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Monday, 8 April, 2002, 10:51 GMT 11:51 UK
Uruguay's road to the finals
Uruguay line up for a team photo at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
Uruguay were the last team to qualify for the finals
BBC Sport Online looks at how Uruguay became the 29th and final team to qualify for the World Cup.

If playing 18 matches in South America's mammoth Conmebol group was not enough, Uruguay then had to endure the agony of a play-off to clinch the final place in the Far East.

A 3-1 aggregate victory over luckless Australia sent the tiny nation of three-and-a-half million people into rapture.

Qualifying campaign
W 1-0 Bolivia (h)
L 0-1 Paraguay (a)
W 2-1 Chile (h)
D 1-1 Brazil (a)
W 3-1 Venezuela (h)
D 0-0 Peru (a)
L 0-1 Colombia (a)
W 4-0 Ecuador (h)
L 1-2 Argentina (a)
D 0-0 Bolivia (a)
L 0-1 Paraguay (h)
L 0-1 Chile (a)
W 1-0 Brazil (h)
W 2-0 Peru (a)
D 1-1 Colombia (h)
D 1-1 Ecuador (a)
D 1-1 Argentina (h)
L 0-1 Australia (a)
W 3-0 Australia (h)

The streets of Montevideo were packed with jubilant supporters draped in the national flag pounding drums, celebrating manically.

This was the first time Uruguay have qualified for the World Cup finals since 1990.

However, critics argued the national side should never have claimed a slot for Korea and Japan through the back door.

They believed their national side were good enough to win one of the four automatic qualifying slots in South America, rather than finishing fifth.

Uruguay lost only five of 18 matches, one fewer than both Brazil and Paraguay, who finished above them.

But 0-0 draws at home to Peru and away in Bolivia, matches Uruguay were expected to collect three points from, proved costly.

The undoubted highlight of their qualifying campaign was their 1-0 home victory over mighty neighbours Brazil at the Estadio Centenario.

Top Goalscorers
Dario Silva 5
Federico Magallanes 4
Nicolas Olivera 4

Much of the credit for that historic victory was heaped on coach Victor Pua, who took over the reins when Argentine Daniel Passarella resigned in February 2001.

Blessed with outstanding talent with the likes of Alvaro Recoba, Dario Silva, Paolo Montero and Gianni Guigou, Pua managed to blend a new breed of young players with the aforementioned stars.

As a result, goalkeeper Fabian Carini, centre-back Gonzalo Sorondo and striker Javier Chevaton have become a central part of Pua's squad.

For a country steeped in football history - Uruguay have won the World Cup twice, in 1930 and 1950 - the 2002 finals represents an opportunity to show the rest of the world just what Uruguay are capable of.

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