Copa America

July 24, 2011

Full-time

Uruguay

3 - 0

Paraguay

Copa America

19:00 +00:00, July 24, 2011

Antonio Vespucio Liberti, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina

Referee: Fagundes, Salvio (BRA)

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    Thanks for keeping me company this evening. It's been a pleasure. Be sure to stick with ESPNsoccernet for all the post-match reaction. I've been James Dall - over and out.

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    Fully deserved victory for Oscar Tabarez's men. Suarez was excellent, while Forlan chose a fine time to end his goal drought.

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    It's a record 15th South American title for Uruguay.

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    Full-time. Uruguay have won the 2011 Copa America.

  • 90'

    A really marvellous goal. Uruguay sprung clear in speedy fashion and a deft header by Suarez threaded through Forlan, who clipped the ball home.

  • 90'

    GOAL Forlan makes it 3-0 to seal Uruguay's win against Paraguay!

  • 89'

    Uruguay make their final change, Godin coming on for Caceres.

  • 88'

    Uruguay can smell that 15th title, and it smells ruddy lovely.

  • 86'

    Coates is booked for a handball. Perhaps a little harsh. He will care little though.

  • 85'

    Paraguay down to ten men as Barrios is hamstrung.

  • 84'

    Barrios, who was expected to start this game, pulls up with a hamstring problem. His short outing looks over.

  • 83'

    ESPN's television commentators argue that it is too little, too late from Paraguay in terms of their attacking intent.

  • 82'

    Shot on target from Valdez, but it's tepid and therefore easy for Muslera.

  • 81'

    Cavani just threw himself down in the box. Never a spot-kick, and shame on him for being so theatric. Cringe-worthy attempt.

  • 80'

    A deep cross from the left drifts to no-one as another Paraguay attack comes to nothing.

  • 79'

    Paraguay win a corner and it half-threatens to bobble to a hovering forward, but alas Uruguay hack clear.

  • 78'

    Paraguay are demonstrating plenty of will, but the quality is missing. Uruguay don't look too under the cosh.

  • 76'

    Barrios enters the fray in place of Zeballos.

  • 75'

    Just fifteen minutes remain for Paraguay. The game is slipping away from them as Uruguay close in on history.

  • 74'

    BIG save. Uruguay pounce in numbers and Eguren looks to dart onto a cutback. The ball is weak, but he gets a toe to it anyway. Villar is forced to spring to his left and get a strong hand to the effort.

  • 73'

    Lugano has been very commanding in the air today.

  • 72'

    Can't help but feel it all hinged on that chance that hit the woodwork. Saurez and Forlan will get the plaudits, but Muslera's save is worthy of note.

  • 70'

    Perez is replaced by Eguren.

  • 69'

    Was that a penalty? No, it wasn't. Zeballos went down softly in the area and then did that thing where players fall and grab the ball before the whistle has gone, thinking they have been fouled. He was penalised for handball.

  • 68'

    Uruguay make the clearance. While it is Paraguay on the front foot, one can see the Uruguayans springing clear to counter. They have pace in Suarez.

  • 67'

    Some desparate defending by Uruguay here. Bodies are being flung in attempts to block. Corner for Paraguay...

  • 65'

    Paraguay's turn to make a change as Estigarribia comes on for Caceres.

  • 65'

    Riveros punches the air out of frustration after not being awarded a free-kick. It was the right call by the ref. Sorry, Riveros.

  • 64'

    Cavani is on for Alvaro Pereira.

  • 62'

    Another chance for Paraguay, but again it goes begging. Poor defending from Uruguay down their left channel as the defence went to sleep. In went a low cross but Muslera smothered.

  • 61'

    Arevalo Rios has been really excellent. Tigerish.

  • 60'

    Suarez looks set to make it 3-0 but the whistle had gone for a foul. Fortunate, because again Paraguay were loose in a dicey area.

  • 59'

    Lugano does well to leap and win a deep cross. His header cleared the danger.

  • 58'

    Paraguay's passing is still struggling to stick. Uruguay are on top of them quickly.

  • 57'

    Vera is carded for a just shocking tackle. Tut.

  • 56'

    Just seen a replay of the Valdez effort. Turns out Muslera made a sensational save, getting his fingertips to the ball. Bravo.

