is still pulling his own weight in Brazil. Plus, their back line, with Lugano and Godin, among others and their strong minded mid sector, have made the team coached by Oscar Tabarez one of the most solid ones in the world.
But since June of last year, when they beat Peru 4-2 at Centenario Stadium in Montevideo, the team has not been able to pull off a single three-point game for their fans.
Next World Cup qualifying date will be in June, which means that if the Charruas beat Venezuela, it would be their first victory in over a year. A team of that caliber cannot sustain this situation, although on the bright side, it hasn’t been until this last round when they have fallen out of the spots that qualify to the World Cup.
Four more games to go
The team has four more games to go, and the good news is that should they beat the Vino Tinto, they would be back on top, with 16 points and could even go back to the fourth spot, should Chile lose in Paraguay.
However, their last three games will face them against the top three teams in the region, which could be a good or a bad thing. Depending on the results of the next two rounds, Argentina, Colombia and Ecuador could be so far ahead of their rivals, that they may lose tension prior to their games against Uruguay, and Tabarez’s team may use that opportunity to clinch their qualification to Brazil 2014.