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Uruguay take on Brazil in the early hours of Wednesday morning as South American qualifying for the 2026 World Cup continues. The two South American powerhouses, who are both steeped in history when it comes to the World Cup, have started their qualification campaigns relatively well and will be looking forward to the magnitude of the occasion. The match is set to take place at Estadio Centenario with kick off scheduled for 01:00 UK time.
Uruguay vs Brazil H2H: The story so far
Uruguay and Brazil play each other on a fairly regular basis due to both teams being part of the cyclical South American World Cup qualifying. They have also played their fair share of friends over the years, as well as clashes in the Copa America. In total, Brazil have the upper hand over their rivals.
- Uruguay wins: 21
- Draws: 17
- Brazil wins: 40
In recent years, Brazil have improved further on their record against Uruguay. They haven’t lost to them since 2001 and out of their last 12 meetings, they have won nine and drawn three. If Marcelo Bielsa can end Uruguay’s 22-year wait for a victory over Brazil, then will be celebrated like a legend in the country.
History in the making
If Brazil avoid defeat on Wednesday then they will extend their unbeaten stretch against Uruguay to 13 games – the longest run either team has ever managed against each other. Incredibly, neither Cavani nor Suarez have ever beaten Brazil and with both men out of favour with Bielsa, it’s unlikely that they ever will.
Uruguay’s last win against Brazil dates back to July 2001, when Federico Magallanes’ penalty goal proved decisive at the Estadio Centenario.
Time to break the streak! Vamos Uruguay! 💙 pic.twitter.com/I3NOLOZ6Y2
— Warriors of Uruguay (@UruguayanHeroes) November 17, 2020
Uruguay vs Brazil: Last five H2H matches
South America - World Cup Qualifying 15/10/21
South America - World Cup Qualifying 17/11/20
International Match 16/11/18
South America - World Cup Qualifying 23/03/17
South America - World Cup Qualifying 26/03/16
Brazil 4-1 Uruguay
Brazil and Uruguay last came head to head with each other towards the back end of qualifying for the 2022 Qatar World Cup. Brazil were at the peak of their powers on the night and they ran riot thanks to goals from Neymar and Gabriel Barbosa and a brace from Raphinha. Luis Suarez scored a consolation goal for Uruguay in what looks like will turn out to be his final ever match against Brazil.
Uruguay 0-2 Brazil
The last time Uruguay played Brazil on home turf was in November 2020. The match wasn’t exactly a thriller with both teams combining for just 11 shots over the course of the 90 minutes. The home team didn’t even manage a shot on target and Brazil won comfortably via goals from Arthur Melo and Richarlison. Edison Cavani was sent off late in the match.
Brazil 1-0 Uruguay
Shortly after the 2018 World Cup, Brazil and Uruguay played out an international friendly to brush away the cobwebs of what was a disappointing tournament for both nations. Played in London of all places, Brazil won the match thanks to a controversial penalty which Neymar finished with aplomb. The ex-PSG and Barcelona man has three goals against Uruguay in total.
Uruguay 1-4 Brazil
In March 2017, Uruguay faced Brazil in a World Cup qualifier full of hope that they could end their winless run against Selecao. The home side got off to the perfect start when they took the lead via an Edinson Cavani penalty but things very quickly turned south. Paulinho levelled the match before half time and then proceeded to score two more after the break. Neymar also chipped in with a goal and Brazil won 4-1.
Brazil 2-2 Uruguay
The last time Uruguay managed to avoid defeat against Brazil came in March 2016 as South American qualifying was beginning to heat up. In a thrilling match, Brazil took an early 2-0 lead thanks to a first-minute striker from Diego Costa and a wonderful strike from Renato Augusto. Uruguay bounced back emphatically, though, with Cavani and Suarez both getting on the scoresheet to earn their country a point.
1950 World Cup triumph
Way back in 1950, Uruguay shocked the world when they won the FIFA World Cup by defeating 2-1 to Brazil in what was effectively the final. Back then, the tournament didn’t have a “final” of sorts and was instead a round-robin competition but in the final round, Uruguay faced Brazil knowing that a win would make them world champions.
Brazil only needed a draw to triumph and they took the lead in front of a packed-out Maracana Stadium (173,850 officially). Uruguay then flipped the game on its head with the goals coming from Schiaffino and Ghiggia in the second half.
Uruguay have shown flashes of brilliance under Marcelo Bielsa, however, Brazil clearly have some kind of mental edge on them and that could be the deciding factor here. Brazil also still have a star-studded squad and if they perform to their best, they should have too much quality for Uruguay. We are going for a 3-1 win for Brazil.
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