Wales 0-1 Uruguay: 5 Talking Points
Some observations from an enthralling affair in the China Cup 2018 finals
Edinson Cavani struck early in the 2nd half to sink Wales as Uruguay claimed the China Cup trophy in an entertaining affair in Nanning's Guangxi Sports Centre stadium.
An evenly fought contest saw the sides enter the break goalless, courtesy to some profligate finishing at both ends of the field. But only three minutes into the second half, Christian Rodriguez drove down the left wing to slip an inch-perfect pass for Cavani to tap home for the opener.
The Dragons had their fare share of moments at goal with Gareth Bale leading the charge, but couldn't break beyond the glass-ceiling they seemed to hit as Uruguay ultimately ran out winners. Here are some observations from the tie.
#1 Wales and Uruguay fight tooth and nail
Whilst it was supposed to be nothing more than exhibition or a friendly match, Uruguay and Wales appeared to put the idea on the back burner and go hell for leather right from the off.
La Celeste in fact, hit the woodwork as early as the second minute while Andy King and Sam Vokes tested Fernando Muslera soon after. Chances flew at an increasing rate at both ends as Wales and Uruguay relentlessly pushed bodies forward. The result was a thrilling, end-to-end contest that felt like a World Cup game as the thronging fans were served a delightful feast.
The teams seemed to abandon the fact that it wasn't a competitive game, while their approach and execution sure made it feel so. Hardly would one get to see an international 'friendly' fought fiercely, let alone to this extent.