Uruguay pulled off the second biggest win in the history of the Confederations Cup by beating Tahiti for 8 x 0 on Sunday (23 June) in the Pernambuco Arena in São Lourenço da Mata (metropolitan area of Recife). Once the game was over, however, the Tahitians were the ones cheering, and they waved Brazilian fans goodbye under thunderous applause.
With the support of the crowd from the very first game, Tahiti players and technical staff made sure to reciprocate the affection. They carried Brazil flags and a banner that read “Obrigado Brasil!” (Thank you Brazil!), they revered the fans and were acclaimed by the 22,047 spectators at the stadium. Read more about Tahiti’s performance at the Confederations Cup.
Now, Uruguay cheered at their qualification for the semifinals. “Winning is what matters most. And we managed to secure a spot,” said striker Abel Hernández, who scored four goals and was selected as man of the match by FIFA. Luis Suárez scored another two goals, and Diego Pérez and Nicolás Lodeiro score one goal each.
Uruguay will play Brazil at 4 p.m. on Wednesday (26 June) at the Mineirão in Belo Horizonte. The winner will play the final against either Spain or Italy, which are playing the other semifinal on Thursday (27 June) in Fortaleza.