Friday July 8, 2011 Group Phase: Group C Finished Estadio Malvinas Argentinas

Uruguay 1 - 1 Chile

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  1. Sanchez snatches point for Chile

    Sanchez snatches point for Chile

    Alexis Sanchez ensured Chile's Copa America challenge remains firmly on track by scoring the equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Uruguay. More

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    Time:90'
    • Uruguay
    • Chile
    • 90+2' That is that. Chile come from behind to snatch a point and retain control of Group C. Uruguay now have two points frrom two games which leaves them in a dangerous position.
    • 90' We will have two minutes of added time.
    • 89' A draw probably suits Chile here, so the onus is on Uruguay now.
    • 88' Waldo Ponce strikes the free-kick over the bar from 25 yards. A waste for Chile.
    • 87' Now Coates is in the book, the ninth player to do so, with a poor challenge on Valdivia.
    • 85' Sebastian Eguren comes on for Arevalo as Uruguay go more attacking.
    • 84' From the resulting free-kick, Paredes curls a vicious free-kick just wide of the post. A great effort.
    • 83' Another booking as Gonzalez clatters into Valdivia from behind. A clear yellow card.
    • 83' What a hit from Isla! The midfielder thunders in a volley from 25 yards from Muslera does well to spot through a crowd of players and punch away.
    • 82' With two stepovers, Sanchez draws a foul from Lugano to win Chile a free-kick.
    • 81' Well that is a change that signals Uruguay want to win this match, and so they should given they drew with Peru in their opening fixture.
    • 79' Little playmaker Nicolas Lodeiro comes on to try and influence proceedings in the last 10 minutes or so.
    • 78' Sanchez has developed a bit of swagger since the goal and is starting to influence proceedings. The forward wriggles free in the box and delivers a perfect cross from Jimenez, who sees his close-range header saved superbly by Muslera! What a chance.
    • 76' Gonzalez catches one right in the, er, well, the place any man would least like to be caught. A collective wince can be heard across the globe after replays of that one.
    • 74' Two changes for Chile: Carlos Carmona and Esteban Paredes on for Suazo and Beausejour.
    • 73' Now Gonzalez is penalised for a foul on Medel. There have been some poor challenges today.
    • 72' Sanchez attempts to thread a pass through for Suazo but Uruguay cut it out. He may have been better off taking the ball on and shooting there.
    • 71' Vidal is the seventh man booked for going in a touch high and although it wasn't the best challenge, he may have got away without a yellow card.
    • 70' A Forlan corner is once again aimed towards Lugano but Chile clear with ease. Forlan's set pieces just haven't been working tonight.
    • 68' I wonder if that goal will add a couple of million to Sanchez's valuation? He is of course close to tying up a big move to Barcelona from Udinese.
    • 66' So how do Uruguay respond? A draw leaves them with two points from two games which is a precarious position to be in. They will want a win tonight.
    • 64' GOAL! It's that man Alexis Sanchez! Beausejour cut the ball back to him and Sanchez took a touch before toe-poking the ball past Muslera from ten yards out.
    • 64' From Forlan's corner, Coates heads over the bar. He could have done a bit better than that.
    • 63' Superb from Suarez as he carries the ball 35 yards, dodges one challenge, holds off a defender and then sees his vicious effort parried behind for a corner by Bravo.
    • 62' Lugano is penalised for handball but escapes a booking as Chile take the free-kick quickly. Nothing comes of it though.
    • 61' Jorge Valdivia comes on to replace Jara for Chile.
    • 60' Lugano meets Forlan's free-kick but only succeeds in looping the ball up into the air and into the hands of Bravo in the Chile goal.
    • 59' Now Vidal is penalised for the use of the elbow, but he escapes a booking.
    • 58' Alvaro Pereira appears to have hacked Sanchez down right on the edge of the box, a risky move given he is on a booking, but in fact it is Sanchez who is cautioned for making the most of it.
    • 56' Replays show Pereira was completely unmarked in the box for his goal. That was some abject defending right there.
    • 55' Suarez wreaks havoc again with another run in behind the defence but he plays the ball back to Forlan and the momentum of the move peters out.
    • 54' GOAL! Alvaro Pereira puts Uruguay ahead! It was the midfielder who almost collected the ball when driving into the box, but Suarez picked up the scraps, rode a couple of challenges and cut the ball back to his team-mate, who steadied himself with a touch and tucked his shot away.
    • 53' Just a quick check on the card count: five so far. I don't expect this to finish 11 a side.
    • 51' Chile really do like a bit of flair, don't they? One passing move in the box ends with an aimless backheel into space. Fun to watch though.
    • 49' Sanchez gets a boot from behind from Caceres as the defender chops down the forward in pretty blatant fashion by the touchline. It's a clear booking.
    • 49' Jimenez and Egidio Arevalo go head-to-head as things heat up a touch. No action taken by the referee though.
    • 48' Confirmation that Alvaro Gonzalez has replaced Edinson Cavani. It's a brave change but the striker wasn't doing a great deal.
    • 47' A big chance! Suazo beats the offside trap, cuts back inside and find Jimenez, who controls with one touch and then attempts to score with an audacious backheel. Muslera gathers though.
    • 46' And we are underway again...
    • 45+2' Maxi Pereira has a shot after a neat ball from Forlan to the edge of the box, but his effort is blocked. That's half-time.
    • 45' We will have one added minute.
    • 44' So close from Beausejour. Put in by a lovely pass from Sanchez, the midfielder drills his shot across Fernando Muslera and narrowly wide from a tight angle.
    • 43' Beausejour flicks the ball around Lugano and wants a free-kick when he sees he won't be able to collect it and goes to ground. The referee, to his credit, isn't falling for it.
    • 42' Wow! Coates attempts to hoof the ball downfield but his attempted clearance immediately smacks Isla and balloons back over the defender's head to strike the crossbar! That would have been some freak of a goal.
    • 41' Forlan smacks the wall from a 35-yard free-kick. That was a bit of a waste from a man who hasn't had a great year.
    • 39' West Brom's Gonzalo Jara is also into the book for pursuing Suarez and goading the Liverpool man.
    • 39' Replays show Caceres probably just got enough of a touch on the ball to avoid a spot-kick, but he was taking a big risk. Suarez, unsurprisingly, is furious and has earned a yellow card for his remonstrations.
    • 38' Now it is Vidal's turn to attempt a shot from range and he puts one well over the bar.
    • 37' Controversy. Jimenez howls for a penalty when he goes to ground under a challenge from Caceres but the referee plays on.
    • 35' Chile really aren't afraid to commit players forward but with five team-mates in front of him, Sanchez opts to shoot from 30 yards and gets his shot wrong as it soars over the bar. A pass would have been more sensible.
