Both FIFA Under-20 World Cup games at Burnaby's Swangard Stadium ended in ties on Sunday. But the 10,000 fans at the doubleheader were the real winners.
Uruguay scored twice in nine minutes, but favoured 1999 champion Spain came back to achieve a 2-2 tie in the day's featured match.
"It's very painful to lose those three points," said Uruguay striker Luis Suarez.
Uruguay's captain Edinson Cavani scored in the 47th minute and teammate Suarez, followed in the 56th minute with a 23-yard blast after a nifty give-and-go with Marcel Roman.
Spain's Adrian Lopez won a challenge in the air to beat Uruguay's goalkeeper Mauro Goicoechea in the 71st minute. Goicoechea was caught out of position in the third minute of injury time after parrying Stephen Sunday's long ball out of the penalty area. Diego Capel pounced on the loose ball and lobbed it over Goicoechea to give Europe's top qualifier the equalizer.
"I was very happy for scoring the goal that helped my team tie the game," said Capel, a 19-year-old FC Seville midfielder. "It came at a very important moment of the game."
Jordan and Zambia lost a player each to ejection and gave up controversial first half goals in their earlier 1-1 draw.
Jordan withstood Zambia's sustained second half attack to escape with a point in the nation's first FIFA tournament match.
Jordan plays Uruguay at 5 p.m. tomorrow, followed by Zambia and Spain at 7:45 p.m.
Meanwhile in Victoria, Japan had a decisive 3-1 win over Scotland while Nigeria shutout Costa Rica 1-0 on Sunday.