LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia took advantage of the thin air in La Paz to beat Uruguay 4-1 on Tuesday in a lopsided match that may damage Uruguay's chances of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Carlos Saucedo scored in the fifth, 51st and 55th minutes and Gualberto Mujica added the other in the 26th. Luis Suarez scored in the 81st for Uruguay.
"Bolivia did well, taking advantage of the two goals in the first half," Uruguay coach Oscar Tavarez said. "We're not dead, but we need to fix things. We have no cushion now and we'll have to fight it out. We'll get out of this tough spot."
Uruguay stayed on 12 points from nine matches, its second defeat in four days following a 3-0 loss at Argentina.
Bolivia has eight points and remains a long shot to reach the World Cup in Brazil.
Uruguay, like many teams which travel to play at 3,500 meters (11,500 feet) in La Paz, never got into the match.
South American qualifying resumes on March 22.
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