Argentina and Chile on Monday booked their locations within the Copa America quarter-finals, ending high of Group A after low-scoring matches that left the opposite two spots up for grabs.
Argentina logged its second win in three group matches performed, beating Paraguay 1-0, with Alejandro “Papu” Gomez scoring the only aim of a lacklustre match in Brasilia within the ninth minute.
The win positioned Lionel Messi’s La Albiceleste high of Group A with seven factors — sufficient to safe its spot within the subsequent section of the event being performed in empty stadiums in coronavirus-battered Brazil.
The match marked a private milestone for Messi, who tied Javier Mascherano’s document for probably the most video games performed for Argentina — 147.
But it was not an evening of glory for Messi or his workforce, who within the second half appeared to resign themselves to defending a spirited, however in the end fruitless, Paraguayan assault.
In the opposite match Monday, Chile drew 1-1 with Uruguay to finish the day with 5 log factors.
With 4 matches left to play in Group A, Paraguay has three factors, Uruguay one, and Bolivia zero, which means all of them nonetheless stand a theoretical likelihood to go to the quarter-finals.
Brazil has already certified from Group B.
Despite opposition from politicians and residents, Brazil agreed on the eleventh hour to host the world’s oldest worldwide event after South American soccer’s governing physique CONMEBOL took it from co-hosts Argentina, battling a pandemic surge, and Colombia the place dozens have died in anti-government protests.
The contest had already been delayed by a yr as a result of pandemic and plenty of gamers and coaches spoke out in opposition to it going forward earlier than the event started.
The build-up to Monday’s Chile-Uruguay sport had been overshadowed by controversy within the Chile camp after revelations the workforce had breached Covid-19 protocols by bringing a neighborhood hairdresser into the workforce resort.
CONMEBOL stated it will positive these concerned $30,000.
However there was no signal of the controversy affecting their play, with Vargas firing Chile forward on 26 minutes from a good angle after latching onto a intelligent move from English-born Ben Brereton.
Uruguay grabbed a share of the factors within the second-half when Suarez bundled within the ball from shut vary throughout a tangle with former Barcelona team-mate Arturo Vidal on the far put up following a nook.
Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani nearly snatched victory for Uruguay within the eighty fifth minute, however his glancing header flashed simply broad of the put up.
Vargas’s first-half strike noticed him draw degree with Peru’s Paolo Guerrero on 14 objectives within the Copa America’s all-time goalscoring rankings, three behind the document of 17 held by Brazil’s Zizinho and Argentina’s Norberto Mendez.