The Barcelona forward again struck the woodwork in the 31st minute after latching onto a sloppy Wales back-pass and rounding goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey. However the former Liverpool man hit the post with an open goal at his mercy. Cavani stung Hennessey's palms in the 36th minute with a rasping shot from outside the box, and at the other end Wales midfielder Andy King also had a long-range effort saved, this time by Uruguay keeper Fernando Muslera. Wales' best chance of the first 45 minutes came just before half time when Gareth Bale flicked Harry Wilson's freekick just past Muslera's post.
Edinson Cavani for club and country:— bet365 (@bet365) March 26, 2018
10-11: 32 goals in 44 games
11-12: 29 goals in 49 games
12-13: 37 goals in 44 games
13-14: 23 goals in 44 games
14-15: 27 goals in 54 games
15-16: 30 goals in 59 games
16-17: 49 goals in 50 games
17-18: 34 goals in 43 games pic.twitter.com/DGa7z2JdQj
The breakthrough came in the 49th minute when a long ball over the top of the Welsh defence found Cristian Rodriguez who squared to Cavani who tapped in his 100th goal for his country to put Uruguay 1-0 up. Minutes later the former Napoli striker missed a golden chance to score his second when he mis-kicked a low cross from the right with only Hennesey to beat. Both coaches made a raft of substitutions as the game wore on, and Uruguay held their lead to lift the trophy.
Edinson Cavani comes up big for Uruguay in China ? pic.twitter.com/tz6SmXi4pGMarch 26, 2018
Earlier today at the same stadium, the Czech Republic beat hosts China 4-1 in the third-place playoff of the four-team tournament.
Edinson Cavani has now scored 42 goals for Uruguay; Luis Suarez (50) is the only player with more.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 26, 2018
On his 100th cap to top it off. ? pic.twitter.com/W1OAMVIkoi