Oscar Tabarez "pleased" with Uruguay victory

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Oscar Tabarez says that Uruguay got their just rewards for their attacking strategy against Nigeria.

Oscar Tabarez has said that his decision to start with three strikers paid off as Uruguay scored a vital 2-1 victory over Nigeria.

Diego Forlan, Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani spearheaded the attack in Salvador, where the South American team took a huge step towards the knockout stages of the Confederations Cup.

"We've never played with the three strikers like that before," Tabarez told reporters. "We felt we had to go for it and it worked out for us.

"We pressed really well at the start and then Nigeria gained control through to the second half, when we took the lead and stayed solid at the back. We could have killed the game off earlier but we're very pleased all the same.

"Since the draw was made we've been saying this was our big game. We've taken a step towards the semi-finals. We're not there yet, but we've smoothed the path."

Uruguay, who lost to Spain in their opening game, take on Tahiti in their final match of Group B on Sunday.

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