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Uruguay wins 5-0 at Jordan in first leg of intercontinental World Cup qualifier

El jugador de Uruguay, Maximiliano Pereira, centro, festeja con sus compañeros Edinson Cavani, izquierda, y Luis Suárez, tras anotar un gol contra Jordania en un partido por el repechaje mundialista el miércoles, 13 de noviembre de 2013, en Amán. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

El jugador de Uruguay, Maximiliano Pereira, centro, festeja con sus compañeros Edinson Cavani, izquierda, y Luis Suárez, tras anotar un gol contra Jordania en un partido por el repechaje mundialista el miércoles, 13 de noviembre de 2013, en Amán. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)  (The Associated Press)

Uruguay looks almost certain to qualify for the 2014 World Cup after winning 5-0 at Jordan on Wednesday in the first leg of their intercontinental playoff.

Goals from Edinson Cavani, Maxi Pereira, Cristian Stuani, Nicolas Lodeiro and Cristian Rodriguez put Uruguay in a dominant position ahead of its home game in Montevideo next week.

Luis Suarez set up Pereira's 22nd minute opener, and Stuani made it 2-0 just before halftime.

Jordan had long spells of possession in the second half but was vulnerable on the counter-attack, with Lodeiro slotting in from the edge of the box in the 69th minute and an unmarked Rodriguez hitting a crisp volley from close range in the 78th.

Cavani slotted a free kick into the top right corner of the net in stoppage time.