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July 24, 2011
• Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti, Capital Federal, Ciudad de Buenos Aires
Referee: Salvio Spinola Fagundes Filho
L. Suárez 12'
D. Forlán 42', 90'
Thank you for joining Goal.com's LIVE coverage of the 2011 Copa America. Hope you enjoyed it just as much as we did. The Copa is now over, but stay here with Goal.com with further action and reaction from the final as well as the imminent start of the new club season. I'm Mohammed Ali, and it's been a pleasure. Enjoy your evening. Congratulations Uruguay!
AND URUGUAY LIFT THE 2011 COPA AMERICA FOR A RECORD 15TH TIME! Celebrations erupt inside El Monumental! A wonderful sight!
The Copa America is in Uruguayan hands.....
Uruguay have swept past all before them despite an indifferent start to the tournament. The penalty win over Argentina proved to be the pivotal moment. Worthy champions.
The delighted Uruguay side go up on the podium to receive their awards. The moment isn't too far away.....
Diego Lugano lifts the Fair Play Award for Uruguay - despite La Celeste picking up numerous bookings in this match.
Luis Suarez nets the Silver Ball award to a deafening roar of approval from the fans inside El Monumental.
Sebastian Coates wins the young player of the tournament award. Justo Villar picks up the player of the tournament award. Rightly so, The young defender from Nacional has been superb in his apppearances, also entering the tournament with no international experience. Villar on the other hand has definitely had his reputation enhanced with a few brilliant performances.
Interesting stat from Opta on Twitter: Uruguay have won the Copa America despite having the lowest passing accuracy (68.5%) in the tournament!
The dejected Paraguayans, especially the impressive Justo Villar go up to receive their runners-up medals.
Diego Forlan says in the post-match interview: "It means a lot, my grandfather won it, my father won it, and now I have won it". The Atletico man was on a goal drought, but rampantly grabbed a prace to hand his side the trophy.
The trophy presentation is undeway as the Uruguayans happily dance on the touchline. Boos for FIFA President Sepp Blatter again!
Commiserations to Paraguay. They just weren't upto it this evening. Ever since a strong penalty appeal in the first few minutes, they failed to live upto the expectations. Sloppy throughout the game as they were totally overwhelmed by a rampant Uruguay.
The players look jubilant. A year on from heartbreakingly crashing out of the World Cup against the Netherlands, Oscar Tabarez's men have secured the 2011 Copa America - their record-breaking 15th title. What a joy to watch!
90' + 1'
WELL THERE WE HAVE I! FULL TIME AND URUGUAY ARE COPA AMERICA WINNERS!!! What a goal to end the final, and the celebrations in Buenos Aires and Montevideo can begin! A roar from the stands as Uruguay are now the most successful team South American history!
90' + 1'
Uruguay lead 3-0 to be seconds away to lift the Copa America. Into injury time now. Forlan's two goal salvo means he now is Uruguay's joint top scorer in history!
Assist Luis Suárez
Goal Diego Forlán
FORLAN!!! WHAT A GOAL!!!! Quite a fantastic goal from Diego Forlan. An exquisite counter attacking goal sees Suarez lay on Forlan with the entire Paraguayan team bar one defender caught upfield. Forlan, Cavani and Suarez all combjne to seal the win and seal THE COPA AMERICA!!
Diego Godin comes on to replace Martin Caceres in Uruguay's final substitution. Meanwhile, the corner for Paraguay is hastily cleared.
It is all turning into a procession for Uruguay with the passing becoming slower and allowing the Paraguayans to attack them. The Celeste fans are in full voice in the stands. Minutes away from the end here.
Sebastian Coates is in the book for handball.
Yellow Card Sebastián Coates
The striker's injury, who's currently off the field receiving treatment means that the Guarani will play the remainder with 10 men as they've made their three substitutions. Barrios' injury also has ramifications for Borussia Dortmund who may ask why he was sent on in the first place.
Lucas Barrios is already holding his hamstring despite being on for the last few minutes as he chases the ball. It is probably the reason why the striker failed to start this game.
Paraguay looking again unlikely to find at least a consolation goal, let alone trying to equalise. The passes aren't finding their intended targets, with the Uruguayan rearguard proving troublesome to breach.
Cavani tries to rid of his marker, but once he enters the penalty box, the Napoli man goes to ground with his compatriots putting their arms in the air! Unliekly to be given that one.
Marecos, who's been quiet and slightly disappointing so far in this match finds a shof from 20 yards which flies over the bar. Meanwhile, Kassim Reduwan on Twitter states that Luis Suarez's form could see him win various awards in the future, including best player in the world! Optimistic, but thanks for your message.
