Uruguay still wants to find its best version. The goal has already been achieved. Superiority does not. The Charruas defeated a Paraguay that suffered a thrust after losing Miguel Almirón, its best footballer due to injury. Those from Tabárez, classified as second in the group, will face Colombia. Paraguay will collide with Peru and the worst has happened to Chile who will face Neymar’s Brazil. The good of the Copa América begins.
Uruguay and Paraguay teams were already classified to the quarterfinals. The incentive was to see if they could get second place in the group. The greatest urgency was for the Uruguayans who wanted to avoid Brazil at all costs. And they did it at half speed.
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The ineffable Tabárez sent an eleven of danger to the field. The only footballer who was not taken into account was Luis Suárez as the starter. The Atlético striker has lost shape after a long season that ended up establishing him as champion. The bet was Edinson Cavani, lonely in the attack. The midfield was solid with Valverde, Vecino and Betancur.
Cavani missed a great pass from De Arrascaeta in the first minutes. When he must shoot, he crosses; when it must yield, it is filled. Although fortune begins to smile on him after an irregular season at Manchester United. The referee whistled a penalty against Paraguay after Ángel Romero spoiled the race of the Nández locomotive. Cavani asked to collect it and goal. Arrow to the target.
Paraguay lost its best footballer, Miguel Almirón, in the first half hour of the game. The Newcastle player could not continue any longer. Through tears he left a Paraguay heartbroken that needed his courage. The albirroja was unable to finish on goal in the first 45 minutes; the celestial did it seven times.
Uruguay also suffered a drop in the peloton. At half time, Diego Godín, the eternal captain, could not continue any longer and the Maestro Tabárez replaced him. You need him for the next round. Valverde, a good element in the last season of Real Madrid, tried on goal with a shot that was well saved by goalkeeper Silva.
Eduardo Berizzo, at the head of the Guaraní bench, shook his lineup at the time of the game with the entry of a fixed forward like Carlos González. Much movement, little auction.
Suárez entered the field to keep the captain’s armband. Betancur in a counterattack could not pass in time on a good run by Suárez. In his first shot everything was in Silva’s gloves. He fought a foul and got it; took a free kick and smashed it into the barrier. Nothing comes out for Suárez.
The Paraguayan González was blocked by Coates in what was to be the first shot of his team. There was no space or creativity for Paraguay to make a shot on goal. End of the game. An improved Uruguay will be measured against a Colombia that is a mirage given its unstable performance in the Copa América. Tabárez will pray to have Godín recovered and for Suárez to find the goal.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.