China Cup: Luis Suarez Wallops Away Opener Against Czech Republic, Becomes First Uruguay Player To Reach 50 International Goals (Video)

Chris Wright

23rd, March 2018

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With Wales kicking off the China Cup with a 6-0 rogering of the hosts on Thursday afternoon, the other two competing nations – Uruguay and Czech Republic – followed suit today.

Just eight minutes in, Luis Suarez went a-sprawlin’ to win La Celeste a penalty before duly smacking the resulting spot-kick past Jiri Pavlenka from 12 yards…

With that, Suarez becomes the very first Uruguayan ever to score 50 goals for his country, and only the seventh South American player in history to reach a half-century – the other six being Pele (77), Ronaldo (62), Romario (55) and Neymar (50) for Brazil, and Lionel Messi (61) and Gabriel Batistuta (54) for Argentina.

At the time of writing, Uruguay are currently 2-0 up over the Czechs in Guangxi thanks to a goal from their second highest goalscorer of all time, Edinson Cavani (his 41st international strike).