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Super-sub Suarez shows no sign of rustiness by scoring for Uruguay after just five minutes on the pitch against France

Thursday, June 06, 2013 by Dailymail

Substitute Luis Suarez scored after less than five minutes on the pitch to give Uruguay a 1-0 win over France in an international friendly at the Centenario.

Suarez, who came on for the second half in place of Diego Forlan, scored with a diagonal shot into the bottom corner in the 49th minute after evading defender Eliaquim Mangala.

Impact: Suarez came on at half-time and scored within five minutes

Strike: Suarez hits the diagonal shot past France goalkeeper Steve Mandanda

The striker did not start the game, with Uruguay using the match as a warm-up for a critical World Cup qualifier in Venezuela on Tuesday, a game Suarez will miss through suspension.

Uruguay had the better of the opening exchanges with striker Edinson Cavani dangerous in front of Steve Mandanda's goal.

France, whose tour also includes a match against 2014 World Cup hosts Brazil on Sunday, then took control of the ball and Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera was forced to make several saves.

Back: Suarez returned to his goalscoring form in Montevideo

Winner: Suarez celebrates the game's only goal with Maximiliano Pereira

Out: Suarez is suspended for Uruguay's next qualifer

Play was evenly balanced in the second half but Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez will be concerned that his most effective forward is unavailable when he most needs him.

Uruguay need a victory in Venezuela to try and climb into one of the South American qualifying berths.

They are sixth in the nine-nation group with 13 points from 11 matches, two points below Chile and Venezuela.

The top four teams at the end of the qualifiers in October will go through to the Brazil finals. The fifth-placed team, at present Venezuela, will enter a playoff against an Asian qualifier in November for another berth.

Competing: Oscar Tabarez's Uruguay are currently sixth in the 13-team qualifying pool

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