PREDICTION Advances as second third-place finisher
IT'S way past midnight for the 2006 World Cup Cinderella. Eliminated in the first round of the last Copa, in 2007, and unable to qualify for South Africa 2010, the surprise of the early '00s is now in free fall. Only the superb winger Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) will save this Tricolor from humiliation.
PREDICTION First-round exit
THE World Cup semifinalists bring back fearsome scorers Luis Suárez (Liverpool), Edinson Cavani (Napoli) and Diego Forlán (Atlético Madrid) and a disciplined backline, all under the wise guidance of Oscar (El Maestro) Tabárez. But absent a stroke of luck, La Celeste will again play for the bronze.
PREDICTION Group winner