Experience the captivating clash between Uruguay and Brazil once more by watching the full match replay and highlights. This showdown, which unfolded during Round 4 of the World Cup 2026 Qualification – CONMEBOL, took place at the iconic Estadio Centenario in Montevideo. Kick-off was scheduled for Wednesday, October 18, 2023, at 00:00 GMT, and the proceedings were overseen by the skilled referee, Alexis Herrera, hailing from Venezuela. Don’t miss the action that transpired in this thrilling encounter.
Uruguay vs Brazil Full Match Reports
Brazil’s remarkable eight-year, 18-match unbeaten streak in away FIFA World Cup qualifiers came to an unexpected halt in Montevideo as they succumbed to a 2-0 loss against Uruguay under the leadership of Fernando Diniz.
The spirited Uruguayans, aiming to secure their first victory over the Seleção since 2001, found inspiration in their fervent home crowd. Despite some robust challenges that earned the hosts a couple of early yellow cards, the visitors weathered the initial storm.
The first half was characterized by cautious play, offering scant goalmouth action. Yet, on the cusp of halftime, a solitary shot made all the difference. Maximiliano Araújo’s impeccably timed run created an opportunity on the left, leading to Darwin Núñez of Liverpool fame nodding home a header past the helpless Ederson, resulting in Brazil conceding a first-half goal for the first time in 17 games.
Neymar’s unfortunate injury just before halftime dealt another blow to Brazil, visibly affecting their offensive strategies. After the break, they lacked a distinct attacking focal point. Their most significant threat materialized with 20 minutes remaining when Rodrygo’s thunderous long-range free-kick met the crossbar, eluding Sergio Rochet, only to rebound behind for a goal kick.
Brazil’s growing frustration mirrored the crowd’s palpable anxiety in the waning moments of the match. However, a second goal for Uruguay alleviated the situation. A long throw into the box exposed the visiting defense’s vulnerability, allowing Núñez to display his finesse before providing the ball to Nicolás de la Cruz, who enthusiastically found the net, doubling the host’s lead.
This defeat, following a lackluster home draw with Venezuela in their prior encounter, capped a disheartening international break for Brazil. The triumph elevated Marcelo Bielsa’s team above the Brazilians into the second spot in the group, decisively ending a two-match winless streak in World Cup qualifying.
Man of the Match: Darwin Núñez (Uruguay).