Forlan on target ahead of Uruguay-Spain friendly

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 04, 2013 09:10 hrs

Porto Alegre, Feb 4 (IANS) Striker Diego Forlan fine-tuned his preparation for Uruguay's friendly against Spain slated Wednesday by scoring in Internacional's 2-1 victory over Gremio in Brazil's Campeonato Gaucho.

Forlan struck in the 38th-minute with a sublime left-footed finish from a tight angle at the Colosso da Lagoa Stadium, Sunday, reports Xinhua.

After the match he rushed to board a flight to Qatar, via Sao Paulo, for Uruguay's duel against the reigning World Cup and European champions in Doha.

"It (the travelling) isn't easy," Forlan said after the match. "Some people don't realize the lengths we go to in order to play."

"Now I have to take a 14-hour flight from Sao Paulo. But that's football. If you have the chance to play for the national team, you have to make these sacrifices. "

Forlan said he was close to reaching peak form after managing just five goals in 19 appearances for Inter following his August move from Italy's Inter Milan.

"It's been very important to have a big pre-season. I've worked hard to be in the best shape possible. The more we play together as a team, the better we will be and little by little we will get closer to achieving our goals."

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