Welcome to the highlights of the Group B match in the Copa America 2021 between Argentina and Uruguay from the Estádio Nacional de Brasília.
That was quite the watch. It was Uruguay who began on the front foot in the first half, but lacked precision near the goal.
When Argentina received its chance, it capitalised, courtesy a header from Guido Rodriguez. It took that lead into the break.
In the second half, it was Uruguay which had the large chunk of the possession, but neither Cavani nor Suarez could come into the game at any point, as Uruguay searched for the cutting edge.
Argentina, too, found it difficult to create any clean chances in the second half, despite a fine showing by talisman Lionel Messi.
The match eventually ended 1-0 in Argentina's favour to give all three points from the fixture. That is all we have from today's game. Until next time, its goodbye and stay safe!
The referee blows the final whistle and Argentina gets all three points from this fixture.
Suarez and Martinez are in a verbal confrontation after Otamendi is hurt while trying to win a aerial dual.
90+1' Correa is booked for a challenge on Vecina.
5 minutes of stoppage time.
89' Twin FREE KICKS for Argentina in the final couple of minutes of regulation time. Ocampo is booked as well. Nothing comes out of the set-piece.
URUGUAY HAS LESS THAN 10 MINUTES TO GET SOMETHING OUT OF THIS GAME!
81' Is Messi running on unlimited supply of oxygen tonight? In one of his many sprints, he is brought down near the edge of the box. Argentina gets the free kick, the talisman takes it but fires it into the wall.
76' Martinez is booked.
75' Suarez looks to create something outrageous with an acrobatic volley, but the ball goes well above the goal.
UNDER 20 MINUTES OF REGULATION TIME LEFT ON THE CLOCK!
70' CHANGES for Argentina: Both Gonzalez- Nicolas and Giovanni- are off and replaced by Di Maria and Torres.
69' Vina puts in a fine ball in from the left and Cavani, a bit unusually for him, does not get a head on it. The sort of chances the striker revels upon.
64' CHANGES for Uruguay: Torreira and Dela Cruz are off, on come Vecino and Ocampo.
61' With under 30 minutes left, both teams have been unable to create any clear cut chances yet in this second half. Argentina gets three opportunities via three corners, but unable to get something any of the chances.
55' Suarez seems to have hurt his head while jumping in tandem in with Otamendi, but is back on his feet.
52' CHANGES for Argentina: Lo Celso and Martinez are off and replaced by Correa and Palacois.
47' Lo Celso is booked for a challenge on Torreira.
CHANGE for Uruguay as the second half begins: Bentancur is off, Nandez is on
WELCOME BACK! Suarez and Messi are seen having a chat before the half begins.
That was a half, which a deserved a half full-house if not a full house of spectators present at the venue. Argentina will be the happier of the two sides, going into the break, courtesy a goal from Rodriguez from a Lionel Messi assist.
Post the goal, however, Uruguay started to ease its way into the game and was perhaps unlucky to have not got a penalty when Cavani was brought down inside the box, but the referee did not point to the spot.
After that, both teams continued to exchange possession but eventually it is Messi's men who goes into the break with the lead.
Join us in some time when the second half gets underway.
The referee blows the whistle and Argentina takes a 1-0 lead into the break.
3 minutes of added time.
42' FREE KICK for Uruguay as Cavani is brought down by Cristian Romero. Dela Cruz whips it in, the ball is headed away and Bentancur takes a shot with his left foot, that is well-wide.
5 minutes of regulation time left in this half!
33' Uruguay trying its best to get the equaliser, maintaining possession and looking to put the ball forward. But is lacking precision at the last third.
27' What a sequence of play! Uruguay looks to create something as Edinson Cavani, with his renowned movement, gets the ball and looks to make something out of it, but is brought down near the box. As he winces in pain, the ball goes the other way as Messi sprints down the centre, puts in a ball to Gonzalez, who takes a shot, but is saved by the goalkeeper.
24' Messi has been one of the standout Argentina players of this half so far as he looks to create something, once again. But the Uruguayan backline is upto the task this time.
20' Argentina continues to press forward to try and double this lead. Uruguay seems a bit lost here.
It was smart play from Argentina as De Paul opts to take a short corner, passing the ball to Messi, who whips in a cross with his left foot and Rodriguez heads the ball into the back of the net.
13 ' GOALLLLLL!Rodriguez gives Argentina the lead. It is his first international goal as well.
7' CHANCE! What great play from Argentina! Messi takes a usual Messi-esque shot from the right with his left foot, which is saved. Gonzalez is unable to convert on the rebound.
5' Both teams looking to press forward and aiming to play in short passes from the centre of the pitch. Nothing substantial, however, still in terms of chances.
2' A fast, attacking start as both teams exchange possession, but unable to get in at either end.
HERE WE GO!
Both teams are walking out to the middle for the national anthems.
15 MINUTES TO GO FOR KICK OFF!
In case you need a remainder, here is what happened in Argentina’s first group game, earlier in the week: Messi scores penalty but Argentina held by Chile in 2022 qualifier
Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni has opted to re-jig the defence, making as many as three changes at the back, from the game that drew 1-1 against Chile.
Out go Montiel, Martinez Quarta, Tagliafico and in come Molina, Romero an Acuna. There is also one change in attack as Paredes is replaced by Rodriguez for this game.
Uruguay has opted to give both Luis Suarez and Edison Cavani a start for this game with the likes of Diego Godin, lending experience to the defence.
Here are the teams for today's match:
Argentina: Martínez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Acuña; De Paul, Rodríguez, Lo Celso; Messi, Martínez; Nicolás González.
Uruguay: Muslera; González, Giménez, Godín, Viña; Torreira, Bentancur, Valverde, De La Cruz;Suárez , Cavani
Argentina and Uruguay go into Friday’s Copa America encounter with neither team having won in three games since November. The two sides seem unsure about which players to select for the Group A game at the Mané Garrincha stadium in Brasilia.
Read the entire preview here: Argentina and Uruguay riddled with doubts for Copa clash
Squads: Argentina: Goalkeepers: Franco Armani , Emiliano Martínez , Agustín Marchesín, Juan Musso.
Defenders: Gonzalo Montiel, Nicolás Otamendi , Germán Pezzella, Lucas Martínez Quarta , Nicolás Tagliafico, Lisandro Martínez , Marcos Acuña , Cristian Romero , Nahuel Molina Lucero.
Midfielders: Leandro Paredes, Ángel Di María , Guido Rodríguez , Giovani Lo Celso, Exequiel Palacios, Nicolás González, Rodrigo De Paul , Alejandro Gómez , Ángel Correa, Nicolás Domínguez
Forwards: Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martínez, Joaquín Correa, Lucas Alario, Sergio Agüero.
Uruguay: Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera, Sergio Rochet, Martín Campaña
Defenders : José María Giménez, Ronald Araújo, Sebastián Coates, Diego Godín, Martín Cáceres, Matías Viña, Camilo Cándido, Giovanni González
Midfielders : Lucas Torreira, Fede Valverde, Rodrigo Bentancur, Nahitan Nández, Matías Vecino, Fernando Gorriarán, Nicolás De La Cruz, Giorgian de Arrascaeta, Facundo Torres, Brian Rodríguez, Brian Ocampo
Forwards : Maxi Gómez, Luis Suárez, Jonathan Rodríguez, Edinson Cavani
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