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Thursday, July 08, 2004 

Copa Americ Results

Group B

Mexico 2-2 Uruguay

Paolo Montero

Mexico had the better of play in the opening forty-five, with Francisco Palencia an early thorn in Uruguay’s side. The Guadalajara forward had two threatening shots midway through the first half, but difficult angles conspired against him. The first half ended with two goals. First Carlos Bueno managed to get free in the Mexican area, and he powered a twelve-yard shot past Oswaldo Sanchez. But an innocuous cross-turned-shot by Ricardo Osorio drew the Tricolores level in first half stoppage time. Osorio’s 25-yard goal floated over goalkeeper Luis Barbat and off the far post. Barbat, who was a late replacement for Fabian Carini, had positioning issues all evening. In the second half Pavel Pardo put Mexico ahead with a vicious shot from 32 yards. Again Barbat was caught off his line. The ball dipped violently behind the Danubio player, who no doubt was as much surprised by the mercurial shot as much as he was poorly placed. Diego Forlan nearly equalized a few minutes later but shot over from six yards after a nice flick-on header, and Jorge Fossati inserted Juan Parodi in place of the ineffective Manchester United striker at the next opportunity. Adolfo Bautista replaced Palencia, and had a terrific chance to extend the lead after being put through clean on goal. But the Guadalajara striker shot just wide of the far post as Barbat just closed down enough. Substitute Richard Morales thought he had the equalizer on 80 minutes but Sanchez deflected with his leg. Moments later the Osasuna striker was given a straight red by Peruvian referee Gilberto Hidalgo for a mistimed tackle against Pardo in midfield. He had only been on the pitch for a couple of minutes! A few minutes from the death Uruguay won a rare corner kick, and some poor jumping by Duilio Cesar Davino left Paolo Montero with a textbook header, low and past the dive of Sanchez. Fossati has to be thanking his lucky stars his side was able to salvage one point. Despite the mysterious absence of Mexico’s all-everything midfielder Gerardo Torrado, Uruguay were never able to do much of anything in midfield. Ricardo Lavolpe will be reaching for the antacid tablets after a couple of defensive lapses cost the Tricolores three points.

MEXICO: Oswaldo Sánchez; Duilio Davino, Rafael Márquez, José Carmona, Ricardo Osorio; David Oteo (Hector Altamirano), Pavel Pardo, Jaime Lozano, Octavio Valdez; Francisco Palencia (Adolfo Bautista), Jared Borgetti (José Arellano).

URUGUAY: Luis Barbat; Paolo Montero, Dario Rodriguez, Joe Bizera; Gustavo Varela, Omar Pouso (Vicente Sánchez), Marcelo Sosa, Cristian Rodríguez; Debray Darío Silva (Richard Morales), Diego Forlan (Martin Parodi), Carlos Bueno.

GOALS: 0-1, Carlos Bueno (42'); 1-1, Ricardo Osório (45'); 2-1, Pavel Pardo (68'); 2-2, Paolo Montero (86')

SENT-OFF: Richard Morales (82')

Argentina 6-1 Ecuador

Javier Saviola

Kily Gonzalez put Argentina ahead inside five minutes, converting a dubious penalty to the chagrin of Ecuadorian defender Ivan Hurtado. Saviola nearly opened his account before ten minutes, but Geovanny Ibarra made a lucky leg save. A quarter hour went by and Ibarra's counterpart, Roberto Abbondanzieri, could have taken a nap at Argentina's end of the pitch. On the hour mark Ecuador surprisingly equalized through Agustin Delgado. But Argentina regrouped quickly to regain the lead. Following some great passing Saviola beat Ibarra with a precise shot into the far side netting, and the rout was on. Saviola put the match out of reach in the 73rd minute, rising above Ibarra to head home a terrific cross from substitute Mauro Rosales. The Barca beauty completed his personal trifecta on a corner kick. Andres D'Alessandro beat Ibarra with a precise, low shot from distance with six minutes remaining. Then the Wolfsburg maestro delivered a sublime chip into the area for the run of Luis Gonzalez. The River Plate midfielder volleyed coolly past Ibarra, thus completing the demolition with an injury time cherry.

ARGENTINA: Roberto Abbondanzieri; Javier Zanetti, Gabriel Heinze, Juan Pablo Sorín, Roberto Ayala; Kily González (Clemente Rodriguez); Andrés D'Alessandro, Luis González, Javier Mascherano; Javier Saviola (Carlos Tévez), César Delgado (Mauro Rosales).

ECUADOR: Geovanni Ibarra; Ulises De la Cruz (Édison Méndez), Iván Hurtado, Neicer Reasco, Geovanny Espinoza; Alfonso Obregón, Paul Ambrossi, Edwin Tenorio (Franklim Salas), Kléber Chala, Marlon Ayoví; Evelio Ordoñez (Agustín Delgado).

GOALS: 1-0, Kily González (5',pen); 1-1, Agustín Delgado (60'); 2-1, Javier Saviola (63'); 3-1, Javier Saviola (74'); 4-1 Javier Saviola (80'); 5-1, Andrés D'Alessandro (84'); 6-1, Luís González (91')

Source: goal.com, conmebol.com


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