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Forlan, 3 others stuck in elevator at team hotel

June 22, 2013

RECIFE, Brazil (AP) — Diego Forlan and two of his teammates were stuck in the elevator at the Uruguay team hotel for more than 30 minutes on Saturday, delaying the start of their final training session ahead of Sunday’s match.

Forlan, Diego Perez, Sebastian Eguren and a trainer were heading down from the seventh floor of their hotel in Recife when it stopped working.

“We got stuck in the lift for half an hour, but we could breathe. We could see the light,” Perez said. “The door got stuck.”

Uruguay is in the northern Brazilian city to face Tahiti on Sunday in their final Group B match of the Confederations Cup, a warm-up event for next year’s World Cup. A victory will be good enough to put the South American champions into the semifinals, as long as Spain earns at least a draw with Nigeria in the other group match.

Perez, a defensive midfielder who plays for Bologna, said he had no intention of making any changes once the team gets back to the hotel Saturday evening, assuming everything is in working order.

“I trust that the lift will work,” Perez said. “Otherwise we’ll change floors.”

Forlan, a striker who had a long career in Europe before returning to South America to play, won the Golden Ball as the best player of the 2010 World Cup. Eguren is a midfielder who also spent many years in Europe.

The problem with the elevators made the team late for training at the Arena Pernambuco, and caused some laughter among the rest of the team.

“Well, we joked about it when we heard. The rest of the team was already waiting in the bus,” Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said. “Luckily there was no further inconvenience. Then the jokes continued.”

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