BRASILIA (Reuters) – A primary half purpose from Guido Rodriguez, his first in 11 worldwide appearances, gave Argentina a 1-0 win over Uruguay in a leaden Copa America conflict on Friday.
Uruguay hadn’t overwhelmed Argentina within the Copa America since 1989 they usually went behind early on to Rodriguez’s header.
The Actual Betis midfielder began for his nation for the primary time since June 2019 and he justified that call when he transformed a cross from Lionel Messi after 10 minutes.
The purpose gave Argentina all three factors and condemned their neighbors to a shedding begin to their Copa marketing campaign.
“We deserved to win,” stated Argentinian midfielder Rodrigo de Paul. “In the present day we tried to be extra compact, to make it harder to attain towards. Up entrance now we have monstrous gamers who can get targets at any second of the match.”
The end in a recreation that was end-to-end however missing in actual pleasure at a cavernously empty stadium in Brasilia leaves Uruguay joint backside of Group A with no factors, alongside Bolivia, who’ve performed two and misplaced two.
Argentina transfer into joint prime spot with 4 factors alongside Chile, who beat Bolivia 1-0 earlier on Friday. Paraguay have three factors from one recreation.
Striker Edinson Cavani was again for Uruguay after lacking the final two video games by means of suspension and he produced one of many few memorable moments for his facet when he was unlucky to see a loud shout for a penalty waved away after 26 minutes.
It was indicative of Uruguay’s sad evening that though they’d barely extra of the possession they by no means managed a shot on purpose all the match.
On the different finish, Messi brought about issues for Uruguay along with his dribbles within the final third however he was continuously crowded out by Uruguayan defenders.
The consequence prolonged Argentina’s unbeaten run to fifteen video games since they misplaced within the semi-final of the final Copa America in 2019.
It additionally snapped a run of three consecutive attracts and boosted the boldness of a facet conscious their nice rival Brazil are scoring freely and are sizzling favorites to win a second consecutive Copa America taking part in at residence.
“We’ve lacked a little bit of luck to get victories (not too long ago),” stated Argentina’s second half substitute Angel Di Maria. “In the present day we managed to try this towards a direct rival who’re all the time contenders for the Copa America.”
“Brazil are one of the best staff (to this point),” he added. “We’re taking it step-by-step and the dream is alive, I hope we will make it come true. Argentina are all the time a candidate (for the title) however Brazil are at residence and are doing issues very effectively.”
Argentina’s subsequent recreation is towards Paraguay on Monday, whereas Uruguay tackle Chile the identical day.
(Reporting by Andrew Downie; Enhancing by William Mallard, Shri Navaratnam and Raju Gopalakrishnan)