Cavani helped Uruguay grab the top of the table from Chile

PSG striker scored the only goal to help Uruguay win 1-0 in the final round of the 2019 Copa America group on June 24, and avoid Colombia in the quarterfinals.

Goal: Cavani 82 '.

With the reward is the ability to avoid nasty opponents Colombia in the quarterfinals if the top of Group C, Chile and Uruguay are both cautious. Both of them did not want to lose early, and arranged a large number of troops in the middle zone. During 90 minutes, very few sharp coordination took place. This is evident when each team has only three correct finishes.

In a balanced game, the more alert team won. On the evening of June 24, it was Uruguay. Despite the turmoil in the starting lineup, Oscar Tabarez's team kept the identity that made their success in the past: sure at home, and know every opportunity even the smallest. . Edinson Cavani's strike in the 82nd minute was a rare time when the attacking green shirt players found each other, and they immediately punished their opponents while dreaming of the top of the table with a draw.

Cavani's goal is a happy ending for the PSG striker. The 32-year-old striker sacrificed a lot for Uruguay's play when continuously dropping deep, actively disputing the ball in the home field. With two successful ball-switches, twice the danger and once blocked the successful shot of Chile, Cavani played like a remote defensive midfielder of Uruguay. It was not until the end of the game that he rose, moving the ball on the left wing from the substitute Jonathan Rodríguez, then headed in the near corner, helping Uruguay win at least 1-0.


The situation leading to Cavani's goal lies in Tabarez's attempt. He instructed his students to give up the game to Chile, deepen the formation and try to counterattack as quickly as possible, whenever there was a ball. This way of playing Uruguay is not new, but before a Chile changed the scheme to 3-1-4-2, with many gaps on both sides, the champion Copa America 2011 continuously makes the opponent difficult when Cavani and Suarez play wide, sometimes like two wing strikers.

In a total of 350 passes, Uruguay passes 17%, far more than the 14% of Chile. The face-to-face kick helps Uruguay to have 138 passes to a third of the pitch, more than the opponent's 126 times, despite only holding the ball 42% modestly. In addition to Cavani's goal, Uruguay still had a clear chance in the 22nd minute. Suarez broke the offside trap, the ice went down to face the goalkeeper Arias, but was a little hesitant to finish and missed the opportunity from a tight angle.

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Squad

Chile: Arias, Jara (Castillo 90 '), Maripan, Medel (Lichnovsky 55'), Pulgar, Hernandez, Aranguiz, Opazo, Diaz, Vargas (Fernandes 77 '), Sanchez.

Uruguay: Muslera, Godin, Gimenez, Caceres, Gonzalez, Bentancur, Valverde (Coates 90 '+ 1), Suarez, Cavani, Lodeiro (Nandez 46'), Arrascaeta (Rodriguez 76 ').

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