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Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez presented the official banner that the country's flag-bearer will carry at next month's opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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Uruguay ended their Copa America Centenario football tournament campaign with a 3-0 win against Jamaica in a Group C match at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

Abel Hernandez started the scoring with a pinpoint finish from Nicolas Lodeiro pass in the 21st minute. It was the two team's final group phase match. Jamaica’s Je-Vaughn Watson deflected a cross past his own goalkeeper Andre Blake for Uruguay’s second goal in the 66th minute and Matias Corujo completed the scoring in the 88th minute.

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Salomon Rondon’s 36th minute goal put Venezuela on the cusp of a Copa America Centenario quarter-final appearance with a 1-0 win over Uruguay. Venezuela have won back-to-back Copa America matches for the first time ever and also defeated Uruguay for the first time in a decase.

Uruguay, the ninth-ranked team in the world, were eliminated from Copa America Centenario following their second consecutive defeat in the tournament.

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Head coach Gustavo Munua announced his resignation from Uruguayan football club Nacional after failing to deliver any silverware in what was a disappointing season for the popular club.

Nacional were eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Copa Libertadores de America in penalty shootouts against Argentinian side Boca Juniors. In the local league, the team missed several opportunities to catch up with their main rival, Penarol, who will play the league final against Plaza Colonia on Sunday.

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The Copa America Centenario Medical Committee approved changes to the Brazil and Uruguay roster on Tuesday. The Medical Committee ruled that injuries to Brazil midfielder Rafinha and goalkeeper Ederson as well as Uruguay midfielder Cristian Rodriguez were serious enough to prevent the players from taking part in the competition. Rafinha will be replaced by Lucas and Ederson will be replaced by Marcelo Grohe on the Brazil roster, while Rodriguez will be replaced by defender Diego Laxalt on the Uruguay roster.

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In a match billed as “The Clash of the Desperate Ones”, Uruguay edged out England 2-1 thanks to a brace from their talisman Luis Suarez. The Premier League top goalscorer made his return from injury in decisive fashion, even without being completely fit. His contributions virtually eliminated the Three Lions from the competition.

The match began in speculative fashion, with both teams struggling to get going on the back of demoralising defeats. Wayne Rooney came closest to scoring for England in the first half, hitting the bar from close range and blasting a free kick just wide. However, Suarez scored with virtually his first chance of the game, punishing England’s profligacy by prodding home a looping cross from strike partner Edinson Cavani.

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The March edition of the FIFA World Ranking has seen somewhat less movement than last month, with Spain, Germany, Argentina, Portugal and Colombia remaining unchanged in the top five spots. Close behind them are Uruguay (6th, up 1) and Switzerland (7th, down 1), who have swapped places, while Belgium (10th, up 1) have jumped up into the top ten at the expense of the Netherlands (11th, down 1). Meanwhile England (12th, up 3) and Russia (19th, up 3) have made good progress in the top 20.

Further down the table, Egypt are on the up. Their victory in a friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina (21st, down 4) and the devaluation of last year’s defeat against Qatar have helped them climb 12 positions to 26th. Six other teams have also managed to climb ten or more places: Vietnam (125th, up 18), Comoros (183rd, up 15), Iraq (103rd, up 11), Afghanistan (127th, up 11), Aruba (162nd, up 10) and the Faroe Islands (162nd, up 10). Afghanistan are not only one of the biggest climbers this month, but also together with Panama (29th, up 3) they are the only ones able to celebrate reaching their highest position since the launch of the FIFA World Ranking.

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