‘I’d love a rematch with Spain’

Alvaro Gonzalez has enthused at the prospect of Uruguay meeting Spain again in the Confederations Cup, to make up for last Sunday.

The South Americans struggled in the first half of the opening game of the Confederations Cup Group B’s match with La Roja, with goals conceded to Pedro Rodriguez and Roberto Soldado proving fatal in a 2-1 loss.

“Spain’s strength is known and also the good treatment they have all the ball, but we really did not expect them to handle the game as they did,” Gonzalez commented to reporters this week.

“They put us on the ropes, we went wrong with the goals and when we recovered the ball we did not play well. We tried but we could not.

“We are the first to recognise that we did not play well and we need to improve a lot if we want to proceed in the tournament.

“Spain steamrolled us, they came from all sides and there was no way to stop them.

“In the second half we tried to improve, to play with pride and dignity for the shirt. They dropped a little in performance and us too, but for their good play, we matched them on something and got a nice goal [through Luis Suarez’ late free-kick].

“There is no doubt that in that game they were clearly superior, they beat us fairly and there is nothing to say, they are not world champions for nothing.

“They always play well, with good technique, winning, drawing or losing in their style, as they did so against us. We can have no complaints.

“I would love to have a rematch with Spain. I’m sure we the style and the players to counter them, we just didn’t have a good night.”

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