Cavani pounces against Chile to give Uruguay top spot
June 25, 2019 10:03 AM NPT
Soccer Football - Copa America Brazil 2019 - Group C - Chile v Uruguay - Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - June 24, 2019 Uruguay's Edinson Cavani scores their first goal REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
RIO DE JANEIRO, June 25: A late header from Edinson Cavani gave Uruguay a 1-0 win over Copa America holders Chile on Monday which saw them snatch top spot in Group C at their opponents’ expense and set up a quarter-final meeting with Peru.
The striker glanced a cross from Jonathan Rodriguez into the net in the 82nd minute to break the deadlock in a finely balanced game played with a fierce competitive edge even though both teams had already sealed their place in the last eight.
Uruguay finished top of Group C with seven points, with Chile coming second on six and having to settle for a more challenging last-eight fixture with Colombia, who are the only side to have won all their three games in the tournament.
Japan came third with two points after drawing 1-1 with Ecuador, a result which condemned both sides and saw Paraguay of Group B sneak into the quarter-finals as the second-best ranked side to finish third despite only picking up two points.