By Rodolfo Rodrigues
With a large display in the first half, Uruguay won Paraguay by 3-0 and won the 2011 Copa America. In the Monumental stadium, in Buenos Aires, the Celeste regained the title South American - who has not won since 1995 - and became the biggest champion of the competition's history with 15 titles. Suarez, on 11 minutes, and Forlan, in the first step (41), and 44 of the second time, scored the goals of Uruguay, which gave the victory by 3-0.
With the best campaign in the Copa America, Uruguay tried to decide the match and quickly began to end everything. In the first minute, Suarez had a good chance after a little confusion in the area, but Villar saved. Lugano headed hard and had a great save of Villar, off the line. On the rebound, Coates tried, but Caceres saved. In the first ten minutes, Uruguay had six corners.
Thus, the goal did not take long. After passing from Diego Perez, the forward Luis Suarez passed by Dario Veron, who stood on the ground, and kicked in the right corner of Villar, scoring 1-0 for Celeste. After the goal, the country reacted in the field. At 15 minutes, and Enrique Vera launched in the area and Haedo Valdez arrived with danger. But Gerardo Martino's team stopped there.
Much better on the field, Uruguay reached the second goal after 41 minutes. Arevalo Rios stole the ball off the Paraguayan defense and rolled to Forlan hit hard, no chance for Villar. In a great first half, Celeste completely dominated the Paraguayan team, with twice as many passes (164 to 80), nine corner kicks compared to only one of Paraguay, as well as a possession of 60% and 13 shots against just two of Paraguay.
In the second half, Paraguay returned better, in order to minimize the advantage. At 8 minutes, the team that reached the decision with five draws almost scored with Haedo, who hit the crossbar of Muslera.
After that, however, returned to Uruguay the control the match. At 28 minutes, a quick counter-attack, Cavani (entered in the second half), rolled Suarez, who almost defined the game. But the final blow came on 44 minutes. After exchanging passes, the attack of Uruguay, with Suárez, played upside to Forlan, free to score, and made 3-0. Undefeated and deserved, Uruguay won the 2011 Copa America.
After spending the first phase with a draw against Peru and Chile, Uruguay won his classification conquering Mexico. Then, in the quarterfinals, eliminating the host Argentina on penalties, with great acting from Muslera. In the semifinal, beat Peru by 2-0, with two goals from Suarez, the runner-up top scorer with four goals, and voted best player of the Copa America.
URUGUAI 3 X 0 PARAGUAI
Stadium: Stadium Antonio Vespucio Liberti, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Referee: Salvio Fagundes Filho (BRA); Goals: Luis Suárez (11’), Diego Forlán (41’) and (89’) (Uruguay); Yellow Cards: Diego Pérez (24’), Martín Cáceres (25’), Maxi Pereira (29’), Sebastian Coates (85’) (Uruguay); Victor Cáceres (17’), Enrique Vera (57’) (Paraguay).
URUGUAY: 1- Fernando Muslera, 16- Maxi Pereira, 2- Diego Lugano, 4- Sebastian Coates, 22- Martín Cáceres (3-Diego Godín, 88’), 15- Diego Pérez (8-Sebastián Eguren, 70’), 17- Arévalo Ríos, 20- Álvaro González, 11- Álvaro Pereira (21-Edinson Cavani, 63’), 10- Diego Forlán and 9- Luis Suárez. Coach: Oscar Tabárez.
PARAGUAY: 1- Justo Villar, 3- Iván Piris, 14- Paulo da Silva, 2- Dário Veron, 4- Elvis Marecos, 20- Néstor Ortigoza, 16- Cristian Riveros, 15- Victor Cáceres (23-Hernán Pérez, 64’), 13- Enrique Vera (21-Marcelo Estigarribia, 64’), 18- Haedo Valdez and 7- Pablo Zeballos (19-Lucas Barrios, 76’). Coach: Gerardo Martino.