(EFE) – (EFE) .- Uruguay drew 1-1 this Monday against Chile, with a goal against Arturo Vidal, at the Arena Pantanal stadium in Cuiabá on the third day of Group A of the Copa América.
At a time when it seemed very difficult for La Celeste to overcome La Roja’s goal, an own goal by Vidal allowed him to add his first point in the tournament.
In this way, Chile could not get the victory despite the good approach of its coach, the Uruguayan Martín Lasarte, an old acquaintance of Luis Suárez, who led the goal against Vidal, and whom he made his debut in the first division in 2005.
From the start of the game, Uruguay showed a different position than the one it had in the match against Argentina. In fact, Giorgian de Arrascaeta tested goalkeeper Claudio Bravo a couple of times before the first 10 minutes.
Standing behind Suárez and Edinson Cavani, the Flamengo midfielder took it upon himself to organize and made Celeste’s game noticeably more offensive.
On the other hand, the 3-5-2 that Lasarte raised complicated those led by Óscar Washington Tabárez, who suffered a lot with the increases of Mauricio Isla.
On the right, the winger imposed speed on a team that handled the ball very well through Charles Aránguiz and Vidal.
With good ball handling and a firm mark on both sides, the match was even and there was nothing to indicate that the zero was going to be broken quickly, however, Ben Brereton had other plans.
At about 26 minutes, the Anglo-English attacker disarmed the entire Uruguayan defense with a quick clearance for Eduardo Vargas, who entered the area and left goalkeeper Fernando Muslera without options with a powerful shot.
With that goal, Vargas, 31, an Atlético Mineiro forward, reached his 14th goal in the Copa América, equaling the Peruvian Paolo Guerrero, and scored his 40th goal with the Chilean team.
Chile got up and took the reins of the game. From one side to the other, Lasarte’s team moved the ball around the playing field and made their rival run a lot.
Uruguay deflated and could not bother Bravo. In addition, in the few moments that Celeste got the ball, she found a very hard mark of up to six men who followed her opponents’ every move.
For the start of the second half, Tabárez took Giovanni González and Nicolás de la Cruz off the field so that Nahitan Nández and Martín Cáceres entered. With these changes, Uruguay went to 3-5-2.
Despite this change, La Celeste did not improve and at times their game was only limited to the launch of long crosses that ended in the head of defenders Enzo Roco and Franciso Sierralta.
Before 60 minutes, Chile was able to find the second goal through a powerful shot from Brereton, who led the attack after Vargas withdrew sense.
Despite this, the one that reached the goal was Uruguay, who broke a negative streak of more than 360 minutes without converting.
At 66 minutes, Facundo Torres served a corner kick, Matías Vecino combed it at the first post and Vidal, who had the mission to mark Suárez and tried to finish off the goal, ended up sending the ball into his own goal to decree the 1 -1.
Driven by the goal, Uruguay grew and cornered Chile for a few minutes, which then again approached the goal defended by Muslera.
Then, Lucas Arriagada was close to putting the Red ahead and Cavani missed the second of the Celeste by centimeters in a few minutes back and forth.
At the end, a shot from Suárez could give Uruguay all three points, but the ball was lost just outside.
With the 1-1, Chile reached five points in three games played, while Uruguay reaped its first unit in two games.