Uruguay has qualified for its second consecutive World Cup after handily finishing off Jordan in their home-and-away inter-regional playoff.
La Celeste had won the first leg of the two-match playoff 5-0 last week in Amman and the aggregate score remained unchanged after the teams played to a dull 0-0 draw Wednesday at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo.
Playing before a crowd of more than 55,000, who had come out to celebrate a World Cup berth that seemed all but assured, the Uruguayans made numerous mistakes and had little fortune in the penalty area throughout the match.
The Jordanians, meanwhile, played for pride and stayed organized in defense, refusing to give their more talented opponents the space they needed to pile on more goals.
The Uruguayans heaped some pressure on Jordan's defense near the end of the first half, but were unable to get the ball into the back of the net before the intermission.
After halftime, Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani and Uruguay's other talented attackers started to show off some of their offensive skill and only bad luck prevented them from finally opening the scoring.
Having already avoided an embarrassing blowout, the Jordanians also opened their game up a bit in the second half and even pressured the Uruguayan defense as the match entered its final stages.
La Celeste made its best offensive forays into Jordanian territory in the closing minutes but lacked the accuracy and creativity to liven up the festive atmosphere with a goal.
Uruguay was forced to play off against Jordan, the fifth-placed team from the Asian Football Confederation, after finishing fifth in South American qualifying for the World Cup behind Argentina, Colombia, Chile and Ecuador.
The host Brazilians automatically qualified for soccer's premier event, which will get underway on June 12, 2014.
Uruguay finished fourth at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
The small South American nation has enjoyed tremendous success in the tournament throughout its history, winning the title in 1930 and 1950 and also finishing fourth on two other occasions - in 1954 and 1970. EFE