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Chile v Uruguay Live Commentary, 6/24/19

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E. Cavani (82)
Estadio Jornalista Mário Filho (Maracanã)


That will do it for our live coverage of this Copa America match between Chile and Uruguay! We hope you enjoyed following along, and will join us again soon!
With both sides having advanced to the quarter-finals, Uruguay will hope to carry their momentum from this win into their next match against Peru, while Chile will hope to put on a better performance against Colombia on Friday.
It seemed the match could only get better after a disappointing first half, but little did we know what was in store. The second half was filled with sloppy play, and fouls which the referee never quite got a handle of, before Uruguay finally managed to get on the scoresheet in the 82nd minute. The relief of finally seeing a goal was short-lived though as, instead of with Chile being able to chase a goal, and possibly a result, the Uruguayan players took turns going to ground and staying there for the majority of the remaining minutes. In the end, the Cavani goal was enough to see Uruguay top Group C, with Chile also advancing via their second-place finish.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: Chile 0-1 Uruguay
90' + 4' Muslera comes off his line to claim a cross and makes contact with Fernandes, though it's the latter who is called for the foul.
90' + 2' Now it's Cavani's turn to lay on the ground after he swung through a clearance and connected with the leg of Pulgar. This is becoming quite laughable really.
S. Coates
F. Valverde
90' + 2' Valverde is replaced by Coates for Uruguay.
N. Castillo
G. Jara
90' Jara is taken off for the final minutes as Castillo comes onto the pitch for Chile.
90' There will be five minutes of added time.
89' Lichnovsky stretched out for a ball and clipped the foot of Rodriguez, though it's unlikely to have been enough contact to warrant the full minute that the latter has rolled around and sat on the pitch.
88' Cavani takes a shot from wide, and outside the penalty area that ends up nearer the left corner flag than the goal. Poor and unnecessary attempt from the PSG man, that.
86' After little, to no contact from Fernandes, Gimenez has a nice lie down in his own penalty area with the referee urging for him to get up. Let the time-wasting begin.
84' Well now, let's see if that livens things up a touch!
E. Cavani
82' GOOALLLL!!!! URUGUAY TAKE THE LEAD IN THE FINAL 10 MINUTES! Cavani, after a pass in from Rodriguez, nodded his header down into the bottom-left corner of the goal past a diving Arias! As things stand, Uruguay will emerge as Group C winners! Chile 0-1 Uruguay
J. Rodríguez
82' Rodriguez was found in space on the edge of the box by Suarez, and the former then turned and chipped the ball in the direction of Cavani who headed the ball past Arias for the goal!
79' Bentacur fouls Hernandez from behind and the referee blows his whistle, which may break down from overuse soon.
J. Fernándes
E. Vargas
77' Vargas won't be getting on the scoresheet today as Fernandes replaces him.
J. Rodríguez
G. De Arrascaeta
76' De Arrascaeta makes way as Rodriguez enters the fray for Uruguay.
75' There's a lengthy delay after a fan ran onto the pitch and the players stand around, waiting for a restart.
73' Pulgar tries, and just misses, on a long, sweeping pass to Sanchez on the left wing and the latter applauds the attempt.
G. González
Yellow Card
70' Gonzalez picks up a yellow card for a foul on Sanchez that seemed fairly innocuous in the context of this match.
70' CHANCE! From a corner, the ball was flicked to Diaz at the back-post who headed the ball past Muslera... but Gimenez heads it off the line and behind for a corner! Heroic defending by the latter there!
69' Sanchez tries to lob a ball into the path of a team-mate on a run in the box that's cut out before it can reach it's intended target.
67' Cavani tried to chip a ball over the top to Nandez on the right, but the ball is weighted too heavily and was always running away from the latter. Goal-kick to Chile.
65' There's certainly been no lack of physicality in this match thus far as 27 fouls have been committed already (14 by Chile, 13 by Uruguay).
63' Caceres goes in hard on Diaz and the former escapes a card, though he does receive a stern talking to from the referee.