Paraguay make a final change with Pablo Zeballos coming off for Lucas Barrios for the last 15 minutes. The latter has been ineffectual in the Copa, yet makes his Final appearance, can we see more from Barrios?
Maxi Pereira tries to get onto tbe byline but a crunching tackle limits his progression. The resulting corner is headed away and finally into the arms of Villar.All Uruguay with 15 minutes left to ago.
VITAL STOP FROM VILLAR! The pass from the right is clever as it unleashes Suarez on the right, the shot in the box is expertly saved by Villar as Suarez's persistence is finally stopped as the ball goes out of play.
A lovely ball is thread to Valdez yet the striker's well-timed run is not enough to keep it in play. The Paraguayans are claiming time wasting from Muslera, yet it was they who instigated that tactic when it was 0-0!
What are your thoughts surrounding the second half. A lack of urgency from Paraguay, or is there still a twist in this Copa America Final? Send your thoughts via Twitter to @mohammedali_93.
Diego Perez's Copa adventure comes to an end as he makes way for Sebastien Eguren. The Spanish-based player makes his 42nd appearance for Uruguay.
Zeballos is penalised for a dive and perhaps a handball bu the referee. The ball was played into him neatly and after a little push by Coates, the referee ordered a freekick. Zeballos also handled the ball demanding a penalty. Could've been.
Uruguay are now camped back in their own half as they struggle to contain the attacking force of the Guarani. Sebastian Coates is next to throw his body in blocking the shot.
Enrique Vera also comes off for Hernan Perez as the Guarani look to change their ways midway through the second half.
Enrique Daniel Vera
Substitution from Paraguay.: Marcelo Estigarribia comes on for Victor Caceres. Estigarribia of course is noted for his terrorising of Daniel Alves when Paraguay held Brazil in the group stages.
La Celeste make a change with Alvaro Pereira comes off for Edinson Cavani to a roar of approval from the fans in the stand. Uruguay now have three strikers with Cavani moving onto the right of an attacking trident.
CLOSE FROM PARAGUAY! What a chance that has just gone begging. Cristian Riveros is allowed to run free on the flank and his low ball finds Valdez but the soft touch cannot divert it past Muslera. Gerardo Martino looks on worryingly.
Again the long ball finds no-one up the field. Uruguay surge up the field with Suarez going in on Dario Veron and wins the ball before finding himself in space and shooting into the net. Huge sigh of relief from Veron who thought he'd given Uruguay a 3-0 lead. Sloppy again from Paraguay.
The passing of the Paraguayans proves to be their undoing, with La Celeste quickly snuffing out their chances. The Uruguay fans in the stands at El Monumental break into song.
Yellow Card Enrique Daniel Vera
Enrique Vera finds himself into the book with a rather rash tackle on Diego Perez. The Bologna midfielder is clutching his face.
Replays from the Valdez strike seconds ago show that Nestor Muslera actually got a finger to that shot. Brilliant save from the new Galatasaray custodian who has had precious little to do this evening.
VALDEZ HITS THE WOODWORK!! How unlucky from the Paraguayans who strike the bar after a brilliant ball into the feet of the Hercules man. Could've been 2-1. The Guarani need more moments like these if they are to unsettle La Celeste.
Suarez wins the ball back enthusiastically from a sloppy Guarani defence, The Liverpool striker puts in the low cross with Forlan lurking menacingly, yet a last-ditch tackle prevents the latter from getting the touch on it.
Brilliant movement from Piris who evades the challenge of a few Uruguayans. The ball finds its way to Zeballos who goes to ground easily with Lugano looking far from happy at the opposite player.
Freekick poorly worked with Zeballos opting to pass it out to a teammate. The long ball drift into the box is held back by the assistant referee who brandishes the flag for offside.
Perez, incidentally playing in his 20th Copa America tie jumps back up to his feet, Paraguay freekick, meanwhile.
Diego Perez suffers an awkward fall with the Bologna man holding his right shoulder.
Sophie from Hamburg in Germany tweets: "We Liverpudlians believe in Suarez, Uruguay are surely winning this." Thanks for your comment, keep them coming!
Paraguay get us underway in the second half. Uruguay are 45 minutes away from usurping Argentina and claim a record-breaking 15th Copa America title.
Nestor Ortigoza has probably had a howler. A red card could also be a possibility in the next 45 minutes with no fewer than four players in the book. The teams are out and we await the resumption of the second period in the 43rd Copa America Final.
