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3 vs 0
Played
July 24, 2011 8:00 PM BST
Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti — Capital Federal, Ciudad de Buenos Aires
Referee:‬ Salvio Spinola Fagundes Filho‎
 
12′ Luis Suárez
 
 
 
Top of the Match
Luis Suárez
Luis Suárez
Uruguay
Luis Suárez
Luis Suárez
Uruguay
Flop of the Match
Néstor Ezequiel Ortigoza
Néstor Ezequiel Ortigoza
Paraguay
Néstor Ezequiel Ortigoza
Néstor Ezequiel Ortigoza
Paraguay

Uruguay 3-0 Paraguay: Diego Forlan & Luis Suarez seal record 15th Copa America title

The dream duo were on the top of their game once again as Oscar Tabarez's men made short work of their opponents in a fairly one-sided final

By Vasil Kotsev


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Uruguay
have won their first Copa America since 1995 after a comprehensive win in the final over a toothless Paraguay at the Monumental in Buenos Aires.

Uruguay hit Gerardo Martino's side with a first-half double salvo, courtesy of strikers Luis Suarez and Diego Forlan. The Atletico Madrid man completed his brace moments before the final whistle to ensure Uruguay's triumph for a record 15th time, one ahead now of Argentina.

Oscar Tabarez's men started brightly as Suarez nearly forced a goal with a shot from inside the six-yard box, but the ball hit the side-netting.

Controversy ensued moments later when Diego Lugano powered a header from inside the penalty area and Nestor Ortigoza stopped the ball with his hand only for the referee to wave play on, evoking protests from the Uruguayan camp.

Justice was served in the 11th minute when Suarez made his way down the right flank and unleashed a stinging shot, which deflected off Dario Veron before trickling into the left corner and past the goal line.

Uruguay had a wonderful chance to double their lead near the half-hour mark when Suarez released Forlan with an excellent through-ball, but the Atletico striker was denied by Justo Villar in a one-on-one.

Minutes before half-time, Uruguay doubled their advantage. Egidio Arevalo stole the ball in midfield, and found the unmarked Forlan, who made no mistake this time as he powered a scintillating finish in the right corner to double their lead.

Paraguay tried to claw a goal back after the restart, but were struggling to bypass Uruguay's resilient defence and midfield.

Gerardo Martino's men were leaving plenty of open spaces, and Uruguay nearly capitalised in the 55th minute when Suarez threaded a pass for Forlan near the penalty spot, but Veron made a vital interception and deflected the shot.

Just before the hour mark, Paraguay went close to scoring when Nelson Valdez's powerful drive from outside the box was tipped onto the bar by the flying Nestor Muslera.

The Hercules striker had another chance moments later when Cristian Riveros found him with a very good ball from the right wing, but the striker failed to convert from close range.

Substitute Edinson Cavani forced a wonder save from Villar with 11 minutes to go as Oscar Tabarez' men were growing increasingly dangerous on the counter. Their efforts paid off eventually as Forlan completed his brace with a superb finish in injury time, following a cushioned header from Suarez.

The victory gives Uruguay their 15th Copa America title to become the most successful team in the tournament.



Uruguay

25
3.00
4
3.00
2
Diego Lugano
Defender
3.50
19
3.00
14
Maxi Pereira
Defender
30′
3.50
11
Á. Pereira
Midfielder
64′
3.00
20
E. Arévalo
Midfielder
42′
3.50
15
Diego Pérez
Midfielder
24′ 70′
3.00
15
3.00
10
Diego Forlán
Striker
42′ 90′
4.00
7
Luis Suárez
Striker
12′ 90′
4.00

Paraguay

3.50
1
J. Villar
Goalkeeper
3.00
5
3.00
14
Darabantex
Defender
2.50
4
D. Verón
Midfielder
3.00
3
3.00
4
2.50
5
2.50
20
3.00
16
C. Riveros
Midfielder
2.50
7
3.50
18

Substitutes

1
M. Silva
Goalkeeper
0.00
-
J. Castillo
Goalkeeper
0.00
2
0.00
19
A. Scotti
Defender
0.00
14
N. Lodeiro
Midfielder
0.00
5
S. Eguren
Midfielder
70′
3.00
5
Walter Gargano
Midfielder
0.00
11
0.00
9
3.00
11
0.00
13
0.00

Substitutes

0.00
25
R. Fernández
Goalkeeper
0.00
12
3.00
11
Hernán Pérez
Midfielder
65′
3.00
21
0.00
8
Edgar Barreto
Midfielder
0.00
10
O. Martínez
Midfielder
0.00
19
L. Barrios
Striker
77′
0.00
32

Coach/Manager

-
0.00

Coach/Manager

 
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Results
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Times In BST
 
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Player   Goals Penalties
Paolo Guerrero Paolo Guerrero
Striker
Corinthians
5 0
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
4 0
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
3 0
Radamel Falcao Radamel Falcao
Striker
AS Monaco
2 1
Diego Forlán Diego Forlán
Striker
Cerezo
2 0