Chile kept its unbeaten record in the Copa América in football on Monday, by drawing 1-1 with Uruguay, who scored the first point, in a meeting of the third round of Group A, played in Cuiabá.
The Chilean team took the lead in the first half, in the 26th minute, through Eduardo Vargas, but in the second, in the 66th minute, the Uruguayans re-established equality, with a goal in Arturo Vidal’s own goal.
With this result, Chile temporarily isolated itself in the first place of the group, with five points, against four of Argentina, who face Paraguay (three), while Uruguay has one, as they had lost to the ‘albi- heavenly’.
The Chileans were better in the first half and advanced on 26 minutes, with Vargas scoring with Brereton, on the right, entering the area and, with little angle, ‘shooting’ Muslera, for his 40th goal in the national team ‘roja’, in 98 games.
Vargas, a true ‘expert’ in Copa América, scored his 14th goal in the competition, equaling Peru’s Paolo Guerrero in fifth place and putting just three of the leaders, Argentina’s Noberto Méndez and the Brazilian Zizinho, both authors of 17.
The Atlético Mineiro player was substituted in the 56th minute, due to injury, and, in the 60th minute, Ben Brereton could have scored Chile’s second, but missed the target.
In the 66th minute, Facundo Torres saw Bravo deny him the tie, but concede a corner, which resulted in equality: the same player scored on the right, Vecino won with a header and, in second place, Vidal scored in the wrong goal, pressured by Luis Suarez.
Chile could still have returned to the control of the scoreboard, in the 79th minute, but Arriagada, in the ‘face’ of Muslera, fired across the left post.
In the final part, there were physical problems in the Chilean players, who, without replacements, ended up being reduced to 10, as Erick Pulgar left in the 83rd minute.
With one more, Uruguay, again without the ‘lion’ Coates (alternate), could have reached the second goal, but Cavani (85 minutes) and Suárez (90+1) missed the target.
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