How do Paraguay get back into this game? Your suggestions are welcome. Tweet me @mohammedali_93
Goal.com's Carlo Garganese on Twitter: "Barring a miracle, Paraguay's record of not winning a knockout game in the Copa America could stretch to 36 years."
Well, there we have it. A frenetic first half from Buenos Aires has seen Uruguay take the lead, and place one hand on the Copa America with goals from Luis Suarez (12') and Diego Forlan (41'). Paraguay have looked shaky, a shade of the side that held Brazil in two memorable games.
Olu Bashua on Twitter has voiced his approval for Uruguay in being crowned Copa champions stating: "Uruguay has got this". Keep the messages coming via Twitter to @mohammedali_93
45' + 2'
Uruguay head into the interval taking a 2-0 lead with them. Delightful play from La Celeste.
Two minutes are added onto the end of the first half here in Buenos Aires.
Maxi Pereira just about keeps the ball in and buys out the corner from the Paraguayan defender. Uruguay win their ninth corner of the game, yet fail to seriously trouble a shaky-looking Guarani backline. With Gerardo Martino and assistant Jorge Pautasso sitting out the game, where will La Albirroja find inspiration?
Assist E. Arévalo
Goal Diego Forlán
GOAAAAAAL!!!! DIEGO FORLAN SCORES!!! DELIGHT FOR URUGUAY! The Atletico Madrid man has ended his international goal drought after a fatal mistake from the Paraguayan backline. Arevalo Rios gets into Forlan after a mistake from Ortigoza, and Forlan's finish powers into the net with Villar not even bothering to dive.
A corner from the left is headed away and finds the feet of Maxi Pereira whose left footed shot flies wide. Worth an effort though.
Brilliant movement from Oscar Tabarez's men who pass the ball so neatly across the midfield. Nestor Ortigoza stops the ball being thread onto the foot of Luis Suarez.
SUAREZ! The Liverpool man is wreaking havoc on the right hand side. A delightful nutmeg onto Dario Veron sees him glide past before unleashing a fierce shot which goes narrowly wide into the side netting. Moments later, it's Forlan who goes close, with his shot deflecting off a defender and into the arms of Villar on the line.
Haedo Valdez gives Caceres the runaround near the corner flag, yet lacks the quality to get in a troublesome cross into the box. Both teams getting into each other with the number of tackles becoming more and more frequent.
Alvaro Pereira catches out Cristian Riveros. The Paraguayan stays down, but only long enough for the ball to go out of play. Bit of play-acting there to win a freekick.
FORLAN! Lovely ball to the Atletico striker who's low shot is quickly blocked by Villar. Great play from Suarez but Forlan cannot end his international goal drought!
Alvaro Gonzalez goes down in the penalty box after a challenge from Paulo Da Silva. The striker might've gone to ground too easily for my liking, looking for a penalty shout.
Yellow Card Maxi Pereira
Maxi Pereira is now into the book, making it four yellow cards in this match. Bound to be a red-card in this final?
Ivan Piris finds Vera on the right hand side, yet he fails to manouevre out of the tight spot after being cornered by defenders. The ball is again played to Vera who can't control it.
A frenetic opening to the match has all but died down in the last few minutes, the brilliant early flow to the game has been punctuated by frequent tackles from either sides. Three yellow cards already brandished from referee Fagundes.
What are your opinions or comments regarding the Copa America Final? Do you think the Guarani are still in with a chance, or favourites Uruguay are now dead-certs following Suarez's opener. Send me your tweets to @mohammedali_93.
Zeballos with the freekick and the Guarani fail to trouble the rearguard, with the ball swiftly cleared.
Yellow Card Martín Cáceres
Martin Caceres is also booked after a rash tackle on Enrique Vera. Too eager to commit himself into the tackle and was rightly punished. Getting very competitive as the match wears on.
Yellow Card Diego Pérez
Diego Perez is next into the book after a flying tackle on Riveros. A yellow card for the man who scored and was sent off in the quarter-final against Argentina.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter is caught dozing off from the match itself. It's much more of a spectacle than he makes out, that's for sure.
Martin Caceres is pulled down on the left hand side, and he complains to the referee, despite not receiving a free kick. All getting a bit physical in El Monumental.
Yellow Card Víctor Cáceres
Luis Suarez is causing all sorts of problems for the Paraguayans. Uruguay clear the ball from danger, and as Suarez shows superb upper-body strengh to wrest the ball away from Caceres, the Paraguayan pulls him down and earns the first yellow card of this final.
VALDEZ! Close from the Hercules attacker. A lofted ball from the midfield bamboozles the static Celeste defence, and Valdez loses his footing when pulling the trigger, meaning the ball flies harmlessly over the bar. Signal of intent from the Guarani.
