Diego Forlan scored the first of three consecutive goals in the the eighth minute and Uruguay overwhelmed a 10-man Peru 6-0 Tuesday night to give a boost to its World Cup qualifying campaign.
Carlos Bueno scored twice and Sebastian Abreu added another as Uruguay improved to eight points, moving it a point past Chile, Venezuela and Brazil into fourth place in the South American qualifying table. Paraguay leads with 13 points. Chile, Venezuela and Brazil all play their sixth-round matches later this week.
Forlan lofted the ball over goalkeeper Leao Butron to put Uruguay ahead, and converted a penalty in the 36th minute to double the advantage. Peru’s chances at recovering dwindled when Paolo Guerrero was ejected two minutes later.
Forlan added header in the 56th off a rebound and sent in a lofted cross in the 61st to Bueno, who headed it in for a 4-0 lead.
Bueno added his second eight minutes later and Abreu completed the scoring in the 89th, 10 minutes after entering the game.
The loss left Peru winless with three points from six matches, ahead of only Bolivia, which has one point.
URUGUAY: Juan Castillo, Bruno Silva, Diego Lugano, Diego Godin, Martin Caceres, Walter Gargano, Diego Perez, (Sebastian Eguren, 69) Ignacio Gonzalez, (Luis Suarez, 72) Cristian Rodriguez, Diego Forlan, Carlos Bueno, (Sebastian Abreu, 79).
PERU: Leao Butron, Amilton Prado, Alberto Rodriguez, Miguel Villalta, Juan Vargas, (Hernan Rengifo, 45), Rainer Torres, Nolberto Solano, Miguel Cebasco, Martin Hidalgo, (Guillermo Salas, 67), Juan C. Marino (Paulo Cruzado, 70), Paolo Guerrero.