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Uruguay wins Copa America title

07-25-2011 11:16 BJT

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Sunday's final at El Monumental Argentina's national stadium brought an end to the 43rd Copa America. Paraguay had not won a single match without the aid of penalties, making World Cup semi-finalists Uruguay clear favourites to lift the trophy.

Uruguay had a strong claim for an early penalty when Diego Lugano's header hit both arms Nestor Ortigoza. However, the referee didn't punish Ortigoza and it remained nil-nil.

That was until the 12th minute. Luis Suarez showed neat control after the ball was deflected into his path. The Uruguayan striker's shot then flicked off defender Dario Anastacio and found the net. It was Suarez's fourth goal of the tournament.

Fellow forward Diego Forlan found in lots of space by Egidio Arevaloon three minutes before half-time. Forlan fired gleefully past Paraguay's goalkeeper and Captain Justo Villa. Oscar Tabarez's team full deserved their two-nil lead, but their opponents almost halved the feficit early in the second half.

Nelson Haedo Valdez produced a fine volley - Uruguay' keeper Nestor Muslera showed equally good technique, though, as he tipped the ball onto the crossbar.

Then, in the final minute, and with the game stretched, Uruguay sealed a three-nil victory. Suarez nodded the ball into Forlan's path and the blonde number ten side-footed the ball past the advancing Villar.

Uruguayan fans gathering in front of the City Hall to watch the Copa America 2011
Uruguay vs Paraguay final football match on a large screen rejoice in Montevideo, on
July 24, 2011. Uruguay won by 3-0 and won the tournament. AFP PHOTO/PANTA ASTIAZARAN

Fans of La Celeste which the Sky Blues, went wild, the players followed suit at the final whistle. The Uruguayans' triumph set a new record of Copa America titles - 15 one more than Argentina. Uruguay last won this famous championship for South American teams back in 1995 when they were the host nation.

Uruguay's coach Oscar Tabarez, left, looks on as Uruguay's players celebrate during
the Copa America final against Paraguay in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sunday, July 24,
2011. Uruguay won the Copa America for a record 15th time after beating Paraguay 3-0
with two goals scored by Diego Forlan and one by Luis Suarez. (AP Photo/Ricardo
Mazalan)

Oscar Tabarez, Coach of Uruguay said, "This is an historic development that simply allows us to recover a certain amount of validity but we need to be very attentive to the path we go down or we risk that validity. No one wins just because. I think there are causes more than casualties in this Copa America."

Paraguay Coach Gerardo 'Tata' Martino said, "I noticed today and during the past week I've noticed the entire team is enthusiastic but very physically deteriorated. And it's true that when Paraguay is physically deteriorated, it distances itself a bit from being Paraguay."

Editor:Zou Xian |Source: CNTV.CN

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