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 tougher to attain in opposition to. Up entrance we’ve monstrous gamers who can get objectives at any second of the match.”
The lead to a sport 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 sport.
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 night time that though that they had barely extra of the possession they by no means managed a shot on purpose the whole match.
On the different finish, Messi induced issues for Uruguay together with his dribbles within the final third however he was often 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 scorching favorites to win a second consecutive Copa America taking part in at residence.
“We’ve lacked a little bit of luck to get victories (just lately),” stated Argentina’s second half substitute Angel Di Maria. “In the present day we managed to do this in opposition to a direct rival who’re at all times contenders for the Copa America.”
“Brazil are the very best workforce (up to now),” he added. “We’re taking it step-by-step and the dream is alive, I hope we will make it come true. Argentina are at all times a candidate (for the title) however Brazil are at residence and are doing issues very nicely.”
Argentina’s subsequent sport is in opposition to Paraguay on Monday, whereas Uruguay tackle Chile the identical day.
(Reporting by Andrew Downie; Modifying by William Mallard, Shri Navaratnam and Raju Gopalakrishnan)