Three first-half goals lift Uruguay over Guatemala

Action from the international friendly between host Uruguay and Guatemala (white jersey) on June 6, 2015, in Montevideo. (Photo courtesy of the Asociación Uruguaya de Fútbol)

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – Edinson Cavani struck for a brace to help Uruguay post a 5-1 win over visiting Guatemala in an international friendly on Saturday night at the Estadio Centenario.

 Although the Central American runner-up remained winless in 2015 with a 0W-1D-3L record, it did score for the first time in five outings.

 Bordeaux forward Diego Rolan gave the host a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute, poking in from 12-yards out after the Guatemalan defense had difficulty with Alvaro Pereira’s left-sided cross.

 In the 19th minute, Cavani scored his first goal on a tap-in after Rolan hit the post following a Guatemalan defensive mistake.  The Paris Saint-Germain forward netted his second from the penalty spot in the 32nd minute after a hand ball in the box.

 Cruzeiro midfielder Girogian De Arrascaeta (55’) and Hull City forward Abel Hernandez (56’) increased the Uruguayans’ lead to 5-0 early in the second half, before Comunicaciones defender Wilson Lalin headed in Guatemala’s lone goal in the 79th minute off a corner kick.

Uruguay opens defense of its Copa America title against Jamaica on June 13 in Antofagasta, Chile, while Guatemala meets Bermuda in a two-legged 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying, second round series beginning June 12 in Guatemala City.