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Copa America

  • July 8, 2011
  • • 6:15 PM
  • • Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza, Provincia de Mendoza
  • Referee: C. Amarilla

Copa America preview: Uruguay - Chile

Copa America preview: Uruguay - Chile

La Celeste are looking to ignite their Copa campaign after a disappointing draw against Peru when they meet Group C leaders Chile in Mendoza.


Uruguay: Muslera; Pereira, Lugano, Coates, Caceres; Perez, Arevalo, Alvaro Pereira; Cavani, Forlan, Suarez

Coach Oscar Tabarez is set to make two changes from the side that opened its tournament with a 1-1 draw against Peru. Sebastien Coates, who only made his international debut last month, will step in for Mauricio Victorino in defense. Nicolas Lodeiro will also make way for Alvaro Pereira in Mendoza. Diego Godin is still struggling with a fever, and remains doubtful.

Chile: Bravo; Jara, Ponce, Contreras; Beausejour, Medel, Isla, Vidal, Fernandez; Sanchez, Suazo.

Claudio Borghi is sweating on the fitness of Matias Fernandez after the Sporting man went off injured in the 2-1 win over Mexico on Monday. Otherwise, there are no pressing concerns for La Roja to mull over. Chile will move into the last eight if it defeats last year's World Cup semifinalist.


  • Uruguay was held to a 1-1 draw in its opening game against Peru, with Luis Suarez's 45th minute strike cancelling out Paolo Guerrero's effort.
  • La Celeste lost their previous encounter against Claudio Borghi's men, with Uruguay going down 2-0 and also had Walter Gargano sent off.
  • Diego Forlan is just two goals shy of matching Uruguay's goalscoring record, currently held by Hector Scarone with 31.
  • Uruguay prevailed the last time both sides met in the Copa America, winning 5-3 on penalties in the 1999 semifinal en route to losing 3-0 to Brazil in the final.
  • The two sides have an identical record against each other, with both Uruguay and Chile winning twice each, and drawing three of their seven games.
  • Chile opened its tournament with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory against Mexico on Monday.
  • Although La Roja have failed to progress beyond the first round on four of the last eight encounters, they will do so if they secure three points against Uruguay.
  • Claudio Borghi's side is unbeaten in nine games, only losing once since bowing out of the World Cup in the second round.
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