62' A long string of passes from Chile now as they try to find a way through this Uruguayan defence.
59' A long ball is played forward towards a sprinting Vargas, but the forward couldn't get around Godin who ushered the ball back to his goalkeeper.
57' Having only recently come onto the pitch, Lichnovsky tries his luck from range with a right-footed shot that drifted wide of goal. Goal-kick to Uruguay.
55' PENALTY SHOUT! Sanchez dribbles into the box before the ball takes a deflection off of Godin on the ground. The Manchester United man screams at the referee for a call of handball, but Raphael Claus remains unmoved and says play on.
I. Lichnovsky
G. Medel
55' Gary Medel, after being down on the pitch for a little bit, is now taken off with Lichnovsky the chosen replacement.
52' Play has been mostly stop-start since the break as misplayed passes and fouls begin to rack up on both sides.
50' A bit of discord as the linesman gestured for a Chile throw, but the referee signals for a Uruguayan free-kick. The Chile players do not agree with the change in call.
48' CHANCE! From a corner, Godin gets a free header in the box and directs it goal-ward where Arias manages to grab, and hold onto it! Anywhere else and that would have been a goal!
46' The referee blows his whistle once more, and this match is back underway!
N. Nández
N. Lodeiro
46' Nandez replaces Lodeiro out wide for Uruguay at the half.
With the match and Group C on the line, it will be interesting to see how these sides approach the second half. For Chile, bringing on a forward would probably improve things as they have had the majority of the ball thus far but haven't looked particularly dangerous in the final third. Uruguay have had the exact opposite issue as they've looked more likely to score, but have been limited by just over 40 per cent possession. Adding another midfielder would probably help them take back some control in the middle of the pitch and improve their chances of winning both this match and the group.
Both sides head into the tunnel after a first half that was... less thrilling than hoped. Chile and Uruguay both boasted top-three attacks at this competition heading into this match, but we've seen very little of that with the score still level at nil. There has been just one shot on target in this match thus far and, with players like Vargas, Sanchez, Suarez, and Cavani on the pitch that is a surprising, if not disappointing, development. The best chance of the match probably belonged to Suarez who dribbled around the 'keeper and was staring at an empty net in the 23rd minute, but the touch took the striker wide and Arias did well to recover and parry the ball behind for a corner. Hopefully, we'll be in for a bit more excitement after the break, though, as things currently stand, both Chile and Uruguay would advance from Group C.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: Chile 0-0 Uruguay
45' There will be one minute of added time.
43' CHANCE! From a corner, Cavani flicked it on from the near-post to Caceres who tried a right-footed shot on the volley, but his effort fizzes wide of the goal-post and out!
41' Uruguay have a free-kick in their opponents half which De Arrascaeta takes... and drives right into the waiting arms of Arias. He didn't get the curl needed there.
38' Chile launch a counter-attack through Vargas who opted to take on Godin rather than play Sanchez in, and this proves to be the wrong choice as the defender pokes the ball away on the first time of asking. Great defending from the ex-Atletico Madrid man!
36' Aranguiz has a loose touch in the box after a fantastic ball in from Alexis out left, and the chance goes.
34' A ball is lofted over the top towards Sanchez, but Godin and Gimenez did well to close off the path of the Chilean forward and the ball bounces harmlessly to Muslera.
32' Chile have had four more shots than Uruguay which is a bit surprising considering the latter came into this match leading their opponents by 20 shots at this tournament.
30' Vargas has a shot blocked at the top of the box after Sanchez had slotted the ball into him. The former just couldn't sort his feet out before the Uruguayan defence collapsed around him.
30' Chile start to apply the pressure as momentum swings back their way.
28' Vargas has his legs taken out from under him by Godin, and Chile will have a free-kick from a dangerous position.
26' Another corner for Uruguay after a Suarez header was directed away from goal, and behind, by a Chilean defender.
23' CHANCE! Suarez gets to a backpass before the 'keeper does! The first touch takes him around Arias, but the latter recovers and blocks the Uruguayan's attempt behind for a corner!
