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CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifier Preview

By Juan Arango




Diego Forlán of Uruguay gestures with his shoes during a training session of Uruguay's national team in Doha, on February 5, 2013, one day before their friendly match against Spain
Diego Forlán of Uruguay gestures with his shoes during a training session of Uruguay's national team in Doha, on February 5, 2013, one day before their friendly match against Spain

When Uruguay left the Defensores del Chaco with a point they knew that they needed to have left with a bit more.  Their foreshadowing could not have been more precise as they now face a very tough struggle to return to the World Cup as they look to end a really rough run of matches.  

What was once a vaunted defense that very few could penetrate during their incredible run of matches that saw them end up in fourth place in South Africa and then in championship winning Copa América run, that is no longer present.  Diego Lugano is a shadow of what he used to be.  He is not the only one as there are several question marks and too many holes for Tabárez to plug up at the same time.  

Tabárez made headlines when he left Edinson Cavani on the bench in favor of Diego Forlán.  

Paraguay in the meantime are one knockout blow away from thinking about the 2018 World Cup.  Gerardo Pelusso'has also been looked at to become the next Nacional (URU) coach as they look for a replacement for Gustavo Díaz.