Uruguay made light work of Bolivia, cruising to a comfortable 3-0 home victory in the latest round of qualifying matches. The win, courtesy of a Darwin Nunez double and a Gabriel Villamil own goal, consolidates Uruguay’s standing near the top of the table.
On home soil at Estadio Centenario, Uruguay were in control from start to finish against an overmatched Bolivian outfit. Nunez opened the scoring after 15 minutes to give the home crowd something to cheer about early on. Right before halftime, Villamil turned the ball into his own net as Uruguay took a 2-0 lead into the break. Nunez got his second of the match in the 71st minute to round off a resounding triumph. Nunez is currently leading the top scorer charts for the South American qualifiers, ahead of Lionel Messi.
It was a decent outing for Uruguay’s midfield maestro Federico Valverde, despite not directly contributing via a goal or assist. He completed 74 of 83 passes and won three of five ground duels over 90 minutes as La Celeste dominated possession at 69%. Valverde had two tackles and one interception and completed two accurate long balls in a performance that helped Uruguay’s total control of proceedings.
The win consolidates Uruguay’s place near the top of the Conmebol qualifying standings as they continue their charge towards qualification for the 2026 World Cup. Fede Valverde will now return to Madrid to join the team, ahead of a crucial stretch with so many players out with injuries.