Uruguay face Tahiti with an eye on semis

Tahiti,a team of mostly amateurs that has been outscored 16-1 in their opening two matches

Written by Associated Press | Recife (brazil) | Published:June 23, 2013 12:04 am

The little team with the big heart will have one more chance to entertain its rapidly growing fan base on Sunday at the Confederations Cup. Tahiti,a team of mostly amateurs that has been outscored 16-1 in their opening two matches at the tournament,will face Uruguay at the Arena Pernambuco in their final Group B match.

Although Tahiti has little to play for after being eliminated following a 10-0 drubbing by Spain on Thursday,Uruguay will be expecting all three points as it tries to reach the semifinals. Tahiti,however,has won over the Brazilian public and many other football fans around the globe. With only one professional player in the squad,the South Pacific islanders qualified for the Confederations Cup by winning the Oceania Nations Cup.

Spain,which plays Nigeria at the same time in Fortaleza,leads Group B with six points. Both Uruguay and Nigeria are next with three points,while Tahiti is last with zero. With all three points from an expected win,Uruguay will assure itself a spot in the semifinals if Spain gets at least a draw against Nigeria.

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