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Canada blanked 2-0 by Uruguay in World Cup tune-up match

Nicolas De La Cruz and Darwin Nunez set the tone in the first half with a goal apiece as 13th-ranked Uruguay topped Canada 2-0 in a men's soccer friendly on Tuesday.

De La Cruz scored on a free kick from the left side just outside of the box in the sixth minute, and scored by the near-side post as goalkeeper Milan Borjan could not get enough on the ball to stop it.

Following a close miss on a volley shot from a Luis Suarez cross five minutes earlier, Nunez made up for it with a header goal in the 33rd minute off a cross from Suarez to put his side up 2-0.

It's one of the last World Cup tune-up matches for the 43rd-ranked Canadians before they take the field in Qatar in November. The national team takes on No. 24 Japan on Nov. 17 before taking the pitch Nov. 23 against Belgium in World Cup action.

Canada was coming off a 2-0 win over Qatar last week.

Despite conceding the two goals, Canada dominated possession in the first half (59 per cent to 41 for Uruguay) and was not short on scoring opportunities.

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