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    Diego Forlan fires home to put Uruguay into a 2-0 lead

  • 54'

    Woodwork! Oh, that was so unlucky. Paraguay almost pull a goal back as a dinked ball is struck so sweetly by Valdez. His shot loops over the keeper but bounces back out off the crossbar.

  • 53'

    Suarez does really, really well. His strength is evident as he barges an opponent off the ball, fairly. Forlan wants a cross, but the delivery is a little behind the former Manchester United striker, and the move fizzles out.

  • 51'

    These players have a low pain threshold.

  • 50'

    Suarez may be a fine footballer, but his body language makes for uncomfortable viewing. He's all floppy and petulant.

  • 49'

    Paraguay have a chance to put it in the mixer, but they work it in amateur fashion as the flag goes up for offside.

  • 48'

    Perez is holding his shoulder in some pain after an awkward fall. Should be fine. He's been good, in case you were wondering.

  • 47'

    Suarez wins a free-kick after going down like he had been tasered. Forlan floated the ball into the box, and Paraguay nodded clear.

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    Diego Forlan celebrates after doubling Uruguay's advantage

  • 46'

    Paraguay haven't scored a goal in more than five hours of play. Good heavens.

  • 46'

    Kick-off: Paraguay get the second half started.

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    The teams are back out.

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    The ESPN commentary team feel the only route back into this game for Paraguay is for Uruguay to be reduced to 10 men.

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    Benjamin Thorson, meanwhile, is delighted to see Forlan back amongst the goal(s).

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    Davis Rickert reflects: "Luis Suarez was brilliant. He has such quick feet. He can score 20 goals this season for LFC."

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    The footballing brain that is @Zonal_Marking wonders on Twitter: "Estigarribia surely on to run at Maxi Pereira?"

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    Got something to say on the first period? Then why not say it, eh? Send your thoughts to @JamesDallESPN on Twitter and I will publish a selection of the best comments.

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    There you have it, a mauling by Uruguay, with the country set to usurp Argentina's 14 South American titles. An impressive 45 minutes, yes, but it must be pointed out that Paraguay have been rather rubbish.

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    Half-time. Uruguay 2-0 Paraguay.

  • 45'

    Suarez has a pop just prior to the break but the shot lacks enough power and accuracy to cause Villar any real issues.

  • 45'

    Two minutes of added time will be played.

  • 44'

    Surely no way back for Paraguay, who have looked toothless.

  • 43'

    @JanuszESPN on Twitter: "2-0 Uruguay. No need for Cavani I guess. Remember him?"

  • 42'

    Sloppy play by Paraguay near their own box is punished. Uruguay pinch the ball and it is slipped to the lurking Forlan, who spanks the ball home for his first goal in 13 internationals.

  • 41'

    GOAL Forlan scores for Uruguay to make it 2-0!

  • 39'

    Maxi Pereira has a shot from range that skips off the turf and zips off target.

  • 38'

    @dalejohnsonESPN via Twitter: "Diego Forlan would have taken that chance 12 months ago. More like the Forlan of Manchester United these days".

  • 37'

    Forlan volleys into the ground but the strike is central, meaning it is easy pickings for the keeper.

  • 36'

    Side-netting. Suarez rolls his man with ease before rifling a shot just wide. He's good this boy, isn't he.

  • 35'

    Paraguay lack Uruguay's invention and movement when on the attack.

  • 34'

    Riveros is the latest to almost get sliced in two. The referee needs to speak with the captains, to tell them to calm their team-mates down. A serious injury seems around the corner, in my opinion.

  • 32'

    Big save by Villar as Forlan races clear. The striker shoots low but Villar was out quickly and made himself big. Excellent goalkeeping to keep it 1-0.

  • 31'

    Suarez is getting kicked around the park.

  • 30'

    Maxi Pereira is carded for a rotten tackle. Right, what are the current bookmakers' odds on two or more red cards in this game?

  • 28'

    Paraguay enjoy some possession but an attempted switch is overhit and the ball flops out of play.

  • 27'

    Feisty, that's what it is. The lack of flow impeding the spectacle, unfortunately. Suarez, meanwhile, looks a cut above.

