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Uruguay upset Socceroos

Uruguay upset the Socceroos in a friendly played at the Telstra Stadium in Sydney in the latest match preparing for the Asian Cup to be played next month. Debutant goalkeeper Brad Jones let the ball slip through his hands allowing Alvaro Recoba a simple tap in on goal.

With the match evenly poised on 1-all after first half goals from Mile Sterjovski for the Socceroos and Diego Forlan for Uruguay, Jones' slip meant the South Americans got away with a victory to continue with their recent good away performance.

Despite being a friendly I thought this was a very competitive match with tackles flying everywhere and Italian referee Roberto Rosetti was forced to issue some yellow cards to keep the game under control.

I thought Australia did quite well and for me the best spell came in the first twenty minutes or so and then after the Uruguay goal. But Uruguay made sure the match was always in their reach and never looked like losing and showed off some good ball control.

Of the A-League players who played, I thought Nick Carle played very well in the 20 minutes or so he got and I will be surprised if Graham Arnold left him out of the squad for the Asian Cup. Danny Allsop on his debut didn't have much time to impress although he came on when the Socceroos were playing well trying to get an equalising goal.

A draw would have been a fair result but I think this was good preparation for the Socceroos as the Asian Cup nears.

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