Ronaldo spares Brazil blushes
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Brazil had started the World Cup qualifying game in Curitiba showing their majestic quality, and quickly eased into a 2-0 lead, courtesy of Kaka and Ronaldo.
However, despite being run ragged Uruguay came out in the second half determined to show their worth, and caught Brazil resting on their laurels.
It was Forlan that did the damage - giving his side hope in the 57th minute with his first and doubling his tally on 75.
A terrible error by Arsenal's Gilberto then gave Uruguay the lead, with the midfielder heading the ball past his own onrushing goalkeeper.
However, just three minutes from time Ronaldo grabbed his second of the game to deny Uruguay the victory over a shell-shocked Brazil side.
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira admitted that he was shocked about the turnaround at half time.
"In all of my career, this is maybe one of the most abnormal results I have witnessed," said Parreira.
"We could have scored three or four goals but, due to circumstances which nobody can explain, Uruguay turned the scoreline around and we could have lost.
"It was just one of football's accidents."
Elsewhere in South American qualifying, a goal from Juan Pablo Angel rescued a point for Colombia after Hernan Crespo had given Argentina the lead, while Ecuador and Peru played out a 0-0 draw.