Liverpool forward Darwin Núñez played a central role in the goalscoring action as Uruguay defeated Brazil 2-0 in their World Cup qualifying match.
Núñez, 24, contributed a goal and an assist to the victory, which elevated Uruguay to second place in their group, behind Lionel Messi’s Argentina. This win marked a significant moment in Uruguay’s history, as the two-time World Cup champions ended a 22-year winless streak against the Selecao.
Under the guidance of former Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa, Uruguay secured a convincing victory over their South American rivals, and Liverpool fans can be pleased to learn that their striker played a pivotal role in the outcome.
Darwin Núñez was the difference maker vs Brazil
The £85m man broke the deadlock on the 42-minute mark as Maximiliano Arauho burst down the left flank to deliver an inch-perfect cross for Darwin, who duly headed it past Manchester City and Brazil goalkeeper Ederson. As such, the match soon spruced into life and with 13 minutes of normal play left on the clock, the former Benfica ace was in and amongst the action again, this time to set up Nicolas de la Cruz to earn a two-goal lead.
In the midst of a sea of yellow shirts, Nunez exhibited exquisite control as he received a throw-in. Displaying remarkable strength, he navigated through the crowd and skillfully scooped the ball back toward the penalty spot, where de la Cruz was positioned, awaiting the delivery.
Initially, there were doubts about whether Nunez’s attempt to set up his compatriot was intentional. However, an alternate angle, which can be viewed in its entirety, makes it evident that he had every intention to send the ball into the crowded penalty area. A brilliant move by Darwin Núñez!