21' Uruguay are getting forward more now, though sustained possession still proves to be difficult for them.
19' From a throw-in, Suarez collects the ball in the box before laying it off to De Arrascaeta who hammers the first-time shot, but it was always rising and failed to trouble Arias.
17' De Arrascaeta is taken down on the right wing, and Uruguay will have a dangerous free-kick in the final third.
15' Chile are absolutely dominating play right now, boasting over 70 per cent of the early possession.
13' A diagonal ball is played out to Opazo on the right wing, and the ensuing cross gets the lightest touch goal-ward from Vargas, but the ball winds up in the safe hands of Muslera.
11' Aranguiz tries a powerful shot from distance that is parried away by Muslera, whose palms will surely be stinging after that effort.
9' Gimenez does well to head away a cross that was sent toward Vargas at the back-post, though it does go behind for a Chile corner.
7' After a long stretch of possession and passes, Sanchez receives the ball in the left channel, takes a touch inside, and unleashes a shot over the crossbar from distance.
5' Clash of heads between Vargas and Godin and, after a brief stoppage of play, it seems both will be able to continue.
3' Chile build play slowly down the right before unleashing Vargas in behind the defence, but the pass is under-hit and cut out by Uruguay.
1' Referee Raphael Claus blows his whistle, and this match is underway!
The teams are out on the pitch as the national anthems ring around the Estadio do Maracana. Not long to go until kick-off now!
Three changes for Uruguay who can secure their place in the quarter-finals with a win or draw. Gonzalez, De Arrascaeta, and Valverde are named in the starting line-up, while Laxalt, Nandez, and Torreira drop out. Of course, the headline grabbers for Uruguay are their strike pairing of Suarez and Cavani. The two of them rank first and second in total shots taken at this tournament with 21 and 17 respectively, and will be hoping their goalscoring talents will be enough to see them win, and advance.
It will be four changes for Chile after their 2-1 win against Ecuador last time out. Isla, Beausejour, Vidal, and Fuenzalida all drop to the bench with Maripan, Opazo, Diaz, and Hernandez coming into the XI. The key man today though will likely be Eduardo Vargas. Yes, Sanchez tends to draw the headlines, but it’s Vargas who is level with Paolo Guerrero for the most Copa America goals scored by active players (12). Can he score and send Chile through as winners of Group C?
Uruguay substitutes: Martin Silva, Sebastian Coates, Lucas Torreira, Nahitan Nandez, Maximiliano Gomez, Martin Campana, Gaston Pereiro, Diego Laxalt, Jonathan Rodriguez, Cristhian Stuani, Marcelo Saracchi.
Uruguay (4-4-2): Fernando Muslera; Giovanni Gonzalez, Jose Gimenez, Diego Godin, Martin Caceres; Giorgian de Arrascaeta, Federico Valverde, Rodrigo Bentancur, Nicolas Lodeiro; Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez.
Chile substitutes: Esteban Pavez, Jean Beausejour, Arturo Vidal, Nicolas Castillo, Mauricio Isla, Yerko Urra, Brayan Cortes, Diego Valdes, Jose Pedro Fuenzalida, Junior Fernandes, Angelo Sagal, Igor Lichnovsky.
Chile (3-4-1-2): Gabriel Arias; Gary Medel, Gonzalo Jara, Guillermo Maripan; Paulo Diaz, Erick Pulgar, Charles Aranguiz, Oscar Opazo; Pablo Hernandez; Alexis Sanchez, Eduardo Vargas.
Now, let’s take a look at the team news!
With today’s match, Uruguay become the first nation to play 200 Copa America matches, and they will surely be hoping to mark the occasion with a win.
Chile will be confident heading into this match today considering they are in the middle of an impressive seven-match unbeaten run in the Copa America - their longest such run in the competition since 1945.
We should be in for an exciting match seeing as these two nations both rank top-three in goals scored at the 2019 Copa America (six each).
Hello, and welcome to our live coverage of this Copa America match between Chile and Uruguay!