Uruguay march on

by admin

Monday, July 18th, 2011

The Copa America has produced some sterile matches but the quarter final between Uruguay and Argentina proved to be an exciting match for spectators.

The fierce rivals were expected to play a tight game but eventual victory on penalties for Uruguay came at the end of a pulsating affair.

Uruguay – who have defeated the men in Mexico Copa America Shirts on their way to the semi-finals –  took the lead after just six minutes when Diego Forlan crossed for Martin Caceres and Argentina goalkeeper could only parry the ball to Perez. The Uruguay player slotted the ball home with cool aplomb despite it being his first international goal.

Going a goal down so early on did not seem to worry Argentina team who continued to press forward and both Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi created good chances. It was Messi who made the equalising goal for Argentina with a great cross to Gonzalo Hinguin, who headed the ball confidently into goal.

After this both teams had goals disallowed for off-side and the matched became more cagey just before half time when Uruguay had Perez was sent off for a second bookable offence. Argentina captain Javier Mascherano was sent off early in the second half and the sides were once again even.

There were further chances for both teams but neither was able to convert their opportunities.

After this the game idled a little throughout the rest of normal time with Javier Zanetti missing a decent opening during extra time, which meant that a penalty shoot-out was needed.

Both teams were successful with their penalties until Carlos Tevez missed when electing for power over finesse. The Uruguayans converted all of their penalties and now face the Peru in the semi finals where they are strong favourites to progress.

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