Luis Suarez, Uruguay crush 10-man Ecuador in Copa America

first_imgWith the game all but over as a contest, the second half was a damp squib of an affair.Uruguay had the ball in the net soon after the restart but Cavani was offside again.Ecuador showed plenty of commitment, continuing to rough up Uruguay’s more technical players, but never looked like they believed they would get anything out of the game.Uruguay looked content to play a patient possession game without pushing for more goals.Cavani did send Suarez scampering in on goal after a defensive mistake but Dominguez was quickly off his line to snatch the ball off the Barcelona forward’s toes.The fourth came in calamitous fashion as Gaston Pereiro tried to pick out Suarez from Cavani’s cross even though he was only six yards from goal.His header dropped to Ecuador center-half Mina, who inadvertently volleyed into his own goal.“The important thing was that the team won and now we’ll prepare for the next match,” against Japan on Thursday, said Suarez, who notched his 57th goal for Uruguay. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Uruguay were rampant and had the ball in the net soon afterwards only for Cavani to be given offside in the build-up.Ecuador brought a physicality to the contest that upset the Uruguayan players and Quintero was perhaps lucky to escape punishment when catching Diego Laxalt with an elbow in an aerial challenge.But moments later, his arm made contact with Lodeiro’s face when challenging for another header, this time drawing blood.Brazilian referee Anderson Daronco — whose bulging arm muscles put even Ecuador’s strapping players to shame — initially showed the full-back a yellow card but after consulting VAR he changed that to red.That left Ecuador with a mountain to climb.On 27 minutes, Alexander Dominguez made a brilliant low save to turn behind Cavani’s half-volley from 15 yards.Paris Saint-Germain forward Cavani was denied again when Dominguez stunningly tipped his clever back-flick onto the post one-handed.But it was third time lucky on 33 minutes as Diego Godin headed the ball into the danger area and Cavani acrobatically rasped a bicycle kick from seven yards past a helpless Dominguez, his 47th international goal.Patient UruguayNahitan Nandez wasted a good chance, shooting straight at Dominguez but Suarez put the game to bed a minute before the break, stealing in at the back post to poke home a flick-on from Martin Caceres. LATEST STORIES Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP With a numerical advantage, Uruguay ran riot at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte as Cavani and Suarez netted before the break. The rout was completed 12 minutes from time with an Arturo Mina own goal.“We had chances in the first half, we managed to take them and that gave us the tranquility to manage the game,” said Cavani, who finally scored his first Copa America goal in his fourth participation.FEATURED STORIES SPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It was an important step.”It was the ideal beginning for Uruguay in a tough Group C alongside champions Chile and guests Japan, who meet on Monday in Sao Paulo. “We’re not as bad as that,” lamented Ecuador’s Colombian coach Hernan Dario Gomez.“It was a match that got away from us, especially in the first half when it got away from us in every aspect.”Uruguay were off to a dream start.Suarez crossed from the right and Lodeiro proved the coolest customer in the Mineirao stadium as he beat one defender with his chest control, flicked the ball over another and then hit a crisp, low volley into the bottom far corner.“We knew they would be very tough opponents. The important thing was start the game with maximum concentration and we managed that,” said Cavani.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Carli Lloyd’s tiny golf clap delivers big message from US women Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Uruguay’s Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring against Ecuador during their Copa America football tournament group match at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on June 16, 2019. (Photo by Douglas MAGNO / AFP)Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani were on target as Uruguay thumped 10-man Ecuador 4-0 in their opening Group C match at the Copa America on Sunday.Nicolas Lodeiro opened the scoring after just six minutes before Ecuador full-back Jose Quintero was dismissed for a flailing arm.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img

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