Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Copa America 2019: Cavani header gave Uruguay a win over Chile

A late Edinson Cavani header gave Uruguay a win over Chile that secured top spot in Copa America Group C and sets up a quarter-final with Peru.

The Paris St-Germain striker glanced in Jonathan Rodriguez's cross in the 82nd minute to decide a hard-fought game.

Luis Suarez missed Uruguay's best chance of the first half, seeing a shot deflected wide with an unmarked team-mate on his shoulder.

It was the sides' first Copa America meeting since a stormy 2015 match.

Four years ago, Cavani was sent off in Uruguay's 1-0 last-eight defeat after reacting to Chile's Gonzalo Jara putting a hand on his buttocks.

Former West Brom and Nottingham Forest defender Jara was subsequently given a three-match ban.

Chile will face Colombia, the only team to have won all three of their games in the tournament, in this year's quarter-finals after being beaten to top spot in the group by Uruguay.

Ecuador bowed out with a 1-1 draw against Japan but coach Hernan Gomez insisted his leadership was not behind his team's failure to make the last eight.

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