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  • July 8, 2011
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  • • Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza, Provincia de Mendoza
  • Referee: C. Amarilla
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Copa America preview: Uruguay - Chile

Copa America preview: Uruguay - Chile

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


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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 their 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 defence. 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 they defeat last year's World Cup semi-finalists.



DID YOU KNOW?

  • Uruguay were held to a 1-1 draw in their 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 semi-final 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 their 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 are unbeaten in nine games, only losing once since bowing out of the World Cup in the second round.

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Luis Suárez
Luis Suárez
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
6 4 2 0
The Liverpool hitman propped up to save his side from a shock defeat against Peru, and will again be expected to spearhead the Uruguyan attack in Mendoza. "El Pistolero" is renowned for his apt finishing and ability to carve out chances time and again, and this could well prove to be Chile's downfall as Suarez and co search for the three points to really ignite their campaign.
Alexis Sánchez
Alexis Sánchez
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
4 1 1 0
The much coveted Udinese man failed to really blossom in the side's opening win against Mexico. Despite that, the forward, who is expected to seal a move to Barcelona this summer is ridiculously talented. Sanchez is very agile, and his speed and exceptional dribbling ability will surely unsettle Uruguay, and could well be a factor in propelling Chile to the quarter-final.
Prediction
Both sides posess a considerable attacking arsenal, yet with Uruguay's stuttering display, it'll be hard for them to convincingly overcome a fabulously talented Chilean side. Nevertheless, the attacking trident of La Celeste are among the finest in world football, and should they perform to their undoubted potential, a narrow win could well be on the cards for Oscar Tabarez's men.
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Chile 1

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