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    Luis Suarez celebrates after netting the opening goal

  • 25'

    Caceres now in the book for a sloppy challenge. It's a bit, erm, bitty. The histrionics are embarassing, too.

  • 24'

    Oof. Perez just went flying into a tackle. He got the timing all wrong and was deservedly booked.

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    Nestor Ortigoza uses his hands to block an early chance for Uruguay

  • 22'

    It's not the boldest of predictions, but I do indeed predict at least one red card in this game.

  • 21'

    Cameras pan to Blatter asleep/reading a programme. Whatever next, eh...

  • 20'

    It's all getting a little niggly. Caceres is an unhappy bunny after claiming he was on the receiving end of an elbow. I need a replay to confirm.

  • 18'

    Suarez's strike for the goal took an almighty deflection, off Veron's hanging knee.

  • 17'

    Caceres goes into the referee's notebook for a rash sliding tackle on the nimble Suarez.

  • 16'

    A half-chance for Paraguay as Valdez ghosts in at the back post. He takes it with his foot, when maybe a brave diving header would have been better.

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    A Paraguay fan gets into the spirit ahead of the kick-off

  • 15'

    Paraguay simply cannot handle Uruguay's movement.

  • 13'

    How will Paraguay respond? Uruguay have started in rampant mood, and after seeing several replays of the early handball, they deserve to be in front.

  • 12'

    Fine play by Suarez as he pulls a pass down in the box. The forward drops a shoulder and puts his foot through the ball. The shot clips a defender and flicks the far post on its route into the back of the net.

  • 12'

    GOAL Suarez puts Uruguay in front!

  • 10'

    ... but it comes to zip, with the delivery flat, like a pancake.

  • 9'

    Paraguay corner...

  • 8'

    Accusations of time-wasting as Villar spends a little longer than is needed to place the ball down for a free-kick.

  • 7'

    ANOTHER Uruguay corner, but Paraguay defend this one well enough. Lugano went down in the box just then, sparking whimpers of a penalty. Would have been harsh.

  • 6'

    Suarez shows fine upper-body strength as he cuts in from the left, but a challenge at the last forces him to take a heavy touch.

  • 5'

    A third Forlan corner is cleared, as Uruguay up the ante. Worth noting that post the 'handball', Paraguay went on a counter-attack and almost stole in.

  • 4'

    Forlan's corners are causing issues.

  • 3'

    Wow. Uruguay send in the resulting corner and Lugano crashes a header at goal. Villar makes an excellent, reaction save, parrying the effort. But the ball is still free. Someone pounces, and Nestor Ortigoza clears, but maybe with his hand. Nothing doing from the referee, though.

  • 2'

    Crikey. Uruguay almost in front in the opening minutes. Suarez was like a rabid dog, refusing to give up what looked like a lost clause. He was eventually squeezed out. Wait...

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    Uruguay fans hold a banner that reads 'Argentina, where are you?'

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    Kick-off: Uruguay get the game started, kicking from right to left as I see it.

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    We're about to get under way, people. Deep breath everyone.

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    Justo Villar is not tall for a goalkeeper, is he? Standing next to Uruguay skipper Diego Lugano he looked dwarfed.

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    Uruguay's turn. Again, much gusto.

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    National anthem time. Paraguay first. It's a jolly old tune, and I like it. Good rhythm.

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    Fifa president Sepp Blatter, voted the biggest villain of the past decade in a recent poll, shakes the hands of the players. In other news, one of the mascots is a giant ostrich. Cue 'head in sand' remarks regarding Blatter and said bird being on the same turf.

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    The two teams stoll out onto the field to a cracking reception. The stadium is jam-packed.

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    Weather conditions: A quick Google tells me it is 14°C and sunny in Buenos Aires, while it is a quite humid.

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    Team news: The injured Roque Santa Cruz misses out, which is a blow for Paraguay, who have lacked firepower of late. Uruguay, meanwhile, start with the deadly attacking duo of Suarez and Forlan.

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    A hearty welcome to this evening's Copa America final commentary, from me, James Dall. Paraguay and Uruguay do battle in Buenos Aires, the former having yet to win a game in normal time and the latter searching to make history with a 15th South American title. You can fire your pre-match musings via Twitter. @JamesDallESPN. Team news to follow.

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    In the meantime you can check out a preview of the final here.

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