This is a match report of the second semi-final between Uruguay and Yugoslavia played on the 27th July 1930. The hosts 6-1 win over the Balkan state secured their place in the first-ever World Cup final against their arch-rivals and neighbours from across the River Plate - Argentina.
This dispatch appeared in the Spanish newspaper El Sol, on the 28th of July. You can read the original report here.
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Checked into a hotel in Kazan which has a small exhibition of photos from the 1930 World Cup. Before the Uruguay-Yugoslavia semi, they got five girls out of the local finishing school in Montevideo to greet the players. Quirky. pic.twitter.com/EqkEmokYl4— Daniel McDonnell (@McDonnellDan) June 28, 2018
Uruguay, 6; Yugoslavia, 1Yugoslavia ahead of their 1930 World Cup semi-final against Uruguay. pic.twitter.com/HbbGQvLwaD— Rob Fielder (@ademir2z) January 27, 2014
MONTEVIDEO 28 (10 m.). - Yesterday was the semifinal match of the world championship between the teams of Uruguay and Yugoslavia.
The first half ended with three goals to one in favour of Uruguay. From the first moment, the superiority of local players over their opponents was evident. However, the Yugoslavs produced a good impression, because they made excellent plays of short passes. His game during all this time recalled by its characteristics to the Argentine teams. In general, the game was animated and at times quite abrupt. The goalkeeper stood out remarkably from the Yugoslav team.
The Uruguayan front line was somewhat heavy. Their players did not demonstrate the excellent way in which they had acted in the match against the Romanian team. The defence acted well. The first goal of the afternoon was marked by the Yugoslavs. It was the only goal scored by this team, and it caused general confusion in the huge crowd that filled the stadium. The first Uruguayan, who gave the tie, was marked by Cea and received by the public with a formidable ovation. The second Uruguayan was scored by centre-forward Anselmo and gave rise to delirious expressions of enthusiasm, as well as the third, also achieved by Anselmo.
Shortly before the end of the first half the Yugoslavs scored the second goal, cancelled by the referee [for being] out of play.
In the second half, the superiority of the Uruguayan team became even more evident. As they were marking the many facts against the enemy goal the enthusiasm of the public overflowed. The match ended with six to one, in favour of Uruguay. The superiority of the local team was so obvious that most of the match was played near the Yugoslavian goal. Thanks to the magnificent performance of the Yugoslav goalkeeper, who played brilliantly, the Uruguayan triumph was prevented from reaching truly exceptional proportions.
In the Uruguayan team, the defenders Mascheroni and Nazzassi, the media Andrade and Fernández y Gestido stood out. The goalkeeper Ballesteros acted well, except in the goal that marked him at the start of the game. In contrast, the strikers did not produce a good impression and did not play up to what was expected. Only the left inside Cea and the centre-forward Anselmo stood out, although the game of the latter was inferior to the one played in the game played against the Romanians. In general, it can be said that from the technical point of view the game can be described as regular, and about more or less, similar to the one played between the United States and the Argentines the previous day, although the game played by the Yugoslav superior to the team of the United States.
87 years ago today URU bt YUG 6-1 WC S/F controversy 1 URU goal assist by policeman kicking ball into play from which host score. #WC1930 pic.twitter.com/C9zwnf2gAw— worldcup1930project (@WC1930blogger) July 27, 2017
So many Uruguayans in the second half had scored: one by Iriarte and two by Cea.