Copa America: Uruguay beats Paraguay 1-0

Edinson Cavani scored from a penalty to seal an easy 1-0 win for Uruguay against Paraguay, setting up a quarterfinal tie against Colombia.

Edinson Cavani (right) celebrates with team-mates after scoring. - AP

An Edinson Cavani penalty sealed an easy 1-0 win for Uruguay against neighbour Paraguay at the Copa America on Monday, setting up a quarterfinal tie against Colombia.


Despite the narrow scoreline, it was a dominant performance from Uruguay, which had the vast majority of chances but struggled to break down Paraguay's stubborn defence.

Uruguay was also lacking a bit of quality in front of goal and had to rely on Cavani's 21st-minute spot-kick for the win.


The best early chances fell to Giorgian de Arrascaeta, before Nahitan Nández was bundled over in the box for an 18th-minute penalty, dispatched by Cavani.

The Manchester United striker made way for Luis Suarez in the 68th minute, but the Atlético Madrid forward was also frustrated in front of goal.

With a narrow lead, Uruguay conceded a late free-kick near its goal that gave Paraguay hope of a late draw but the effort came to nothing.

Group A winner Argentina, which beat Bolivia 4-1, will face Ecuador in the last eight, while host nation Brazil will take on Chile in Rio de Janeiro on Friday. Paraguay plays Peru on the same day.

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