The 1-1 draw with Austria suggested that the World Cup may be a bridge too far for Oscar Tabarez's ageing Uruguay stalwarts.
Alvaro Pereira scrambled a second-half goal to give World Cup finalists Uruguay a scrappy 1-1 draw away to Austria.
Brazil's leading clubs are enjoying bumper revenues but are failing to address crippling debts and cannot pay players on time.
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