    • 34' A superb challenge from Martin Caceres as he flies in with a sliding tackle just as Vidal shapes to shoot 20 yards from goal. Instead he produces an air-kick and falls to ground, red-faced.
    • 33' Another Forlan free-kick is swept in ofr Lugano but Chile bundle the ball clear before a Uruguay cross floats out of play. Chile don't look particularly composed at the back, but that just helps to make them even more interesting.
    • 31' Suarez goes to ground as trouble erupts. In fact it appeared there were two separate incidents. Referee Carlos Amarilla opts against showing a card though and things calm down a touch.
    • 30' Uruguay continue to apply pressure with Suarez buzzing everywhere, but Bravo remains largely untroubled.
    • 28' The two link up again, this time Suarez delivers a cross from the left wing and Forlan heads wide at the back post. It's been an encouraging spell for Uruguay though.
    • 27' Forlan has a header cleared off the line! Suarez nipped in behind the Chile defence and rounded goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, but his dinked cross was just too high for Forlan, who stretched and failed to get the necessary contact on the ball.
    • 26' Chile really are an incredibly fluid outfit to watch. Trying to define their formation is like trying to nail jelly to a wall. It's fascinating to watch, but must be horrible to play against.
    • 25' Forlan swings in the subsequent free-kick but Chile clear with ease. That was a bit of a waste.
    • 24' Gary Medel and Contreras both slide in on Suarez to brutally halt his progress, and the latter is booked as he came in from behind on the Liverpool man.
    • 23' Sanchez clearly handles the ball when losing his balance but the referee spots an infringement from Diego Perez and Chile win the free-kick. They do little with it though.
    • 22' Great effort! Sanchez links up well with Suazo and when the striker lays the ball back to Vidal, the Bayer Leverkusen star smashes one over the bar from 25 yards.
    • 20' Dear me that really was a glaring miss from a player you would expect to gobble up a chance like that. Kudos to Cavani for the pass though; it's not just the Chileans producing some unexpected stuff out there.
    • 19' A huge chance for Uruguay! Edinson Cavani opened up the Chile defence with a glorious flicked pass on the turn, but when Suarez let the ball bounce with the goal at his mercy, he slammed his volley just off target. That should have been a goal.
    • 18' Contreras heads a corner back into the mixer but Uruguay punt the ball clear. More pressure comes via some neat passing from Chile but again they just fail to carve out a clear chance.
    • 16' A cynical bit of play-acting from Suarez as he throws himself to ground during a scramble in the box. That was pretty blatant.
    • 15' Mauricio Isla is played in by a lovely weighted pass from Arturo Vidal, but he gets his cross all wrong. Vidal is one to watch: he has been linked with Bayern Munich and Arsenal.
    • 14' A Maxi Pereira cross from the right is far too strong and flies over the bar of the Chile goal. He didn't have much to aim for in the middle.
    • 13' Chile win a succession of set pieces but fail to make them count. Plenty of goals have been scored from set pieces in what has been a desperately disappointing tournament to date.
    • 12' Chile are playing the ball around nicely and one move is halted when Alvaro Pereira knocks down Sanchez. There wasn't a lot in it but he is in the book.
    • 11' Alvaro Pereira and Suarez link up well down the left to win a throw, but the sinewy Liverpool striker can't wriggle his way into the box after it is taken.
    • 9' Chile break quickly but Alexis Sanchez fails to control a pass from Jean Beausejour. Uruguay panic and almost turn the ball into the path of Humberto Suazo, but manage to clear.
    • 8' Howls of derision greet a hoofed clearance from Uruguay defender Sebastian Coates, but they are interspersed with the sound of fireworks going off in the crowd. It's certainly a lively atmosphere.
    • 7' Forlan enjoys the first decent chance of the game as he snatches at a loose ball 20 yards from goal and watches as his effort bobbles wide.
    • 6' Lugano sprays a long ball forward for Maxi Pereira, who was bombing down the right, but the ball has too much on it and soars out of play. Chile have been the more impressive side in the opening exchanges.
    • 4' Chaos in the Chile box as they scramble the ball clear through Pablo Contreras as a dipping Diego Forlan free-kick causes all kinds of problems. Diego Lugano was the target.
    • 3' Chile are set up in a very unconventional style which could be described as 3-3-1-3. It is a formation that they used during the World Cup finals and does pose all manner of problems, particularly given their attacking zeal.
    • 2' Early concerns for Uruguay as Gonzalo Jara goes in with his studs up on Edinson Cavani, and the Napoli star goes down in pain. It appears as though the prolific striker is okay to continue though.
    • 1' The referee gets us underway...
    • 23.13 Chile are missing Mati Fernandez due to injury so Luis Jimenez, formerly of West Ham, comes into the starting XI. It looks to be a decent attendance in Mendoza, and a good atmosphere to boot.
    • 23.10 So what are the possible permutations for the group? Well, Chile will qualify for the quarter-finals with a victory today, so that's nice and simple. Uruguay could afford to lose and still reach the last eight, while a win does not put them through, so their fate will not be settled definitively tonight.
    • 23.05 The interesting piece of news for Uruguay is that Oscar Tabarez has, as promised, dropped young playmaker Nicolas Lodeiro, with Alvaro Pereira coming into the side.
    • 23.00 TEAMS: Uruguay: F. Muslera, M. Cáceres, M. Victorino, D. Lugano, M. Pereira, E. Arévalo, Á. Pereira, D. Pérez, L. Suarez, E. Cavani, D. Forlán. /// Chile: C. Bravo, P. Contreras, W. Ponce, G. Jara, G. Medel, M. Fernández, M. Isla, A. Vidal, A. Sánchez, J. Beausejour, H. Suazo.
    • 22.55 Uruguay, semi-finalists at last summer's World Cup finals, have plenty of talent of their own with Napoli's prolific striker Edinson Cavani, Liverpool's elusive forward Luis Suarez and Atletico Madrid star Diego Forlan forming a three-man attack. Coach Oscar Tabarez saw his side held to a disappointing 1-1 draw against Peru in their opening game though.
    • 22.50 Chile, coached by Claudio Borghi, defeated Mexico 2-1 in their opening game so lead Group C, as the match between Uruguay and Peru ended in a 1-1 draw. Chile provoked such interest at the World Cup with their unique approach to the game and in Alexis Sanchez boast a forward who appears destined for a lucrative move to Barcelona after the tournament. He is certainly one to watch.
    • 22.45 Good evening and welcome to our coverage of the Group C clash between Uruguay and Chile in Mendoza. On paper, this has the potential to be the game that finally sets the Copa America alight after some poor games in the tournament so far. Only one match has featured three goals; hopefully that will change tonight.
  • Summary

