Uruguay faces this Tuesday Venezuela by the sixth date of South American qualifiers heading to Qatar 2022, and the antecedents favor the Celeste, which has not lost to Vinotinto in this competition since 2004.
The last confrontation between these two teams was in October 2017 for the Qualifiers towards Russia 2018, and it was a goalless draw played in San Cristóbal. A year before, for the same competition, at the Centenario Stadium, La Celeste thrashed 3 to 0 Vinotinto with a double by Edinson Cavani and a goal by Nicolás Lodeiro.
But the selection of Maestro Tabárez was also measured against Venezuela in the Copa América Centenario of that same 2016, and there the victory went to the Caribbean team with a goal from Salomón Rondón. It was the second match in Group C for Uruguay and it marked the elimination of that tournament, since they had previously lost to Mexico in the debut.
Further back, in the Qualifiers for Brazil 2014, Uruguay took the victory as a visitor, in the only triumph in Venezuelan lands for that competition since 1996 to this part. The triumph of the Tabárez team was in Puerto Ordaz and the goal was scored by Edinson Cavani. In Montevideo, La Celeste equaled 1 to 1 (the Uruguayan goal was from Diego Forlán), in a tie that marked a negative streak of three consecutive qualifying games without beating Venezuela in the Centennial.
In the suffered road to South Africa 2010 there were two draws: 1 to 1 in Montevideo, and 2 to 2 in Puerto Ordaz.
Before going on to the Qualifiers for Germany 2006, the last in which Uruguay did not reach the World Cup, Celeste and Vinotinto met twice in the Copa América organized in that country in 2007. In the group stage it was a discreet 0-0 that gave Uruguay a pass to the quarterfinals as the second best third. While just four days later, they faced each other again in the elimination bracket and Tabárez’s team thrashed 4 to 1 with Forlán’s double, a goal from “Cebolla” Rodríguez and the remembered goal by Pablo García that led to his celebration showing José Artigas’s tattoo on his arm.
During 2006, without the World Cup, Uruguay faced Venezuela in two friendlies: one, played in September in Maracaibo, was a 1-0 local victory, and the second was 4-0 for Celeste in the Centenario.
You have to go back to the 2006 Qualifying for Germany to find the Vinotinto’s last victory in this competition: it was in Montevideo on March 31, 2004, 3-0 against the team led by Juan Ramón Carrasco.
Complete list of the last ten games between Uruguay and Venezuela
10/18/2006 – Friendly, Centenario Stadium – Uruguay 4-0 Venezuela
3/7/2007 – Copa América Venezuela 2007 – Venezuela 0-0 Uruguay
7/7/2007 – Copa América Venezuela 2007 – Venezuela 1-4 Uruguay
6/14/2008 – South Africa 2010 Qualifiers – Uruguay 1-1 Venezuela
10/6/2009 – South Africa 2010 Qualifiers – Venezuela 2-2 Uruguay
2/6/2012 – Qualifiers Brazil 2014 – Uruguay 1-1 Venezuela
11/6/2013 – Qualifiers Brazil 2014 – Venezuela 0-1 Uruguay
9/6/2016 – Copa América Centenario 2016 – Uruguay 0-1 Venezuela
10/6/2016 – Russia 2018 Qualifiers – Uruguay 3-0 Venezuela
10/5/2017 – Russia 2018 Qualifiers – Venezuela 0-0 Uruguay