Uruguay starting XI named
Posted: 10 June 2010 Time: 12:02
Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez picked his starting team for their World Cup opener against France on Friday, with defender Mauricio Victorino and midfielder Egidio Arevalo the surprise picks.
Victorino's call-up means Andres Sotti will be on the bench, while Arevalo starts ahead of Walter Gargano for the South Americans' opening match. Diego Forlan of Atletico Madrid is partnered up front by Ajax's Luis Suarez in the line-up. Uruguay also faces Mexico and host South Africa in Group A. Tabarez said he was looking for balance with his team, while he was also mindful of the side France was expected to pick. "You have to keep in mind the strength of the rival, which is the starting point for all one can do defensively," Tabarez said. "We also have to put them under pressure when we have the ball." The Uruguay starting 11 is: Goalkeeper: Fernando Muslera (Lazio) Defenders: Diego Lugano (Fenerbahce), Diego Godin (Villarreal, Mauricio Victorino (Universidad de Chile), Maximiliano Pereira (Benfica) Midfielders: Egidio Arevalo Rios (Penarol), Diego Perez (Monaco), Alvaro Pereira (Porto), Ignacio Gonzalez (Valencia) Forwards: Luis Suarez (Ajax), Diego Forlan (Atletico Madrid)