Copa America - Group C
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Uruguay 4-0 Ecuador: Luis Suarez & Edinson Cavani both score in Copa America

Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez has now scored 57 goals for Uruguay, 10 more than strike partner Edinson Cavani

Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani scored as Uruguay thrashed 10-man Ecuador 4-0 in their Group C Copa America opener.

Nicolas Lodeiro opened the scoring early on before Uruguay made the most of their player advantage, as an Arturo Mina own goal completed the rout.

Ecaudor's Jose Quintero was sent off for an elbow on 24 minutes after the referee consulted VAR.

In Group B, Paraguay squandered a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar.

Uruguay - who have won the Copa America a record 15 times - started strongly in Belo Horizonte, with Seattle Sounders midfielder Lodeiro scoring in just the sixth minute,

Quintero then received a red card for a flailing arm. The 28-year-old had initially been shown a yellow, but it was converted to red after referee Anderson Daronco consulted VAR.

Paris St-Germain's Cavani scored an acrobatic bicycle-kick before Barcelona forward Luis Suarez tapped home a record 57th international goal to make it 3-0 before half-time.

Mina's volleyed own goal in the 78th minute compounded Ecuador's miserable night.

Ecuador head coach Hernan Dario Gomez said his side were "not as bad as that" with the game "getting away from us" after the sending off.

Paraguay scored through an Oscar Cardozo penalty and a Derlis Gonzalez strike but Asian champions Qatar - who received an invite to the 12-team South American tournament along with Japan - hit back through Almoez Ali and a calamitous Rodrigo Rojas own goal.

Colombia beat Argentina 2-0 on Saturday in Group B's other game.

Monday is a Copa America rest day before Bolivia face Peru in Group A on Tuesday (22:30 BST) and Chile take on Japan in Group C in the final game of the first round of matches (00:00 BST, Tuesday).

Line-ups

Uruguay

  • 1Muslera
  • 22Cáceres
  • 2GiménezBooked at 63mins
  • 3Godín
  • 17Laxalt
  • 8NándezSubstituted forPereiroat 64'minutes
  • 5VecinoSubstituted forValverdeat 81'minutes
  • 6Bentancur
  • 7LodeiroBooked at 14minsSubstituted forTorreiraat 75'minutes
  • 9Suárez
  • 21Cavani

Substitutes

  • 4González
  • 10de Arrascaeta
  • 11Stuani
  • 12Campaña
  • 13Saracchi
  • 14Torreira
  • 15Valverde
  • 16Pereiro
  • 18Gómez
  • 19Coates
  • 20Rodríguez
  • 23M Silva

Ecuador

  • 22Domínguez
  • 17QuinteroBooked at 24mins
  • 2Mina
  • 21Achilier
  • 19Caicedo
  • 15Intriago
  • 18Orejuela
  • 16A Valencia
  • 10MenaSubstituted forVelascoat 29'minutes
  • 11PreciadoSubstituted forIbarraat 45'minutes
  • 13E Valencia

Substitutes

  • 1Banguera
  • 3Arboleda
  • 4Velasco
  • 5Ibarra
  • 6Ramírez
  • 7Ibarra
  • 8Gruezo
  • 9Garcés
  • 12Ortíz
  • 14Arreaga
  • 20Chicaiza
  • 23Méndez
Referee:
Anderson Daronco
Attendance:
13,611

Match Stats

Home TeamUruguayAway TeamEcuador
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home16
Away2
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Uruguay 4, Ecuador 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Uruguay 4, Ecuador 0.

Foul by Rodrigo Bentancur (Uruguay).

Romario Ibarra (Ecuador) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Uruguay. Conceded by Gabriel Achilier.

Attempt blocked. Federico Valverde (Uruguay) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Uruguay. Conceded by Antonio Valencia.

Attempt blocked. Luis Suárez (Uruguay) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Luis Suárez (Uruguay) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Arturo Mina (Ecuador).

Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Uruguay) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is too high.

Attempt saved. Luis Suárez (Uruguay) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gastón Pereiro with a through ball.

Attempt blocked. Luis Suárez (Uruguay) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gastón Pereiro.

Substitution

Substitution, Uruguay. Federico Valverde replaces Matías Vecino.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

VAR: Goal. Referee decision on field cancelled.

Delay in match because of an injury Alexander Domínguez (Ecuador).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Gastón Pereiro (Uruguay).

Goal!

Own Goal by Arturo Mina, Ecuador. Uruguay 4, Ecuador 0.

Attempt missed. Pedro Velasco (Ecuador) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Antonio Valencia.

Foul by Diego Laxalt (Uruguay).

Pedro Velasco (Ecuador) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Enner Valencia (Ecuador).

Substitution

Substitution, Uruguay. Lucas Torreira replaces Nicolás Lodeiro.

Diego Laxalt (Uruguay) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Antonio Valencia (Ecuador).

Substitution

Substitution, Uruguay. Gastón Pereiro replaces Nahitan Nández because of an injury.

Booking

José Giménez (Uruguay) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by José Giménez (Uruguay).

Enner Valencia (Ecuador) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Nahitan Nández (Uruguay) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Romario Ibarra (Ecuador).

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

Foul by Antonio Valencia (Ecuador).

Foul by Nahitan Nández (Uruguay).

Jefferson Orejuela (Ecuador) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Enner Valencia (Ecuador).

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 16th June 2019

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brazil11003033
2Peru10100001
3Venezuela10100001
4Bolivia100103-30

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Colombia11002023
2Paraguay10102201
3Qatar10102201
4Argentina100102-20

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Uruguay00000000
2Chile00000000
3Japan00000000
4Ecuador00000000
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