Minggu, 24 Juli 2011

Uruguay beats Paraguay 3-0 to win Copa America

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Diego Forlan scored twice and Uruguay won the Copa America for a record 15th time after beating Paraguay 3-0 Sunday.
Luis Suarez also scored for Uruguay, which followed up a semifinal appearance at the 2010 World Cup by winning South America's championship for the first time since 1995.
"We played as a group," said Suarez, who was selected as the best player of the tournament. "I think when groups are united like this, everyone together and going for the same thing, you can get things done."
At roughly 3.5 million people — about the population of Connecticut — Paraguay has the lowest population of teams in the tournament.
Argentina and Brazil were upset in the quarterfinals of the Copa. Uruguay ousted Argentina on penalties and Paraguay eliminated Brazil, also in a shootout.
Argentina has won the title 14 times, Brazil eight. Brazil had won four of the past five titles.
Uruguay was the clear favorite going into the final, wrapping up a tournament filled with surprises.
Not only had Brazil and Argentina been sent home early, but Venezuela reached the third-place match on Saturday before losing 4-1 to Peru. Those two countries have been the weakest in the region in recent years, but they suddenly look formidable going into regional World Cup qualifying later this year.
Uruguay's squad featured 20 of the 23 players it took to the World Cup a year ago, showing teamwork and unselfish play with none of the vast star power of Argentina or Brazil.
"The important thing was getting started well," said Suarez, who had four goals — one fewer than Peru's Paolo Guerrero. "With two goals in the first half, I think it was very difficult for them to come back."
Suarez gave Uruguay the lead in a match it dominated in the opening minutes. Receiving a pass in the area, the Liverpool forward beat defender Dario Veron to score from a deflected left-footed shot that went in off the far post behind goalkeeper Justo Villar.
Uruguay could have even have led in the second minute, when Villar stopped Diego Lugano's point-blank header.


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