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Copa America 2011 – Final Review

Uruguay 3-0 Paraguay

From the first whistle Uruguay looked for the opening goal, almost getting it from their first corner when a firm Lugano header was parried by the excellent Justo Villar, and the second Uruguayan goalbound effort clearly struck the hand of the Paraguayan defender Ortigosa.

Uruguay made the breakthrough when Luis Suarez neatly made spa ce for a shot and with the help of a deflection beat Villar to open the scoring. From there on in there was no looking back against a side that has reached the final with two 0-0 draws. Paraguay’s gameplan was blown out of the water and Uruguay slowly managed to stamp their authority on the game.

A quick run of three deserved yellow cards, which highlighted the ugly, cynical side of South American football, then followed. Diego Perez, who was dismissed in the titanic Argentina Quarter Final, was extremely lucky not to see red again, as he cynically body-checked Haedo Valdez after his first yellow. The only difference, arguably, being the baying home crowd in the former game.

The second goal came when a Paraguayan defender was caught dwelling on the ball, he was quickly robbed by Arevalo Rios who rolled an inviting pass into the path of Diego Forlan who made no mistake dispatching the ball into the corner of the net.

Paraguay regrouped at half-time and had a strong spell at the beginning of the second half culminating in a Haedo Valdez strike which beat Muslera but came back off the post after an excellent Ortigosa pass. With that missed opportunity, Paraguay looked visibly beaten and failed to force another meaningful save from Muslera.

On the break, Diego Forlan put the icing on the cake, slotting away an easy chance to finally dispel any lingering doubts and crown the Charrua champions for a record 15th time.

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