Goal of the day: Gastón Ramírez (Uruguay) vs UAE | inside World Soccer

A superb free-kick from Gastón Ramírez inspired Uruguay to a narrow 2-1 win over an impressive UAE side in the London Olympics football Group A game on Thursday.

Uruguay player Gastón Ramírez celebrates with teammate Ramón Arias after scoring against the UAE
Uruguay player Gastón Ramírez celebrates with teammate Ramón Arias after scoring against the UAE

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Playing in front of a near capacity crowd at Old Trafford, the UAE was the better side for much of the first half against a South American team seen as a medal contender.

Ismail Matar gave the Asian side a deserved lead after 20 minutes when he latched onto a through ball, beat the off-side trap and placed into an open goal.

Uruguay got back in the game with four minutes to go in the half through a brilliant free-kick from Ramírez.

Luis Suárez was brought down a few yards from the edge of the penalty area and Ramírez whipped a left-footed free-kick into the top right-hand corner of the net.

Half-time substitute Nicolás Lodeiro then fired home in clinical fashion after the break to give Óscar Tabárez's side all three point.



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