Fred scored from close range two minutes from half-time to calm the nerves of the five-time world champions and Confederations Cup title holders after Diego Forlan had first missed a penalty for Uruguay.
A fan of Brazil wearing a Hulk costume cheer for his team during Confederations Cup semi-final match against Uruguay
Matches between the South American neighbours have long been tense affairs - not least since the Uruguayans shocked the Brazilians in the 1950 World Cup final in Rio to deny their hosts a first title. Seen here are Luiz Suarez and Edinson Cavani
Brazilian fans cheer as they watch the Confederations Cup semifinal match between Brazil and Uruguay on a giant screen.
Paulinho rose high to plant a firm close-range header past Fernando Muslera in the Uruguay goal to pull off a barely deserved victory.