Mexico 0 Uruguay 1
Luis Suarez’s goal two minutes before the interval secured Uruguay a slender half-time advantage over Mexico in their World Cup Group A encounter in Rustenburg.
It looked like the sides would be level at the break after a lively first half with plenty of goalmouth action, but Edinson Cavani’s superbly floated cross allowed the Ajax striker to head in at the back post.
Mexico coach Javier Aguirre made two changes to his line-up, bringing in veteran Cuauhtemoc Blanco for his first start in place of the injured Carlos Vela up front, while Andres Guardado was in for the suspended Efrain Juarez.
Uruguay also made one surprise change, with Diego Godin dropping to bench in place of Mauricio Victorino.
There was a buzz in the Royal Bafokeng Stadium at the start, with most of the noise coming from the fans in green, who outnumbered those in blue.
But the Mexicans and their supporters were almost silenced early on.
First Maxi Pereira saw his rising 30-yard free-kick fly over, and then an error from Hector Moreno allowed Suarez in but the Ajax man only managed to send his shot across the face of goal.
El Tri had a good chance moments later when Giovani dos Santos crossed for Blanco, but the 37-year-old headed over.
After 15 minutes Victorino managed to find space from a corner but nodded his free header over, before Alvaro Pereira drilled his shot wide after racing down the left – much to the fury of the unmarked Diego Forlan in the box.
Midway through the half, Guardado almost stunned Oscar Tabarez’s side with a wicked 30-yard effort that beat Francisco Ochoa, but not the underside of the crossbar.
At the other end, Oscar Perez punched weakly at a Forlan cross, but there was no one following up at the back post.
The chances seemed to dry up 15 minutes before the break, but then Suarez broke the deadlock.