Thanks to its success against Chile (1-0) on the last day of the group stage, Celeste will play its place in the semi-finals against Peru.
With a goal from Edinson Cavani, Uruguay grabbed Copa América Group C's lead by beating Chile 1-0 in Rio de Janeiro on Monday and will face Peru in the quarter-finals. avoiding Colombia. Chilean doubles champions will face the difficult task of playing against Cafeteros, the only team to have won all three group games, with four goals scored and none conceded.
Cavani scored the winning goal of the head (82) at the end of a rather dull match given the expectations of such a poster. "We played well at times, with the attitude and the mentality necessary to win the match," said the Paris striker SG after the match. "We wanted to qualify in first place to leave a good image and keep this positive attitude," he added.
The two teams were already qualified entering the field, but for the Celeste, no question of playing the "hairdressers": Oscar Tabarez decided to play his all-out, with a more offensive training than in the first two games.
To fill the Suarez-Cavani attack duo with good balls, Uruguay tried to bring a touch of creativity to their midfield, lining Giorgian De Arrascaeta alongside Lodeiro for offensive animation. Arrascatera was literally in his backyard, as he plays in Flamengo, a Rio club that plays almost every home match at Maracana. On the Chilean side, the Vargas-Sanchez duo was held in front, but Vidal was left at rest.
Tactical choice or simple provocation, the defender Jara, was aligned for the first time of the tournament precisely for this match against Uruguay. At the Copa America 2015, it was he who shocked the world of football by introducing a finger between the buttocks of Cavani during the quarter-final won by Roja. The Uruguayan replied by putting his hand in his face, which earned him a red card. When the giant screen showed the teams' compositions before the match, Jara was most applauded by the Chilean fans, most of them in the Maracana.
Invader with a hen's head
Even if it could settle for a draw to secure the first place, Chile, was more enterprising early in the game, under the eyes of former star striker Ivan Zamorano, present in stands. Well offset by Sanchez, visibly recovered from his ankle pain, Aranguiz forced Muslera to relax all the way to divert a powerful shot from the entrance to the surface (10th). At the height of the Chilean pressure, Suarez, well launched cons, appeared alone against Arias, but failed to deceive the Chilean goalkeeper (21st). This opportunity has rekindled Celeste, who created herself some hot situations on set kick.
The most beautiful technical gesture in the middle of a dull second half: Jara's judo taking, which lent a hand to the stewards to stop the race of a spectator who had invaded the ground decked with a hen's head . The match seemed to be heading for a sad 0-0 when Cavani woke up the entire stadium with a sublime header in the middle of a skylight on a cross from Jonathan Rodriguez, who had just come into play at Arrascaeta.
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