Copa America: Uruguay works but beats Bolivia 2-0 to reach the quarters | Football news


An own goal in the first half and a late second from Edinson Cavani helped Uruguay win 2-0 over Bolivia on Thursday and secured them a place in the last eight of the Copa America .

Reuters | , Cuiaba

POSTED JUNE 25, 2021 07:25 AM IST

An own goal in the first half and a late second from Edinson Cavani gave Uruguay a 2-0 victory over Bolivia on Thursday and secured their place in the last eight of the Copa America. Uruguay have won this tournament more than any other country, but they have worked so far this year, losing 1-0 to Argentina, drawing 1-1 with Chile and failing to shine against a Bolivian team whose last away victory dates back to 32 games in Myanmar. .

They huffed and puffed during the first half at Cuiaba and needed a stroke of luck to take the lead five minutes before half-time when Jairo Quinteros and Carlos Lampe combined to score their own goal. A low cross entered the penalty area and stuck between Cavani and Luis Suarez, Quinteros was forced into action but could only hit the ball over Carlos Lampe’s legs and into the net.

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Bolivia lost their first two games and were desperate to get points on the board, but although they weren’t intimidated they were slow to move forward and couldn’t compete with their more cunning opponents.

On the other side, Uruguay had a plethora of chances, Suarez and Cavani both missed chances and the veteran Lampe once again in excellent form in the Bolivian goal. Uruguay hadn’t won since beating Colombia in a World Cup qualifier last November, but Cavani secured all three points with his first international goal since that game when he converted. a sumptuous center of Facundo Torres 11 minutes from the end.

Substitute Maxi Gomez should have scored three goals in added time, but he took the lead in front of an open goal. The result ended a five-game winless streak for Uruguay and secures its place among the top four teams in Group A alongside the already qualified Argentina. Bolivia now have to beat Argentina in their final game and hope other results give them a chance to advance in a squad that also includes Chile and Paraguay.

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