Football - Forlan eyes 100th Uruguay cap in key game against Nigeria

Diego Forlan is poised to win his 100th cap as Uruguay, with their backs to the wall after losing their Confederations Cup opener to Spain, face Nigeria on Thursday.

Reuters

"We absolutely must win to have the chance of going further in the Cup," Forlan told reporters before the match against the African champions, who crushed tiny Tahiti 6-1 on Monday.

"They won the match they had to win, scored lots of goals and even a draw will be better for them than us," said the 34-year-old striker, best player at the 2010 World Cup.

"Nigeria have good players, many play in Europe, they are physically strong, it won't be at all easy, it will be a hard match," added Forlan, who will also be looking to add to his Uruguay tally of 33 goals.

Copa America holders Uruguay lost 2-1 to world champions Spain in their Group B opener on Sunday with Forlan coming on as a 69th-minute substitute.

A draw could leave Uruguay needing a big-scoring win in their last match against Tahiti and a Spanish win over Nigeria on Sunday to stand any chance of a place in the semi-finals.

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