Goal Luis Suárez
The Guarani look deflated from this early setback. They've offered little in absorbing the Uruguayans, who have dominated the early proceedings of this final.
GOAAAAAAALLL!!! URUGUAY TAKE THE LEAD!!! SUAREZ NETS THE OPENER!! The Liverpool hitman grabs his fourth of the tournament and becomes top-scorer for now as a long deflection finds its way to the feet of Suarez, and he finishes with aplomb, deceiving Villar and getting it in off the post! ADVANTAGE URUGUAY!
A corner from Pablo Zeballos is cleared by the defence. Uruguay then seek out to hit on the counter attack, but it quickly filters out.
Another corner from the Uruguayans, and this time Lugano goes to ground as the referee gives a freekick to Paraguay. Zeballos goes forward as Paraguay search an early attack on Muslera's goal.
Suarez is off again, troubling the defender, cutting in from the left but the ball eventually finds its way to the goalkeeper. Energetic start from La Celeste.
Replays of the first corner of the match definitely show a hand from Nestor Ortigoza after a fantastic save from Justo Villar. Ortigoza probably knew little of it, but strong shout of a penalty there.
Uruguay have definitely hit the ground running, a testing Forlan corner is headed wide, yet they've set up early camp around the Paraguayan penalty box!
What on earth happened there? Diego Lugano gets in a header from the corner and it appears to have hit a hand. The Uruguayans are protesting furiously for a penalty, yet the referee is having none of it. Dramatic start to the final!
Early signs of promse from Luis Suarez. He picks up the ball in the penalty box and after a richocet from Paulo Da Silva sees the ball hit the side netting. Justo Villar was hurt a bit there.
Brazilian Salvio Fagundes gets us underway in the 43rd Copa America Final to a deafening roar from the fans. Uruguay in their light blue, Paraguay in their red and white jerseys.
You can sense that this Copa America Final is already over with Oscar Tabarez's men taking a 2-0 lead before half-time. What are your thoughts? Send your tweets to @mohammedali_93
About to get underway in Buenos Aires. Hold on to your hats people.
Remember, you can send me your thoughts, comments and predictions surrounding the Copa America Final on Twitter to @mohammedali_93. An interesting stat for Paraguay fans, the Guarani have yet to win a knockout match in the Copa for 32 years!
A sunny, yet wintry afternoon in Buenos Aires. The venue is El Monumental, the legendary home of recently relegated River Plate. This is the first game to be played in the capital, with the rest of the Copa contested in the provincial cities.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter, who has come underfire recently was out to greet the players before the anthems. A frosty reception welcoming the embattled Swiss.
There are the teams that will lineup for this final. Edinson Cavani, despite confirming his match fitness only makes the bench. Sebastian Coates retains his place from the semi-final in what has been a stellar tournament from the youngster. Justo Villar and Paulo Da Silva win their 95th international caps whilst Aureliano Torres misses out with injury. Lucas Barrios starts on the bench whilst Alcaraz is replaced by Marecos
TEAM NEWS: URUGUAY: Muslera; Caceres, Lugano, Coates; M Pereira, A Pereira, Arevalo Rios, Perez, Gonzalez; Suarez, Forlan PARAGUAY: Villar; Piris, Marecos, Silva, Da Silva; Veron, Estigarribia, Ortigoza; Valdez, Barreto, Zeballos
Gerardo Martino’s Paraguay are surprisingly still winless in this tournament. Five successive draws, the previous two on penalties, have seen the Guarani withstand the barrage of attacking play from Brazil and Venezuela to reach their eighth final. Martino and assistant Jorge Pautasso will watch the match from the stands following the mass brawl that erupted after Wednesday’s semi-final.
Uruguay, last year’s World Cup semi-finalists, recovered from two early draws to overcome Mexico and qualify for the last eight. La Celeste then dumped out hosts Argentina on penalties before Luis Suarez’s clinical double secured them a passage to today’s final.
The 43rd instalment of the Copa has been a surprising one with shocks galore over the past three weeks. Hosts Argentina and holders Brazil have both been humbled in the quarter-finals on penalties, whilst Peru and Venezuela defied critics and perhaps themselves by sweeping to a third and fourth finish respectively
Hello and welcome to Goal.com’s LIVE text commentary of the final of the 2011 Copa America between Uruguay and Paraguay from El Monumental in Buenos Aires. You can get involved by tweeting your thoughts, comments and predictions via Twitter to @mohammedali_93 as always. Confirmed team-line ups are to follow shortly.
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