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July 12, 2011 8:45 PM EDT
Estadio Ciudad de La Plata — La Plata, Provincia de Buenos Aires
Referee:‬ R. Orozco‎
15′ Á. Pereira

Copa America preview: Uruguay - Mexico

The strugglers in Group C face off in a contest that promises much, as a win for either side will significantly boost their respective hopes of progression into the last eight.

By Livio Caferoglu

Copa America: Paolo Guerrero, Peru, Uruguay (Getty Images)
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Uruguay: Muslera; Alvaro Pereira, Lugano, Coates, Maxi Pereira; Rodriguez, Perez, Arevalo, Gonzalez; Forlan, Suarez

Oscar Tabarez is under intense pressure to progress onto the last eight of the tournament, and his cause isn't helped by being forced to make various changes to his side. The ex-AC Milan tactician will deploy a 4-4-2 system for this match, as Porto's Alvaro Pereira drops into defense from his usual midfield position, replacing Martin Caceres, who has already picked up two yellow cards. Furthermore, Edinson Cavani's sprained knee means he is unavailable, leaving Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez to lead the line in a forward pairing. Cristian Rodriguez and Alvaro Gonzalez also come into the fold, taking up the wing positions in midfield.

Mexico: Michel; Aguilar, Araujo, Reynoso, Mier; Chavez, Aquino; Reyes, Enríquez, Giovani; Lugo

The Mexicans have endured a hugely disappointing campaign thus far, with two losses to Peru and Chile. Their poor performance can be attributed to the CONCACAF ruling, which does not allow the side to field a full-strength team, alluded to by coach Jose de la Torre in their pre-match press conference. However, he must work with what he has at his disposal to their full potential, and another unchanged lineup in the offing means that he has complete faith in his players to dig out the all-important victory, which will give them a slight chance of third-place qualification.


  • Uruguay is currently in the third spot in Group C, on two points following draws with Peru and Mexico.
  • It will clinch automatic qualification to the quarterfinals if it beats Mexico, and either Chile or Peru suffer defeat.
  • The 14-time Copa champions can also potentially progress by drawing the match and then hope Brazil or Paraguay lose their upcoming Group B meeting.
  • The last time Uruguay failed to qualify from the group stages of the Copa America was in 1997, six editions ago.
  • Uruguay has never beaten Mexico in the Copa America, losing all three matches, although its last competitive meeting was in its favor during the World Cup 2010 group stage.
  • Mexico is currently bottom of Group C, with no points to its name after losses to Chile and Peru.
  • It must beat Uruguay if it is to have any possibility of progressing to the last eight of the tournament.
  • Anything other than a win will consign them to failure and remain rooted to the bottom.
  • In addition, it will be the first time since its original invitation to the tournament in 1993 that it will not have progressed from the group stage.
  • Mexico has the upper edge against Uruguay in their head-to-head, winning three of their six previous meetings; one more victory than its opponents.

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Last Five Matches
Team News
Available Squads
1Néstor Muslera MicolGoalkeeper
6Á. PereiraMidfielder
4Sebastián CoatesDefender
2Diego LuganoDefender
16Maxi PereiraDefender
17E. ArévaloMidfielder
20Alvaro GonzalezMidfielder
15Diego PérezMidfielder
7Cristian RodríguezMidfielder
10Diego ForlánStriker
9Luis SuárezStriker
12J. CastilloGoalkeeper
-Sebastián Abreu
21Edinson CavaniStriker
11Abel HernándezStriker
14N. LodeiroMidfielder
5Walter GarganoMidfielder
-S. Eguren
3Diego GodínDefender
22Martín CáceresDefender
19A. ScottiDefender
-M. Victorino
23M. SilvaGoalkeeper
Probable Lineups
Néstor Muslera Micol 1
Á. Pereira 6
Sebastián Coates 4
Diego Lugano 2
Maxi Pereira 16
E. Arévalo 17
Alvaro Gonzalez 20
Diego Pérez 15
Cristian Rodríguez 7
Diego Forlán 10
Luis Suárez 9
L. Michel 0
N. Araujo 17
D. Reyes 13
H. Reynoso 0
H. Mier 4
J. Aquino 11
D. Chavez 5
Jorge Enríquez 14
Paul Nicolás Aguilar 22
Rafael Márquez Lugo 0
Giovani dos Santos 10
Jornada 3
Times In EDT
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Paolo Guerrero Paolo Guerrero
5 0
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
4 0
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Man City
3 0
Radamel Falcao Radamel Falcao
AS Monaco
2 1
Diego Forlán Diego Forlán
2 0