Luis Suarez scored all four objectives as Uruguay beat Chile 4-0 inside the third round of the South American qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup.
The Liverpool striker scored twice in 3 minutes shortly just before half-time and added two more within the second half as his side opened up a three-point lead within the qualifying table.
Uruguay dominated from the outset, with Arevalo Rios influential in midfield, but Suarez shot straight at keeper Claudio Bravo within the seventh minute with Edinson Cavani well placed and Bravo then also denied Cavani.
A free-kick by Suarez hit the crossbar and Cavani shot wide prior to Suarez finally broke via within the 42nd minute with a left-footed finish.
The second came when Bravo gave the ball away to Cavani, whose shot was kept out on the line by Pablo Contreras but Suarez followed as much as score.
Chile had a goal disallowed for offside before Suarez headed in Diego Perez’s cross (67) after which rounded off the win within the 73rd minute just before being substituted to a standing ovation.
“It’s the very first time I have scored four goals within the national team, and I’m pleased about that,” Suarez mentioned.
“But one of the most critical factor is that we won properly. We wanted this, in front of our individuals and against a direct rival for qualification.”
Getting reached the semi-finals within the 2010 Globe Cup and won the Copa America in July, Uruguay are now 3 points clear of Argentina, who drew 1-1 with Bolivia, and Paraguay, who beat Ecuador 2-1.
Argentina even had to come from a goal down as Ezequiel Lavezzi cancelled out an opener from Bolivia’s Martins Moreno, with numerous with the fans in the poorly attended match booing as they left the stadium.
Paraguay hit the woodwork in the very first half through Marcelo Estigarribia and opened up a two-goal lead early in the second period by way of Cristian Riveros and Dario Veron.
Ecuador’s consolation came from Joao Rojas in injury time.
Colombia drew 1-1 at house against Venezuela and are level on four points with Argentina, their opponents on Tuesday, and Paraguay.
Fredy Guarin put the Colombians ahead in the 11th minute, but they had been unable to secure the win and Venezuela levelled within the 78th minute by means of Frank Feltscher.
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