Copa America - Group B

Argentina 1-0 Uruguay

By Paul FletcherBBC Sport
Aguero brilliance gives Argentina win

Sergio Aguero scored a brilliant near-post header as tournament favourites Argentina defeated defending champions Uruguay at the Copa America.

The Manchester City striker converted Pablo Zabaleta's cross after the break.

Argentina were held by Paraguay in their opening game but now lead Group B after a deserved victory in a tense and, at times, bad-tempered game.

However, Diego Rolan should have equalised for Uruguay but blazed over from eight yards.

It also took a good block late on to keep out a header from Uruguay skipper Diego Godin, while Hull City's Adel Hernandez had a side-foot effort brilliantly clawed out by Sergio Romero.

It was a reminder to Argentina of the fragility of their lead but they managed to see the game out to claim the 82nd victory over their South American neighbours.

Argentina now face the pointless Jamaica in their final group game after the Caribbean side - invited guests playing for the first time at the tournament - lost 1-0 to Paraguay in their second group game.

The only goal of that game came through Edgar Benitez after a terrible error from Jamaica goalkeeper Duwayne Kerr, who charged 25 yards from his goal but only succeeded in heading the ball into his opponent's path.

Hot on Uruguay's heels?
Uruguay have won the Copa America 15 times - the most of any nation. This year's favourites Argentina are one behind with 14 titles.

In La Serena, Argentina and Uruguay contested a tight and uncompromising contest, as might be expected between two fierce rivals meeting for the 178th time.

Argentina - with Aguero, Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria in their starting XI - dominated possession and territory while Uruguay, looking to build on their opening win over Jamaica, were compact, stubborn and wily in defence.

There were precious few openings during the first half, although Uruguay's Rolan should have done better with a header that skimmed wide after his team showed the threat they posed on the counter attack.

Bizarre goal earns Paraguay victory

There was a frustrated look to Argentina as they trooped off at the break, while coach Gerardo Martino had already been sent to the stands for arguing with the officials.

But that changed 10 minutes after the restart with Aguero's brilliant and brave near-post header under huge pressure from Jose Maria Gimenez

The game opened up after that and became increasingly fractious, with an unnecessary lunge at the opposition goalkeeper from Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo sparking a penalty-box melee, while Egidio Arevalo Rios and Messi later briefly squared up.

And although Uruguay did create chances to equalise, Argentina almost doubled their advantage when a low strike from Messi drew a good save from Fernando Muslera.

It leaves Argentina with four points from two games, while Paraguay have four and Uruguay three ahead of their meeting on Saturday.

Fernando Muslera saves from Lionel Messi
Muslera denied Messi late on - but Uruguay also threatened
The referee separates Argentina and Uruguay players
The match had several flash points after Argentina scored the only goal
Uruguay players
Uruguay have three points after two games and face Paraguay in their final group match



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1RomeroBooked at 84mins
  • 4Zabaleta
  • 2Garay
  • 17Otamendi
  • 16RojoBooked at 71mins
  • 6Biglia
  • 14MascheranoBooked at 45mins
  • 10Messi
  • 21PastoreSubstituted forBanegaat 79'minutes
  • 7Di MaríaSubstituted forPereyraat 89'minutes
  • 11AgüeroSubstituted forTévezat 82'minutes


  • 3Roncaglia
  • 5Gago
  • 8Pereyra
  • 9Higuaín
  • 12Guzmán
  • 13Casco
  • 15Demichelis
  • 18Tévez
  • 19Banega
  • 20Lamela
  • 22Lavezzi
  • 23Andújar


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Muslera
  • 16Pereira Páez
  • 2Giménez de Vargas
  • 3GodínBooked at 65mins
  • 6PereiraBooked at 86mins
  • 20González
  • 17Arévalo Rios
  • 9Rolan
  • 14LodeiroBooked at 31minsSubstituted forHernándezat 69'minutes
  • 7RodríguezSubstituted forSánchezat 64'minutes
  • 21Cavani


  • 4Fucile
  • 5Sánchez
  • 8Hernández
  • 10de Arrascaeta
  • 11Stuani
  • 12Muñoz
  • 13G Silva
  • 15Pereira
  • 18Corujo
  • 19Coates
  • 22Rodríguez Portillo
  • 23M Silva
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Match Stats

Home TeamArgentinaAway TeamUruguay
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Argentina 1, Uruguay 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Argentina 1, Uruguay 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Carlos Tévez (Argentina).

  4. Post update

    Giménez (Uruguay) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Nicolás Otamendi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Abel Hernández (Uruguay).

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Egidio Arévalo Rios (Uruguay) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Uruguay. Conceded by Marcos Rojo.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Éver Banega (Argentina).

  10. Post update

    Egidio Arévalo Rios (Uruguay) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Diego Godín (Uruguay) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Carlos Sánchez with a cross following a corner.

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    Corner, Uruguay. Conceded by Marcos Rojo.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Abel Hernández (Uruguay) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Maxi Pereira.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Argentina. Roberto Pereyra replaces Ángel Di María.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Diego Godín (Uruguay) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Carlos Sánchez with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Uruguay. Conceded by Nicolás Otamendi.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Álvaro González.

  18. Booking

    Álvaro Pereira (Uruguay) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Álvaro Pereira (Uruguay).

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