Copa America - Group B
Argentina1Uruguay0

Argentina 1-0 Uruguay

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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.

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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

Line-ups

Argentina

  • 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

Substitutes

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

Uruguay

  • 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

Substitutes

  • 4Fucile
  • 5Sánchez
  • 8Hernández
  • 10de Arrascaeta
  • 11Stuani
  • 12Muñoz
  • 13G Silva
  • 15Pereira
  • 18Corujo
  • 19Coates
  • 22Rodríguez Portillo
  • 23M Silva
Referee:
Sandro Meira Ricci
Attendance:
17,014

Match Stats

Home TeamArgentinaAway TeamUruguay
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home13
Away14
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away22

Live Text

Match ends, Argentina 1, Uruguay 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Argentina 1, Uruguay 0.

Foul by Carlos Tévez (Argentina).

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

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

Foul by Abel Hernández (Uruguay).

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

Corner, Uruguay. Conceded by Marcos Rojo.

Foul by Éver Banega (Argentina).

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

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.

Corner, Uruguay. Conceded by Marcos Rojo.

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Argentina. Roberto Pereyra replaces Ángel Di María.

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

Corner, Uruguay. Conceded by Nicolás Otamendi.

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Álvaro González.

Booking

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

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

Foul by Álvaro Pereira (Uruguay).

Carlos Tévez (Argentina) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Diego Godín (Uruguay).

Booking

Sergio Romero (Argentina) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Abel Hernández (Uruguay) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Maxi Pereira.

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Fernando Muslera.

Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Argentina) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Carlos Tévez.

Substitution

Substitution, Argentina. Carlos Tévez replaces Sergio Agüero because of an injury.

Foul by Ángel Di María (Argentina).

Carlos Sánchez (Uruguay) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Álvaro González (Uruguay) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Argentina. Éver Banega replaces Javier Pastore.

Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Argentina) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ángel Di María with a cross.

Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Giménez.

Foul by Javier Pastore (Argentina).

Álvaro González (Uruguay) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Diego Rolan (Uruguay) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Maxi Pereira (Uruguay) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Álvaro González.

Lionel Messi (Argentina) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Álvaro Pereira (Uruguay).

Booking

Marcos Rojo (Argentina) is shown the yellow card.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 16th June 2015

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chile21105324
2Bolivia21103214
3Mexico20203302
4Ecuador200225-30

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Argentina21103214
2Paraguay21103214
3Uruguay21011103
4Jamaica200202-20

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brazil11002113
2Venezuela11001013
3Peru100112-10
4Colombia100101-10
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