Edinson Cavani scored his 52nd aim for Uruguay on Thursday in a 2-0 Copa America victory over Bolivia, who grew to become the primary group eradicated from the competitors.
Bolivia goalkeeper Carlos Lampe scored an unfortunate personal aim to open the scoring however at occasions nearly single-handedly stored his aspect within the recreation.
Paraguay went second in group A behind Argentina with a 2-0 win over Chile, who dropped to 3rd with Uruguay fourth.
The end result left Bolivia unable to catch any of the groups above them, who’ve all certified for the quarter-finals.
“The appearance of Covid weakened us. We’ve played well, we tried to play without making mistakes but we didn’t have any luck,” complained Bolivia coach Cesar Farias.
A primary-half header from Braian Samudio and second half Miguel Almiron penalty gave Paraguay a second victory in three matches.
With one match left, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay can nonetheless win Group A, whereas Brazil, who controversially beat Ecuador 2-1 on Wednesday, have already wrapped up prime spot in Group B.
Colombia have additionally certified for the quarter-finals however certainly one of Peru, Ecuador and Venezuela will miss out.
Uruguay completely deserved their first victory of this yr’s event as they dominated all through in Cuiaba, registering 22 pictures to Bolivia’s 4.
“The scoreline doesn’t reflect our dominance but we’re satisfied,” mentioned Uruguay’s 74-year-old coach Oscar Tabarez, who added “we didn’t make any mistakes in defense.”
“Bolivia didn’t have any clear chances so we’re happy. It’s nothing to celebrate but we’re satisfied with the way we played and controled the match.”
Lampe a shining instance
Uruguay’s star veterans Cavani and Suarez — the 2 most prolific forwards in Uruguay’s historical past — have been a menace to the Bolivian backline all through the match, even when they didn’t all the time have their taking pictures boots on.
At one level, the pair by some means contrived to make a multitude of two-on-one scenario, delaying taking pictures alternatives and permitting Lampe to come back out and swat the ball off Cavani’s toes.
By then Uruguay’s Giorgian De Arrascaeta had fired over whereas Lampe had rushed out shortly to smother a Suarez effort.
Rodrigo Ramallo had Bolivia’s greatest first half likelihood, getting in behind the Uruguayan backline earlier than fizzing a shot inches large from an angle.
Suarez hit the side-netting with a header and Lampe dived full stretch to tip his freekick across the put up.
In between, Uruguay took the lead as De Arrascaeta crossed from the precise and a sliding Jairo Quinteros, in attempting to stop both of the veteran forwards changing a easy tap-in, deflected the ball off Lampe and into his personal web on 40 minutes.
Lampe was within the thick of issues after the break, making a response save from Cavani’s poke from seven yards, tipping a fierce drive from Rodrigo Betancur over the bar, and scampering backwards to parry a Suarez lob from near midway.
His reverse quantity, Fernando Muslera was not often known as into motion however he did should tip a long-range strike from Ramiro Vaca over the woodwork.
Having earlier header over when nicely positioned, Manchester United’s Cavani lastly ended Bolivia’s resistance 11 minutes from time, changing a cross from Facundo Torres, who put in a full of life cameo off the bench, twice firing narrowly large.
In Brasilia, Samudio rose above two defenders to energy a header from Almiron’s nook into the highest nook on 33 minutes, leaving goalkeeper Claudio Bravo rooted to his line.
Chile’s hopes of getting again into the match suffered a blow when Gary Medel was penalized for clambering throughout Carlos Gonzalez within the field, permitting Almiron to ship goalkeeper Claudio Bravo the fallacious means from the penalty spot on 58 minutes.
Moments later it seemed as if Paraguay would have a second penalty when Pablo Galdames appeared to rugby deal with Almiron, however extremely it wasn’t given, even after a VAR test.