    • 83' What a hit from Isla! The midfielder thunders in a volley from 25 yards from Muslera does well to spot through a crowd of players and punch away.
    • 64' GOAL! It's that man Alexis Sanchez! Beausejour cut the ball back to him and Sanchez took a touch before toe-poking the ball past Muslera from ten yards out.
    • 54' GOAL! Alvaro Pereira puts Uruguay ahead! It was the midfielder who almost collected the ball when driving into the box, but Suarez picked up the scraps, rode a couple of challenges and cut the ball back to his team-mate, who steadied himself with a touch and tucked his shot away.
    • 47' A big chance! Suazo beats the offside trap, cuts back inside and find Jimenez, who controls with one touch and then attempts to score with an audacious backheel. Muslera gathers though.
    • 44' So close from Beausejour. Put in by a lovely pass from Sanchez, the midfielder drills his shot across Fernando Muslera and narrowly wide from a tight angle.
    • 42' Wow! Coates attempts to hoof the ball downfield but his attempted clearance immediately smacks Isla and balloons back over the defender's head to strike the crossbar! That would have been some freak of a goal.
    • 27' Forlan has a header cleared off the line! Suarez nipped in behind the Chile defence and rounded goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, but his dinked cross was just too high for Forlan, who stretched and failed to get the necessary contact on the ball.
    • 22' Great effort! Sanchez links up well with Suazo and when the striker lays the ball back to Vidal, the Bayer Leverkusen star smashes one over the bar from 25 yards.
    • 19' A huge chance for Uruguay! Edinson Cavani opened up the Chile defence with a glorious flicked pass on the turn, but when Suarez let the ball bounce with the goal at his mercy, he slammed his volley just off target. That should have been a goal.

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    Manager: Óscar Tabárez

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    Manager: Cláudio Daniel Borghi

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