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Uruguay striker Suarez seeking redemption

AP  |  Montevideo (Uruguay) 

Uruguay's priority will be keeping tamed at this

After the striker was expelled from the 2014 tournament in disgrace for biting defender Giorgio Chiellini, was eliminated by in the round of 16.

Suarez promises he is a reformed character and will be better behaved in than in Brazil, where he scored twice before being banned.

"It was my mistake," Suarez said. "So I have a debt to repay to myself and Uruguay, to try to show a good image." Things were already starting to look brighter for two-time champion Uruguay, based on qualifying at least.

After enduring four consecutive playoffs and only reaching three of the tournaments, secured an automatic place in by finishing second behind in qualifying.

Here's a closer look at the team: will lead Uruguay into his fourth World Cup after a first trip in 1990 followed by 2010 and 2014. A Tabarez team has always made it out of the group stage, including a semifinal appearance in eight years ago.

A former school teacher and professional player, Tabarez led Uruguay to the America title in 2011. As a club coach, he led Penarol to Libertadores title in 1987 and Boca Juniors to an title in 1992.

The 71-year-old Tabarez has used a wheelchair since he was diagnosed with in 2016.


There is will be between the posts for his third World Cup.


The Atletico Madrid partnership of and also anchor the heart of Uruguay's defense. Godin has made more than 100 appearances since his debut in 2005 and scored at his third World Cup with a header against in 2014. The 23-year-old Gimenez offers a solid companion to a nine years his senior and already has one World Cup under his belt.

should also be sure of a starting spot unless there is a recurrence of one of his


Tabarez has always had doubts about his midfield's attacking qualities. While the unit has usually been capable of defending well, the midfielders have often struggled to generate chances for the forwards.

During qualifying, Tabarez called up several young players who improved in this area: Nahitan Nandez (22) and (20).


Uruguay shouldn't be short of goals. The strikers are the team's greatest strength. Suarez is Uruguay's all-time leading scorer with 51 goals and is coming off the back of a strong season with Paris Saint-Germain forward is next on the list with 42, including a continent-leading 10 goals in 18 matches in South American qualifying.


Uruguay, which will be based in Nizhny Novgorod, will face in its first match on June 15. That will be followed by matches against on June 20 and on June 25.

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 12:50 IST