Uruguay have won the Tournoi Maurice Revello – more commonly known as the Toulon Tournament – the invitational competition held annually in Provence, southern France, for Under-20 international teams.
In their first-ever appearance at the tournament, Uruguay beat Australia (2-0) and Paraguay (4-0) before drawing two-apiece with France to top their group. Norway awaited in the semis, and Uruguay comfortably won 4-1 despite being behind inside a minute. The other semi saw hosts France beat the Netherlands on penalties after a 1-1 draw.
Uruguay took the lead in the 13th minute when Danilo Vicente lofted a ball out wide to the left from the centre circle towards Defensor Sporting winger Álvaro de Armas. His sublime first touch allowed him to wrong-foot the right-back and cut inside the box, Arjen Robben style, before drilling low past the French ‘keeper.
A second goal came in the 38th minute when Walter Demarco sent Sebastián Peña clear down the right wing. He reached the goal-line and sent the ball across the six-yard box where Leonardo Fernández of Rampla Juniors had the simplest of finishes at the far post.
Despite France testing Juan Cáceres six times in the Uruguay goal, de Armas nearly made it three on the hour-mark when he hit the crossbar with an audacious 40-yard lob as the hosts fell asleep at a goal-kick. Les Bleus had no answer in the remaining half-hour, and Uruguay went on to lift the trophy.
Earlier in the day, the Netherlands won the third-place playoff against Norway courtesy of a single goal from Heracles centre-back Henk Koeman midway through the first-half.
Uruguay’s Julio Amado (Rampla Juniors) was voted player of the tournament, while French pair Joseph Bako (Stade Rennais) and Ludovic Autret (Monaco) were named top scorer and best goalkeeper respectively.
TOULON TOURNAMENT 2018: FINAL FRANCE U20 0 - 2 URUGUAY U20 de Armas 13 Fernández 38 Att: 2,624 Stade Mayol, Toulon. Dry 18°C. Referee: D.Gomes